MFJ Urges NYS Legislature to Improve Care and Patient Safety in Nursing Homes

In testimony before the NYS Assembly Committee on Health, MFJ Attorney Daniel A. Ross offered a blueprint for improving the quality of care and patient safety in nursing homes and drew attention to the state Department of Health’s (DOH) lax enforcement of regulations protecting residents. Ross urged legislators to enact a staffing ratio bill to ensure high quality care; strengthen government oversight by increasing DOH’s funding for inspection and surveillance; protect residents facing involuntary discharge from nursing homes; ban overly restrictive day pass policies and ensure residents’ right to community integration; increase funding for the long-term ombudsman program and legal services; and require better investigation into the character and competence of operators.