Governor Continues Pause NY Until May 15

Today, Governor Cuomo announced all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. The states will re-evaluate after this additional closure period.

The Governor also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the Executive Order announced by the Governor yesterday requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM.

DOH Opens Registration for EVV Choice Model Technical Assistance Call

As HCP reported earlier this week, DOH announced that New York has elected to proceed with the Choice Model for implementing EVV.

Today, DOH opened registration for the Technical Assistance Call scheduled for Monday, April 20th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You can register for the DOH's Technical Assistance Call here.

Additional details can be found here.

If you have general EVV inquiries or if you would like to submit written comments, please email EVVHelp@health.ny.gov.

Workers' Compensation Emergency Rule Published

As HCP reported several days ago, Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Chair Person Clarissa Rodriquez announced the Emergency Adoption of an Amendment to 12 NYCRR 355.9 making a COVID-19 Diagnosis a Serious Health Condition.

The WCB has adopted on an emergency basis an amendment to clarify that employees may take family leave to care for a family member diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. The amendment is to section 355.9 of Title 12 NYCRR. Today, the Notice of Emergency Adoption was published in the the State Register at page 20. This emergency rulemaking is effective for 90 days from the filing date of March 27, 2020.

eMedNY Issues Guidance on use of Delay Reason Code 15 (Natural Disaster)

The guidance provides that during the State of Emergency or until the issuance of subsequent guidance by the NYSDOH prior to the expiration of such state disaster emergency declaration, claims that would normally have been required to be submitted during the State of Emergency exceeding the timely filing limits may be submitted electronically using Delay Reason 15 (Natural Disaster/State of Emergency). Additional documentation for Delay Reason 15 does not need to be sent at this time. Upon claim review, if the normal claim submission timeframe does not fall within the State of Emergency, documentation may be requested to support the use of Delay Reason 15. All other documentation, such as invoices for pricing that are not related to Delay Reason 15, is still required.

General questions for claims submission should be directed to GDIT (CSRA) at 1-800-343-9000. Questions on specific claims that are pended for review should be directed to the Bureau of Medical Review, Pended Claims Unit at 1-800-342-3005 (option 3).