assembly Bill A608

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires health care professional undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in chronic pain management and treatment

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to higher education
Jan 09, 2019 referred to higher education

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A608 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 28-F §2899-k, amd §2807-s, Pub Health L; amd §6507, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A9250
2015-2016: A1671
2017-2018: A4806
2021-2022: A1335

A608 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes standards to advance the management and treatment of chronic pain; incorporates continuing education programs for health care professionals who treat patients that have chronic pain.

A608 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   608

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  L. ROSENTHAL,  JAFFEE, STECK, ORTIZ, WEPRIN,
  LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the education law, in relation
  to chronic pain management

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent:  The  legislature  hereby finds that
medical treatment of chronic pain in this state needs to  be  reexamined
to  enhance  the  ability  to  assess such condition, increase access to
appropriate care to treat and mitigate chronic  pain,  and  improve  the
quality  of  life  for  those  afflicted  with this condition. Currently
chronic pain is most often treated by primary  care  providers  who  may
have  little  training in the assessment and proper treatment of complex
chronic pain conditions. This, in turn,  has  led,  in  certain  circum-
stances,  to  patients seeing multiple health care providers and experi-
encing multiple and repeated diagnostic tests, that lead  to  inadequate
or  unproven  surgeries, prescription of unneeded or strong pain medica-
tions, with its consequential heightened possibility to lead to the long
term addiction to such strong pain medications, and the  performance  of
procedures or treatment regimens that are not able to successfully treat
or mitigate such chronic pain.
  Further, the current practice of the repeated utilization of different
health  practitioners, tests and unnecessary medical procedures to treat
such chronic pain is resulting in  higher  health  care  costs.    These
increased  costs come from unnecessary visits to health care practition-
ers, more and longer hospital stays, performing unnecessary surgeries or
other medical procedures, and unnecessary  prescription  of  costly  and
dangerous  drugs. This inefficient use of valuable health care resources
is contributing to the rapidly increasing cost of providing health care.
With the continuing aging of New York's general population,  this  trend

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets