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AP: New York Adopts Measures to Improve Patient Handling

New York Adopts Measures to Improve Patient Handling
By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. – (AP) — New York is directing health officials and hospitals to identify best practices for safely handling patients in an effort to reduce rough lifting and better protect staff from back injuries.

Legislation proposed by the Cuomo administration and approved by lawmakers in the state budget will establish a working group at the Health Department to review national data and demonstration programs, identify best practices and report by July 2015.

New York hospitals are required to establish committees, consider those measures and establish their own safe patient handling programs by 2017.

April Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 39 bills at meetings in April, including legislation to create a universal health coverage “single payer” plan for New York State, to allow use of marijuana under medical supervision, a ban on artificial trans fats modeled on the NYC law, expanding access to emergency contraception, Adoptee Right to Know, Adult Home Resident Abuse Reporting   and requiring disclosure of medical errors.  For more information on a particular bill, please contact the sponsor listed after the description.  For the text of a bill, supporting memorandum, and information on its status, go to:

Tuesday, April 16

Preventing Illegal Cigarette Distribution – Prevents illegal cigarette sales by strengthening the state’s cigarette shipment law and enacting civil penalties for offenders.  (A365, Dinowitz, passed Assembly on 4/29/13)

Obstetrician Risk Management Continuing Education – Grants a medical malpractice premium reduction to obstetricians, other physicians who do deliveries, and midwives who take a continuing education course on risk management and birthing options for patients.  (A414A, Paulin)