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A02037 Summary:

COSPNSRBarron, Dickens, Wallace, Anderson, Vanel, Galef, Bichotte Hermelyn, Reyes, Griffin, Meeks, Colton, Steck, Cusick, Aubry, Cook, Santabarbara, Jacobson
Add 2808-e, Pub Health L
Requires that the most recent rating of every nursing home assigned pursuant to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS rating), shall be prominently displayed on the home page of the department's website and at each nursing home facility.
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A02037 Actions:

01/14/2021referred to health
02/02/2021reported referred to codes
02/11/2021advanced to third reading cal.99
02/22/2021passed assembly
02/22/2021delivered to senate
02/22/2021SUBSTITUTED FOR S553
02/22/20213RD READING CAL.347
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A02037 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Dinowitz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to publication of nursing home ratings   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to provide that every nursing home facility in the state display prominently the most recent star rating pursuant to the inspection rating system of the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medi- caid Services (CMS), to allow consumers, their families, and caregivers to easily compare facilities based upon their assigned ratings. These ratings will also be required to be displayed prominently on the Depart- ment of Health and the Nursing Home Facility's own website.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the Public Health law by adding a new section 2808-e to require the commissioner to provide that the most recent CMS ratings be displayed prominently On the department website, as well as on the Nurs- ing Home Facility's own website and at the facility where it should be visible to the general public and its residents. Section 2 sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Family members often do not have the resources or skills necessary to properly care for their elderly loved ones. In these cases, the only solution is to trust professional nursing facilities to provide the care their loved ones need. It can be an emotionally strenuous processes for families to come. to this conclusion, which can make choosing the right facility all the more difficult. Unfortunately, nursing facilities do not provide the same level of care, and it can be extremely complicated for families to properly compare facilities based on their loved one's needs. A 2003 congressional report that examined nursing home records conducted over a two-year period showed that nearly 1 in 3 nursing homes were cited for violations that had the potential to cause harm. However shocking, this news was neither new when reported nor changed since. With the rise of publicly avail- able data, family members should have the ability to go into the nursing home selection process well informed. Information can bring great emotional ease and expedition to the process of picking a long-term, out-of-home care, facility for their loved ones. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a five-star rating system, in which nursing home ratings can be easily and readily understood. In times of crisis, these ratings can be difficult to find. If ratings and information are not easily accessible, the information they provide cannot be helpful or effective. This bill would make these ratings readily available so that families seeking nursing facilities can make an informed decision in the best interests of their loved ones.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20 - A.8270A - referred to health / S.8461 - REFERRED TO HEALTH   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the nineteenth day after it shall have become a law
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A02037 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 14, 2021
        Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Health
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the public health law, in relation to publication of
          nursing home ratings
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
     2  2808-e to read as follows:
     3    § 2808-e. Nursing home ratings. 1. The commissioner shall provide that
     4  the most recent star rating of every  nursing  home    facility  in  the
     5  state,  assigned  pursuant  to  the inspection rating system of the U.S.
     6  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (overall CMS  rating),  shall
     7  be  prominently  displayed on the home page of the department's website,
     8  or by an easily accessible link to such information.
     9    2. Each nursing home facility shall post its overall CMS rating on the
    10  homepage of any website maintained by such facility and on  any  website
    11  or  webpage relating to such facility maintained by an entity which owns
    12  or operates such facility. Each nursing home  shall  also  conspicuously
    13  post  its  most  recent  overall CMS rating so that it is visible to the
    14  general public and to residents.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    16  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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