Home Health Agencies

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OIG Reviews HHA Background Check Policies

In response to a Congressional request, the OIG has reviewed the extent to which home health agencies (HHAs) have employed individuals with criminal convictions and whether state requirements should have disqualified such...more

New Jersey Board of Nursing Proposes Expanding the Range of Care Tasks That Nurses Can Delegate to Home Health Aides

Home health companies should be aware that, on March 3, 2015, the New Jersey State Board of Nursing (“Board”) issued a comprehensive set of proposed amendments, repeals, and new rules relating to the delegation of nursing...more

New York State Supreme Court Finds 24-Hour Home Care Attendants Must be Paid for Sleep and Meal Periods

The New York State Department of Labor ("NY DOL") has consistently enforced the New York Labor Law ("NYLL") as permitting third-party employers of 24-hour home care attendants to pay their employees for 13 hours of a 24-hour...more

A Cautionary Note On That "Companionship Services" Rule

As we have previously reported, a federal district court for the District of Columbia recently vacated new U.S. Department of Labor regulations promulgated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which (1) barred third-party...more

Connecting the Dots: The Seventh Circuit Stretches the Definition of “Referral” to Find Anti-Kickback Liability Where a Physician...

The Seventh Circuit recently stretched the definition of “referral” under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) to affirm a lower court’s ruling that a physician can trigger AKS violations even if such physician does not...more

Department of Labor Seeks to Put New FLSA Regulations for Homecare Workers Back on Track

Last week marked a new battle in the war the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has waged against the homecare industry. Appealing two federal court rulings that invalidated new regulations extending minimum wage, overtime and...more

Health Law Pulse - February 2015

On January 23, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (District Court) challenging two rulings in the case of Home Care...more

Can an Arbitrator Rule Against a Hospital for Not Violating the Anti-Kickback Statute?

Here’s a nightmare. An arbitrator rules against your hospital for failing to honor an agreement to refer Medicare patients to a home health agency. Why? Because the home health agency paid your hospital good money for the...more

DOL's Wage Rule for Home Care Workers on Hold

A federal judge has scuttled key aspects of the U.S. Labor Department's (DOL's) rule that would have extended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements to many home care workers. The rule...more

DC Court Rejects Unilateral DOL Regulation of Home Care Workers in Sharply Worded Rebuke; DOL to Appeal

In a pair of welcomed decisions for third-party employers in the home care industry, Judge Richard J. Leon of the D.C. Federal District Court vacated major provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Home Care Final...more

Tennessee Home Health Care Agency to Pay $25 Million in Whistleblower Settlement

CareAll Management LLC, a Tennessee-based agency that provides in-home health care services, must pay $25 million to settle a whistleblower suit. The agency came to an agreement with the United States Department of Justice...more

DOL Challenge Expected to Judge's Decision to Vacate Proposed Caregiver Wage Regulations

On January 14, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, in the District of Columbia, issued an opinion and order in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, Civil Action No. 14-967, vacating a U.S. Department of...more

DOL's Companionship Rule Gets the One-Two Punch

Employers of companionship and domestic employees can breathe a little easier, now that a court has set aside major portions of a rule that may have required that such employees receive the minimum wage and overtime under the...more

The Companionship Exemption Remains: D.C. District Court’s Most Recent Decision in Home Care Association of America v. Weil Marks...

On January 14, 2015, Judge Richard J. Leon of the D.C. Federal District Court issued another favorable opinion for home care employers by vacating a Department of Labor regulation that would have narrowed the definition of...more

Federal Judge Invalidates DOL's Revised Definition of Companionship Services

In the January 2 edition, EmployNews reported that a federal district court in Washington vacated provisions of new Department of Labor regulations that would have excluded employees of companies providing elder care services...more

D.C. Court Strikes Down Two USDOL Regulations and Restores Full “Companionship Exemption” Under the FLSA

In a victory for Home Care employers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued consecutive decisions which struck down two regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (“USDOL”) that would have...more

Court Vacates DOL’s New “Companionship Services” Definition

On January 14, 2015, the court in Home Care Association of America v. Weil vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulation narrowing the definition of “companionship services” under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Department of Labor regulations narrowing companionship care definition vacated

In a second decision in the case challenging federal Department of Labor regulations relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) companionship care exemption, the US District Court for the District of Columbia vacated...more

Home Health Care Remains Affordable: New Companionship Exemption Rules Overturned

A federal court has invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor's ("DOL") amended rule that would have extended minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly two million home health care workers and affected the cost and...more

Judge Vacates Parts of USDOL Home-Care Regulation

A federal judge has scuttled key aspects of the U.S. Department of Labor's rule that would have extended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements to many home care workers starting January...more

"Back to Where We Started: Federal Court Vacates U.S. Department of Labor Companionship Exemption Rule"

Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has just vacated a section of the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations that would have significantly limited the type of work that qualifies as...more

Department of Labor’s Regulatory Scheme to Extend Federal Overtime and Minimum Wage Requirements Halted

The ever changing regulatory framework for Home Care Organizations and Personal Care Providers has created an uncertain environment in which to operate. As January 1, 2015, approached, many providers began preparing to...more

US District Court Ruling a Victory for Home Care Providers, but Challenges Remain Under New Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules

In a ruling on December 22, 2014, in the case of Home Care Association of America et al. v. Weil, the US District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a significant new regulation in the Department of Labor’s (DOL)...more

A Christmas Present for Home Care Providers

The home care industry received a welcome holiday gift from the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. shortly before Christmas when Judge Richard J. Leon vacated a portion of a new regulation that would have...more

Recent Changes to California Medical Information Privacy Laws Create More Flexibility and Give Rise to Increased Enforcement

Under California Health & Safety Code (HSC) sections 1280.15(a) and (b), California licensed clinics, hospitals, home health agencies and hospices are required to prevent “unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or...more

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