On March 25, 2020, the New York State Department of Health issued “Advisory: Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing Homes” to nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, directors of social work, and hospital discharge planners regarding nursing homes (NHs), pertaining to the expedited receipt of residents entering or returning to NHs from hospitals. The advisory states, in part:
No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.
The advisory is especially concerning in light of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.10, which we discussed earlier this week. Signed March 23, 2020, the order provides immunity from civil liability to certain health care professionals such as physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and licensed practice nurses who provide care in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, but does not extend that immunity to long-term care/skilled nursing facilities or certified nurse aides.
It remains to be seen how this advisory will impact future claims regarding COVID-19 care and treatment against nursing homes.
For more information regarding how this directive will affect long-term care facilities or certified nurse aides, please contact: