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A03298 Summary:

COSPNSRSeawright, Sayegh, McDonough, Ashby, Gottfried, Rosenthal L, McDonald, Sillitti, Barron, Durso, Zinerman, Otis
Amd §2995, add §2997-f-1, Pub Health L
Requires that certain information be provided to patients and health care practitioners regarding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
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A03298 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                                                                Cal. No. 121
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 22, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. EPSTEIN, SEAWRIGHT, SAYEGH, McDONOUGH, ASHBY,
          read  once  and  referred  to  the Committee on Health -- ordered to a
          third reading -- passed by  Assembly  and  delivered  to  the  Senate,
          recalled  from  the  Senate,  vote reconsidered, bill amended, ordered
          reprinted, retaining its place on the special order of third reading
        AN ACT to amend the  public  health  law,  in  relation  to  information
          provided to patients regarding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "Natasha
     2  Gembka SUDEP Awareness Act."
     3    § 2. Subdivision 2 of section 2995 of the public health law is amended
     4  by adding two new paragraphs (f) and (g) to read as follows:
     5    (f)  "Health  care practitioner" shall mean a physician, nurse practi-
     6  tioner, or physician assistant licensed or certified pursuant  to  title
     7  eight of the education law.
     8    (g)  "Sudden  unexpected  death  in epilepsy" shall mean sudden, unex-
     9  pected death in patients with epilepsy, with or without  evidence  of  a
    10  seizure.
    11    § 3. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2997-f-1
    12  to read as follows:
    13    §  2997-f-1.  Provision  of  information relating to sudden unexpected
    14  death in epilepsy. 1. Any health care practitioner  who  is  treating  a
    15  patient  diagnosed  with  epilepsy and at elevated risk for sudden unex-
    16  pected death in epilepsy, who has primary responsibility for the  treat-
    17  ment  and  care  of  the  patient for epilepsy, other than a health care
    18  practitioner treating such patient  in  an  emergency  situation,  shall
    19  provide such patient with the following written information:
    20    (a)  current  and  evidence-based  information about sudden unexpected
    21  death in epilepsy risk factors and conditions reviewed and  approved  by
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  one  or more professional not-for-profit organizations with expertise in
     2  neurology and epilepsy; and
     3    (b)  contact  information  for  nonprofit  organizations  that provide
     4  information and support services for epilepsy conditions.
     5    2.(a) The commissioner shall provide  written  information  to  health
     6  care  practitioners  necessary  to  implement  subdivision  one  of this
     7  section, and shall post such information on the department's website.
     8    (b) The commissioner shall ensure that such information is  culturally
     9  and linguistically appropriate for all recipients.
    10    (c)  Any  local  or  national  organization that provides education or
    11  services related to epilepsy conditions may request that the commission-
    12  er include such organization's informational material and contact infor-
    13  mation on the department's website. Once such a  request  is  made,  the
    14  commissioner  may add the information to the department's website at his
    15  or her discretion.
    16    (d) The commissioner shall, in consultation with  local  and  national
    17  organizations  that  provide  education  or services related to epilepsy
    18  conditions, provide guidance to  health  care  practitioners  to  assist
    19  health  care  practitioners  in  determining  whether  a  patient  is at
    20  elevated risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, including but not
    21  limited to,  whether  the  patient  has  had  convulsive  seizures,  the
    22  frequency  and recency of such seizures, and whether the patient's symp-
    23  toms have subsided in response to medicinal or surgical treatment.
    24    3. A health care practitioner found to be in violation of this section
    25  shall be issued a warning and shall suffer no further civil  penalty  or
    26  discipline on any first offense, provided such violation was not commit-
    27  ted willfully and knowingly.
    28    §  4.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    29  have become a law.
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