Home Healthcare Workers

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CMS Proposes Initiative to Tie Home Health Payments to Quality Performance

On July 10, 2015, CMS published in the Federal Register the CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule effective for episodes ending on or after January 1, 2016. CMS estimates that the net impact of the...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

Recent OIG Audits of Home Health and Hospice Surveys May Signal Increased Scrutiny on Worker Qualifications

Recent audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) conclude that state survey agencies in a number of states and a leading national accrediting agency serving the home health and...more

Government Announces Health Care Fraud “Takedown”

Earlier today, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the largest coordinated crackdown in the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s eight-year history. The government brought charges against 243 individuals for approximately $712...more

Why, Again, Do You Think that Worker is an Independent Contractor ?

If you're reading this article, then you likely own or administer a medical practice of some sort. That practice may have workers of many stripes. Some of those workers may be treated as employees and some may be independent...more

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

Care Recipients’ Limited Right to Discriminate Based on Protected Characteristics of Care Provider

Healthcare provider institutions including hospitals, clinics, medical practices, nursing homes and home health care providers (here, “Institutions”) are occasionally called upon to balance the preferences of Consumers...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

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

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

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

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