Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jul 29, 2020
referred to rules
Senate Bill S8844
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S8844 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Rules
- Law Section:
- Public Health Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §4900, Pub Health L; amd §4900, Ins L
- Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2021-2022: S599, S8113, A879
2019-S8844 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8844 SPONSOR: BENJAMIN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation to the definition of clinical peer reviewer PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that a health plan may only deny payment for an otherwise covered benefit upon the review of a physician or other health care professional licensed in NYS and, when appropriate, board certified in the same or similar specialty as the treatment under review. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would amend section 4900 of the Public Health Law to re-define the qualifications of a "clinical peer reviewer" who a, health plan or insurer may use to deny payment for an otherwise covered benefit on the basis that the treatment is not medically necessary.
2019-S8844 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8844 I N S E N A T E July 29, 2020 ___________ Introduced by Sen. BENJAMIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation to the definition of clinical peer reviewer THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 4900 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 586 of the laws of 1998, item (B) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) as amended by chapter 41 of the laws of 2014 and subparagraph (iii) as amended and subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (a) as added by section 42 of subpart A of part BB of chapter 57 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows: 2. "Clinical peer reviewer" means: (a) [for purposes of title one of this article: (i) a physician who possesses a current and valid non-restricted license to practice medicine; or (ii) a health care professional other than a licensed physician who: (A) where applicable, possesses a current and valid non-restricted license, certificate or registration or, where no provision for a license, certificate or registration exists, is credentialed by the national accrediting body appropriate to the profession; and (B) is in the same profession and same or similar specialty as the health care provider who typically manages the medical condition or disease or provides the health care service or treatment under review; or (iii) for purposes of a determination involving substance use disorder treatment: (A) a physician who possesses a current and valid non-restricted license to practice medicine and who specializes in behavioral health and has experience in the delivery of substance use disorder courses of treatment; or (B) a health care professional other than a licensed physician who specializes in behavioral health and has experience in the delivery of substance use disorder courses of treatment and, where applicable, EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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