Publish Date: May 11, 2015
S1233, sponsored by Senator Little, would require private payers in New York 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. The bill cleared a major hurdle the first week of May when it passed out of the Senate Finance Committee and moved to the Senate Floor. S1233 was on second report on May 11, 2015. In 2014, Senator Little’s RNFA reimbursement bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. Over the past year AORN Government Affairs and AORN members Marlene Craden, Pat Gussey, and Sharon Robinson have had conversations with legislators, staff, and other stakeholders about the bill to ensure all questions and concerns were addressed
Senate bill 1233’s companion bill, A1241 sponsored by Assemblyman Lavine is currently sitting in the Assembly Insurance Committee. All in all, bills in the NY Assembly are moving slower than the Senate bills this year.
If S1233/A1241 passes, New York would join 16 other states that currently require reimbursement parity for RNFAs: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.
New York members ready to support this initiative should contact Danielle Glover in AORN’s Government Affairs department.