Choose the Right CDPAP Agency when the time is right to have a home health aide. Many people are relieved to learn that they may be able to have their loved ones provide their needed services—and be paid for their time.
In New York, an innovative Medicaid program called “CDPAP,” or the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) offers recipients an alternative way to receive home care services. This program allows them to “hire” family members, neighbors, or friends to assist them with caregiving tasks. These providers get paid for their services.
This situation is a win-win for you as the patient because your care is provided by someone with whom you’re comfortable. And for the caregiver, who may have been providing these services previously but without pay.
Unpaid caregiving can take a toll on the provider’s life through missed time at work or with their families. Through CDPAP, they can provide the care they want while earning a wage.
These caregivers, known as “Personal Assistants” are considered independent consultants and receive payment via a “fiscal intermediary,” which is an entity contracted to provide services under the county guidelines or managed care plan. While you, as the consumer, can distribute payment, most frequently, it is processed and distributed by the fiscal intermediary, such as an HHA agency. This streamlines the process for you and ensures compliance with all aspects of the program.
Before you hire a CDPAP home care agency to help you access the CDPAP program, you’ll want to ask the following questions: