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State Posts 1 Percent Enhancement for Personal Care and Fiscal Intermediaries/Consumer Directed Rates

The Department of Health (DOH) has posted Personal Care and Fiscal Intermediaries/Consumer Directed Rates, which include a 1 percent increase per the recent 2022-23 State Budget retroactive to April 1, 2022. The rate letter states that this rate increase would normally be applied to the Jan. 1, 2022 rates. However, because the Jan. 1, 2022 rates are under development, the Department is utilizing the latest available rates on eMedNY (Jan. 1, 2021 for Personal Care and April 1, 2021 for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)) to apply the 1 percent increase. Once the Jan. 1, 2022 rates are finalized, DOH will apply the increase to the 2022 rates and will reconcile previous payments. The rate letter is available here.

These rates are now available on the DOH website.

Additionally, the State is currently working to update rates to incorporate the home care minimum wage, which are also expected to reimburse providers for increases in wage-sensitive benefits. LeadingAge NY supports increasing worker wages as well as the appropriate recognition of additional employer costs driven by the increases. We expect DOH to publish fee-for-service rates reflecting the wage increases. The Department has made clear that minimum wage arrangements between providers and managed care organizations are subject to negotiations and are not directed payments.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871