Relates to the establishment of convenient care clinics; authorizes the public health and health planning council to adopt/amend rules and regulations relating thereto.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the establishment of convenient care clinics
PURPOSE: To create standards for the establishment and operation of convenient care clinics.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 2801-a of the public health law by adding a new subdivision 17 authorizing legal entities formed under the laws of New York to operate convenient care clinics provided that they comply with all applicable requirements and demonstrate to the satisfaction of the public health council sufficient experience and expertise in delivering high quality health care services. The public health council is directed to amend rules and regulations to address any matter pertinent to the establishment and operation of convenient care clinics. This section also clarifies that several provisions of 2801-a relating to corporations do not apply to convenient care clinics. This section further provides that a convenient care clinic shall be deemed to be a "health care provider" for the purposes of title 2-D of article two of the public health law (healthcare provider referrals). A prescriber practicing in a convenient care clinic shall not be deemed to be in the employ of a pharmacy or practicing in a hospital for purposes of section 6807 (2) of the education law. In addition, this section directs the Commissioner to promulgate regulations for convenient care clinics, which may be different from the regulations applicable to diagnostic or treatment centers. In making the regulations, the Commissioner must consult with a workgroup which includes representatives of professional societies of health care professionals and promote and strengthen primary care and integration of services. Section two provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Convenient care clinics already exist in several locations throughout New York State. However, there is currently no statutory or regulatory scheme in place that specifically addresses these entities. This bill will ensure that all convenient care clinics are created and operated according to set standards. By establishing these regulations, the state will be better able to monitor convenient care clinics to make certain that they are providing safe, high quality health care services.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Same as 88275 2010 referred to rules.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3673--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 1, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. HANNON, LARKIN, OPPENHEIMER, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the establishment of convenient care clinics THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2801-a of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 17 to read as follows: 17. CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS. (A) DIAGNOSTIC OR TREATMENT CENTERS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICES WITHIN THE SPACE OF A RETAIL BUSINESS OPERATION, SUCH AS A PHARMACY, A STORE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR A SHOPPING MALL, OR WITHIN SPACE USED BY AN EMPLOYER FOR PROVIDING HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO ITS EMPLOYEES, MAY BE OPERATED BY LEGAL ENTITIES FORMED UNDER THE LAWS OF NEW YORK WHOSE STOCKHOLDERS OR MEMBERS, AS APPLICABLE, ARE NOT NATURAL PERSONS AND WHOSE PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS AND MEMBERS, AS APPLICABLE, AND CONTROLLING PERSONS COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION AND DEMONSTRATE, TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL, SUFFI- CIENT EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE SERVICES. SUCH DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT CENTERS SHALL BE REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION AS "CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS". FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION, THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL SHALL ADOPT AND AMEND RULES AND REGULATIONS, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF THIS SECTION, TO ADDRESS ANY MATTER IT DEEMS PERTINENT TO THE ESTAB- LISHMENT AND OPERATION OF CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS; PROVIDED THAT SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, PROVISIONS GOVERNING OR RELATING TO: (I) ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT CHANGES OR TRANS-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00922-08-1 S. 3673--A 2
FERS OF OWNERSHIP INTERESTS OR VOTING RIGHTS IN SUCH ENTITIES OR THEIR STOCKHOLDERS OR MEMBERS, AS APPLICABLE, AND PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL APPROVAL OF ANY CHANGE IN CONTROLLING INTER- ESTS, PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS, CONTROLLING PERSONS, PARENT COMPANY OR SPONSORS; (II) OVERSIGHT OF THE OPERATOR AND ITS SHAREHOLDERS OR MEMBERS, AS APPLICABLE, INCLUDING LOCAL GOVERNANCE OF THE CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS; AND (III) RELATING TO THE CHARACTER AND COMPETENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS OF, AND CHANGES RELATING TO, THE DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE OPERATOR AND ITS PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS, CONTROLLING PERSONS, PARENT COMPANY OR SPONSORS. (B) THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS OPERATED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION: (I) PARA- GRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, RELATING TO STOCKHOLDERS AND MEMBERS; (II) PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION, RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF STOCK OR VOTING RIGHTS; AND (III) PARA- GRAPH (E) OF SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION, RELATING TO THE OWNERSHIP OF STOCK OR MEMBERSHIP. (C) A CONVENIENT CARE CLINIC SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE A "HEALTH CARE PROVIDER" FOR THE PURPOSES OF TITLE TWO-D OF ARTICLE TWO OF THIS CHAP- TER. A PRESCRIBER PRACTICING IN A CONVENIENT CARE CLINIC SHALL NOT BE DEEMED TO BE IN THE EMPLOY OF A PHARMACY OR PRACTICING IN A HOSPITAL FOR PURPOSES OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION SIXTY-EIGHT HUNDRED SEVEN OF THE EDUCATION LAW. (D) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS FOR CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS, WHICH MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM THE REGULATIONS OTHERWISE APPLICA- BLE TO DIAGNOSTIC OR TREATMENT CENTERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: DESIGNATING OR LIMITING THE DIAGNOSES AND SERVICES THAT MAY BE PROVIDED; AND REQUIREMENTS OR GUIDELINES FOR ADVERTISING AND SIGNAGE, DISCLOSURE OF OWNERSHIP INTERESTS, INFORMED CONSENT, RECORD KEEPING, REFERRAL FOR TREATMENT, CASE REPORTING TO THE PATIENT'S PRIMARY CARE OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, FIXTURES, AND EQUIPMENT. IN MAKING REGULATIONS UNDER THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL (I) CONSULT WITH A WORKGROUP INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES OF APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, INCLUDING THOSE IN PRIMARY CARE AND OTHER SPECIALITIES; AND (II) PROMOTE AND STRENGTHEN PRIMARY CARE; THE INTEGRATION OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY CONVENIENT CARE CLINICS WITH THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PATIENT'S OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS; AND THE REFERRAL OF PATIENTS TO APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING APPROPRIATE TRANSMISSION OF PATIENT HEALTH RECORDS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.