On August 13, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed legislative bill S.4182-A (Young) / A.7369 (Russell) into law as Chapter 167 of the Laws of 2015. Both bills had unanimously passed in the New York State Senate and Assembly. A copy of the bill signed into law is below. What the bill does is fix a flaw in the current telehealth law that did not permit telehealth services to occur in dental offices, but limited it to physicians’ offices (and a few other settings). However, dental patients are not found in physicians’ offices for dental services because physicians cannot practice dentistry. Therefore, the law inadvertently prevented dentists from having full access to telehealth services and from having the ability to deliver telehealth services to other dental offices. The amended law eliminates that problem. This final victory concludes an excellent 2015 legislative session for NYSDA. To see the entire New York State telehealth law, go to Article 29-G (Sections 2999-cc and 2999-dd) of the New York State Public Health Law via the link below the copy of the bill signed by the Governor. The entire New York State telehealth law takes effect on January 1, 2016. Keep in mind that the New York State telehealth law retains the core legal principle that all professional health care services provided to a patient located within New York State must be provided by a health care professional licensed in New York State.

S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
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4182–A
Cal. No. 394

2015-2016 Regular Sessions

I N S E N A T E

March 5, 2015
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Introduced by Sen. YOUNG — read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Health — reported favora-
bly from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered
to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to including
dentist’s offices as originating sites for purposes of telehealth
delivery of services

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

1 Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 2999-cc of the public health law,
2 as added by chapter 6 of the laws of 2015, is amended to read as
3 follows:

4 3. “Originating site” means a site at which a patient is located at
5 the time health care services are delivered to him or her by means of
6 telehealth. Originating sites shall be limited to facilities licensed
7 under articles twenty-eight and forty of this chapter, facilities as
8 defined in subdivision six of section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law,
9 private physician’s OR DENTIST’S offices located within the state of New
10 York and, when a patient is receiving health care services by means of
11 remote patient monitoring, the patient’s place of residence located
12 within the state of New York or other temporary location located within
13 or outside the state of New York.
14 S 2. This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same
15 manner as section 2 of chapter 6 of the laws of 2015 takes effect.

http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO: