Requires clinical education every four years in pain management and palliative care for health care professionals practicing in the state; provides exemptions.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to clinical education in pain management and palliative care
PURPOSE: This bill requires that all health care practitioners complete course work or training regarding pain management and palliative care.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one adds a new Article 28-F to the Public Health Law. This article requires every health care professional practicing in the state to complete course work or training regarding pain management and palliative care appropriate to their practice every four years. The Department of Health must provide exemptions from this requirement for those whom demonstrate that they have completed equivalent training, or that there is no need for such in their specialty.
Section two provides that the act take effect one year subsequent to its enactment; provided necessary regulatory changes may be done immediately in order to implement the Article.
JUSTIFICATION: Many patients suffer needlessly from debilitating pain and other symptoms caused by the inadequate treatment of pain or other symptoms which could be controlled. Many health care professionals are unaware of the resources available to their patients to relieve chronic and acute pain. Some are unwilling to use those resources because they fear that they will be wrongly subjected to prosecution or professional discipline. In addition, training in pain management will assist in curbing the prescription drug crisis the state currently faces by educating practitioners on proper practices. This bill will ensure that health care practitioners stay current on pain management and palliative care techniques, and not over or under prescribing pain medications.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7329 - died in Health.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2947 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 25, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- 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 clinical education in pain management and palliative care 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 article 28-F to read as follows: ARTICLE 28-F PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE SECTION 2900. CLINICAL EDUCATION IN PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE. S 2900. CLINICAL EDUCATION IN PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE. 1. EVERY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICING IN THE STATE SHALL, EVERY FOUR YEARS COMPLETE COURSE WORK OR TRAINING REGARDING PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE, APPROPRIATE TO THE PROFESSIONAL'S PRACTICE, APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE COMMIS- SIONER IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION; AND SO DOCU- MENT COMPLETION TO THE DEPARTMENT. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, "HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL" MEANS A PERSON LICENSED, REGISTERED OR CERTIFIED TO PRACTICE A HEALTH CARE PROFESSION UNDER TITLE EIGHT OF THE EDUCATION LAW THAT IS DESIGNATED BY REGULATION OF THE COMMISSIONER UNDER THIS SECTION. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, BY REGULATION, DESIGNATE AREAS OF PRACTICE OR SPECIALTY WITHIN A PROFESSION THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS SECTION. 2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FROM THIS REQUIREMENT TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS SUCH AN EXEMPTION AND WHO DEMONSTRATES TO THE DEPARTMENT'S SATISFACTION THAT: (A) THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR HIM OR HER TO COMPLETE SUCH COURSE WORK OR TRAINING BECAUSE OF THE NATURE, AREA OR SPECIALTY OF HIS OR HER PRAC- TICE, OREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05030-01-3 S. 2947 2
(B) HE OR SHE HAS COMPLETED COURSE WORK OR TRAINING DEEMED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO BE EQUIVALENT TO THE STANDARDS FOR COURSE WORK OR TRAINING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT UNDER THIS SECTION. 3. EXISTING CURRICULA, INCLUDING CURRICULA DEVELOPED BY A NATIONALLY- RECOGNIZED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, SPECIALTY, OR PROVIDER ASSOCIATION, OR NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED PAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, MAY BE CONSIDERED IN IMPLEMENTING THIS SECTION. CURRICULA SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: PALLIATIVE MEDICINE; PAIN; NEUROPSYCHOLOGIC AND OTHER SYMPTOMS; PREVENTING, IDENTIFYING, AND RESPONDING TO ABUSE OF AND ADDICTION TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; ETHICS AND THE LAW; PATIENT AND FAMILY PERSPECTIVES ON END-OF-LIFE CARE; ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT; ADVANCED CARE PLANNING AND CLINICAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSULT WITH ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTATIVE OF HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS, INSTITUTIONS AND THOSE WITH EXPERTISE IN PAIN MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING EXPERTISE IN THE ACUPUNCTURE FIELD, AND PALLIATIVE CARE WITH RESPECT TO THE STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED UNDER THIS SECTION. 4. THE COMMISSIONER, IN DEVELOPING, REVIEWING AND IMPLEMENTING REGU- LATIONS AND STANDARDS UNDER THIS SECTION, AND THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCA- TION, SHALL CONSULT THE NEW YORK STATE PALLIATIVE CARE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COUNCIL CREATED BY SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT HUNDRED SEVEN-N OF THIS CHAPTER. S 2. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.