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)

CDC calls fungus emerging in SNFs a “global threat”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Candida auris, an emerging fungus that causes severe illness in hospitalized patients and can remain on surfaces in healthcare environments, has been detected in several cities in the U.S. As of February 28, 2019, the highest number of cases reported are in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey.
Hospital and nursing home patients with serious medical problems are particularly at risk for the fungus, which can …

CMS announces OASIS-D, new version of the assessment will take effect in 2020

Source: Home Health Line
Less than four months after the implementation of OASIS-D, CMS is already looking ahead to a new version of the assessment expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
CMS announced OASIS-D1 on its April 3 home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum. The rulemaking process for OASIS-D1 is expected to begin this summer.
The revised assessment will include changes outlined in the 2019 PPS final rule, CMS explained on the call.
The …

Download your SNF PEPPER report!

Fourth quarter FY 2018 Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports (PEPPERs) are available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. These reports summarize provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Use your data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities.
To obtain your SNF’s PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator or Compliance Officer of your organization should:

Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
Review the instructions and obtain the …