Situation Report | May 17, 2021
As we announced in an alert last week, the state Department of Health (DOH) published updated annual Wage Parity Compliance and Certification Guidance and forms that must be submitted electronically to DOH by June 1, 2021.
The forms apply to Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs), Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs), Long Term Home Health Care Programs (LTHHCPs), Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs), Mainstream Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MMCOs), and Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans that provide aide or personal assistant services in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.
The guidance is MLTC policy 21.03 on the MLTC Policy website and there is also a guidance document located on the Wage Parity website under Official Notices.
In addition to the DOH wage parity certification revisions, there are new state Department of Labor (DOL) wage parity forms and requirements applicable to each MMCO, MLTC, CHHA, LTHHCP, LHCSA, and FI. An overview of these requirements is listed in the guidance; however, entities must visit the DOL website for instructions and additional information.
Register for May 26 Webinar
During a webinar on May 26, HCA Board Member Paul Essner, CFP, CLU, ChFC, Principal, Risk Strategies, and Emina Poricanin, Esq., of Poricanin Law P.C., will review these newly posted wage parity certification forms. They’ll also cover guidance for LHCSAs, FIs, CHHAs, LTHHCPs, and Managed Care plans who provide or contract for aide services in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, as well as new wage parity responsibilities, new state Labor Department forms, and penalties for non-compliance.