|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 27, 2010||referred to health|
senate Bill S7974
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
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S7974 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Health
- Law Section:
- Public Health Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd Pub Health L, generally; amd §97-aaaa, St Fin L
- Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4553, A921
S7974 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Enacts the "safe staffing for quality care act" to require acute care facilities and nursing homes to implement certain direct-care nurse to patient ratios in all nursing units; sets minimum staffing requirements; requires every such facility to submit a documented staffing plan to the department on an annual basis and upon application for an operating certificate; requires acute care facilities to maintain staffing records during all shifts… (view more) authorizes nurses to refuse work assignments if the assignment exceeds the nurse's abilities or if minimum staffing is not present; requires public access to documented staffing plans; imposes civil penalties for violations of such provisions; establishes private right of action for nurses discriminated against for refusing any illegal work assignment.
S7974 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7974 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to enacting the "safe staffing for quality care act" and to amend the state finance law, in relation to moneys deposited into the improving quality of patient care fund PURPOSE: Authorizes the State Department of Health to require all acute care facilities and nursing homes to comply with regulations that establish standards for appropriate staffing ratios of nursing and unlicensed direct care staff. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 is the short title. Section 2 amends paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 2 of Public Health Law section 2805 to require that application for operating certificates for a hospital include a staffing plan. Section 3 amends the public health law to add ten new sections, 2823
S7974 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7974 I N S E N A T E May 27, 2010 ___________ Introduced by Sen. DUANE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to enacting the "safe staffing for quality care act" and to amend the state finance law, in relation to moneys deposited into the improving quality of patient care fund THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "safe staffing for quality care act". S 2. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 2 of section 2805 of the public health law, paragraph (a) as amended by chapter 923 of the laws of 1973 and paragraph (b) as added by chapter 795 of the laws of 1965, are amended to read as follows: (a) Application for an operating certificate for a hospital shall be made upon forms prescribed by the department. The application shall [contain] INCLUDE the name of the hospital, the kind or kinds of hospi- tal service to be provided, the location and physical description of the institution, A DOCUMENTED STAFFING PLAN, AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT HUNDRED TWENTY OF THIS ARTICLE, and such other information as the department may require. (b) An operating certificate shall not be issued by the department unless it finds that the premises, equipment, personnel, DOCUMENTED STAFFING PLAN, rules and by-laws, standards of medical care, and hospi- tal service are fit and adequate and that the hospital will be operated in the manner required by this article and rules and regulations there- under. S 3. The public health law is amended by adding nine new sections 2823, 2824, 2825, 2826, 2827, 2828, 2829, 2830 and 2831 to read as follows: S 2823. POLICY AND PURPOSE. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: 1. HEALTH CARE SERVICES ARE BECOMING COMPLEX AND IT IS INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT FOR PATIENTS TO ACCESS INTEGRATED SERVICES; EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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