DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations, Potentially Sparing Home-Based Care Providers

Originally, home-based care providers were largely exempt from the mandates tied to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including significant paid sick and family leave for workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Yet in early August, a court ruling by the Southern District of New York found that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had […]

New Court Ruling Creating ‘Tremendous Amount of Confusion’ Over Paid Leave in Home Care

After a Monday ruling regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many home-based care agencies are no longer considered health care providers, meaning they’ll now be forced to abide by robust federal paid-time-off mandates. “There’s a tremendous amount of confusion [over this], and I think that a lot of providers do not understand what […]

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 […]

Pay Cuts, Furloughs and PDGM: Pennant Group Weighs in on COVID-19 Disruption

Insight into how the home health industry’s large, publicly traded companies have been impacted by the coronavirus continues to roll in. The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) was considerably affected by COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2020, leadership said during a Thursday conference call. Nonetheless, the Idaho-based company is optimistic about its near-term growth […]

Home Care Agencies Seek Exemption Status in Potentially Devastating COVID-19 Relief Law

Home care providers waiting to see how they’ll be affected by new federally mandated paid sick leave policies tied to the COVID-19 emergency will likely have to wait a little longer. On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law, which — broadly — gives workers guaranteed paid […]

Number of Home Health Workers Has Grown 115% since 2000

Home health has been one of the fastest-growing health care sectors of the new millennium. In fact, the number of workers in home health care services grew by 115.1% between 2000 and 2016, according to an analysis from “Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte. About 728,800 of the 4.6 million health care jobs created between 2000 and 2016 […]

Epic Health Services Fined $98K After Sexual Assault

A Texas-based home care provider has been ordered to pay a hefty fine after allegedly ignoring threats of workplace violence and forcing its caregivers to work in dangerous homes. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined AndVenture Inc.—which does business as Epic Health Services—$98,000 for failing to adequately protect its employees from […]

Medicaid Crisis Brewing Over Home Care Wage Rule

Several state Medicaid programs are unprepared to pay home health workers overtime, minimum wage or traveling expenses under new regulations—though some states, like Kansas, have been more vocal about the issue than others. A U.S. Department of Labor rule that extends overtime and minimum wage protections to about 2 million home health workers took effect Oct. 13. This […]

Feds Sue Home Care Provider Over Contract Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has sued an Orlando-based home health care agency for allegedly misclassifying certain employees as “independent contractors” and paying them a flat hourly rate, regardless of the number of hours they worked, according to a suit filed in the Middle District of Florida.  Since at least March 13, 2012, Caring First, […]

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 […]