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Congress Unveils Lame Duck Health Legislation
Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to debate and vote on a newly minted version of the 21st Century Cures legislation. It represents a bipartisan, bicameral attempt to reconcile the differences between the versions previously passed by the U.S. House and Senate. The 996-page legislation also addresses a variety of health-related topics, including adjusting Medicare hospital readmissions data to reflect patients’ sociodemographic status, mental health treatment and coverage, clarifications to site-neutral payments to hospital outpatient departments, antibiotic stewardship, Medicare pricing transparency, and extensions of current programs and enforcement waivers for rural hospitals and long-term care hospitals. Congressional staff released a summary of the legislation and MHA created a list of its sections with descriptions. Following House approval, the bill will move to the Senate for ratification in the closing days of the current lame duck session.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Jane Drummond
A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction to prevent proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules from taking effect. In May, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that more than doubled the minimum salary level for the administrative, executive and professional overtime exemptions. The rule was scheduled to take effect Thursday, Dec. 1. Twenty-one states and numerous business organizations sued to block the rule. The court held that under the plain text of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the exemption applies to employees performing executive, administrative and professional duties, without regard to pay. The court’s injunction may be made permanent after further proceedings, or the government may appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. Every year, more than 1.5 million patients receive care from hospices in the U.S.
Source: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization