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NAHC Report: Issue# 2294, 10/14/2013
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Companionship Services Exemption: NAHC’s Continued Advocacy Efforts
Updated Hospice Resources
For Your Information: Chip Bell to Address NAHC’s 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition on Saturday, November 2nd
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Companionship Services Exemption: NAHC’s Continued Advocacy Efforts

On September 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the Final Rule that significantly modified the longstanding “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services” exemptions from minimum wage and overtime compensation. The rule changes take effect on January 1, 2015.

NAHC has developed a series of strategies to address the impact of the rule in home care. These strategies include a series of defensive measures through Congress, litigation to invalidate the changes, and a strategy to make the rule change livable for home care providers.

The defensive legislative strategies include the introduction of legislation to reverse the rule change. However, this strategy has a very limited chance of success given the veto power of a President who fully supports this rule. Similar measures such as an attempt to defund the rule implementation are likely to face comparable results.

NAHC continues to evaluate and assess a litigation strategy. NAHC has successfully defended the current rule before the U.S. Supreme Court twice, most recently in 2007. However, litigation this time around would aim to invalidate the rule, which is a much more difficult effort. Also, if litigation is pursued, it would require success on both the revised definition of “Companionship Services” as well as the change that excluded third-party employers from the exemption.  All these elements are undergoing a careful review at NAHC.

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Chip Bell to Address NAHC’s 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition on Saturday, November 2nd
2013 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition General Session Speakers Announced

Chip Bell helps companies build cultures that support long-term customer loyalty. As founder of The Chip Bell Group, he works from both Dallas, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia. Before starting the firm in 1980, he was director of management and organization development for NCNB, now Bank of America. He holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and George Washington University, and brings both academic and real-world experience to his many publications.

Bell is the author or co-author of several best-selling books, including Customer Loyalty Guaranteed, Service Magic, Customers as Partners, Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers, and his latest The 9 ½ Principles of Innovative Service. 

He is also the author of over 300 articles that have appeared in professional journals, such as Management Review, Quality Digest, Leader to Leader, Journal of Management Consulting, and CARING magazine. 

To register to attend NAHC’s Annual Meeting, and to hear Chip Bell in person, please click here.

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Updated Hospice Resources

Several publications that are of interest to the hospice community have recently been released by various organizations – including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) prior to the partial government shutdown.

Below is a brief synopsis of each of these publications, as well as a link to more information.

Updated CMS Publications for Hospice Providers

CMS has two new publications regarding hospice care that are available for beneficiaries. They are Medicare and Hospice Benefits – Getting Started and Medicare Hospice Benefits. Both publications were revised in August 2013, and some hospices have started to provide these booklets to beneficiaries.

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