Bill Text: NY A01584 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Authorizes the Westchester health care corporation to enter into contracts and arrangements providing for the creation and operation of a delivery system network.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-15 - referred to corporations, authorities and commissions [A01584 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01584-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 15, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. ABINANTI, GALEF, PRETLOW, PAULIN, OTIS, JAFFEE,
          BRABENEC, BYRNE, BUCHWALD, TAYLOR, BARRON -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.
          of  A.  SIMON  --  read  once  and referred to the Committee on Corpo-
          rations, Authorities and Commissions
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation  to  authorizing
          the  Westchester  health care corporation to enter into agreements for
          the creation and operation of a health care delivery system network
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section  3306 of the public authorities law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
     3    8. As set forth in section thirty-three hundred one of this title, the
     4  creation and operation of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation
     5  is for the benefit of the residents of the state of  New  York  and  the
     6  county of Westchester, including persons in need of health care services
     7  without  the ability to pay, and is a state, county, and public purpose.
     8  The corporation has advised that it intends to engage in certain  colla-
     9  borative  activities  with  and limited to, health care providers in the
    10  eight lower Hudson valley counties of Westchester,  Rockland,  Dutchess,
    11  Orange,  Ulster, Putnam, Sullivan, and Delaware, as set forth in section
    12  thirty-three hundred one of this title, for the  purpose  of  promoting,
    13  and  only  to  the  extent necessary to promote, improved quality of and
    14  access to health care services and improved clinical outcomes,  consist-
    15  ing  of:    (a)  development of a non-exclusive joint health information
    16  technology platform; (b) development of a joint set of clinical  quality
    17  standards;  (c)  coordination  and  integration  of  clinical service to
    18  reduce redundancy and increase efficiency; (d)  joint  discussions  with
    19  rural  hospitals regarding the possibility of coordinating and integrat-
    20  ing clinical services; and (e) joint purchasing  of  services,  supplies
    21  and  equipment  related  to  the  provisions of health care services. To
    22  promote improved quality of and  access  to  health  care  services  and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  improved clinical outcomes, and consistent with the corporation's furth-
     2  erance  of  its health care purposes through the exercise of the special
     3  powers exercised pursuant to this section and the general  powers  exer-
     4  cised  pursuant to this title, it is the policy of the state to supplant
     5  competition for the purpose of immunizing the planning  and  implementa-
     6  tion  of  the  enumerated activities by the corporation in collaboration
     7  with any one of the aforementioned entities  from  liability  under  the
     8  federal  and  state  antitrust  laws; provided, however, that nothing in
     9  this subdivision shall be construed to extend such declaration of policy
    10  to any activities other than those specifically enumerated and described
    11  in this subdivision, which remain subject  to  any  and  all  applicable
    12  state  and federal antitrust laws; and provided further that such decla-
    13  ration of policy shall not  apply  to  any  activities  that  improperly
    14  restrict  competitive labor markets in violation of all applicable state
    15  and federal antitrust laws.
    16    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.