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NAHC Report: Issue# 2575, 12/26/2014
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An Update on The Overtime Lawsuit: What Does the Court Ruling Mean?
NAHC’s Year in Review: Hospice
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An Update on The Overtime Lawsuit: What Does the Court Ruling Mean?

Following Monday’s court ruling in the lawsuit challenging the new overtime rules of the Department of Labor, NAHC had a discussion with the Department of Justice counsel representing DoL regarding the next steps in the case. The judge ruled that DoL’s regulations which excluded the application of the “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act to third-party employers, i.e. home care companies, were invalid.
NAHC asked that DoL agree to put a hold on the entire rule until the court could review the rest of our lawsuit’s claims. DoL refused to do so. While DoL previously decided not to enforce the rules for at least 6 more months, private enforcement by home care employees remains a serious risk.
For “live-in services,” this ruling will result in the continuation of the longstanding standards that home care business have applied to their operations.
However, for hourly or shift-based personal care services, the ruling is only one step towards maintaining the existing standards exempting such employees from both minimum wage and overtime requirements. The significantly revised definition of “companionship services” must still be addressed by the court.

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NAHC’s Year in Review: Hospice

Over the next two weeks, NAHC Report will run articles that highlight 2014 in review for different areas of focus. Today’s is hospice. The articles were compiled by NAHC’s affiliate, the Hospice Association of America and NAHC Report’s editorial team

2014 was a busy year for hospice in the regulatory, legislative, and policy areas. Below are the most significant NAHC Report articles covering hospice issues from 2014..

Aside from highlighting the challenges, successes, and emerging issues that developed in 2014, the following list also serves as a quick-reference guide for hospice advocates that want to review the pertinent developments from the last year.

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2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition Call for Presentations Now Open
Deadline for Presentations is Monday, January 19, 2015

NAHC is now accepting proposals for presentations for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition. The Annual Meeting educational sessions are offered on October 29-30, 2015 to address the needs of home health, hospice, and private duty providers, as well as clinical professionals including nurses, therapists, and physicians.

NAHC’s proposal submission process is now online! Applicants must complete the process to be eligible for review and consideration at future educational sessions. Please be sure to read the instructions and submission policies carefully when you go online to submit your presentation proposal.

NAHC encourages all members, including associate members and vendors, to participate as faculty in the 2015 Annual Meeting. NAHC’s policy is that at least one faculty member in each proposed program must be an active employee of a home care or hospice provider and that member will serve as the designated primary faculty for the session.

Proposal topics should fall in one of the following 11 categories:

  1. Clinical
  2. Financial
  3. Human Resources
  4. Health Information Technology
  5. Legal & Regulatory
  6. Management & Leadership
  7. Marketing & Business Development
  8. Quality
  9. Telehealth
  10. Private Duty Services
  11. Hospice

NAHC provides a 50 percent discount on the meeting registration fee for the lead faculty member and one additional designated faculty member per education session. Registrations are non-transferable. All faculty will be able to register at the lowest registration rate and must use the NAHC conference hotel.

When you are ready to start the online submission process follow this link. The website is open for submissions through Monday, January 19, 2015. For more information or questions, please contact the NAHC Education Department at (202) 547-7424.
Click here to submit a proposal

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