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A06052 Summary:

COSPNSRWeinstein, Burgos, Taylor, Fernandez, Carroll, Walker, Cruz, Galef, Epstein, Dinowitz, Clark, Stirpe, Lupardo, Conrad, Otis, Peoples-Stokes, Anderson, Jacobson, Griffin, Bronson, Rosenthal L, Colton, Bichotte Hermelyn, Rivera JD, Rajkumar
Amd §2803, Pub Health L
Requires residential health care facilities to update residents, authorized family members, and guardians of residents of the presence of an infection and to have in their pandemic emergency plan a plan or procedure for designating a separate cohort area.
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A06052 Actions:

03/05/2021referred to health
03/09/2021reported referred to rules
03/09/2021rules report cal.39
03/09/2021ordered to third reading rules cal.39
03/09/2021passed assembly
03/09/2021delivered to senate
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A06052 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Lunsford
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring infection updates and infection control planning in residential health care facilities   PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to Enhance the current a pandemic emergency plans required of nursing homes by adding notice to all residents and their families or guardians within 12 hours of an infection being detected; and to prepare separate accommodations for residents at risk of infecting others.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Public Health Law § 2803(12) to add notification within 12 hours of detecting an infection among residents or staff, and have a plan in place for effective separation of residents suspected of being infec- tious.   JUSTIFICATION: In August of 2020, the New York State Senate held two public hearings to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on residential health care facilities (nursing homes), in which several constituents testified to inadequate measures taken by nursing homes to keep residents safe and their fami- lies aware of the health and wellbeing of those residing in the facili- ties. This legislation requires nursing homes to provide residents, their families and community supports with timely notice when infection arises. It will assure that every facility is ready and able to effec- tively separate residents for their safety and the safety of others.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Sixtieth day after it becomes law.
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A06052 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 5, 2021
        Introduced by M. of A. LUNSFORD -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Health
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public  health  law,  in  relation to requiring
          infection updates and infection control planning in residential health
          care facilities
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Clause (A) of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivi-
     2  sion  12  of  section 2803 of the public health law, as added by chapter
     3  114 of the laws of 2020, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (A) to update authorized family  members  and  guardians  of  infected
     5  residents at least once per day and upon a change in a resident's condi-
     6  tion  and  at  least  once a week to update all residents and authorized
     7  families and guardians on the number of infections  and  deaths  at  the
     8  facility,  and  to  update all residents, authorized family members, and
     9  guardians of residents at  the  facility  within  twelve  hours  of  the
    10  detection of the presence of an infection by a resident or staff member,
    11  by  electronic  or such other means as may be selected by each resident,
    12  authorized family member or guardian; and
    13    § 2. Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 12  of  section
    14  2803  of  the public health law is amended by adding a new clause (C) to
    15  read as follows:
    16    (C) a plan or procedure designating a separate cohort area  during  an
    17  infectious  disease outbreak in the residential health care facility for
    18  the separation of residents that  are  suspected  of  being  infectious,
    19  including the creation of a designated infectious disease care unit; and
    20    §  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    21  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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