Agencies in Limbo as 13-Hour Rule Back in Legal Spotlight

New York’s “13-hour rule”—a term referring to the allowance of home care aides to be paid for just 13 hours of work instead of an entire 24-hour shift—is back in the spotlight after months of legal back-and-forth. Under current regulatory policy, live-in aides working in New York do not receive pay during hours slept or meals […]

Managed Care Plans Forced to Limit Home Care Contracts in New York

Managed care insurers in one of the largest states in the country are facing tough new limits on how many home care providers they can contract with. New regulations in New York will impact licensed home care services agencies (LHCSAs), placing some restrictions on the state’s managed care providers as the number of enrollees continues to […]

Bomb Cyclone Hits Home Care Providers in Northeast

A major winter storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” for its rapid intensity, pummeled the Northeast region of the United States on Thursday, forcing in-home care providers to switch into overdrive to keep clients, patients and caregivers safe. Temperatures plunged across the East Coast as blizzard conditions and hurricane force winds hit the region from the Carolinas […]

How One Home Care Association is Taking on Sepsis

The Home Care Association of New York State (HCA-NYS) has been awarded a grant of nearly $150,000 to fight and prevent sepsis—one of the leading causes of hospitalization. The grant comes from the the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), and will provide training and implementation of HCA’s sepsis-intervention protocols with home care providers across New […]

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 […]