NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A4980
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to infection control
planning in residential health care facilities
Requires residential health care facilities to provide residents and
their families with a separate document, as part of an intake applica-
tion, that includes information on how complaints, citations,
inspections, enforcement actions, and penalties taken against the facil-
ity can be found.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends section 2803 of the public health law to add subdivision 13,
mandating the commissioner to require residential health care facilities
to provide residents and their families with a separate document, as
part of an intake application, advising, in no less than twelve-point
font, where online the potential resident and their family can locate a
list of any violations of the facility has received by the department of
health including the web address for the New York state nursing home
profiles website and the nursing home compare website maintained by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, if applicable.
In August of 2020, the New York State Senate held two public hearings to
discuss the impact of COVID-19 on residential health care facilities, in
which several constituents testified to inadequate measures taken by
residential health care facilities to keep residents safe and their
families aware of the health and wellbeing of those residing in the
Testimony at the hearings revealed that many residents and their family
members are unaware that the Department of Health maintains information
on compliance of residential health care facilities. This legislation
directs the Commissioner of Health to require residential health care
facilities to provide residents and their families with a separate docu-
ment, as part of an intake application, advising where online to locate
a list of any violations the facility has received by the Department of
Health as well as the nursing home compare website maintained by the
United States Department of Health and Human Services.
2020: A.11105 - referred to Health Committee
None to the state.
Sixtieth day after it becomes law.