Editor’s Picks: Extension on the ‘Other’ Overtime Rule

This week, Home Health Care News readers learned the latest about the Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime eligibility for salaried workers and explored the home care implications of President Obama signing the Innovation Act. Readers also heard how one home health agency plans to reduce its annual turnover rate.

With just days to go before Thanksgiving, HHCN recommends a moving testimonial written by an associate of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care that reminds us to be thankful for home care nurses year-round.

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New Overtime Threshold Not Coming Until Late 2016—Now, the Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime eligibility is unlikely to go into effect before late 2016. Employers, meanwhile, had been under the impression that the rule would take effect late this year or early next.

POTUS Signs Innovation Act, Expands Home Health Opportunities—President Obama recently signed the Innovation Act, opening up the Programs of All-Inclsuive Care for the Elderly (PACE) for people in need of nursing home level of care to receive these services at home. The law will likely increase opportunities for home health agencies, hospitals and other health systems and long-time care providers across the country to implement new programs.

Inside One Agency’s Staff Retention Efforts—A set of initiatives launched by Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Independent Living Services in September aims to reduce the company’s annual turnover rate from 60% to 40%.

Weekend Reads

Grimm: It Takes More than Historic Flooding to Keep Home Health Nurses Home—This testimonial by Denise Grimm, a vice president of operations for Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care in South Carolina, reminds us to be thankful for the good will of home care nurses everywhere.

Federal Privacy Law Lags Far Behind Personal-Health Technologies—This article from The Washington Post details how the privacy of people using newer health tracking services can be jeopardized, leading to embarrassment or legal repercussions. “What sells devices or applications are the features for the most part, and unless there’s a really strong business reason or consumer push or federal regulation, security and privacy are generally a secondary thought,” David Kotz, a computer science professor at Dartmouth College, said in the article.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson