Statewide Workforce Disaster Emergency Continued

On June 29, 2022, Governor Hochul signed Executive Order (EO) 4.10,  continuing the declaration of a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages in the state of New York.

Of specific interest to home care providers, the EO permits Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHA), Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSA), and AIDS home care programs to

“…conduct in-home supervision of home health aides and personal care aides as soon as practicable after the initial service visit, or to permit in-person and in-home supervision to be conducted through indirect means, including by telephone or video communication.”

Additionally, it extends permission for nursing supervision visits for personal care services to be made as soon as practicable.

Hochul cited hospital and other facility staffing shortages and understaffing, which are expected to continue. These shortages, as stated in the Order, affect the ability to provide critical care and to adequately serve vulnerable populations. 

The disaster continuation is based on an immediate and critical need to supplement staffing to assure care can be provided to New Yorkers.

EO 4.10 extends the state disaster emergency and the associated regulatory relief as set forth in Executive Order 4, as continued in Executive Order 4.9, and continues the terms, conditions, and suspensions contained in Executive Orders 4, and its successors through July 29, 2022.