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Regulatory Changes Threaten to Compound Caregiver Crisis

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 1:59 PM

All over the country, a shortage of homecare providers is plaguing the home health industry, with turnover hitting an all-time high of 82% in 2018.

A regulatory change that started on September 1, 2019 in New York is going to make the situation worse, as that is the day the state instituted cuts to their Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP).

CDPAP gives seniors and people with disabilities who receive Medicaid-certified home care the flexibility to choose their own caregivers, usually choosing family or friends to provide the care.  Medicaid then pays the caregiver through a fiscal intermediary (FI).  This new change will allow for less Medicaid money for FI’s for their costs, thereby putting many out of business. 

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