assembly Bill A1078

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to conforming the definition of palliative care throughout the public health law

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 27, 2019 referred to health
Feb 26, 2019 delivered to senate
passed assembly
Feb 21, 2019 advanced to third reading cal.53
Feb 11, 2019 reported
Feb 04, 2019 reported referred to codes
Jan 14, 2019 referred to health


A1078 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §4012-b, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A7505, S7504
2015-2016: A2211, S311
2017-2018: A2723, S789

A1078 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to conforming the definition of palliative care under hospice provisions to be the same as under other public health law provisions.

A1078 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 14, 2019

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. GOTTFRIED, D'URSO, SEAWRIGHT, LUPARDO -- read
  once and referred to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the definition  of
  palliative care


  Section 1. Section 4012-b of the public health law, as added by  chap-
ter 195 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  §  4012-b.  Hospice palliative care [program for persons with advanced
and progressive disease]. 1.  Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision
of this article to the contrary, a hospice may also offer a  program  of
palliative  care  for  patients  with advanced [and progressive disease]
LIFE-LIMITING CONDITIONS  AND  ILLNESSES  and  their  families.  Such  a
program  may  be  provided by a hospice issued a certificate of approval
pursuant to section [forty hundred] FOUR THOUSAND four of this  article,
acting alone or under contract with a certified home health agency, long
term  home  health  care  program, licensed home care services agency or
AIDS home care program, as such terms are defined in section  thirty-six
hundred  two of this chapter. Nothing in this section shall preclude the
provision of palliative care by any other health care provider otherwise
authorized to provide such services.
  2. For the purposes of this section [the following terms shall mean:
  (a) "Advanced and progressive disease" means a medical condition which
is irreversible and which will continue indefinitely, where there is  no
reasonable hope of maintaining life.
  (b)]  "Palliative  care"  means  the active, interdisciplinary care of
patients with advanced, life-limiting illness,  focusing  on  relief  of
distressing  physical  and  psychosocial  symptoms and meeting spiritual
needs. Its goal is achievement of the best quality of life for  patients
and families.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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


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