Bill S328A-2013

Provides all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information, where provided

Requires a large-print version, or at the patient's request an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information to be provided to all blind and visually impaired patients according to the preference of such patient or such patient's representative.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Jun 21, 2013: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 10, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 5, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 4, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.985
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 21, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 328A
  • Feb 21, 2013: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HEALTH

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Health - May 21, 2013
Ayes (17): Hannon, Ball, Farley, Felder, Fuschillo, Golden, Larkin, Savino, Seward, Young, Rivera, Montgomery, Hassell-Thompson, Adams, Peralta, O'Brien, Hoylman

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S328A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to providing all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or, upon request of the patient, with an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of the bill is to direct hospitals to provide all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or, upon request of the patient, with an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information in an effort to allow access to this sensitive healthcare information while protecting patients' right to privacy on such matters.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new subdivision 9 to section 2803-i of the public health law that directs hospitals to provide all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or, at the patient's or patient's representative's request, as an audio recording available on either a compact disc, electronically transmitted digital file or other medium offered by the hospital in addition to a written copy.

Section 2 adds a new section 2803-t of the public health law that directs hospitals that provide preadmission information to a patient, shall offer a blind or visually impaired patient a large print version, or at the patient's or patient's representative's request, as an audio recording available on either a compact disc, electronically transmitted digital file or other medium offered by the hospital in addition to a written copy.

Section 3 sets an effective date of ninety days following enactment of the law.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is often difficult for patients to remember the extensive instructions given to them by their doctors upon preadmission to and discharge from hospital. Blind or visually impaired patients might also have trouble writing down instructions, which would compound the difficulty of remembering them. In addition, privacy to sensitive private health information contained in these types of documents is lost under current practices when hospital employees read this information aloud to patients.

This bill requires hospitals to provide blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version, or upon request an audio recording, of their preadmission information and discharge plan so they will have access to their doctors' instructions once they leave the hospital. This bill is necessary to ensure that such patients are able to access and follow the instructions given by their doctors and to protect their privacy of this sensitive information.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:.

2011-12, S.4325/A.1469-A(Rosenthal); 2009-10, S.8170(Peralta)/A.6671-B(Rosenthal)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

Undetermined

EFFECTIVE DATE:'

This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 328--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to providing all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or, upon request of the patient, with an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 2803-i of the public health law is renumbered subdivision 10 and a new subdivision 9 is added to read as follows: 9. UPON DISCHARGE OF A BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PATIENT, A HOSPITAL SHALL OFFER TO PROVIDE THE PATIENT'S DISCHARGE PLAN IN A LARGE PRINT VERSION OR, AT THE PATIENT'S OR PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE'S REQUEST, AS AN AUDIO RECORDING, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO SUCH PATIENT OR SUCH PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR OTHER MEDIUM AS THE HOSPITAL MAY OFFER, OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN ADDITION TO A WRITTEN COPY OF THE DISCHARGE PLAN. S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2803-t to read as follows: S 2803-T. PREADMISSION INFORMATION. ANY HOSPITAL THAT PROVIDES PREAD- MISSION INFORMATION TO A PATIENT, SHALL OFFER A BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PATIENT A LARGE PRINT VERSION OR, AT THE PATIENT'S OR PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE'S REQUEST, AN AUDIO RECORDING, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO SUCH PATIENT OR SUCH PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR OTHER MEDIUM AS THE HOSPITAL MAY OFFER, OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN ADDITION TO A WRITTEN COPY OF ANY PREADMISSION INFORMA- TION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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