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A04980 Summary:

BILL NOA04980
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORGottfried
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §2803, Pub Health L
 
Requires residential health care facilities have in their pandemic emergency plan a plan or procedure for designating a separate cohort area.
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A04980 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4980
 
SPONSOR: Gottfried
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to infection control planning in residential health care facilities   PURPOSE: 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.   JUSTIFICATION: 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 facilities. 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.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: A.11105 - referred to Health Committee   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Sixtieth day after it becomes law.
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