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New York Bills on the Move; Sterile Processing Bill Passes

Publish Date: 6/20/2012

Three pieces of legislation in New York are moving through the legislative process. NY bills, Assembly Bill 8620-C and Senate Bill 5155-D, require central service technicians to be certified and undergo continuing education credits. On June 18, A.8620-c passed the Assembly and on June 20, S.5155-d passed the Senate. The bill is now headed to the Governor's desk. The Governor of NY has 30 days from the last day from this legislative session (June 21) to sign the bill. If he doesn't sign it, it is a pocket veto.  

The Registered Nurse First Assistant Reimbursement bill, Assembly Bill 10178 was referred unamended from the Assembly Committee on Insurance to the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on June 6th. A.10178 would require private payers to provide reimbursement for registered nurse first assistants certified in operating room nursing for surgical first assistant services if the insurance policy otherwise provides reimbursement for surgical first assistant services. A similar bill in the Senate, Senate Bill 4138B was amended and recommitted to the Senate Committee on Insurance.

On June 13, Assembly Bill 9303, the surgical technologist certification bill passed the Assembly and has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Rules along with the Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 6511A. This bill would set forth minimum standards for certification of surgical technologists such as: requiring the completion of a nationally accredited educational program for surgical technologists and holding and maintaining a certified surgical technologist credential; completing a surgical technologist training program in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; providing evidence that the person was employed as a surgical technologist in the two years prior to the bill taking effect or is currently in the service of the federal government. The bill would also require surgical technologists to complete 15 years of continuing education annually.

The Government Affairs staff will continue to track all of these bills here.

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