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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 11, 2019
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2019
October 11, 2019

We Need Your Help: Take Action on New CNA Lockout Bill
Under federal law, nursing homes are inspected annually and fines are assessed for any deficiencies in compliance with federal regulations. If these fines exceed a certain level ($10,697 as of 2018), a nursing home automatically loses its authority to train certified nursing assistants for two years. H.R. 4468 is the second bill introduced to address this unfair penalty. It would end the mandatory 2-year lockout by authorizing that the training program be reinstated once the deficiencies for which the nursing home is cited are corrected.

Now is the time to use your voice and help us build momentum for this legislation. We need your U.S. Representative to become a cosponsor of this new legislation and show their support for nursing homes in your community.

How You Can Help:

CMS Announces Major Changes to 5-Star Ratings for Abuse and Neglect Citations
Beginning October 23rd, nursing homes that have been cited for abuse that either caused harm or had the potential to cause harm will be indicated on Nursing Home Compare with a special icon. Additionally, star ratings for nursing homes with this icon will be capped at 2 stars for the health inspection rating, resulting in a maximum overall star rating no higher than 4 stars. CMS also announced that 2 quality measures will be removed from Nursing Home Compare. The short-stay and long-stay measures for residents who report moderate to severe pain will be removed from Nursing Home Compare and the 5-Star Quality Rating System. For more details on the Five Star changes read the Memo from CMS.

DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime Threshold
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a final rule on the overtime threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Final Rule sets the minimum salary threshold for “white collar” exemptions, which will increase to $35,568 annually ($648 per week). The Final Rule goes into effect January 1, 2020. The exemption threshold for highly compensated employees is now set at $107,432, up from the previous threshold of $100,000. The Final Rule does not make any changes to the “duties test” under the FLSA for determining whether an employee is exempt. The DOL estimates that an additional 1.2 million workers will now qualify for overtime pay under the Final Rule. The salary thresholds in the Final Rule were consistent with LeadingAge’s comments on proposed rules in 2015, 2017, and earlier this year. For more information on the Final Rule click here.

North Carolina Department of Insurance Unveils New Website and Reference Guide

The North Carolina Department of Insurance has its new website up and running, with information about disclosure statements, a listing of all licensed CCRCs in the state, and helpful links to other stakeholders. In addition, the new website includes an updated CCRC Reference Guide, the department’s publication designed to assist prospective residents in their search for CCRCs in North Carolina.

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