[UPDATED] Supreme Court Refuses to Take Home Care Minimum Wage Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Home Care Association of America v. Weil, ending a long-running legal saga and putting to rest any question of whether home care workers will be afforded minimum wage and overtime protections. At issue is the Fair Labor Standards Act’s so-called companionship exemption. Home care workers were for […]

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 […]

Supreme Court Will Not Delay Home Care Overtime Pay

The Supreme Court has spoken — about 2 million home health workers will indeed be extended overtime and minimum wage protections beginning Oct. 13. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts denied an emergency request Tuesday from three home care industry trade groups that claimed the rules scheduled to take effect Oct. 13 threaten irreparable damage […]

Business Briefs: Almost Family to Acquire Home Health Agency, PHI Vice President Appointed to CMS Panel

Almost Family Announces Agreement to Acquire Bayonne VNA Home Health Agency in Hudson County, New Jersey Almost Family announced on Sept. 29 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the Medicare-certified home health agency owned by Bayonne Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Bayonne, New Jersey. The Bayonne agency generated about $4 million in revenue […]

Business Briefs: AMN Acquires The First String Healthcare, PHI Names New Director of Federal Affairs

AMN Healthcare Acquires The First String Healthcare AMN Healthcare Services, a health care workforce solutions and staffing services company, announced Sept. 15 that it completed its acquisition of The First String Healthcare, a provider of interim staffing and permanent placement of nurse leaders and executives. The acquisition involves cash payments of $6.5 million and an earn-out […]

Editor’s Picks: Home Health Moves Away From Post-Hospital Care

In case you missed it, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read: Home Health Dramatically Shifts Away from Post-Hospital Care — Between 2001 and 2012, the number of home health episodes not preceded by a hospitalization […]

Special Training Improves Retention of Home Health Workers

Despite home health care ranking among the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S., turnover for home health and personal care aides is around 40% to 65% each year, making retention a huge challenge for the industry. Cue: training initiatives. According to new research, home health aides who take part in training initiatives are more satisfied with […]

Labor Department: Protections for Home Care Workers Go Into Effect Jan. 1, Enforcement Delayed

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it will uphold its Jan. 1, 2015 timeline for extending federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers, despite calls for a delay in implementation, but it will temporarily delay its enforcement of the new rule. National workers’ advocacy, civil rights and women’s groups recently […]

Advocacy Group Urges Direct Care Workforce Changes before LTC Panel

The government affairs director of the Paraprofessional Health Institute testified before the Commission on Long-Term Care on Wednesday requesting special attention to several issues impacting the direct care workforce, including training and payment.   Carol Regan, PHI’s government affairs director, submitted written testimony for a public hearing led by Commission Chairman Bruce Chernof and the other […]