Legislative bills A1752-a/S3527 require hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic and treatment centers to disclose to the public staffing and patient outcomes such as numbers of staff providing direct care on each unit and each shift;
incidence of negative care such as medication errors, patient injury, decubitus ulcers, and infection; methods used for determining and changing staffing levels; complaint data including information on investigations of complaints; degree of compliance with acceptable standards; and the findings of inspections.
Although some of this is already required for nursing homes under federal law (e.g., posting of staffing information and inspection results), they are crucial for the other types of facilities and the additional requirements are needed for nursing homes.
My Elder Advocate believes that it is critical that this bill become law for a number of reasons. It is crucial for consumers to be knowledgeable about facilities that care for them; they should know how a facility is determining how much direct care staff they need (especially if they are reducing staff), how well complaints are investigated, and what kinds of negative outcomes are occurring; and the very fact that these issues will become public will be a strong incentive for facilities to maintain more appropriate direct care staffing and compliance with standards of care.
Please send an email or fax to the Governor today to urge him to sign this bill and empower New Yorkers to become active and informed in protecting themselves and their loved ones in hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic and treatment centers.
URGE THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN A1752-a/S3527: Nursing Care Quality Protection Act