Home Health Care

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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

An Update on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Agenda

Jennifer Brand, Associate Solicitor of Labor, spoke at the American Bar Association Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee’s Mid-Winter Meeting on February 26. Ms. Brand provided an update on important USDOL...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

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

Attempt to Extend Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers Overruled by Court

In October 2013, the Department of Labor's (DOL) new rule extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly two million home-care workers prompted controversy over the Department's authority to reverse...more

Happy New Year from the DC District Court - Companionship Exemption Lives On!! - EndNotes February 2015

Home care patients, caregivers and the entire home care community celebrated a huge victory to kick off 2015. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DC court) vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s)...more

Seventh Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of Anti-Kickback “Referral”

The federal Anti-Kickback Statute makes it a crime to give or receive anything of value in return for “referral” of a Medicare patient. But exactly what is a “referral”? That’s the issue decided by the Seventh Circuit last...more

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Creates Expansive Definition of “Referral” Under the Anti-Kickback Statute

On February 10, 2015, in United States v. Patel (Case No. 14-2607), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a physician makes a “referral” within the meaning of the federal health care programs Anti-Kickback Statute...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

CMS Extends Moratoria on Enrollment of New Providers and Suppliers in Six Locales

Last week, CMS announced that it has extended temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new ambulance suppliers and home health agencies within designated metropolitan areas in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania,...more

Court Allows Home Care Group to Challenge Medicare “Narrative Requirement” Regulation

On January 9, 2015, Judge Christopher P. Cooper, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, issued a decision denying the government’s motion to dismiss the complaint in National Association for Home Care &...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

Certificate of Need Opportunities in 2015

While many of us were shopping for last-minute gifts for our families, Governor McCrory was busy approving the 2015 State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”). The SMFP is a document created annually by the State Health...more

CMS Announces DMEPOS/Home Health/Hospice RAC, Improvements to RAC Process

CMS has announced that it has awarded the Region 5 Recovery Audit contract to Connolly, LLC (although the General Accounting Office subsequently reported that a bid protest has been filed regarding this award). The purpose of...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

CMS Announces Updated List of RAC Program Improvements For New Contracts, Beginning With the Newly Awarded DME, Home Health, and...

On December 30, 2014, CMS announced that it has awarded a new Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contract to Connolly LLC to identify improper Medicare payments nationwide made to suppliers of durable medical equipment,...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

Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015

MACS to Hold Certain 2015 Date-of-Service Claims – CMS announced on December 29, 2014, that Medicare Administrative Contractors will hold claims containing 2015 services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)...more

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