Wage Parity Certifications Due June 1

Situation Report | June 1, 2021

Last week, the state Department of Health (DOH) and eMedNY held a webinar on how to submit the Wage Parity Law certification forms via the eMedNY portal. HCA requested this program after receiving lots of emails from members who were having difficulties with the new process. 

The handouts for the webinar are under the Attestation User Guide here. The recording is under the eMedNY Provider Portal here. 

Some takeaways from the webinar are: 

  • Agencies have to request a PIN number from eMedNY and that number is then sent to the contact person that eMedNY has on file. If an agency is not sure who that person is or that person is no longer with the agency, the agency should contact eMedNY at 800-343-9000.
  • Agencies should use their Medicaid provider number if they don’t have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.
  • Agencies should print out their submission information before sending to eMedNY.

As indicated in last week’s Situation Report, while DOH has confirmed that that the portal for submitting Wage Parity certification forms will not be closed on the June 1 deadline date, providers or plans who are unable to submit the attestation on time should e-mail hcworkerparity@health.ny.gov and outline the circumstances for the delay. 

In response to our request that late submitters not face sanctions, DOH stated that it will consider the circumstances around late submissions, especially given that this certification process is being inaugurated this year, and it will not take adverse action when the circumstances warrant leniency. However, DOH said that it does not have the authority to issue a blanket waiver for penalties, citations, or other sanctions. 

As mentioned in numerous communications, the Wage Parity certification forms must be submitted by June 1, 2021 for 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.  

Wage Parity certification guidance (MLTC policy 21.03) is on the MLTC Policy website and on the Wage Parity website under Official Notices.