ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Nursing homes in New York will have to provide a minimum level of staffing under a new bill that the Assembly and Senate passed Tuesday.
New York will require nursing homes to provide a daily average of 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident, with 2.2 of those hours provided by certified nurse aides, and 1.1 by licensed practical nurses or registered nurses.
Nursing homes would also be required to publicly disclose information regarding nurse staffing so it is visible and accessible to residents, families and staff.
Facilities would have to be in compliance by Jan. 1, 2022.
The bill will now go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be signed.
The legislation comes after New York’s nursing homes have recorded 13,800 deaths of residents with COVID-19.
Critics urged lawmakers to instead wait to see if staffing levels improve as new state rules require nursing homes to spend at least 70% of revenue on direct patient care.