DOH Releases Hospice Minimum Wage Survey

Situation Report | September 20, 2021    

The state Department of Health (DOH) recently released its 2021 Hospice Minimum Wage Survey regarding the state’s minimum wage increase from January 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023. 

DOH is surveying health care providers to determine the financial impact of scheduled minimum wage increases for calendar year (CY) 2022, but only requests completed survey from hospice facilities outside of the five boroughs of New York City.  

Minimum wage for the New York City region reached the statutory minimum wage of $15.00 per hour effective December 31, 2018 and forward, therefore no minimum wage survey will be required for the region.   

If your hospice facility has locations outside of the New York City region, you may complete the minimum wage survey for that region. Please complete the survey using employee wage data from April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 for your facility. If your facility has locations in multiple minimum wage regions, please provide data for each region. Please include hours for all workers with a payroll record, including direct contracted staff for the Northern Metropolitan or Remainder of State regions. 

To further identify employees impacted by minimum wage increases, Nursing Home Personnel Function Titles from the Institutional Cost Report were assigned 3-digit numeric codes based on groups of similar Occupational titles. Instructions on completing this section are provided in the survey along with a list of titles and their respective codes. 

Surveys are due to DOH by close of business Friday, October 15, 2021Please be aware that due to time constraints, no extensions will be granted.

If your facility is not impacted by the minimum wage increase for calendar years 2021 through 2022, or you choose to opt-out of the survey, you are still required to complete questions 1-4 and 6-7 of the survey.  

Failure to complete this survey will result in default to wage data reported in the facility’s 2019 cost report and as such may result in no additional reimbursement. Your CEO/CFO will be required to attest to the validity of the information provided. All data will be reviewed by the Department for reasonableness and may be subject to audit.