N.Y. Incontinence Rate Change Pushed to May

Originally slated to go into effect April 3, implementation of rate cuts will go into effect May 17.

The New York Department of Health will delay Medicaid reimbursement cuts for incontinence supplies that the The American Association for Homecare and the Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP) were able to soften in March.

Originally slated to go into effect on April 3, the cuts will go into effect on May 17, giving Gotham State providers roughly six additional weeks to prepare.

The N.Y. Department of Health published fee schedule changes that cut reimbursement for incontinence product by approximately 30 percent, and were slated to go into effect on Feb. 15. However, the Department delayed the rate reductions two weeks ago so that it could review cost study information provided to the agency by AAHomecare and NEMEP.

After reviewing that information, the Department opted for an average reduction of approximately 20 percent to go into effect on April 3.

“AAHomcare and NEMEP have continued to make the case for further lessening the cuts with the Agency by supplying additional information on provider costs we developed with New York providers, and we are hopeful that this delay is a sign that they are taking this fresh input into consideration,” a statement from AAHomecare read.

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David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.

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