ALERT: Information Needed - Dedicated Restorative Care Units - November 3, 2016

The 2016-2017 Executive Budget delegated authority to the Commissioner of Health to implement a restorative care unit demonstration project over a period of three years. Therefore, the New York State Department of Health is seeking information from nursing homes to determine the current number of dedicated restorative care units in New York State. A dedicated restorative care unit, as defined in the 2016-2017 enacted budget, provides on-site healthcare services, including, but not limited to:

  1. radiology;
  2. peripherally inserted central catheter insertion;
  3. blood sugar, hemoglobin/hematocrit, electrolytes, and blood gases monitoring;
  4. 12-lead transmissible electrocardiograms;
  5. specialized cardiac services, including rapid response teams, crash carts, and defibrillators; and
  6. telemedicine and telemetry which shall have the capability to notify the user, in real time, when an urgent or emergent physiological change has occurred in the patient's condition requiring intervention; and to generate reports that can be accessed by any provider, in real time, in any location, to allow for immediate clinical intervention.

If your nursing home has a dedicated restorative care unit as defined above, please notify Laura Palmer at by no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2016.