Requires the commissioner of health to create a list of information by means of which to contact the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring the commissioner of health to create a list of long-term care contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require the commissioner of health to compile a list of contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program, local area agencies on aging, local departments of social services, and local departments of health and would require health care providers and practitioners to provide a patient who may be in need of long term care with such information based on the patient's county of residence.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section, 2997-e, to the public health law, which would require the commissioner of health to create a list of contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program, local area agencies on aging, local departments of social services, and local departments of health to be organized by county, provided that for New York city, such contact information for local agencies may be the government information and non-emergency services citizen service center. This section also requires the commissioner to update the list periodically and to provide such list to health care providers and practitioners. Whenever a health care provider or practitioner recommends long term care for a patient, such provider or practitioner must provide the contact information to the patient based on the patient's county of residence or prospective county of residence.
Section 2 sets the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Implemented in 2009, the NY Connects program provides locally accessible, consumer centered access points to seniors seeking information about long term care options. Seniors are provided with linkages to services and are able to make informed decisions about their long term care needs, as well as streamline access to long term care services and supports. NY Connects is part of the national movement to redesign long term care, which has proven to provide excellent outcomes in a cost effective manner. NY Connects enhances the delivery of quality medical and non-medical long-term care services through a single coordinated system of long-term care information and assistance that minimizes confusion, supports informed decision-making and enhances consumer choice. This program ultimately improves the quality of life for
seniors who take advantage of the program by offering early intervention and prevention and promoting the most integrated long term care setting, based on the unique needs of the consumer. NY Connects also helps seniors identify suitable levels of care and types of services to prevent or delay the need for costly institutional care.
By requiring the commissioner to create a list of contact information for the NY Connects program and other resources relating to long-term care and subsequently requiring health care providers and practitioners to give patients in need of long term care services with this information, this bill encourages the use of such programs and subsequently assists seniors in acquiring long term care in an efficient and cost effective manner.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Such contact information is readily available and the bill allows the commissioner and providers/practitioners to disseminate such information in any form.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4796--C 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 25, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, KLEIN, SAVINO -- 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 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- 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 requiring the commissioner of health to create a list of long-term care contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program 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 2997-e to read as follows: S 2997-E. PROVISION OF CONTACT INFORMATION RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING, CREATE A LIST OF INFORMATION BY MEANS OF WHICH TO CONTACT THE NY CONNECTS: CHOICES FOR LONG TERM CARE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED THREE OF THE ELDER LAW, LOCAL AREA AGENCIES ON AGING, LOCAL DEPARTMENTS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AND LOCAL DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH TO BE ORGANIZED BY COUNTY, PROVIDED THAT IN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, SUCH CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LOCAL AGENCIES MAY BE THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AND NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES CITIZEN SERVICE CENTER IN SUCH CITY. THIS LIST SHALL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY AS NEEDED. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROVIDE SUCH LIST TO HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS CERTIFIED OR LICENSED UNDER THIS CHAPTER AND, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, TO ALL HEALTH CAREEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10910-11-2 S. 4796--C 2
PROVIDERS AND HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS LICENSED UNDER THE EDUCATION LAW. 2. WHENEVER A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR PRACTITIONER MAKES A RECOMMENDA- TION REGARDING THE NECESSITY OF LONG TERM CARE SERVICES OR A REFERRAL FOR THE RECEIPT OF LONG TERM CARE SERVICES TO A PATIENT, THE PATIENT OR PATIENT'S DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR PRACTITIONER THE CONTACT INFORMATION FROM THE LIST CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION THAT CORRESPONDS TO THE PATIENT'S COUNTY OF RESIDENCE OR PROSPECTIVE COUNTY OF RESIDENCE BASED ON THE PREFERENCE OF THE PATIENT. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.