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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2726, 8/13/2015
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Misclassification of Independent Contractors Gains Attention in Home Care
CMS ODF Addresses Home Health, Hospice Rules, Hospice Claims Processing
For Your Information: The Final FY2016 Hospice Rule: A Comprehensive Update on Payment and Policy Issues
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Misclassification of Independent Contractors Gains Attention in Home Care

Recently, the US Department of Labor (DOL) implemented a project to reduce the improper classifications of employees as “independent contractors” in all types of workplaces (see more here). The DOL Misclassification Initiative involves an education campaign, clarified guidance, and collaborative efforts with state labor departments. The DOL concern with misclassifications is related to the impact on workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections for minimum wage and overtime compensation. Over the years, DOL has raised concerns about misclassifications in home care. Now, a federal court ruling against a home care registry highlights the risks of misclassifications in home care.

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued an order finding that a home care registry, operating under Florida registry licensure, improperly classified a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) worker as an independent contractor. The court applied the “economic-reality” test applicable under the FLSA in reaching its decision. The economic-reality test is different than the standards applied by other federal and state agencies. As a result, a worker may be classified properly as an independent contractor under the IRS 20-factor control test, while the same worker may be considered an employee under the FLSA economic-reality test.

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CMS ODF Addresses Home Health, Hospice Rules, Hospice Claims Processing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on August 12, 2015. A recording of the session will be available from 5 p.m. EASTERN on Wednesday, Aug. 12 through 5 p.m. EASTERN on Friday, Aug. 14. Following is a summary of issues addressed on the call.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for September 23, 2015.

Representatives of CMS outlined changes that were included in the final hospice payment rule for FY2016 which was issued on Friday, July 31.

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The Final FY2016 Hospice Rule: A Comprehensive Update on Payment and Policy Issues
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

Program Description:

This program will explore hospice policy changes CMS finalized in recent weeks, and provide a comprehensive update of CMS' plans and timelines for implementing reform of the hospice payment system, and changes related to the inpatient and aggregate Caps, the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), and diagnosis coding on claims. Presenters will also discuss potential future policy changes in the hospice arena.

Program Objectives:

  • Describe key elements of CMS' planned revisions to the payment system for Routine Home Care (RHC)
  • Outline changes affecting hospice payment CAP monitoring and reporting
  • Discuss various aspects of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program and anticipated future activities
  • Explain CMS' clarification regarding diagnosis coding on hospice claims

Panel of NAHC Experts:

  • Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC
  • Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Hospice Policy Expert, NAHC

Registration:

Webcast and/or Recording
Member:  FREE      Non-member:  $150.00

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DIRECTOR COMMUNITY NURSES INC.

Community Nurses, Inc. was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States for 2015 – Come join our team!

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director executes direct administration of the Community Nurses Inc. System Home Health and Hospice departments, Adult Day Services and Support Services as evidenced by achieving results in clinical quality, service excellence, human resources management and financial management.  The Director assists in developing and implementing a strategic plan for the growth and development of Community Nurses Inc. services in collaboration with the AVP of Home Health/Hospice and other Penn Highlands Healthcare leadership.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing, Business Administration, or related field required; Masters Degree in Nursing, Business Administration, or related field preferred.
  • System management experience preferred.
  • Five years home health/hospice nursing experience preferred.
  • Two years management experience in home health/hospice setting required.
  • Demonstrates effective communication and collaboration skills with physician and all other members of the health care team
  • Progressive and successful work history
  • Specialty certification preferred

Interested candidates please submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. FAX:  814-788-8046 OR E-MAIL: careers@elkregional.org

 

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