STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
February 24, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. FALL, CUSICK, DARLING, DICKENS, O'DONNELL, SIMON,
WALKER, TAYLOR -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT in relation to directing the commissioner of health to conduct a
study of the delivery of ambulatory and other medical care in response
to the COVID-19 pandemic
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. a. The commissioner of health shall conduct a study of
2 the delivery of primary care, urgent care, and commonly used ambulatory
3 health care services in this state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
4 including the current situation and expected trends for the future.
5 Entities to be studied shall include clinics operating within or spon-
6 sored by pharmacies and other retail businesses (retail clinics), ambu-
7 latory health care offices open for extended hours without an appoint-
8 ment (urgent care centers), and major ambulatory health care practices
9 (whether in one location or multiple locations) whose health care
10 professionals are linked directly or indirectly in an economic relation-
11 ship, federally qualified health centers, community health centers,
12 general hospital ambulatory care clinics, and other ambulatory care
13 centers. Entities to be studied shall not include ambulatory surgery
14 centers or office-based surgery practices.
15 b. The study shall examine the impact of the respective entities on
16 the delivery, quality, accessibility, and cost of ambulatory health care
17 in this state. The commissioner shall make recommendations to improve
18 the delivery, quality, accessibility, and cost of the full range of
19 ambulatory health care services required by communities in this state.
20 c. During the study the operator of a clinic, urgent care, and/or
21 such major ambulatory health care practice shall give a 30-day notice to
22 the department of health and locally elected officials before a closure,
23 relocation or decertification.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 d. The commissioner of health shall report and publish on the depart-
2 ment of health's website, and transmit the commissioner's findings and
3 recommendations to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the minor-
4 ity leader of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate and
5 the minority leader of the senate on or before one year from the date
6 this act shall take effect.
7 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.