Clarity on when the DOH-4359 form is and isn't required for CDPAP.

Navigating New York State's Personal Care Services Assessment Changes: What You Need to Know

Published On:
April 21, 2024


New York State's Personal Care Services (PCS) and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS) are lifelines for many individuals, providing essential support for daily living. However, recent changes to the assessment process by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) have brought about important shifts. In this comprehensive guide, we explore these changes, their implications, and provide clarity on when the DOH-4359 form is and isn't required.

Changes Effective May 16, 2022:

As of May 16, 2022, the NYS DOH has rolled out several significant modifications to the PCS and CDPAS assessment process:

1. DOH-4359 Form Replacement: Individuals aged 18 and above are no longer mandated to submit the DOH-4359 form during the initial assessment phase. Instead, the assessment is conducted by the New York Independent Assessment (NYIA), standardizing the evaluation process.

2. NYIA Assessment Protocol: The NYIA now oversees all initial assessments using the Uniform Assessment System for New York (UAS-NY) CHA for adults. This centralized approach ensures consistency and fairness in determining individuals' eligibility for PCS and CDPAS.

3. Medical Examination by NYIA Clinicians: Formerly, individuals' practitioners performed medical exams as part of the assessment. Presently, these exams are conducted by NYIA clinicians without prior provider-patient relationships, ensuring impartiality and uniformity.

4. NYIA Independent Practitioner Panel (IPP): The NYIA IPP conducts medical exams and completes the new PO form, replacing the DOH-4359 form. Subsequently, the PO form is submitted to the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) or Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO).

5. PO Form Validity: PO forms issued by the NYIA remain valid for up to 12 months, simplifying the renewal process for PCS and CDPAS recipients.

Implications and Considerations:
The changes introduced by the NYS DOH have far-reaching implications for individuals accessing PCS and CDPAS:

1. Streamlined Process: Centralizing assessments through the NYIA streamlines the initial evaluation, reducing administrative burden and ensuring prompt access to services.

2. Standardized Care: With NYIA clinicians conducting medical exams, the assessment process becomes standardized, promoting equity and consistency in care provision.

3. Annual Renewal Requirement: While the DOH-4359 form is no longer necessary for the initial assessment, it is still required annually for individuals to remain enrolled in the CDPAP program, ensuring continued eligibility and appropriateness of care.

4. Plan-to-Plan Transfers: Individuals undergoing plan-to-plan transfers must furnish a DOH-4359 form to the new provider to initiate care under the new plan.

FAQ: When is the DOH-4359 Form Required?

Q: Is the DOH-4359 form required for the initial assessment under the new process?
A: No, as of May 16, 2022, the DOH-4359 form is no longer required for the initial assessment conducted by the NYIA.

Q: When is the DOH-4359 form needed?
A: The DOH-4359 form is required annually for individuals to remain on the CDPAP program. Additionally, it is necessary for plan-to-plan transfers to initiate care under a new provider.

The recent changes implemented by the NYS DOH represent a pivotal moment in the PCS and CDPAS landscape, aimed at enhancing efficiency, fairness, and quality of care delivery. By understanding these changes and the role of the DOH-4359 form, individuals and stakeholders can navigate the system effectively, ensuring continued access to the vital services they need.


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