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Bill S5463B-2009

Provides all blind and visually impaired patients with an audio recording of the discharge plan

Provides that all blind and visually impaired patients with an audio recording of the discharge plan, to be made available according to the preference of such patient or such patient's representative.

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Actions

  • Jun 14, 2010: RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN
  • Jun 14, 2010: VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 14, 2010: SUBSTITUTION RECONSIDERED
  • Mar 22, 2010: SUBSTITUTED BY A6671B
  • Mar 18, 2010: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 17, 2010: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 16, 2010: 1ST REPORT CAL.267
  • Jan 12, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO CODES
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Jun 2, 2009: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO CODES
  • May 21, 2009: PRINT NUMBER 5463B
  • May 21, 2009: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • May 12, 2009: PRINT NUMBER 5463A
  • May 12, 2009: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • May 7, 2009: REFERRED TO HEALTH

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Health - Jan 12, 2010
Ayes (12): Duane, Onorato, Montgomery, Kruger, Sampson, Klein, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Johnson C, Fuschillo, Little
Ayes W/R (5): Hannon, Farley, Larkin, Winner, Young
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Codes - Mar 16, 2010
Ayes (14): Schneiderman, Breslin, Duane, Parker, Huntley, Sampson, Klein, Perkins, Squadron, Volker, Bonacic, Golden, Lanza, Flanagan
Ayes W/R (2): Saland, DeFrancisco

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S5463B             REVISED 01/12/10

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public health law, in relation to providing all blind and visually impaired patients with an audio recording of the discharge plan

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : This bill directs hospitals to offer all blind and visually impaired patients an audio recording of their discharge plan.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section one adds a new subdivision 9 to section 2803-i of the public health law that directs hospitals to offer all blind and visually impaired patients an audio recording of their discharge plan.

Section two sets out the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION : It is often difficult for patients to remember the extensive instructions given to them by their doctors upon discharge from a hospital. Blind or visually impaired patients might also have trouble writing instructions down, which would compound the difficulty of remembering them. This bill requires hospitals to offer blind and visually impaired patients an audio recording of their discharge plan so that the patient can readily access their doctor's 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, thus lowering the risk of complications and readmission.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Undetermined.

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

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5463--B 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 7, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- 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 -- 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 an audio recording of the discharge plan 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 AS AN AUDIO RECORD- ING, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ACCORDING TO THE PREFERENCE OF 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. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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