New York will enforce the 2021 state law establishing safe staffing minimums at nursing homes. State law requires nursing homes to staff to 3.5 hours of care per resident per day by a certified nurse aide, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse. Studies show 4.1. hours of direct patient care is needed per day per resident. The 4.1 HPRD model is frequently referenced by industry stakeholders and experts since a 2001 study on safe staffing levels in nursing homes.
The law also requires nursing homes to spend at least 70% of revenue on direct resident care. 40% of revenue should go to resident-facing staffing.
Nursing homes will face fines of up to $2,000 per day for failing to meet safe staffing levels and standards. Nursing home operators will offer sign-on bonuses, tuition assistance and other incentives to attract new workers.