Letter to Chief Financial Officer regarding Health Facility Cash Assessment - Long Term Home Health Care Programs

June 1, 2011

Dear Chief Financial Officer:

This letter provides notice of the statutory changes affecting the Health Facility Cash Assessment Program (HFCAP) for Long Term Home Health Care Programs.

Effective April 1, 2011, the Long Term Home Health Care Program .35% cash assessment rate has been increased by .7% to a total of 1.05%. This increase is an alternative method for achieving savings that would otherwise be required through a 2.0% reimbursement rate reduction, as authorized by Section 90 of Part H of the enacted 2011-12 budget (Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2011).

A revised schedule showing the dates due for the April - June 2011 reports and payments is shown below:

Month Previous Date Due Revised Date Due
April 2011May 31, 2011June 20, 2011
May 2011June 20, 2011July 10, 2011
June 2011July 15, 2011July 29, 2011

Please note that electronic submission of the April 2011 report will be required, reflecting the revised rate, regardless of any prior payment remittances. For those providers who have already submitted payment based on an assessment rate of .35%, only the difference in assessment due should be remitted.

Lastly, all providers are strongly encouraged to submit their monthly payments to the Pool Administrator using Automated Clearing House (ACH) wires. Effective January 1, 2012, this payment method will become mandatory.

Should you have any additional questions, please call the Pool Administrator Help Desk at (315) 671-3800. If you should have any other questions, please contact Ms. Jeanne Wilson at DOH at (518) 474-1673.


John E. Ulberg, Jr.
Division of Health Care Financing