Governor Hochul Signs Nursing Home Infection Notification Bill

By Hamodia Staff


NEW YORK —Residential health care facilities will be required to swiftly update residents and their family members and guardians when an infection is detected within the facility, in a bill signed on Wednesday Governor Kathy Hochul. In addition, it requires nursing homes to accommodate exposed or infected residents away from other residents in order to prevent the spread of the infection.

“New Yorkers living in nursing homes deserve the highest quality of care, and their families deserve to know that their loved ones are safe,” Governor Hochul said. “With this legislation, we will ensure every facility is prepared to protect residents from exposure after an infection is detected, while also improving communication to make sure residents and family members are notified of the situation in a timely manner.”

In December 2021, the Governor signed four pieces of legislation to support long-term care facilities and provide assistance to the system. Governor Hochul has also supported investments in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, reimbursement for nursing homes, additional funding for staffing as well as capital funding for nursing home transformation to promote high-quality long-term care for all.

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