Entries by Carolyn Dingee

Maine Sets EVV Requirement Date

For agencies operating in Maine, EVV plans are finally getting due dates. By July 1, 2020, PCS and HHCS that require in-home visits by a provider in the following sections will require EVV: 12, Consumer-Directed Attendant Services 18, Home and Community-Based Services for Adults with Brain Injury 19, Home and Community-Based Services for the Elderly […]

Ohio Department of Medicaid Clarifies EVV Rules

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has issued clarifications on rules that providers and software vendors need to follow for full EVV compliance. Many are generally in line with Medicaid guidelines, but providers need to be aware of them. Providers need to ensure the EVV software they use allows clear documentation of all changes to original […]

2020 Minimum Pay Increases

More than 20 states will see updated rates as the calendar turns to 2020. The following state changes will go into effect either Dec. 31 or Jan. 1, 2020. (Note: This information does not take into account city and county minimum wage rates, which may take precedence depending on the jurisdiction.) Alaska State law requires […]

Walmart Starts Using Payroll Advances

A growing number of companies are helping workers gain access to payroll advances and loans, reflecting concern over the impact money problems are having on productivity levels and worker retention. Employers, including Walmart Inc., have recently added these services. The aim is to help cash-strapped employees, many with damaged credit, cover unexpected expenses without resorting to high-cost […]

10 Ways to Increase DSP Job Applications and Hires

Finding good, qualified applicants to fill your DSP roles is not always an easy task. Getting more job applications only causes extra work if the percentage of applicants accepting positions and staying longer than 30 days is low. Hiring is important. Weak hiring leads to higher overtime and training costs. Don’t focus on competing with […]

Missouri Providers are Struggling with Employee Retention

Missouri workers providing care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make less than a Walmart or Target worker, even after a pay increase that went into effect last month.  The low pay is the main reason about half of Missouri workers quit each year, according to Missouri Developmental Disabilities Division Director Val Huhn. Starting wages now […]

Avoiding Buddy Punching

Close to 75 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are affected by what is known as “time theft” each year. Put simply, time theft occurs when an employee accepts pay for time they didn’t actually work. Staying clocked in during breaks, not clocking out to run errands, or checking social media during work are […]