Patient Right to Access Medical Records

submitted by: Bria Lewis, Esq., Staff Attorney New York State Law gives patients and other qualified individuals (including but not limited to Legal Guardians, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Proxies) access to medical records. You can request your medical records from your physician or a health care facility (including hospitals, home care facilities, hospices,…

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Emergency Regulations for Personal Caregiving and Compassionate Caregiving Visitors in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On June 1, 2021, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) issued emergency regulations for personal caregiving and compassionate caregiving visitors in nursing homes and adult care facilities, as established by 2801-h of the Public Health Law (PHL) and section 461-u of the Social Services Law (SSL). These regulations…

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Updated Federal Visitation Guidelines

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 10, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their nursing home visitation guidelines. This guidance addresses the impact that the COVID-19 vaccination has on visitation. The information contained in this guidance supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding visitation.…

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Call to Action: Safe Visitation for Nursing Homes & Adult Care Facilities

It has been almost a year since the initial ban on in-person visitation in nursing homes and adult care facilities, and visitation is still extremely restrictive. Residents have been negatively impacted by these restrictions, living in forced isolation and experiencing cognitive and mental decline. Virtual visitation has not been an adequate substitution to combat the…

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