DOH Issues Supplemental Guidance on Minimum Wage Funding; Seeks Contract Agreements This Week

As reported in an HCP News Alert, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued Supplemental MLTC Minimum Wage Guidance on November 22 concerning the disbursement of funds from managed long term care (MLTC) plans to support increases in the minimum wage.

The guidance supplements the Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) that DOH issued on October 28, and includes strong language requiring MLTC plans to pay providers the funding needed to meet their increased minimum wage obligations. The guidance was accompanied by a chart showing how much each MLTC will receive in their rates for the purpose of funding the minimum wage increase.

It has come to HCP’s attention that many MLTC plans are telling their network providers that they are still seeking additional information regarding compliance with DOH’s directives before they will issue contract amendments. Upon HCP’s review, the Department’s guidance appears reasonably clear, although it still leaves plans some flexibility in how they allocate the funding, and there remain some unanswered questions. HCP continues to bring these questions to the attention of the Department.

Read the full article in the December 2, 2016 issue of the HCP Insider.

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