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Independent Assessor Implementation Slightly Delayed

In a letter dated April 15th, the Department of Health (DOH) announced a revised implementation date for the New York Independent Assessor (NYIA) initial assessment process. To effectuate all forms and notices used in the new process, the start date was moved from May 1st to May 16, 2022. DOH defines the new “initial assessment process” as the community health assessment (CHA), medical exam, and practitioner’s order, and, where applicable, the independent review process conducted by the NYIA through contract between DOH and Maximus Health Services, Inc. for those individuals newly seeking personal care/Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (PCS/CDPAS) and/or Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) eligibility.

The letter notes that the IA process for routine and non-routine reassessments for those age 18 and over remains pended until further notice. The same is true for reassessments as well as initial assessments for children age 4 to 17. The letter is available here. The dedicated NYIA page on the DOH website, which houses slides from three IA operational training sessions held thus far, is available here.

Contact: Darius Kirstein, dkirstein@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8841