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NAHC Report: Issue# 2499, 9/2/2014
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Companionship Service Overtime Lawsuit Progresses
A Reminder and a Correction About CMS’ Upcoming OASIS C1/ICD-9 Webinar
For Your Information: What Do the CMS Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?
Join The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America for a FREE Teleconference that Explains the Changes
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Companionship Service Overtime Lawsuit Progresses

The lawsuit challenging the US Department of Labor (DoL) rule that effectively eliminates the application of the overtime pay exemptions for companionship and live-in domestic services is rapidly progressing in federal court in Washington, D.C. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), along with its co-plaintiffs, filed a reply this week to the US Department of Labor’s efforts to dismiss the lawsuit that followed the plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

In its filing, the DoL argues that it has the power to reinterpret the Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions - even if those new interpretations are in complete conflict with the nearly 40 year-old standards. Those standards have been consistently applied by the DoL since 1975 - and have been defended intensely at the U.S. Supreme Court by the Department.

The DoL has attempted to convince the court that it is only interpreting an ambiguous law and that its interpretation should be accepted unless it is irrational, arbitrary, or capricious. In that regard, DoL explains that the home care industry has changed greatly since 1975 and that workers are now engaged in caregiving as a vocation, not simply helping family and friends.

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A Reminder and a Correction About CMS’ Upcoming OASIS C1/ICD-9 Webinar

The Survey and Certification Group within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is sponsoring a webinar entitled “OASIS-C1/ICD9” on September 3, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EST.

The conference ID number in the original announcement is incorrect. Please see the correct ID number below in the webinar instructions

Webinar Instructions for non LMS users (HHAs and other participants):

  1. On the day of the webinar go directly to https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/oasisc1/
  2. From the Adobe Connect Meeting window, type your name in the “Guest Box.”
  3. Press “Enter Room” to access the webinar.
  4. Dial into audio bridge number, (800)-603-1774 (Conference ID: 60464429) to hear the audio portion of the Webinar.

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What Do the CMS Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?
Join The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America for a FREE Teleconference that Explains the Changes

Join your peers, colleagues, and NAHC hospice subject matter experts for a free teleconference entitled, “What Do the CMS’ Hospice Cost Report Changes Mean to You?” The teleconference will be held on Thursday, September 4, 201 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST.

In April 2013 CMS proposed sweeping changes to the cost report under which hospices would be required to collect data related to costs in much greater detail and by levels of care. The changes will require that hospices significantly expand the manner in which they recognize costs in their accounting records. CMS just released the final hospice cost report changes and they will apply to freestanding hospices with cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2014.

Register today, as space is limited.

FACULTY: Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President; Theresa M. Forster, NAHC Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs; Katie Wehri, Hospice Operations with special guest Robert J. Simione, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants LLC.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Please send an email to Cheryl Lee (crl@nahc.org). The first 300 to email will be able to participate. NAHC/HAA members will be given priority. 

The call-in number is 1- 800-289-0459; the conference code will be emailed prior to the call.

QUESTIONS: We encourage advance submission of questions from participants or submission while the teleconference is live on the date of the broadcast. Should your question(s) not be addressed in the call due to time constraints, we will highlight in NAHC Report. Send questions to Barbara Woolley at bdw@nahc.org.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Strong Home Care Group, Inc. (SHCG) is the sole member of the certified agency Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc. (VNS) and of the licensed agency Signature Care (VNSC). In turn, VNS is the sole member of the licensed agency Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (FLVNS) and the licensed agency Finger Lakes Home Care, Inc. (FLHC). The combined agencies serve seven (7) counties  

Job Description:  Strong Home Care Group, Inc. seeks a dynamic, strategic, and visionary leader for the five corporations.  The President and CEO is accountable for assuring that home and community-based services meet the strategic needs of UR Medicine and aspire to set national benchmarks for patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost efficiency. 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a health-related or business field. Must have 5-10 years of progressive experience in leadership management. 
  • Experience within a health system and/or academic medical center.
  • Demonstrated success as a visionary thinker with the ability to plan for the future and to execute action plans.
  • Expert knowledge of the home care and health industry. 
  • Knowledge of regulatory and The Joint Commission accreditation requirements.

Qualified candidates please send resume to:

Human Resources
2180 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580

Fax: 585-787-8369

vnsrecruitment@vnsnet.com

www.vnsnet.com

 

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