BILL NO A07488 SAME AS SAME AS S05733 SPONSOR Gottfried (MS) COSPNSR Russell MLTSPNSR Amd 2999-cc, Pub Health L Includes occupational and physical therapists within the definition of telehealth providers.Go to top
BILL NO A07488 05/13/2015 referred to health 05/19/2015 reported 05/21/2015 advanced to third reading cal.453 05/28/2015 passed assembly 05/28/2015 delivered to senate 05/28/2015 REFERRED TO HEALTH 06/15/2015 SUBSTITUTED FOR S5733 06/15/2015 PASSED SENATE 06/15/2015 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY 11/10/2015 delivered to governor 11/20/2015 signed chap.454Go to top
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A7488 SPONSOR: Gottfried (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to including physical therapists and occupational therapists as telehealth providers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: to include physical therapists and occupational therapists among the health care professionals who may deliver health care services using electronic information and communi- cation technologies.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Would amend subdivision 2 of section 2999-cc of the Public Health Law to add physical therapists and occupa- tional therapists to the list of health care professionals who may provide services using telehealth systems (physician, physician assist- ant, dentist, nurse practitioner, nurse, podiatrist, optometrist, psychologist, social worker, speech language pathologist, midwife, certified diabetes educator, certified asthma educator, certified genet- ic counselor).   JUSTIFICATION: Telehealth is the application of evaluation, consulta- tion, preventive and therapeutic services delivered through telecommuni- cation and information technologies, allowing greater access to care. Physical and occupational therapy practitioners can effectively use telehealth to provide services from a location that is physically distant from the patient, to benefit the patient where and when the patient needs it most.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: on the same date and in the same manner as chapter 550 of the laws of 2014.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7488 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY May 13, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. GOTTFRIED, RUSSELL -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to including physical therapists and occupational therapists as telehealth providers The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 2999-cc of the public health law, 2 as added by chapter 6 of the laws of 2015, is amended to read as 3 follows: 4 2. "Telehealth provider" means: 5 (a) a physician licensed pursuant to article one hundred thirty-one of 6 the education law; 7 (b) a physician assistant licensed pursuant to article one hundred 8 thirty-one-B of the education law; 9 (c) a dentist licensed pursuant to article one hundred thirty-three of 10 the education law; 11 (d) a nurse practitioner licensed pursuant to article one hundred 12 thirty-nine of the education law; 13 (e) a registered professional nurse licensed pursuant to article one 14 hundred thirty-nine of the education law only when such nurse is receiv- 15 ing patient-specific health information or medical data at a distant 16 site by means of remote patient monitoring; 17 (f) a podiatrist licensed pursuant to article one hundred forty-one of 18 the education law; 19 (g) an optometrist licensed pursuant to article one hundred forty- 20 three of the education law; 21 (h) a psychologist licensed pursuant to article one hundred fifty- 22 three of the education law; 23 (i) a social worker licensed pursuant to article one hundred fifty- 24 four of the education law; EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10951-01-5A. 7488 2 1 (j) a speech language pathologist or audiologist licensed pursuant to 2 article one hundred fifty-nine of the education law; 3 (k) a midwife licensed pursuant to article one hundred forty of the 4 education law; 5 (l) a physical therapist licensed pursuant to article one hundred 6 thirty-six of the education law; 7 (m) an occupational therapist licensed pursuant to article one hundred 8 fifty-six of the education law; 9 (n) a person who is certified as a diabetes educator by the National 10 Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or a successor national 11 certification board, or provided by such a professional who is affil- 12 iated with a program certified by the American Diabetes Association, the 13 American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Indian Health Services, 14 or any other national accreditation organization approved by the federal 15 centers for medicare and medicaid services; 16 [ (m)] (o) a person who is certified as an asthma educator by the 17 National Asthma Educator Certification Board, or a successor national 18 certification board; 19 [ (n)] (p) a person who is certified as a genetic counselor by the 20 American Board of Genetic Counseling, or a successor national certif- 21 ication board; 22 [ (o)] (q) a hospital as defined in article twenty-eight of this chap- 23 ter; 24 [ (p)] (r) a home care services agency as defined in article thirty-six 25 of this chapter; 26 [ (q)] (s) a hospice as defined in article forty of this chapter; and 27 [ (r)] (t) any other provider as determined by the commissioner pursu- 28 ant to regulation. 29 § 2. This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same 30 manner as chapter 550 of the laws of 2014 takes effect.