Bill S131-2013

Provides that hospital admission registration forms include the name of school attended by school-aged patients

Provides that hospital admission registration forms include the name of school attended by school-aged patients; provides a protocol for notification to parents.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S131

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospitals to obtain the name of the school attended by school-aged patients and to include this information in their admission registration forms

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill provides that hospital, medical clinics and private practice physicians include a request for the school grade and name of the school attended by their school-aged patients name and that this information be included as part of the written vital patient data collected prior to treatment and establishes a protocol for immediate notification of the local department of health if said school-aged child is diagnosed with an infectious and communicable disease.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill adds section 2805-v of the public health law to require hospitals, medical clinics and private practice physicians to request, upon treatment of school-aged patients, the grade and name of the school that said school-aged patient attends and to include such inquiry in their patient records. This bill further adds a new section 2113 to the public health law establishing a protocol for the immediate notification of the local department of health, if said school-aged child is diagnosed with an infectious and communicable disease, to facilitate the immediate initiation of inspection and additional notification protocols as soon as practicable.

JUSTIFICATION: The recent death of 12 year-old Omar Rivera, who attended I.S. 211 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, from the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA and the increasing number of reported infected youth across the state, highlighted the need for health practitioners to be more responsive alerting the affected community as to their exposure and the preventative measures they must immediately take. By requiring hospitals, medical clinics and private practice physicians who treat infected school-age children to ascertain the school locality of exposure and potential infection at the time of admission and to promptly pass this information on to the local department of health, this legislation will effectively help to reduce the possibility of long-term exposure and infection within the affected school locality as well as in the community in general.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.689 of 2011 01/05/11 REFERRED TO HEALTH 01/04/12 REFERRED TO HEALTH

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately. This legislation seek to reduce the possibility of infection.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 131 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 requiring hospi- tals to obtain the name of the school attended by school-aged patients and to include this information in their admission registration forms THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 230-e to read as follows: S 230-E. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS. EVERY PHYSICIAN SHALL INQUIRE AND DOCUMENT AS PART OF HIS OR HER PATIENT REGISTRATION, THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE SCHOOL ATTENDED BY SUCH PHYSICIAN'S SCHOOL-AGED PATIENTS AND INCLUDE SUCH INFORMATION IN THE PATIENTS' MEDICAL REGISTRATION FORM. S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2805-v to read as follows: S 2805-V. ADMISSION REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS. ALL HOSPITALS SHALL INQUIRE AND DOCUMENT THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE SCHOOL ATTENDED BY SCHOOL-AGED PATIENTS UPON ADMISSION, AND INCLUDE SUCH INFORMATION ON THE HOSPITALS' ADMISSION REGISTRATION FORM. S 3. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2113 to read as follows: S 2113. INFECTIOUS AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE; NOTIFICATION PROTOCOL FOR SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN. NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION TWENTY-ONE HUNDRED TEN OF THIS TITLE, THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. 1. WHERE A SCHOOL-AGED PATIENT IS REGISTERED FOR TREAT- MENT, ADMITTED WITH AN INFECTIOUS OR COMMUNICABLE DISEASE OR ADMITTED FOR OBSERVATION TO RULE OUT AN INFECTIOUS OR COMMUNICABLE DISEASE, SUCH HOSPITAL SHALL NOTIFY THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IMMEDIATELY AS REQUIRED BY SECTION TWENTY-ONE HUNDRED ONE OF THIS TITLE. IN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, HOSPITALS SHALL CONTACT THE DEPART-
MENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE TO INITIATE THE INSPECTION PROVIDED IN SECTION 17-106 OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. 2. THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND IN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, SHALL IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NOTIFY THE SCHOOL ATTENDED BY SUCH PATIENT AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE. 3. THE SCHOOL SHALL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE NOTIFICATION PROTOCOL DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, OR IN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, IN NOTIFYING THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF SUCH SCHOOL. S 4. Subdivision 1 of section 2101 of the public health law is amended to read as follows: 1. Every physician shall immediately give notice of every case of communicable disease required by the department to be reported to it, to the health officer of the local health district where such disease occurs. WHERE SUCH CASE INVOLVES A SCHOOL-AGED PATIENT, SUCH LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER SHALL IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NOTIFY THE SCHOOL ATTENDED BY SUCH PATIENT AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AND SUCH SCHOOL SHALL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE STUDENT AND PARENT NOTIFICATION PROTOCOL, AS REFERENCED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION TWENTY-ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS TITLE. NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION TWENTY-ONE HUNDRED TEN OF THIS TITLE, THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL APPLY TO A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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