assembly Bill A348

2023-2024 Legislative Session

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2023 referred to higher education


A348 (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
2019-2020: A608
2021-2022: A1335

A348 (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.

A348 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              January 6, 2023
 Introduced by M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, STECK, 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

   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
 may only  continue  to  grow.  Further,  the  consequences  to  patients
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.