Directs clinical laboratories to provide results of tests directly to the person on whom the test was performed.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to directing clinical laboratories to provide results of tests directly to the person on whom the test was performed
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The public health law is amended by adding a new section 576-d.
JUSTIFICATION: Presently, in New York state, the patient must request a copy of a lab report from a physician. This can take a great deal of time and is sometimes difficult. This bill would provide for the release of test results to the patient as well as to the doctor who ordered it. Copies of the test results would be sent to both the doctor and the patient. This would allow the patient to be an informed participant in his/her own medical care and if the patient were to change doctors or seek additional opinions regarding care, test results would be readily accessible.
This practice is in effect in New Jersey.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010: S.2896 - Referred to Health Committee 2011/2012: S.3607 - Referred to Health Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 634 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 directing clinical laboratories to provide results of tests directly to the person on whom the test was performed 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 576-d to read as follows: S 576-D. RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS TO PATIENTS. 1. A CLINICAL LABORATORY SHALL, UPON REQUEST, REPORT THE RESULTS OF ANY TEST, EXAMINATION OR ANALYSIS OF A SPECIMEN SUBMITTED FOR EVIDENCE OF HUMAN DISEASE OR MEDICAL CONDITION DIRECTLY TO THE PERSON ON WHOM THE TEST WAS PERFORMED, IN ADDITION TO THE PHYSICIAN WHO ORDERED SUCH TEST OR EXAMINATION. 2. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL AUTHORIZE A CLINICAL LABORATORY TO ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF ANY HEALTH CARE PROFESSION UNDER TITLE EIGHT OF THE EDUCATION LAW. THE REPORT ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL CONTAIN A CLEAR STATEMENT, PRESENTED IN A PROMINENT MANNER, TO THE EFFECT THAT THE REPORT SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS MEDICAL ADVICE AND IS NOT MEANT TO REPLACE DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04275-01-3