Senate Increases Nursing Levels in Residential Facilities, Hospitals

The New York State Senate passed new and improved hospital and nursing home staffing standards and protocols. The bills require hospitals to establish Clinical Staffing Committees to develop, implement and oversee annual clinical staffing plans for nurses and non-nurse support staff at each hospital in the state. The new regulations also require that nursing homes meet specific hours per resident day of care for certified nurse aides, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.

These new standards expand upon legislation passed in March to better support and protect nursing home residents. The 2021-2022 State Budget requires nursing homes to spend at least 70% of their revenue on direct patient care, and 40% on resident-facing staffing. The budget also included $64 million for increased staffing. In 2020, the Senate Majority held joint statewide public hearings on residential health care facilities and COVID-19.

Read the Majority Press Release.

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35th Senate District

33rd Senate District