DOL Wage Rule Takes Effect, Provider Reaction Mixed

Federal overtime and minimum wage protections for home care workers officially took effect Tuesday, after a protracted and still ongoing legal battle between the Department of Labor and provider associations. The DOL has said it will not enforce the provisions for 30 days, but as the effective date arrived, some home care providers voiced sharp […]

Home Health Agencies Eye Business Opportunity with Hospital Partnerships

In an increasingly competitive home health marketplace, agencies report they are seeing a viable business opportunity in partnering with hospitals in light of readmission penalties. Since October 2012, hospitals have been subject to reimbursement cuts by as little as 1% per beneficiary after Medicare found readmissions—often avoidable—cost the program an estimated $26 billion annually. The […]