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LTC Workforce Investment Program Guidance

The Department of Health (DOH) has issued additional guidance to Long Term Care Workforce Investment Organizations (WIOs) and Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans interested in participating in the LTC Workforce Investment Program (WIP). Plans that are solvent and have 5,000 or more members as of October 2017 are eligible to participate. The list of approved regional WIOs is available here.

The Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Waiver Amendment approved in April 2014 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that authorized the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program included $245 million for initiatives to retrain, recruit, and retain health care workers in the long term care sector. The goal of the WIP is to support the critical long term health care workforce infrastructure through retraining, redeployment, and enhancing skill sets. Plans would notify providers that they may send workers to LTC WIOs for training without charge, but subject to the plan’s approval of such participation.

DOH will require that participating plans and WIOs enter into partnerships that demonstrate alignment with overall goals of the MRT Waiver Amendment that include reduction of avoidable hospital use and moving 80-90 percent of managed care payments to value based arrangements. Contracts between plans and WIOs will require DOH review, and the Department will communicate minimum criteria and essential elements for these contracts shortly.

The guidance, which also lists the 13 plans eligible to participate in the WIP, is available here. DOH has posted links to relevant resources on the web page dedicated to the program.

Contact: Darius Kirstein, dkirstein@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8841