NYS Department of Health Releases New Application Requirements for Licensed Home Care Services Agencies
Stay Tuned! The HCAOA New York Chapter will hold a virtual meeting in late September to review the new LHCSA application and process, as well as the October 1 institution of the new minimum wage for home care providers. Details will be shared soon.
On August 17, 2022, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released a long-awaited Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) setting forth application changes for licensed home care services agencies (LHCSAs) in New York, a new application required for LHCSA licensure, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding application requirements.
Overview of New LHCSA Licensure Application and Process
Applications for LHCSA licensure now require an updated application process, which includes both new public need and financial feasibility standards, in addition to the character and competence review that existed as part of the previous LHCSA licensure process.
This licensure application process applies to organizations seeking to establish a new LHCSA (See NY PHL Section 3605), obtain required approval for a change of ownership or control, or expand a restricted license. Below is a brief overview of the new process. (For more details, see NY PHL Section 3611-a. In addition, application requirements for Article 36 transfers of ownership can be found in the DOH “Transfers of Ownership” matrix.)
New Application Process Highlights
Important Next Steps and Considerations for Agencies