|SAME AS||SAME AS S01122|
|COSPNSR||Gottfried, McDonald, Hunter, Lifton|
|Add §13-p, Work Comp L|
|Relates to diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employees by certified nurse practitioners.|
|04/21/2017||referred to labor|
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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: A7301 SPONSOR: Paulin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employees by certified nurse practitioners   PURPOSE: The bill authorizes the diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employ- ees by certified nurse practitioners under the workers' compensation program. The inclusion of certified nurse practitioners to conduct healthcare services consistent with their scope and training will afford injured workers greater access to care and more provider options across New York State.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the workers' compensation law by adding a new section 13-p to include nurse practitioners as eligible providers of treatment under the workers' compensation program. Section two provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, the only providers under the Workers' Compensation Law that may deliver healthcare services to injured workers are physicians, psychologists, podiatrists, and chiropractors. Lack of access to quali- fied healthcare providers can prolong an injured workers' return to work. Under education law, section 6902(3), nurse practitioners may diagnose illness and physical conditions, perform therapeutic and corrective measures, and have prescribing authority. Prior to 2015, the nurse prac- titioners could only provide these health care services in collaboration with a physician in accordance with a written practice agreement and written practice protocols. Pursuant to Part D of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, a nurse practitioner with 3,600 hours of practice is not required to maintain a written practice agreement, if the nurse practi- tioner complies with the rest of the requirements of section 6902(3). Under current law and in everyday actual practice, nurse practitioners conduct physical examinations of patients, order tests, prescribe drugs, devices and immunizing agents and, when appropriate, refer patients to other health care providers. New York State has a long history of providing health care consumers with the freedom of choosing from a number of qualified health care service providers. Many New Yorkers opt to receive healthcare services from a nurse practitioner, and more frequently New Yorkers are relying on NPs for primary care. Individuals in the workers' compensation system should not be denied this option. Moreover, this bill would not result in increased costs. In fact, including nurse practitioners in the workers' compensation program could lead to a savings for the system.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10230, 2016 referred to labor. Same as S.5572, 2016 referred to labor.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7301 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY April 21, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, GOTTFRIED -- read once and referred to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employees by certified nurse practition- ers The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The workers' compensation law is amended by adding a new 2 section 13-p to read as follows: 3 § 13-p. Diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employees by certi- 4 fied nurse practitioners. 1. Where the term "nurse practitioner" is used 5 in this section, such term shall mean a person who is duly licensed as a 6 registered professional nurse, certified as a nurse practitioner under 7 section six thousand nine hundred ten of the education law, and practic- 8 ing in compliance with the requirements of section six thousand nine 9 hundred two of the education law. 10 (a) Notwithstanding the requirements of sections thirteen and thir- 11 teen-a of this article, an injured employee, injured under circumstances 12 which make such an injury compensable under this article, may lawfully 13 be diagnosed and treated by a nurse practitioner and authorized by the 14 chair to render health care services pursuant to this section. Such 15 services shall be within the scope of the nurse practitioner as defined 16 in paragraph (a) of subdivision three of section six thousand nine 17 hundred two of the education law, and shall include performing independ- 18 ent medical examinations. 19 (b) A nurse practitioner rendering service pursuant to this section 20 shall maintain records of the patient's condition and nurse practitioner 21 treatment, and such records or reports shall be submitted to the chair 22 on such forms and at such times as the chair may require. 23 2. A nurse practitioner who is desirous of being authorized to render 24 healthcare services under this section shall file an application for EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06148-01-7A. 7301 2 1 authorization under this section with the nurse practitioner practice 2 committee. The applicant shall agree to refrain from subsequently treat- 3 ing for remuneration, as a private patient, any person seeking nurse 4 practitioner healthcare services, in connection with, or as a result of, 5 any injury compensable under this chapter, if he or she has been removed 6 from the list of nurse practitioners authorized to render services under 7 this chapter. This agreement shall run to the benefit of the injured 8 person so treated, and shall be available as a defense in any action by 9 such nurse practitioner for payment for treatment rendered by such nurse 10 practitioner after being removed from the list of nurse practitioners 11 authorized to render healthcare services under this section. The nurse 12 practitioner practice committee, if it deems such certified nurse prac- 13 titioner duly qualified, shall recommend to the chair that such person 14 be authorized to render healthcare services under this section. Such 15 recommendations shall be only advisory to the chair and shall not be 16 binding or conclusive. The chair shall prepare and establish a schedule 17 for the state or schedules limited to defined localities of charges and 18 fees for nurse practitioner treatment and care, to be determined in 19 accordance with and be subject to change pursuant to rules promulgated 20 by the chair. Before preparing such schedule for the state or schedules 21 for limited localities the chair shall request the nurse practitioner 22 practice committee to submit to such chair a report on the amount of 23 remuneration deemed by such committee to be fair and adequate for the 24 types of services to be rendered under this chapter, but consideration 25 shall be given to the view of other interested parties. The amounts 26 payable by the employer for such treatment and services shall be the 27 fees and charges established by such schedule. 28 3. No claim for nurse practitioner services shall be valid and 29 enforceable as against the employer or employees unless within forty- 30 eight hours following the first treatment the nurse practitioner giving 31 such care or treatment furnishes to the employer and directly to the 32 chair a preliminary notice of such injury and treatment, and within 33 fifteen days thereafter a more complete report and subsequent thereto 34 progress reports as requested in writing by the chair, board, employer 35 or insurance carrier, at intervals of not less than three weeks apart or 36 at less frequent intervals if requested on forms prescribed by the 37 chair. The board may excuse the failure to give such notices within the 38 designated periods when it finds it to be in the interest of justice to 39 do so. 40 4. Fees for nurse practitioner services shall be payable only to a 41 duly certified nurse practitioner, or to the agent, executor or adminis- 42 trator of the estate of such nurse practitioner. No nurse practitioner 43 rendering treatment to a compensation claimant shall collect or receive 44 a fee from such claimant within this state, but shall have recourse for 45 payment of services rendered only to the employer under the provisions 46 of this section. 47 5. Whenever his or her attendance at a hearing is required, the nurse 48 practitioner of the injured employee shall be entitled to receive a fee 49 from the employer in an amount to be fixed by the board, in addition to 50 any fee payable under section eight thousand one of the civil practice 51 law and rules. 52 6. (a) Unless within thirty days after a bill has been rendered to the 53 employer by the nurse practitioner who has treated an injured employee, 54 such employer shall have notified the chair and such nurse practitioner 55 in writing that such employer demands an impartial examination of the 56 fairness of the amount claimed by such nurse practitioner for his or herA. 7301 3 1 services, the right to such an impartial examination shall be deemed to 2 be waived and the amount claimed by such nurse practitioner shall be 3 deemed to be the fair value of the services rendered. If the parties 4 fail to agree as to the nurse practitioner healthcare services rendered 5 under this chapter to a claimant, such value shall be decided by the 6 nurse practitioner practice committee and the majority decision of such 7 committee shall be conclusive upon the parties as to the value of the 8 services rendered. The board may make an award for any such bill or part 9 thereof which remains unpaid in the same manner as an award for bills 10 rendered under subdivisions one and three of section thirteen-g of this 11 article, and such award may be collected in like manner as an award of 12 compensation. The chair shall assess the sum of fifty dollars against 13 the employer for each such award made by the board, which sum shall be 14 paid into the state treasury. 15 (b) Where a nurse practitioner's bill has been determined to be due 16 and owing in accordance with the provisions of this section, the board 17 may impose a penalty of not more than one and one-half percent interest 18 per month payable to the licensed nurse practitioner in accordance with 19 the rules and regulations promulgated by the board. 20 (c) The parties to such proceeding shall each pay to the chair a sum 21 equal to five per centum of the amount payable under the decision of 22 such committee or a minimum of five dollars, whichever is greater. The 23 sums so collected shall be transferred to the state treasury to reim- 24 burse it on account of the expense of administering this section. 25 7. Within the limits prescribed by the education law for certified 26 nurse practitioner services, the report or testimony of an authorized 27 nurse practitioner concerning the condition of an injured employee and 28 treatment thereof shall be deemed competent evidence and the profes- 29 sional opinion of the nurse practitioner as to causal relation and as to 30 required treatment shall be deemed competent but shall not be control- 31 ling. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to deprive any employer or 32 insurance carrier of any right to a medical examination or presentation 33 of medical testimony now conferred by law. 34 8. The chair shall promulgate rules governing the procedure to be 35 followed by nurse practitioners rendering healthcare services under this 36 section, which rules so far as practicable shall conform to the rules 37 presently in effect with reference to medical care furnished to claim- 38 ants in workers' compensation. In connection with the promulgation of 39 such rules the chair may consult the nurse practitioner practice commit- 40 tee and may take into consideration the view of other interested 41 parties. 42 9. The chair shall appoint for and with jurisdiction in the entire 43 state of New York a single nurse practitioner practice committee 44 composed of two certified nurse practitioners, and one duly licensed 45 physician of the state of New York. Each member of such committee shall 46 receive compensation either on an annual basis or on a per diem basis to 47 be fixed by the chair within amounts appropriated therefor. One of such 48 nurse practitioners shall be designated by the chair as a chair of such 49 nurse practitioner practice committee. No member of such committee shall 50 render healthcare services under this section nor be an employer or 51 accept or participate in any fee from any insurance company authorized 52 to write workers' compensation insurance in this state or from any self- 53 insurer, whether such employment or fee relates to a workers' compen- 54 sation claim or otherwise. The attorney general, upon request, shall 55 advise and assist such committee.A. 7301 4 1 10. The nurse practitioner practice committee shall investigate, hear 2 and make findings with respect to all charges as to professional or 3 other misconduct of any authorized nurse practitioner as provided in 4 this section under rules and procedures to be prescribed by the chair 5 and shall report evidence of such misconduct, with their findings and 6 recommendations with respect thereto, to the chair. The findings, deci- 7 sion and recommendation of such nurse practitioner practice committee 8 shall be advisory to the chair only, and shall not be binding or conclu- 9 sive upon him or her. The chair shall remove from the list of certified 10 nurse practitioners authorized to render healthcare services under this 11 chapter the name of any nurse practitioner who he or she shall find 12 after reasonable investigation is disqualified because such nurse prac- 13 titioner: (a) has been guilty of professional or other misconduct or 14 incompetency in connection with the rendering of healthcare services, 15 (b) has exceeded the limits of his or her professional competence in 16 rendering healthcare services under the law, or has made false state- 17 ments regarding qualifications in the application for authorization, (c) 18 has failed to submit timely, full and truthful nurse practitioner 19 healthcare services evaluation and treatment reports of all findings to 20 the employer and directly to the chair of the board within the time 21 limits provided in this section, (d) has rendered nurse practitioner 22 services under this chapter for a fee less than that fixed in the fee 23 schedule, (e) has solicited or has employed another to solicit for 24 himself or herself or for another professional treatment, examination or 25 care of an injured employee with any claim under this chapter, (f) has 26 refused to appear before or answer upon request of the chair, board, 27 nurse practitioner practice committee or any duly authorized officer of 28 the state, any legal question or produce any relevant book or paper 29 concerning conduct under an authorization granted under law, or (g) has 30 directly or indirectly requested, received or participated in the divi- 31 sion, transference, assignment, rebating, splitting or refunding of a 32 fee for, or has directly or indirectly requested, received or profited 33 by means of a credit or otherwise valuable consideration as a commis- 34 sion, discount or gratuity in connection with the treatment of a work- 35 ers' compensation claimant. 36 11. Any person who violates or attempts to violate, and any person who 37 aids another to violate or attempts to induce him or her to violate the 38 provisions of paragraph (g) of subdivision ten of this section shall be 39 guilty of a misdemeanor. 40 12. Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting in any 41 respect the power or duty of the chair to investigate instances of 42 misconduct, either before or after investigation by the nurse practi- 43 tioner practice committee, or to temporarily suspend the authorization 44 of any nurse practitioner believed to be guilty of such misconduct. The 45 provisions of subdivision one of section thirteen-d of this article 46 which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section shall be 47 applicable as if fully set forth in this section. 48 13. Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit nurse practition- 49 ers who practice as partners, in groups or as a professional corporation 50 from pooling fees and moneys received, either by the partnership, 51 professional corporation or group or by the individual members thereof, 52 for professional services furnished by any individual professional 53 member, or employee of such partnership, corporation or group, nor shall 54 the professionals constituting the partnerships, corporations, or groups 55 be prohibited from sharing, dividing or apportioning the fees and moneysA. 7301 5 1 received by them or by the partnership, corporation or group in accord- 2 ance with a partnership or other agreement. 3 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after 4 it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- 5 ment and/or repeal of any rules and regulations necessary to implement 6 the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be 7 made on or before such effective date.