Home Health Care

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OIG Reports Limited Compliance with Face-to-Face Certification Requirement for Home Health

The OIG recently released a report summarizing the details of its study regarding compliance with the requirement that physicians (or certain practitioners working with them) who certify beneficiaries as eligible for Medicare...more

Home Healthcare Advocates Honor Secretary of Aging Brian Duke, Senator Pat Vance, and Representative Marguerite Quinn; Twitter...

BAYADA Home Health Care presented their first-ever Champion awards, marking this year’s BAYADA Day in Harrisburg. This new award recognizes state legislators and regulators who have worked diligently to advocate for increased...more

OIG Issues Report on Limited Compliance with Medicare’s Face-to-Face Requirement for Home Health Services

On April 9, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Office of Evaluation and Inspections (OEI) issued a report (OEI-01-12-00390) entitled “Limited Compliance With...more

Harrisburg Highlights from Second and State – The Week of April 7

Both the House and Senate will convene for voting sessions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. On Tuesday, be prepared to see red in and about the Capitol Building as part of the 7th annual Bayada Home Health Care...more

Capital Wrap-Up for the Week of March 31

Scott Wagner Sworn-In - The Senate’s newest member, Scott Wagner was sworn in on Wednesday. Wagner won the March 18 special election to complete the current term of former Senator Mike Waugh in the state Senate, which...more

For New Recovery Audit Contracting Cycle, CMS “RAC”s up Changes

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced important changes to the Recovery Audit Program. The agency had already begun the procurement process to find new Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) in...more

CMS Proposes to Restrict Diagnoses from Home Visits for Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed to limit how Medicare Advantage Organizations can use in-home wellness or risk assessment visits of their enrollees to affect the risk adjusted payments they...more

CMS Provides Clarification Regarding HHA Face-to-Face Documentation

In January 2014, CMS released a Special Edition Article of MLN Matters to clarify the documentation requirements for Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Face-to-Face Encounters. CMS found that insufficient...more

CMS Final Rule on Moratoria for the Enrollment of New Home Health Agencies and Ambulance Suppliers and Providers

On February 4, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued in the Federal Register a notice of temporary moratoria on enrollment of new home health agencies (HHA) and ambulance suppliers and providers in...more

CMS Announces Temporary Enrollment Moratoria on Home Health Agencies in Florida, Texas, and Michigan, As Well As Ambulance...

On January 30, 2014, CMS announced a temporary moratorium on Medicare enrollment of home health agencies operating in Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Houston, and Detroit. It also announced a temporary moratorium on Medicare...more

CMS Expands Moratorium On New Home Health Agencies To Broward County; Extends Moratorium In Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties

On January 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the expansion of its moratorium on the enrollment of new home health agencies in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance...more

Tennessee CON Report - December 2013

In this issue: - I. December 2013 — Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - A. Consent Agenda - B. Certificate of Need Review - C. General Counsel’s Report - A. Certificate of Need...more

Publication of Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule

On December 2, 2013, the Federal Register published CMS’s final rule regarding the home health prospective payment system (PPS) and home health quality reporting requirements. The final rule reduces payments under the PPS by...more

Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2014

This year has brought many significant changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Group summarizes some of the most important new federal and state legal...more

Customer Sues Employer For Discriminatory Treatment By Employee

A few years ago, I wrote a piece called “The Customer is not Always Right” which focused on two discrimination cases. The first was filed by an African American nurse who was instructed not to enter the room of a patient who...more

The Evolving Protected Class of Caregivers: San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

San Francisco has passed an ordinance that requires employers to accommodate employees with caregiving responsibilities. This ordinance, along with other recently adopted California laws, dramatically changes employers’...more

Challenges and Best Practices for Home Care Employers Following the Elimination of the Companionship Exemption

In this Issue: - Introduction - History of the Companionship exemption - The New Regulations - Impact of the New Regulations - Challenges and Best practices for Home Care employers...more

New U.S. Labor Secretary Proposes To Extend U.S. Minimum Wage Laws To Home Health Employees

After only being sworn in two weeks ago, the new U.S. Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, has not wasted any time in setting up the goals he planned to obtain during his term, especially when it comes to minimum wage laws for home...more

NYS Identifies $496 Million in Medicaid Home Health Erroneous Payments

On October 30, 2013, the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”) issued a press release that New York recovered $211 million from the federal government out of an identified $496 million in Medicaid...more

Legal Defense in DMAS Home Health Audits

What would we do without home health care providers? They keep “grandma” out of the nursing home by providing 24/7 assistance with the activities of daily living. They care for our disabled loved ones so that they may...more

Government Shutdown Aftermath: CMS Under Pressure to Finalize Medicare Payment Rules

..Because of the prolonged government shutdown, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may encounter delays in promulgating final payment rules that would otherwise be effective January 1, 2014. ..It is...more

DOL Extends Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act to Nearly Two Million Home Health Care...

The United States Department of Labor issued a rule last month limiting the ability of home health care employers to claim the companionship exemption for their employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is likely to...more

U.S. DOL's Final Rule Limiting Domestic Services Imposes Heavy Burden On Household Direct Hires

Individuals and families who for years have directly employed domestic workers to care for elderly or ill family members will see their labor costs increase dramatically beginning January 1, 2015. Under the U.S. DOL's Final...more

Employers Must Pay Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers They Jointly or Solely Employ

Many groups that have lobbied for change as it relates to home care aides seem to have received some victory. Specifically, the Labor Department announced a Final Rule on September 17, 2013 that extends overtime and wage...more

Domestic Workers Get Overtime In California Starting January 1, 2014

Among the various wage-related legislation Governor Brown signed into law recently is a provision that will allow housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in private homes to collect overtime pay. ...more

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