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State Home Care Exchange FAQs Released

The Department of Health (DOH) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) last week and updated some of the application materials for Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs) applying for approval to participate in the State's Home Care Exchange pilot program. The materials will be housed on the NY State of Health website. The initial pilot program is slated for Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and services provided over the platform would be private pay only. Applications to participate are due tomorrow, Aug. 12th.

We encourage all members to take a look at the website and materials, as this program will be rolling out statewide at some point. For this phase of the program, agencies must have at least 350 employees, but as this moves forward, the criteria may change. The FAQs address several topics for current applicants such as agency applicants with multiple LHCSA licenses, flexibility regarding the 350 staff minimum criteria, the applicability of wage parity, preferential rates, required services to be provided, documentation of in-service training, and more.

The pilot program materials can be accessed here. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns we should raise with the Department as this program is carried out and expanded statewide. We greatly appreciate your input.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-929-9342