Congress Passes Bill Increasing In-Home Care Options

Legislation to enable more older adults to remain at home has passed in Congress, expanding the All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program that allows providers to develop programs to serve  people who are at risk of needing institutionalized care.

A PACE organization is a not-for-profit entity providing medical and social services, supplemented by in-home care as needed. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives and has been sent to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

“This legislation is another milestone for the PACE Model of Care,” Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National Pace Association (NPA), said “PACE providers have had many ideas about how to innovate the PACE model to serve younger people with disabilities and seniors so that they can enjoy a high quality of life in the community. We are excited to see what is possible given the opportunities this legislation will create to build on the PACE experience.”

There are currently 116 PACE programs that serve 35,000 enrollees in 32 states.

Paying By The Visit or Day Affected By New Overtime Rules

Federal overtime and minimum wage for home care workers officially took effect Tuesday, October 13. The DOL will not enforce the provisions for 30 days. Some home care workers have been paid on a per-day or per-visit basis. The provisions of the new regulation change them to hourly workers. While live-in care is not prevalent in all states, it is common in New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas.

Some home care providers have voiced concerns about how the rule will impact business models, saying the regulation could compromise their ability to offer certain services and will increase costs for consumers, though reaction has not been uniform. Well-prepared agencies with effective workforce management solutions may gain a competitive edge.

Many traditional scheduling systems focus on ease-of-use at the expense of overtime avoidance, and simply allow managers and schedulers to make the same mistakes even quicker! Agencies have never eliminated overtime, but they have been remarkably successful at reducing it. To learn how Agency-Ready Workforce Management solutions can help reduce overtime, contact MITC today.

Minneapolis Working Family Proposals

Integrated Scheduling and Time and Attendance A Priority

The City of Minneapolis is considering proposals to govern earned sick time and employee scheduling. The new, draft Minneapolis Working Family Proposals highlight the need for organizations to have effective workforce management solutions. The new proposals include numerous regulatory requirements that impact how employees are scheduled, the timing and publishing of schedules, sick pay, and overtime pay.

The City is receiving comments until October 16, 2015. To access a summary of the proposals and a link to submit comments at the city of Minneapolis’ website.