Urge the Governor to Reduce HERDS Reporting Requirements
As we enter the 20th month of the pandemic and face severe staffing shortages in long term care, LeadingAge NY is calling on the state Department of Health (DOH) to reduce the volume and frequency of COVID-19-related data collection daily and weekly through the Health Emergency Response Data System (HERDS). The data collected have expanded dramatically over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. After having to submit this report every day for over a year and a half, it is time for daily reporting requirements to stop. Much of these data are either no longer necessary, not needed on a daily basis, or duplicative of data collected by the federal government. The burdensome reporting requirements for adult care facilities (ACFs) and nursing homes divert valuable staff time from overseeing resident care.
New York State should prioritize resident care over unnecessary and duplicative reporting. We should also show our thanks and appreciation to the heroes of this pandemic who have been working every day for over a year and a half to keep residents of ACFs and nursing homes safe and provide the best possible quality of life. We must eliminate unnecessary, onerous requirements and allow administrative energy to be directed to resident quality of life, overall prevention of and recovery from COVID-19, and staff recruitment and retention strategies.
Enter your information below to urge the Governor and elected officials to reduce unnecessary and duplicative reporting requirements for ACFs and nursing homes!