Minimum Nurse Staffing Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities in New York State
By Dorothea A. Russo, CPA, Partner and Christopher J. McCarthy, CPA, Partner
NYS Public Health Law, Section 2895-b, requires that skilled nursing facilities must comply with minimum nurse staffing levels. Staffing for these facilities was mandated as of April 1, 2022. Skilled nursing facilities must employ or retain certified nurse aides, registered professional nurses, licensed practical nurses, or nurse aides in sufficient numbers to maintain minimum daily staffing hours per resident.
It is important that skilled nursing facilities adhere to the requirements or be subject to potential penalty. Also, the reputation of non-compliant skilled nursing facilities in all likelihood would be damaged.