|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 08, 2021||referred to health|
senate Bill S4640
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4640 (ACTIVE) - Details
S4640 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4640 SPONSOR: RIVERA TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to consideration and prescription of non-opioid treatment alternatives for treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL: Section 1 adds a new Public Health Law § 3331, subdivision 9. It requires that a practitioner treating a patient with a neuromusculosk- eletal condition that causes pain consider, discuss, and, if appropri- ate, refer or prescribe non-opioid treatments before prescribing an opioid. This requirement would not apply in a medical emergency, immedi- ate post-surgical care, hospice or other end-of-life care, or cancer treatment, though it does not preclude non-opioid treatment options in those circumstances. Section 2 provides the effective date.
S4640 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4640 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 8, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. RIVERA, HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to consideration and prescription of non-opioid treatment alternatives for treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3331 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows: 9. (A) WHEN A PATIENT SEEKS TREATMENT FOR ANY NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITION THAT CAUSES PAIN, WHERE A PRACTITIONER CONSIDERS AN OPIOID TREATMENT, THE PRACTITIONER SHALL CONSIDER, DISCUSS WITH THE PATIENT, AND, AS APPROPRIATE, REFER OR PRESCRIBE NON-OPIOID TREATMENT ALTERNA- TIVES, BASED ON THE PRACTITIONER'S CLINICAL JUDGMENT AND FOLLOWING GENERALLY ACCEPTED NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL OR TREATMENT GUIDELINES, AND CONSISTENT WITH PATIENT PREFERENCE AND CONSENT, BEFORE STARTING A PATIENT ON OPIOID TREATMENT. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, NON- OPIOID TREATMENT ALTERNATIVES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: ACUPUNC- TURE, CHIROPRACTIC, MASSAGE THERAPY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY, NON-OPIOID MEDICATIONS, INTERVEN- TIONAL TREATMENTS AND NON-CLINICAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS EXERCISE. THE PRACTITIONER SHALL INFORM THE PATIENT THAT SOME TREATMENTS MAY NOT BE COVERED BY THE PATIENT'S HEALTH COVERAGE. (B) THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY FOR PATIENTS BEING TREATED UNDER ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES: TREATMENT OF CANCER; HOSPICE OR OTHER END-OF-LIFE CARE; POST-SURGERY TREATMENT IMME- DIATELY FOLLOWING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE; OR IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "MEDICAL EMERGENCY" MEANS AN ACUTE INJURY OR ILLNESS THAT POSES AN IMMEDIATE RISK TO A PERSON'S LIFE OR HEALTH. § 2. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00473-01-1
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