“Ban the Box” LegislationHHAs also must be aware of the number of states, counties, and cities that have passed ban-the-box legislation limiting the use of criminal records in hiring. There are currently seven states (Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island) and more than 100 counties and cities (including Baltimore, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC) that have enacted legislation covering private employers. Generally, ban-the-box legislation restricts the timing of when an employer may inquire about an applicant’s criminal history (e.g., after the first interview or after a conditional offer has been made), but some of the laws (e.g., in New York City and Philadelphia) require employers to consider a list of factors before disqualifying an applicant based on criminal history. HHAs should determine whether they are subject to ban-the-box legislation, as certain laws specifically … [Read more...] about Home Health Care Industry Faces an Escalating Number of Criminal Background Check Laws and Requirements
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Last year, in an effort to disband the union and curb what many saw as “forced unionization” of independent contractor home health care workers, the Michigan Legislature defunded the Michigan Quality Community Care Council. When that didn’t work to stop the deduction of union dues from home health care workers’ paychecks, the Legislature passed a law excluding home health care workers and similar employees from the definition of “public employee,” effectively outlawing the established SEIU home health care union. The law was challenged in court and a federal court judge issued a preliminary injunction in June allowing the union dues deductions to continue until the current contract expires in February 2013. … [Read more...] about Fight over unionization of Michigan home health care workers continues in federal court and at the ballot box in November
None of the seven freshmen Democrats agreed to an interview to discuss their ideas about health care in the new Congress, nor would they provide a spokesperson. It’s unclear whether they will make a big push for the progressive causes they pitched on the campaign trail. … [Read more...] about Will Democratic control of House produce single-payer health care?
In the July 7, 2014 Federal Register, CMS published its proposed regulatory update to the HH PPS payment rates and wage index for CY 2015. As required by the ACA, the rule implements the second year of the four-year phase-in of the rebasing adjustments. After phasing in rebasing and other rate adjustments, CMS estimates payments to home health agencies will decrease by approximately 0.30 percent, or $58 million in CY 2015. CMS also proposes changes that it believes will simplify the physician face-to-face encounter requirements, update the HH PPS case-mix weights and revise the home health quality reporting program requirements. In addition, CMS responds to industry concerns about the complexity of administering the therapy reassessment timeframes by a proposal to simplify them, revise the SLP personnel qualifications and limit the reviewability of the civil monetary penalty provisions. The proposed rule also discusses Medicare coverage of insulin … [Read more...] about Centers for Medicare Service (CMS) Proposes Update to 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System for Comment
On December 13, 2012, Dr. Michael David Goodwin, a Texas orthodontist, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud relating to a scheme he devised to defraud the Texas Medicaid program of approximately $2.6 million. Dr. Goodwin admitted that from January 2008 to March 2011 he: (1) billed Texas Medicaid for services that were not medically necessary; (2) billed for services provided by dental assistants without supervision by a dentist or orthodontist; (3) billed for services rendered to Medicaid patients scheduled for treatment on days when Dr. Goodwin was not in the state and which, instead, were rendered by dental assistants; (4) hired dentists who were not enrolled in Texas Medicaid to provide the appearance of supervision while dental assistants treated patients and billed for those services; and (5) instructed dental assistants to falsify patient records to reflect an “adjustment” when none had been performed. On February 11, 2013, Dr. Goodwin was ordered to … [Read more...] about Health Care Enforcement in 2012: A Year in Review