Department of Labor proposes changes to overtime rules

The Department of Labor has published three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the minimum salary requirement for an employee to qualify for overtime, which forms of payment can be included and excluded in the “time and one-half” calculation when determining workers’ overtime rates, and clarifications of and revisions to the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements.

NPRM: Overtime Update (comments due May 21)
NPRM: Regular Rate (comments due May 28)

New guidance published by CMS to states regarding providers of Medicaid HCBS

On March 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a letter to state Medicaid directors with new guidance in response to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) final rule.
The FAQs clarify the heightened scrutiny process, as well as whether an individual’s private residence should be assessed for compliance with the settings criteria, and whether an individual should reside in a compliant setting in order to receive Medicaid …

Simple does it for diabetes treatment, says new guideline

According to a new guideline released by the Endocrine Society, treating diabetes in older adults should consist of simplified medication regimens and less strict glycemic targets.
Essential points listed on the society’s webpage include differences between younger individuals with diabetes versus older individuals with the disease, such as problems older individuals face such as sarcopenia, frailty, and cognitive dysfunction. Recommendations also include those for common co-morbidities such as renal impairment and concomitant heart.
Read the full guideline …

2018-2019 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report released

The Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019 has been released. The lengthy report delves into salary by region, type of facility, and position at facility, among many other metrics. Interestingly, one finding is that overall, those who hold the position of assisted living administrator saw a slight dip in salary, of 0.07%, with an average of $89,913 annual salary in 2018.Director of Nurses saw an increase of 2.07%, averaging $81,477 in 2018.
Turnover rate of …