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Oppose Nurse Staffing Ratios

Oppose A.1532 (Gunther)/S.3330 (Hannon)

AN ACT to amend the public health law in relation to enacting the "safe staffing for quality act"

This legislation would create specific staffing ratios for nurses and other direct-care staff in hospitals and nursing homes. The fact is that research does not reflect that high staffing levels produce higher quality of care or quality of life. In fact, the only outcome of this legislation will be higher Medicaid costs and less quality of life programming for nursing home residents.

Fiscal Impact: The staffing standards proposed in this legislation (upper end of range) would conservatively cost an estimated $1.06 billion to implement in nursing homes. It would require more than an hour of additional staff time per resident per day when compared to current staffing. The typical downstate nursing home would see a $15 per resident day cost increase if it were to increase aide staffing to meet the standard. For a home serving 200 residents, that totals $3,000 per day for increased aide staffing. LeadingAge NY's Staffing Ratios Cost Template will assist you in determining the financial impact of the proposed legislation on your facility.

Please enter your information to send a letter to your lawmakers, urging them to oppose specific staffing ratios for nurses and other direct-care staff in hospitals and nursing homes. You can also access LeadingAge NY's memo of opposition here.