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NYSDOH guidance says there doesn’t need to be minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes, hospitals

New York State Department of Health officials released guidance over the weekend – outlining no minimum requirements for staffing inside nursing homes or hospitals.

It didn’t get a lot of attention, but the document, which was reported initially by News10NBC, says there isn’t a connection between deaths and staff on duty.

MaryDel Wypych of the Elder Justice Committee says the conclusion is wrong.


“While the Department supports measures to improve quality of care and patient outcomes, the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the need to maintain workforce flexibility,” the report reads.

Meanwhile, Wypych says quality of care ties directly to staffing levels at nursing homes.

“You can look at the quality of care in nursing homes and it is comparable to their staffing levels,” she explained. “I think it’s wrong for the nursing homes.”

“The conclusion of the report that a one-size-fits-all approach to staffing in health care is inappropriate,” said Stephen Hanse, President & CEO of NYS Health Facilities Association. “We completely agree with that conclusion.”

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