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A10671 Summary:

BILL NOA10671A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08185-A
 
SPONSORGunther
 
COSPNSRWoerner, Santabarbara, Lavine, Taylor, Errigo
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 2827, Pub Health L
 
Relates to persons designated by a general hospital to identify infectious disease processes, conduct surveillance and epidemiologic investigations, and develop plans to prevent and control the transmission of infectious agents within general hospitals.
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A10671 Actions:

BILL NOA10671A
 
05/10/2018referred to health
05/23/2018amend (t) and recommit to health
05/23/2018print number 10671a
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A10671 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                        10671--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 10, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER, WOERNER -- 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, in relation to the employment  of
          persons  to  function  as  infection preventionists in certain general
          hospitals

          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  2827 to read as follows:
     3    § 2827. Infection preventionists. 1. For the purposes of this section,
     4  the terms:
     5    (a) "infection preventionist" shall mean  a  person  designated  by  a
     6  general  hospital  to  identify  infectious  disease  processes, conduct
     7  surveillance and epidemiologic  investigations,  and  develop  plans  to
     8  prevent and control the transmission of infectious agents within general
     9  hospitals.
    10    (b)  "healthcare  professional" shall mean a person licensed or certi-
    11  fied pursuant to title eight of the education law.
    12    2. A person shall not function as  an  infection  preventionist  in  a
    13  general  hospital  and  a general hospital shall not employ or otherwise
    14  contract for the services of  an  infection  preventionist  unless  such
    15  person meets one of the following:
    16    (a)  (i)  has successfully passed an exam from a nationally accredited
    17  infection prevention and epidemiology accrediting organization  such  as
    18  the certification board of infection control and epidemiology, inc.; and
    19  (ii)  holds  and  maintains  certification  in  infection prevention and
    20  control (CIC); or
    21    (b) provides evidence that  such  person  was  employed  or  otherwise
    22  contracted  for  the services as an infection preventionist in a general
    23  hospital for a cumulative period of  one  year,  occurring  within  four
    24  years immediately prior to the effective date of this section. In furth-
    25  erance  of  this  paragraph, any contractor or employer of persons func-
    26  tioning as an infection preventionist on  the  effective  date  of  this
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15185-03-8

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     1  section  shall  confirm in writing to each employee or contractor his or
     2  her employment in a capacity functioning as an  infection  preventionist
     3  in a general hospital as of the effective date of this section; or
     4    (c)  is  a  student or intern performing the functions of an infection
     5  preventionist if such student or intern is under the direct  supervision
     6  of an appropriately licensed or certified healthcare professional and is
     7  functioning within the scope of the student's or intern's training.
     8    3.  An  infection  preventionist who does not meet the requirements of
     9  paragraph (b) of subdivision two of this section shall  have  thirty-six
    10  months  from  the  date  of  hire  to obtain the infection preventionist
    11  credential outlined in paragraph (a) of subdivision two of this section.
    12    4. A general hospital may employ or otherwise contract with  a  person
    13  who does not meet the certification requirements required above to func-
    14  tion as an infection preventionist in a general hospital if:
    15    (a) after a diligent and thorough effort has been made, if such gener-
    16  al  hospital is unable to employ or contract with a sufficient number of
    17  qualified infection preventionists who meet  the  requirements  of  this
    18  section;
    19    (b)  such  general  hospital makes a written record of its efforts and
    20  retains such record at the general hospital; and
    21    (c) the person obtains a CIC credential as outlined in  paragraph  (a)
    22  of  subdivision  two of this section, within three years of the start of
    23  employment or contracting for the performance of  infection  prevention-
    24  ists duties.
    25    5.  A  general  hospital  that  employs or contracts with an infection
    26  preventionist shall, upon request of another general hospital,  or  upon
    27  request  of an infection preventionist employed by, formerly employed by
    28  or contracted to perform as an infection preventionist at  such  general
    29  hospital, verify the dates of employment or contract of such person.
    30    6.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit any healthcare professional
    31  from performing an infection preventionists' tasks or functions if  such
    32  person  is  acting  within  the scope of his or her practice. Nothing in
    33  this section shall mean that any individual  not  licensed  pursuant  to
    34  title  eight of the education law may perform tasks or functions limited
    35  to the scope of practice of a healthcare professional under such title.
    36    7. The commissioner shall promulgate regulations as he or she may deem
    37  appropriate to effectuate the purposes of this section.
    38    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    39  ing the date upon which it shall have become a law.
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