The Hill Column: Please, Congress, Don’t Cut Home Health Funds

Proposed cuts to Medicare funding for home healthcare are endangering one of the few solutions the United States has in caring for seniors, writes former Congressional Budget Office director and American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin in a The Hill column this week.  While policy makers have taken a step in the right direction by reversing […]

Home Health Group Applauds Proposal to Lower Cost and Improve Care

Legislation proposed last week that aims to improve care and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries was recently met with applause from the home health industry.  Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Congressmen Erik Paulson (R-MN) and Congressmen Peter Welch (D-VT) intend their proposal, the Better Care, Lower Cost Act of 2014 (S.1932/H.R.3890) will […]

USA Today: States Hone in on Home Care Worker Laws

In response to growing concerns over the qualifications and training of some home care workers, states are paying closer attention to the rules and regulations around home health care workers and home care aides, and the different training and requirements that apply to each.  Home health aides, regulated under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid […]

House Members Weigh Home Care Overtime Protection Rule

Perceptions vary on whether the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “companionship exemption” can be viewed as a positive stride for caregiver labor protections or a hindrance to the home health industry, according to panelists during a House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing held Wednesday. The highly contested “companionship exemption” announced by the DOL in September has been […]

Senators Start New Push for Medicare Home Care Legislation

Two members of Congress are circulating a letter in support of legislation that would allow non-physician caregivers to certify Medicare home health plans of care.  The legislation, S. 1332, has been introduced previously, but never passed. Now it is receiving support from Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) who have circulated the “Dear […]

Lawmakers Propose to Cap Medicare Home Health Episodes

Lawmakers aim to limit Medicare payments for home health agencies that have, on, average, a higher number of episodes of care, according to a recently proposed bill from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill, H.R. 3245, was introduced by Congressmen Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Jim Matheson (D-UT), who both serve on the Committee, […]

California Passes New Home Health Requirements into Law

California is tightening its oversight of home health agencies for caregivers who help with activities of daily living, following the passage of a bill by Governor Jerry Brown this weekend, according to a New York Times report.  The Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of 2013 requires agencies to conduct background checks on workers including […]

NY Times: Home Care Debate Heats Up in Calif.

Legislation being considered in California has launched home care advocates into a heated debate over proposed licensing, certifications and a caregiver registry—all of which would impact business for those who provide senior care within the state.  As many as 1,400 home care agencies could be impacted, according to a recent article in the New York […]

NAHC to Congress: Stop Cuts To Home Health Care Payments

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice has expressed its views on a recent House Ways and Means Committee proposed legislation on Medicare post-acute care, including a 1.1% cut in inflation updates that will impact home health care payments.   The association expressed concern over the impact, as it relates to home health care […]

New Law Provides Wage Protection for Rhode Island Caregivers

Rhode Island recently became the third state in the nation to adopt a family leave insurance policy after Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law the Temporary Caregiver Insurance bill on Wednesday. The new law ensures workers can take up to four weeks of leave at two-thirds of their regular wages to care for an ailing […]