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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2700, 7/9/2015
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Analysis of U.S. Department of Labor Proposed Rule on New Overtime Requirements
House Panel Emphasizes Shift to Home and Community-Based Care as “Key” to Improving Medicaid
For Your Information: NAHC Live Web Event on Hospice Vulnerabilities to be Held on July 16
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Analysis of U.S. Department of Labor Proposed Rule on New Overtime Requirements

In follow-up to a directive from President Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would raise the minimum compensation level to qualify for an exemption from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as previously reported. The FLSA permits the exemption of certain executive, administrative, and professional employees provided that the workers are paid on a salary or “fee basis” at least at the level of the prescribed minimum standard. The current minimum of $455 weekly has been in place for a number of years.

DOL proposes to raises the minimum compensation level for the exemptions to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers. That current level would be $921 weekly or $47,892 annually. The FLSA exemptions are determined on a weekly basis. In addition, DOL proposes to raise the “highly compensated employee” standard from $100,000 annually to the annualized value of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers ($122,148).

These proposed levels would be automatically adjusted annually under the new rule. DOL estimates that the minimum would rise to $970 in 2016 ($50,440 annual). Certain highly compensated employees are exempt provided they customarily and regularly perform at least one of the exempt duties or responsibilities of an executive, administrative, or professional employee.

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House Panel Emphasizes Shift to Home and Community-Based Care as “Key” to Improving Medicaid

With the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid taking place on July 30, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health convened a hearing on Wednesday, July 8, to assess the Medicaid program and discuss ways to protect and improve it moving forward. The hearing was titled, “Medicaid at 50: Strengthening and Sustaining the Program.” Among the focus areas to improve the program discussed during the hearing was a greater emphasis on home and community-based care.

The hearing witnesses included Vikki Wachino, Deputy Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services; Carolyn Yocom, Health Care Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO); and Anne Schwartz, Executive Director of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).

In her opening statement, CMS Deputy Administrator Wachino said that one of the ways in which CMS is working with states to improve the Medicaid program is by “continuing to advance the ability of seniors and people with disabilities to receive home and community-based care.”

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NAHC Live Web Event on Hospice Vulnerabilities to be Held on July 16

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. Eastern, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will host a live Web event exploring hospice vulnerabilities and providing guidance on how hospices can assess risk and tailor its practices to achieve full compliance.  Registration is available at reduced rates for NAHC members; attendees can choose to participate live or purchase access to a program recording for viewing at a later date. Nursing CEs will be offered.  For previous NAHC Report article on the event, click here.

To register, please go to NAHC’s online CARING STORE.

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