senate Bill S8109

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Establishes a task force to conduct a study on the ability to utilize telehealth within the workers' compensation system

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 16, 2016 referred to labor
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1888
Jun 13, 2016 referred to rules

S8109 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Labor
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S833
2019-2020: S1042, S4763

S8109 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a task force to conduct a study on the ability to utilize telehealth within the workers' compensation system.

S8109 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8109 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 13, 2016

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to establish a task force to conduct a comprehensive study on the
  ability to utilize telehealth within the workers' compensation system;
  and providing for the repeal of such provisions  upon  the  expiration


  Section 1. Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  recognizes  due  to
geographic   restrictions,   provider   shortages,   inclement  weather,
restricted patient mobility and the lack of authorized workers'  compen-
sation  medical providers that have familiarity with the language spoken
by injured workers, patients face challenges in  accessing  health  care
providers  and  health  care  services.  It is critically important that
injured workers are provided with the ability to receive quality medical
care in an efficient and expeditious manner. Telehealth  is  a  valuable
tool  in  improving the continuity, coordination, and efficiency of care
for rural and underserved populations.
  To date, there has not been a comprehensive  study  conducted  in  New
York  state  to  examine  the efficacy of telehealth for injured workers
seeking workers' compensation benefits in rural and  underserved  areas.
The  legislature therefore supports the commissioning of such a study in
order to assess the effectiveness in allowing health care services to be
provided by telehealth.
  S 2. A task force is hereby established  to  conduct  a  comprehensive
study  on  the ability to utilize telehealth within the workers' compen-
sation system. The scope of such study shall include:
  a. the determination of the feasibility  of  implementation  of  tele-
health  for  medical exams for workers' compensation claims that ensures
injured workers protection and access to quality care;
  b. the ability to diagnose through telehealth and  remain  within  the
treatment guidelines set by the workers' compensation board;
  c. the cost impact on employers;
  d. the ability to prevent fraud; and

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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