Publish Date: May 26, 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. On May 20th, the bill passed out of the Senate 58-0 and was sent to the Assembly.
Senate bill 1233 has a companion bill in the Assembly, A1241, which also saw movement last week. It was referred out of the Insurance Committee to the Ways and Means Committee. S1233 was sent to the Assembly Way & Means Committee.
In 2014, Senator Little’s RNFA reimbursement bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. However, last session’s Assembly RNFA reimbursement bill passed the Assembly and was sent to the Senate the day before the session adjournment, so it was not heard. Because the RNFA reimbursement bill passed the Assembly last year after making it out of Way and Means, and since the Senate RNFA bill has already passed, we are hopeful that 2015 is the year that New York joins 16 others states that currently require reimbursement for RNFAs.
AORN Government Affairs will continue to monitor these bills and provide updates.