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Ruling on Home Health Referrals Broadens Risk

Home health providers may have to reexamine they way they conduct and compensate for referrals or risk violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. On February 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit expanded the definition of “referral,” arguing for a broader reading of the term to […]

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Judge Overturns Ruling on Home Care Wage and Overtime Protections

A federal judge today completed a ruling that the Department of Labor cannot grant overtime and wage protections to home care workers by redefining the term “companionship services,” which many home care workers provide.  The ruling concludes a temporary stay granted following a court decision on December 22 to the same effect, prompting both celebration […]

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Federal Court Strikes Down Overtime Wage Rules for Some Home Care Workers

Reversing a hotly contested wage rule decided earlier this year, a U.S. District Court ruling prior to the holiday Christmas that overturned certain minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers has spurred mixed reactions between advocacy groups and industry stakeholders.  Considered a major victory by home care trade associations, the ruling in the […]

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Layoffs, Closures and Threats: Home Health Care News’ Most Popular Stories of 2014

Policy changes, blockbuster mergers and acquisitions, as well as layoffs, closings and caregiver labor debates characterized the home health and hospice sector in 2014. Mounting reimbursement pressures forced some of the nation’s largest provider to shutter operations and lay off hundreds at some locations, while other big players turned to the acquisition market to fuel their […]

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CMS Announces Next Phases of DME Bidding Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the next steps of its Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, including the bidding timeline for the Round 2 re-compete and the national mail-order re-compete. As required by law, CMS made its announcements last Thursday, also launching a comprehensive […]

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