Bill Text: NY A07024 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Provides for a program of asthma disease management and control within the department of health; such program shall provide various services to health care providers, patients, and others; authorizes the commissioner of health to make grants; provides for a study of asthma incidence and prevalence; provides for an annual report on the program; establishes an advisory panel.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-03 - referred to health [A07024 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07024-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      April 3, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  establishing  the
          asthma prevention and education program
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings and  purpose.  The  legislature  finds
     2  that  asthma  is  a  chronic,  potentially life-threatening, respiratory
     3  illness that affects over a million New Yorkers,  including  many  thou-
     4  sands of children and adolescents. Asthma is the leading cause of school
     5  absences  attributed  to  chronic  conditions.  Asthma  is also directly
     6  linked to large and growing  inpatient  bills  for  medicaid  and  other
     7  health care payers. Therefore, the legislature finds that establishing a
     8  comprehensive statewide asthma prevention management and control program
     9  which  coordinates  the  efforts  of  individuals, families, health care
    10  providers, schools and community-based organizations is  in  the  public
    11  interest and would benefit the people of the state of New York.
    12    § 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new article 27-BB to
    13  read as follows:
    14                                 ARTICLE 27-BB
    16  Section 2725. Asthma disease management and control program.
    17          2726. Study of asthma incidence and prevalence.
    18          2727. Asthma disease advisory panel.
    19          2728. Annual report.
    20    §  2725.  Asthma  disease  management and control program. 1. There is
    21  hereby created within the department the asthma disease  management  and
    22  control  program  (hereinafter  referred  to  in  this  article  as  the
    23  "program"). The purpose of the program  is  to  promote  asthma  disease
    24  management  and education and outreach about asthma to people who suffer
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  from asthma and their families, health care providers, and  the  general
     2  public.
     3    2. Services to be provided by the program may include:
     4    (a)  asthma  disease  management  and case management for patients and
     5  their families;
     6    (b) asthma outreach and screening;
     7    (c) the promotion of awareness of the causes of asthma;
     8    (d) education on prevention strategies;
     9    (e) education on proper disease management practices; and
    10    (f) education on available treatment modalities.
    11    3. The commissioner shall make grants within the amounts  appropriated
    12  therefore  to  local  health  agencies,  health care providers, schools,
    13  school based health centers and community-based organizations, and other
    14  organizations  with  demonstrated  interest  and  expertise  in  serving
    15  persons  with  asthma  to  provide the services set out in this section.
    16  Grant recipients shall be government entities or  not-for-profit  organ-
    17  izations.
    18    The commissioner may coordinate grants under this subdivision with the
    19  availability  of  grants  from  other sources. The commissioner may also
    20  accept or seek grants from other sources to enhance the  amounts  appro-
    21  priated to the program.
    22    §  2726.  Study  of asthma incidence and prevalence. 1. The department
    23  shall study the incidence and prevalence of asthma in the state's  popu-
    24  lation  and  current  disease  management  practices.  Such  study shall
    25  include:
    26    (a) the cause and nature of the disease;
    27    (b) behavioral and environmental triggers;
    28    (c) an assessment of the need for patient-centered case management  to
    29  meet specific physical and environmental needs of patients;
    30    (d)  outcome  evaluations,  including,  but  not  limited  to, patient
    31  perceptions of improvement, signs  and  symptoms  of  asthma,  pulmonary
    32  function,  history  of asthma exacerbations, pharmacotherapy, assessment
    33  of hospital emergency  room  visits  for  asthma,  and  patient-provider
    34  communication; and
    35    (e)  an  assessment of the ability of providers, including non-profes-
    36  sionals and health care professionals such as physicians, nurses,  phar-
    37  macists and respiratory therapists, to systemically instruct and develop
    38  asthma management plans for patients and frequently review with patients
    39  and their families how to manage and control their asthma.
    40    2.  The  department  shall  gather data for monitoring the occurrence,
    41  frequency, incidence, cause, effect and severity of asthma.
    42    (a) The department may require the following to report data under this
    43  subdivision:
    44    i. the statewide planning and research cooperative system (SPARCS);
    45    ii. health maintenance  organizations  licensed  pursuant  to  article
    46  forty-three  of  the insurance law or certified pursuant to this chapter
    47  or an independent practice association certified or recognized  pursuant
    48  to this chapter;
    49    iii. other insurers;
    50    iv.  the  Medicaid  (title  XIX  of  the  federal social security act)
    51  program;
    52    v. health facilities;
    53    vi. health care practitioners;
    54    vii. patients: self reporting;
    55    viii. the department of environmental conservation; and
    56    ix. any other source the commissioner deems appropriate.

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     1    (b) The department shall compile and analyze data gathered under para-
     2  graph (a) of this subdivision and correlate it with data as to places of
     3  employment, areas of residence, schools attended, environmental  factors
     4  including  proximity  to  source of pollution and such other data as the
     5  department deems appropriate.
     6    (c)  The  department  shall  maintain  and  compile reported data in a
     7  manner suitable for research purposes and shall collect  and  make  such
     8  data  available  to persons in the manner set forth in subdivision three
     9  of this section.
    10    3. Any data collected or reported shall not contain the  name  of  any
    11  patient,  his  or  her  social security number, or any other information
    12  which would permit a patient to  be  identified.  The  department  shall
    13  develop  a  unique, confidential identifier to be used in the collection
    14  of patient information as required by this section.
    15    § 2727. Asthma disease advisory panel. There is hereby created  within
    16  the  department  an  asthma disease advisory panel.   The advisory panel
    17  shall advise the commissioner regarding the implementation of  programs,
    18  studies  and  reports  authorized under this article. The governor shall
    19  appoint eleven members to the advisory panel. Two of the  members  shall
    20  be appointed upon the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly, two
    21  of  the members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the tempo-
    22  rary president of the senate, one of the   members  shall  be  appointed
    23  upon  the recommendation of the minority leader of the assembly, and one
    24  of the members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the minori-
    25  ty leader of the senate. The appointees shall be  persons  knowledgeable
    26  in  the  causes  and  management  of  asthma and shall have demonstrated
    27  commitment to improving the detection of  asthma  and  the  delivery  of
    28  services  to people with asthma. At least one member shall represent the
    29  interests of persons with asthma and at least one member shall be  know-
    30  ledgeable of environmental factors relating to asthma.
    31    §  2728.  Annual  report.  Commencing  on  the  first  of January next
    32  succeeding the effective date of this section and  annually  thereafter,
    33  the  commissioner, in consultation with the advisory panel, shall submit
    34  a report regarding the status and accomplishments  of  the  program  and
    35  provide recommendations to the governor, the temporary president and the
    36  minority  leader  of the senate, and the speaker and the minority leader
    37  of the assembly.
    38    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    39  it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately the addition,  amend-
    40  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    41  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    42  completed on or before such date.