Bill S1550-2011

Authorizes a pilot program for enhanced prior approval of high cost diagnostic radiology services

Authorizes the commissioner of health, within fiscal year 2011-2012, to contract with high bidders to perform pilot projects to assess the feasibility of reducing medically unnecessary high cost radiological procedures and generalizing cost savings to the state through enhanced medical management and prior review of orders for diagnostic imaging.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • Jan 10, 2011: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

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BILL NUMBER:S1550

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to making municipal housing authorities subject to the review and regulation of the authorities budget office; and to repeal section 7 of chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating to incorporating certain provisions of the public authorities law therein, relating to exempting municipal housing authorities from the public authorities law

PURPOSE: This bill adds municipal housing authorities to the list of entities that fall within the purview of the public authorities reform legislation and the Authorities Budget Office.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - municipal housing authority is added to the definition of "local authority".

Section 2 - section 7 of chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating to incorporating certain provisions of the public authorities law therein is repealed.

Section 3 - effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The bill would strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act by including "municipal housing authority" within the definition of "local authority". The enactment of public authorities reform tasked the Authorities Budget Office with responsibilities such as: prohibiting the creation of subsidiary authorities without legislative approval (with certain exceptions), making changes to the authority board's governing process, creating a fiduciary duty, enabling the comptroller to approve authority contracts, strengthening the rules on the disposition of public authority property, providing MWBE and creating whistleblower protections. However, due to the oversight of a statute from 1957, municipal public housing authorities were inadvertently excluded from the reform legislation. This bill corrects that oversight.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S7535 - Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1550 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to authorizing a pilot program for enhanced prior approval of high cost diagnostic radiology services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 369-gg to read as follows: S 369-GG. PILOT PROGRAM FOR ENHANCED PRIOR APPROVAL OF HIGH COST DIAG- NOSTIC RADIOLOGY SERVICES. 1. PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH SHALL, WITHIN THE FISCAL YEAR OF TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN--TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, CONTRACT WITH QUALIFIED BIDDERS TO PERFORM PILOT PROJECTS TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF REDUCING MEDICALLY UNNECESSARY HIGH COST RADIOLOGICAL PROCEDURES AND GENERALIZING COST SAVINGS TO THE STATE THROUGH ENHANCED MEDICAL MANAGEMENT AND PRIOR REVIEW OF ORDERS FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING. 2. THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH SHALL SELECT AN ENTITY TO PERFORM SUCH PILOT PROJECT UTILIZING THE FOLLOWING SELECTION CRITERIA: (A) THE ENTITY SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE YEAR'S EXPERIENCE UTILIZING AND CURRENTLY UTILIZING LICENSED PROFESSIONALS TO CONDUCT INTAKE OF PATIENTS; (B) THE ENTITY SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE YEAR'S EXPERIENCE UTILIZING AND CURRENTLY UTILIZING ONLY LICENSED RADIOLOGISTS TO MAKE PRIOR REVIEW DETERMINATIONS; (C) THE ENTITY SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE YEAR'S EXPERIENCE UTILIZING AND CURRENTLY UTILIZING LICENSED RADIOLOGISTS TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMA- TION, AS NECESSARY, FROM THE TREATING PROVIDER; (D) THE ENTITY SHALL BE BASED IN NEW YORK AND AT LEAST FIFTY PERCENT OF THE ENTITY'S EMPLOYEES SHALL RESIDE IN NEW YORK.
S 2. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part of this act shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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