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State legislative activity update

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The following bills of interest to HANYS and our members have passed both houses over the last two weeks:

  • Domestic violence policies and procedures – requires every general hospital to develop, maintain and disseminate written policies and procedures for cases of domestic violence; requires the establishment and implementation of a training program regarding the policies and procedures; requires the designation of a domestic violence staff member; and requires the coordination of services with the domestic violence organization providing victim assistance to the geographic area served by such hospital. A.2850-A (Lavine)/S.3962-A (Salazar)
  • Informed consent – extends informed consent requirements to medical procedures and examinations performed during the course of education or training. A.4988 (Paulin)/S.3353 (Ramos)
  • Discharging patients with central venous lines – requires caregiver consultation within 24 hours of discharging a patient with a central venous line; requires the arrangement of appropriate services when the caregiver cannot confidently provide proper care of the central venous line. Such requirements are substantially similar to those outlined in the CARE Act, a state law enacted in 2015. A.212 (Galef)/S.474 (Carlucci)
  • Palliative care definition – amends the definition of palliative care to include “life-limiting conditions and illnesses” in order to permit hospices to provide palliative care to patients not at end-of-life. A.1078 (Gottfried)/S.4582 (Sanders)
  • Eating disorder coverage – requires insurers to provide coverage for inpatient hospital care and physician services for eating disorders. A.1619 (Rozic)/S.3101 (Biaggi)

Throughout the final weeks of the state legislative session, HANYS will continue to provide updates on bills of interest that have passed both houses.

Should you have questions on the information provided or any other legislative activity or issue, please contact our State Government Affairs team: Amy Nickson, vice president, governmental affairs; Katie Gordon, director, research and legislation; and Scott Janke, director, governmental affairs.

Published May 17, 2019