COVID 19 Update
March 18, 2020: Licensure flexibility in new executive order; New guidance on visitor policy; Letter to Congress
This evening, Gov. Cuomo issued a new Executive Order<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mmsend10.com_link.cfm-3Fr-3DzeNuLO1b1D87W5zMysUEWQ-7E-7E-26pe-3DQzHVoBEUSn3d-5FPGWU2TyLZtW8zsOYB0tdZ-2DNBT-2D2hh0dl24BdOh1c-5FO0C2dGFxEBwTiRfFep7PNfMPcXR3UeMQ-7E-7E-26t-3D6AdIA6RlJooCjEkm7iGcSQ-7E-7E&d=DwMFaQ&c=jNvQucITcQMsdvTsVf6FpQ&r=CxTx_9ON1SvhnZnOJd0leg&m=B_Kyjv-wkATfGkY-iy4kOSN1QtmB6Dri9QSFtXg6KJc&s=smVyt4Pgwb0TUbC-y5lchqftcP7yUefaF8yAk39b1gg&e=> that includes many waivers for which HANYS advocated strongly. These waivers will allow for more flexibility when responding to COVID-19:
> * allows physicians, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who are licensed and in good standing in any state to practice medicine in New York without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of licensure or registration with the state;
> * provides for the rapid transfer and admission of an individual from a hospital into a nursing home by allowing nursing homes more flexibility in the timeframe for patient assessments and physician approvals, to be done as soon as practical, or to forgo such assessments for individuals who are returned to facilities from which they originated;
> * allows staff with the necessary professional competency who are privileged and credentialed to work in a facility within any state to practice in a New York state facility;
> * provides for the applicability of current minimum standards of practice for hospitals as established by DOH regulation to new temporary facilities established for the purpose of treating patients during the COVID-19 outbreak; and
> * removes requirements relating to the allowable communications and visitation of patients in OMH/OASAS/OPWDD facilities to comply with current visitor restrictions, without penalty.
> DOH released new guidance directing hospitals to suspend all visitation<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mmsend10.com_link.cfm-3Fr-3DzeNuLO1b1D87W5zMysUEWQ-7E-7E-26pe-3DidoQFC9VEntDxGNfQvB6QopvVo2YHM8SiMq-2DOtv4TjmNN8GeAQqCkuaOWYcAmgW1-2DzuD8hDYdciq7cacGou2sg-7E-7E-26t-3D6AdIA6RlJooCjEkm7iGcSQ-7E-7E&d=DwMFaQ&c=jNvQucITcQMsdvTsVf6FpQ&r=CxTx_9ON1SvhnZnOJd0leg&m=B_Kyjv-wkATfGkY-iy4kOSN1QtmB6Dri9QSFtXg6KJc&s=-pIirBTatdQPw1U_lTN2UlBBzuC-cOG6i3fkPocgd64&e=> except when medically necessary or for family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life situations.
> DOH issued an immediate temporary suspension of adult day healthcare programs<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mmsend10.com_link.cfm-3Fr-3DzeNuLO1b1D87W5zMysUEWQ-7E-7E-26pe-3D4b4uOakPJrCB-2DxaJvpcC1ul1zB-5FAx0g0OEZPJuAw99iqxvOWoHLB4zStxwdS29Bx-5FMwz9ZP754VypsvfXkaaSw-7E-7E-26t-3D6AdIA6RlJooCjEkm7iGcSQ-7E-7E&d=DwMFaQ&c=jNvQucITcQMsdvTsVf6FpQ&r=CxTx_9ON1SvhnZnOJd0leg&m=B_Kyjv-wkATfGkY-iy4kOSN1QtmB6Dri9QSFtXg6KJc&s=Ij-9Avzk8jz-Q9PxCcB7-zjFn6uAEf2ZW8h12u-b37w&e=> until further notice.
> HANYS sent a letter<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mmsend10.com_link.cfm-3Fr-3DzeNuLO1b1D87W5zMysUEWQ-7E-7E-26pe-3DFjXCjriS3Upbq-2D-2DrfzyGaH1rHNVrtiEHGPmizpNX-2DeZcvumLd4GoAjkkXJ2Nrq7HDMvRzgcgxT1NIFa9Vnpw1A-7E-7E-26t-3D6AdIA6RlJooCjEkm7iGcSQ-7E-7E&d=DwMFaQ&c=jNvQucITcQMsdvTsVf6FpQ&r=CxTx_9ON1SvhnZnOJd0leg&m=B_Kyjv-wkATfGkY-iy4kOSN1QtmB6Dri9QSFtXg6KJc&s=Imi5ddKv0homIMXQPisxejgxfyFsW0kDLNhJKa86dL8&e=> to the New York congressional delegation urging federal lawmakers to support the work of hospitals and health systems in their efforts to respond to COVID-19.
> HANYS is in continuous contact with our members and federal and state policymakers to support New York healthcare providers' response to COVID-19. Please reach out to HANYS if you have any questions, need assistance or would like to make us aware of issues you are facing to inform our work with policymakers.