DAL Related to Influenza Mask Regulation Posted

Karen Morris and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

The Commissioner of Health has released the attached DAL to healthcare providers related to the regulation which will go into effect this flu season requiring all staff, who are not immunized against the flu, to wear masks. The DAL also provides a link to the FAQ document that was released last week and was sent out previously in our July 15th  MM.

Last Friday, DOH staff held a conference call with the associations and many areas were discussed that will need further clarification. As these issues are further clarified, the FAQ document will be updated.

The statewide average for healthcare employee vaccination against the flu is only around 50%.  Providers should begin preparing for the influenza season now with an increased emphasis on employee vaccinations.  Numerous toolkits and education materials are available on the NYSDOH website at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

DOH staff are making themselves available to participate on webinars to educate providers on the new regulation and we will be scheduling this education for our members shortly.  In the meantime, you can submit questions to the following FAQ email address for inclusion in future FAQ updates flumaskreg@health.state.ny.us


NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 


Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15 


refer to mm2013-397