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A00414 Summary:

COSPNSRClark, Gunther, Kavanagh, Rosenthal, Jaffee, Englebright, Gottfried
MLTSPNSRGalef, Jacobs, Lifton, Lupardo, McDonough, Millman, Perry, Titone, Weisenberg
Add S2506-a, Pub Health L; amd S2343, Ins L
Provides for a premium reduction for physicians and licensed midwives who complete a risk management strategies course in obstetrics or midwifery.
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A00414 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2013
        Introduced  by M. of A. PAULIN, CLARK, GUNTHER, KAVANAGH, MAISEL, ROSEN-
          THAL, JAFFEE, ENGLEBRIGHT, GOTTFRIED -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          WEISENBERG  --  read  once  and referred 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 and the insurance law, in relation
          to  premium  reduction for obstetric practitioners who complete a risk
          management strategies course
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
     2  2506-a to read as follows:
     3    § 2506-a. Risk  management  strategies  in  obstetrics  and  midwifery
     4  courses.  1.  In  order to improve patient safety, birth outcomes and to
     5  promote informed consultation by  patients  with  their  physicians  and
     6  licensed midwives during the prenatal through intrapartum and postpartum

     7  periods,  the  commissioner shall approve professional education courses
     8  for eligible physicians and licensed midwives as provided in subdivision
     9  four of this section that covers risk management strategies  in  obstet-
    10  rics and midwifery as described in subdivision two of this section. Such
    11  risk management strategies courses shall be subject to such standards as
    12  the  commissioner may prescribe by regulation. In prescribing such regu-
    13  lations, the commissioner may consult  with  the  American  Congress  of
    14  Obstetricians  and Gynecologists, New York State Association of Licensed
    15  Midwives and other health care organizations. An eligible  physician  or
    16  licensed midwife who successfully completes such risk management strate-

    17  gies  course  pursuant  to this section shall receive continuing medical
    18  education credit and a certificate of completion.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    2.  Courses on risk management strategies during the prenatal  through
     2  intrapartum and postpartum periods shall promote evidence-based clinical
     3  guidelines  and  patient  safety  protocols  from both the midwifery and
     4  obstetrical perspectives. Options for courses should be appropriate  for
     5  the  respective  profession  and  may  include information and education

     6  addressing risks associated with the practice of obstetrics and  midwif-
     7  ery.  Course  options  may  include issues such as: methods to eliminate
     8  non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries prior to thirty-nine weeks
     9  gestation including the neonatal impact of late preterm births;  vaginal
    10  births  after cesarean births and the applicability to a trial of labor;
    11  reductions in cesarean births; monitoring of fetal  well-being;  manage-
    12  ment  of  pain in labor; management of maternal hemorrhage, hypertensive
    13  crisis, vaginal breech and prevention of shoulder  dystocia;  and  other
    14  evidence-based  guideline  determined  issues  that improve the care and
    15  outcomes of women.
    16    3. Attendance at any course approved by the commissioner  pursuant  to

    17  this section may be in person or through distance learning methods which
    18  evince  that  all participants are in attendance for the duration of the
    19  course and able to ask questions of the instructor.
    20    4. Physicians who are board certified or  are  active  candidates  for
    21  board certification in obstetrics and physicians who are board certified
    22  or  are  eligible for board certification in family practice and provide
    23  obstetric services and midwives who are licensed in the state are eligi-
    24  ble for a risk management strategies course.
    25    5. The commissioner is authorized to prescribe  any  rules  and  regu-
    26  lations  necessary  to implement this section. In prescribing such rules
    27  and regulations, the commissioner shall consider  the  rules  and  regu-

    28  lations promulgated by the superintendent of financial services pursuant
    29  to  subsection  (e) of section two thousand three hundred forty-three of
    30  the insurance law and may consult with the superintendent  of  financial
    31  services.
    32    §  2. Subsection (e) of section 2343 of the insurance law, as added by
    33  chapter 642 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read as follows:
    34    (e) The superintendent may approve an actuarially appropriate  premium
    35  reduction  for an insured physician or licensed midwife who successfully
    36  completes a risk management course or a course authorized by the commis-
    37  sioner of health under section two thousand five hundred  six-a  of  the
    38  public  health law, which must be approved by the superintendent subject

    39  to such standards as the superintendent may prescribe by regulation.  In
    40  prescribing  such  regulation  the  superintendent  may consult with the
    41  commissioner of health.
    42    § 3. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become  a
    43  law  and  shall  apply  to  all insurance policies and contracts issued,
    44  renewed, modified or altered on  and  after  such  effective  date.  The
    45  commissioner  of health and the superintendent of financial services are
    46  authorized and directed to adopt, amend, suspend or  repeal  regulations
    47  and  take  other  actions  necessary  for the implementation of this act
    48  prior to such effective date; provided,  however,  that  such  adoption,
    49  amendment,  suspension  or  repeal  of  regulations shall not have legal
    50  effect until this act takes effect.
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