[Updated] CMS Releases Emergency Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare, Medicaid Providers

The Biden-Harris administration announced in September that all U.S. health care workers would be required to get vaccinated as part of its six-pronged national COVID-19 strategy. Since then, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been putting together its guidance to help steer that process. The agency released its interim emergency regulation […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: New Telehealth Bill Introduced; SNFs See 9% Bump

During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. What […]

COVID-19 Prompts Payers to Show ‘Real Appreciation’ of Home-Based Care

Like every other provider in the home-based care industry, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has spent the past three months grappling with the coronavirus. In the short term, that has meant decreased visit volumes and reduced revenues. But in the long-term, Frisco, Texas-based Addus is optimistic the COVID-19 emergency will usher in a number of […]

Home Care Providers Face Federal Lawsuits Over Labor Violations

Several home care providers are facing lawsuits from the Department of Labor (DOL) for allegedly failing to pay workers overtime or minimum hourly wages, according to Bloomberg BNA. The lawsuits come just a few years after the in-home care industry was hit with a new regulation that ensured workers were protected by minimum and overtime wages. […]

Why There are More Payroll Lawsuits in Home Care

Home health care providers have been hit with several new regulations over the past few years, increasing operational challenges. And with more regulations on the books, some providers are finding themselves on the hook for not being compliant with the latest pay roll practices. Since 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) has mandated that in-home care workers are […]

Sleep, Meals Do Not Count as Work Hours in NY Live-In Shifts

Sleep and meal times do not need to be counted as hours worked in a 24-hour shift for caregivers in New York, according to the latest statement from the state’s Department of Labor (DOL). The statement supplements an October 6 emergency regulation update regarding the state’s 24-hour/live-in care, in which the NY DOL re-emphasized the […]

Home Health Providers Eye 24-Hour Payments in New York State

This week, home health care providers in New York may have been breathing a sigh of relief after the state’s Department of Labor (DOL) re-emphasized that employers should pay caregivers for 13 hours of any 24-hour shift. However, conflicting statements are leaving providers in the state in limbo. The DOL issued an emergency statement in […]

Court Ruling Could Mean 24-Hour Wages for Home Health Aides

The New York State Supreme Court ruled on April 11 that caregivers can be paid for sleep and mealtimes in a 24-hour shift, representing a major upset for home care providers if the decision is upheld. Previously, caregivers in New York were entitled to 13 hours of pay for a 24-hour shift, if the home health aide […]

Editor’s Picks: $35 Billion in Medicare Spending, Overtime Ruling Appeal

With Congress in session, President-elect Trump making important picks for his incoming administration, and federal agencies remaining active during Obama’s lame-duck period, there was plenty of news to shake us from our turkey-induced stupors after Thanksgiving. Home Health Spending Tops $35 Billion Medicare spending for home health accelerated in 2015, according to the latest annual […]