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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2784, 11/4/2015
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NAHC Expresses Support for Legislation Restoring Companionship Services Definition
Hospice Cost Report Update
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NAHC Expresses Support for Legislation Restoring Companionship Services Definition
Bicameral Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

Bicameral legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the 40 year-old overtime exemptions that have successfully provided support for our nation’s most vulnerable and infirm individuals who seek to receive care in their own homes. The Ensuring Access to Affordable and Quality Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act (S. 2221 / H.R. 3860) was introduced last week by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) with 12 original cosponsors in the Senate, and by Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) with 6 original cosponsors in the House of Representatives.

In a letter to Senator Roberts and Congressman Walberg, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) expressed support for the legislation. “The recent regulatory changes in the definition and application of these longstanding FLSA exemptions have only served to erect needless barriers to home care and to increase costs to financially strapped state Medicaid programs,” NAHC stated. “At the same time, the dedicated and invaluable workers who provide this care have not seen any improvement in their overall wages as the funds necessary to cover overtime costs are simply not available from consumers and government health programs such as Medicaid.”

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Hospice Cost Report Update
CMS Addresses Use of Square Feet for Capital-related Movable Equipment Costs; NAHC Submits Comments on HHA-based Hospice Cost Report Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the process of expanding hospice cost reporting requirements to gather greater detail on costs by level of care. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been monitoring activity in this area and submitting recommendations to CMS through the review and comment process. The revised hospice cost report for freestanding hospice providers became effective for cost reporting years beginning on/after October 1, 2014, while the SNF-based hospice cost report changes are effective for cost reporting years beginning on/after October 1, 2015. It is anticipated that the hospital and home health-based hospice cost report changes will likely become effective for cost reporting years starting on/after October 1, 2015 but neither has been finalized as yet.

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2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference

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