DAL-Approval and Publication of Your Medicaid Hospice Care and Medicaid Hospice Supplemental Financial Assistance Program Base Rates

February 12, 2020

Dear Administrator:

This is to notify you of the approval and publication of your Medicaid Hospice Care and Medicaid Hospice Supplemental Financial Assistance Program base rates as well as the Worker Recruitment and Retention (WRR) and Recruitment, Training and Retention (RTR) add­ ons for the periods October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. The formula on which these rates are based was promulgated in accordance with Article 40 of the Public Health Law (PHL) and Subpart 86–6 of Title 10 of the Commissioner's Administrative Rules and Regulations.

The published rates include a 3% add–on for WRR authorized by Section 4013 of the PHL and a payment of $9.92 per day for RTR as authorized by Section 3614.9 of the PHL. In accordance with the applicable statutes, these funds are solely for the purposes of improving recruitment, training and retention of non–supervisory personnel with direct patient care responsibility and agencies are prohibited from using such Funds for any other purposes. Additionally, minimum wage increases have been incorporated into these rates based on survey data that was submitted and attested.

The rates are attached to this letter and are posted on the NYS DOH public website. The payment for the October 1, 2019 hospice rates will be made in cycle number 2218, check release date March 11, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the above information, please send an email to Hospice–Rates@health.ny.gov and Russ Smith will respond to your inquiry.


Laura Rosenthal, Director
Bureau of Residential Health Care Reimbursement
Division of Finance and Rate Setting
Office of Health Insurance Programs