On July 29, 2021, revised emergency regulations pertaining to Nursing Home PPE stockpile requirements were adopted. Skilled Nursing Facilities must be in compliance with such regulations as of August 31, 2021.
- Nursing Homes must continue to maintain a 60-day PPE stockpile.
- PPE stockpiles will no longer be calculated based on PPE burn rates but rather will be calculated using a touch-point methodology by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Kaiser data.
- The most recent PPE regulations do not expressly require nursing homes to stockpile face shields or goggles, however consistent with the Department’s November 24, 2020 guidance, “Health Advisory: Universal Use of Eye Protection,” the Department strongly recommends the use of eye protection, in addition to face masks, to prevent exposures.
- Please note: Each Nursing Home will receive an e-mail notification from the NYSDOH when their 60-day PPE stockpile requirements have been uploaded in the Health Commerce System.
- The e-mail will go to the following roles ONLY: Administrators, Directors of Nursing, and Operators.
After receiving an e-mail from the NYSDOH that your facility’s specific data has been uploaded, you can access your facility’s specific 60-day PPE stockpile requirements by following the steps below:
- Sign into your HCS account.
- Go to the “All Applications” (A-Z) tab on the top right of the screen.
- Click on “H” and click on “Health Commerce Distribution Management System.”
- This will then allow you to open your facility file (based on PFI number).
If you have questions or issues accessing your data, please directly e-mail email@example.com and they will assist you.
The NYSDOH also reminded providers that there have been no changes to the Vaccination Requirements.
- Vaccination must be offered to all new admissions, readmissions, and new hires within 14 days.
- Any provider unable to adhere to these requirements must document their efforts in the resident or personnel record.
- Any resident or staff that refuses vaccine must have a signed declination on file.
- Declinations do not need to be re-signed with the re-adoption of the emergency regulations, however, the Department strongly encourages providers to reapproach residents and personnel that have previously refused vaccination.
Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN