Preparing for Changes in CDPAP for FY 2025: Guidance for Fiscal Intermediaries

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The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York State is entering a period of change with the approval of FY 2025. For Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs), the traditional providers of administrative support within the CDPAP, these changes introduce both challenges and opportunities. While no next steps are currently available from the New York Department of Health (DOH), we understand the concerns you may have about these developments and wanted to provide clarity and support as you navigate this evolving landscape.

Understanding CDPAP and Its Value

CDPAP empowers consumers by allowing them to hire, train, and manage their own home care workers, which can include family members, friends, or acquaintances. This model enhances consumer autonomy, ensuring care is not only personalized but also administered by someone they trust. The program covers a range of services from personal care to household chores and some nursing tasks, all managed through a fiscal intermediary that handles the financial and administrative duties. This setup significantly reduces the bureaucratic burden on consumers, supporting a more direct and personalized approach to home care.

The Role of Fiscal Intermediaries

As a fiscal intermediary, your role is crucial in facilitating the smooth operation of CDPAP. From managing payroll and ensuring compliance with labor laws to handling Medicaid billing and providing ongoing support to consumers and their assistants, your work is foundational to the program’s success. However, the upcoming changes with the FY 2025 budget are set to reshape some of these roles and responsibilities.

Summary of FY2025 Changes and Their Impact

The FY 2025 changes introduce a significant shift towards centralization with the implementation of a single state-wide FI. This state-wide FI will be selected through a procurement process led by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). This initiative is designed to streamline operations and ensure a uniform standard of service across the entire state, enhancing both the efficiency and integrity of the program.

Centralized Administration

The establishment of a single state-wide FI aims to centralize the administrative functions that were previously managed by multiple FIs. This centralization is intended to reduce redundancies, streamline processes, and create a more uniform system of oversight and service delivery across New York State.

Role as Subcontractors

With the introduction of a single state-wide FI, existing FIs have the opportunity to become subcontractors. This role will involve working under the umbrella of the state-wide FI, contributing to the overarching goals of CDPAP while continuing to leverage local expertise and relationships. Subcontractors will be critical in ensuring that the personalized and consumer-directed nature of CDPAP is maintained at the community level.

Adapting Business Models

Existing FIs will need to assess and possibly adapt their business models to align with the new centralized framework. This may involve refining operational strategies, enhancing compliance measures, and developing new competencies that align with the state-wide FI’s requirements. For some, this could mean focusing on specific areas of expertise or populations, thereby becoming indispensable partners in the new structure.

Competitive Procurement Process

The selection process for the state-wide FI and its subcontractors will be competitive, emphasizing the need for high standards in compliance, operational efficiency, and consumer satisfaction. Existing FIs will need to demonstrate their capability to meet these standards and possibly exceed them to secure a role in the new framework. This process encourages FIs to innovate and continuously improve their services.

Standardization of Services

By standardizing services across the state, the program aims to ensure a consistent quality of care for all CDPAP consumers. This standardization will likely involve detailed protocols and guidelines that subcontractors will be expected to follow, ensuring that every consumer receives high-quality care regardless of their location.

Strategic Alliances and Collaborations

The new structure may encourage existing FIs to form strategic alliances or collaborations to strengthen their bids for becoming subcontractors. These partnerships can enhance service offerings, expand capabilities, and align more closely with the goals and requirements set by the state-wide FI.

Future Directions for Fiscal Intermediaries

The upcoming changes aim to enhance the efficiency and integrity of the program through a new structure involving a single state-wide fiscal intermediary (FI). While the transition may bring new dynamics into play, the primary goal is to streamline and improve service delivery across the state.

Streamlined Operations and Enhanced Efficiency

The transition to a single state-wide FI is designed to streamline administrative processes, allowing for more consistent and effective management of services across New York State. While this change may lead to a more centralized approach, it presents an opportunity for existing FIs to align with best practices and enhance their service offerings. Rather than viewing this as a consolidation that limits opportunities, it can be seen as a chance to improve efficiencies and demonstrate the high standards of service that many FIs already uphold.

Opportunities in a Competitive Landscape

The selection process for the state-wide FI and its subcontractors is expected to be competitive, emphasizing the need for high standards of compliance, cultural and linguistic competency, and a strong track record. This competitive environment encourages all FIs to showcase their strengths and unique capabilities. It is an opportunity to stand out by focusing on the quality and reliability of your services, which are key factors in maintaining a competitive edge.

Alignment with New Standards

For FIs that become subcontractors, aligning with the new state-wide FI will involve adapting to some new protocols and directives. However, this is also an opportunity to refine operational practices, ensuring they not only meet but exceed the regulatory requirements. Embracing these changes can enhance your organization’s role in delivering high-quality, consumer-directed care.

Emphasis on Compliance and Transparency

The renewed focus on compliance and transparency is designed to strengthen the CDPAP as a whole. Enhancing operational protocols, such as cost reporting, labor practices, and verification systems, will increase accountability and ensure the sustainability of the program. These changes are not just about meeting new standards but improving the overall trust and efficacy of the services provided.

Financial Stability Through Direct Payment Models

While the restructuring may require some FIs to adjust their financial management practices, the introduction of a direct payment model aims to simplify revenue flows, reducing administrative burdens and enhancing financial stability for subcontracted FIs.

Specialization and Strategic Partnerships

The new structure encourages FIs to specialize in areas where they have established expertise, particularly in serving specific populations or regions. This specialization can make FIs indispensable partners in the new system. Additionally, forming strategic partnerships can enhance service capabilities and compliance, positioning FIs favorably within the restructured framework.

Awaiting Further Guidance from NYSDOH

As we await more specific guidance from the NYSDOH regarding the procurement process for the state-wide FI and its subcontractors, it is essential for existing FIs to prepare for the changes by reviewing their current operations and compliance measures. This preparation will be crucial in positioning your organization to adapt effectively to the new system.

How showdme Can Help

While the changes introduced in FY 2025 may seem daunting, they also offer an opportunity to reinforce the strengths of the CDPAP model—empowering consumers and providing personalized, dignified care.

Showdme is committed to supporting our CDPAP fiscal intermediaries through these changes. Here’s how we can assist:

  • Regulatory Compliance: With changes on the horizon, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations will be more crucial than ever. can provide up-to-date resources and training to help you meet these evolving requirements.
  • Operational Efficiency: Our tools and services are designed to enhance your operational efficiency by reducing the burden of managing compliance.
  • Training Resources: Although training is directed by the consumer, Showdme offers comprehensive content and learning paths that can be utilized by your organization to ensure personal assistants are well-prepared for their roles.

Showdme is here to help you adapt to these changes, ensuring you can continue to provide valuable services to consumers and their families with confidence and support. Together, we can navigate these changes, enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of the CDPAP.

To learn more about how showdme can support your organization during this transition, or to schedule a consultation, contact us here. We are here to help you succeed in this new chapter for CDPAP.

We will continue to offer updates as they are made available by the NY DOH.

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