Use of employee recognition programs has declined slightly, but still important component of employee rewards

A survey released this week by WorldatWork shows employee recognition has declined slightly: 86 percent of companies use recognition programs as part of their rewards tool kit, down from 89 percent in 2008. Fourteen percent of companies report not having any recognition programs in place whatsoever and 10 percent report eliminating some recognition offerings in […]

Hospice wage index Proposed rule issued for fiscal year 2012

Medicare and Medicaid Hospice wage index Proposed rule issued for fiscal year 2012 CMS has proposed the new hospice wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2012 which would increase Medicare payments to hospices by an estimated 2.3 percent for FY 2012, and CMS expects Medicare hospice payments to increase by $310 million overall in FY […]

EEOC sues Health Partners, Inc. for refusing to let employee work with noncontagious tuberculosis

Michigan rehabilitation and nursing company Health Partners, Inc. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing to allow an employee to begin working there after a skin test for tuberculosis, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims in a lawsuit it filed on May 11, 2011. The suit filed by the commission in […]

For employers, health insurance exchanges and excise tax for high cost plans are most important health reform provisions

At least half of the respondents to an onsite conference survey consider the continued implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) important (29.09 percent) or very important (21.21 percent) to the management of health benefits. Another 29.09 percent of participants, who were attending the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) annual conference […]

SNF PPS Proposed rule FY 2012

Medicare and Medicaid SNF PPS Proposed rule FY 2012 CMS has proposed several changes to the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2012. The most significant issue faced by CMS regarding the SNF PPS FY 2012 is how to set the FY 2012 payments rates. CMS is considering two […]

Republican senators send letter demanding that President Obama withdraw the nominations of Lafe Solomon and Craig Becker

Led by Conservative firebrand Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) 18 Republican Senators have sent a letter to President Obama, demanding that he “fix” the NLRB. Although the letter purports to be in regards to the complaint filed by the NLRB against The Boeing Company, the Senators’ letter focuses mostly on President Obama’s appointees to positions in […]

HR executives give mixed grades to leadership pipelines

Human resources and talent management executives give mixed grades for the quality of their own organizations’ leadership pipelines, according to a survey by Right Management. Of the 1,262 executives asked, “Do you have future leaders identified for critical roles in your organization?”, only 6 percent report having future leaders identified for all critical roles. Seventeen […]

Safety labeling changes draft guidance issued

The FDA would send a safety labeling change notification letter to application holders if a safety labeling change was necessary under a draft guidance published by the agency. Titled “Safety Labeling Changes—Implementation of Section 505(o)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act,” the draft document provides information on the implementation of the new provisions, […]

Value-based purchasing rule for hospitals published

Medicare and Medicaid Value-based purchasing rule for hospitals published CMS has issued a Final rule implementing an inpatient hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program starting October 1, 2012, under which value-based incentive payments will be made to hospitals that meet specific performance standards in a given year. The VBP program was authorized under Soc. Sec. Act […]

Fisher Nut Company, EEOC settle allegations of reprisal against Latina workers who attended meeting that lead to EEOC charge

Modesto, California-based Fisher Nut Company has agreed to pay $150,000 to seven Latina employees and to implement preventive measures to settle a Title VII lawsuit for retaliation (EEOC v Fisher Nut Co, NDCal, No CV 10-01794), according to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statement on May 9, 2011. A group of Latina employees […]