A Texas federal court1 order prohibits a nationwide enforcement of those portions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) §1557 Rule that prohibits discrimination against patients on the basis of sex or gender identity including termination of pregnancy. The remaining portions of the rule prohibiting discrimination based upon age or language barriers remain in effect. The lawsuit underlying this Texas federal court decision only challenges the portions of the Rule prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity, sex or termination of pregnancy. The remaining portions of the Rule are unchallenged and, thus, remain in effect.
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By Sandy Seay, President, Seay Management Consultants
Monday, 05 December 2016
“The Wheel is come full circle . . . .” – Spoken by Edmund, “King Lear,” Act 5, Scene 3.
“I wish he would explain his explanation.” Lord Byron, “Don Juan.”
OK, so the Department of Labor said they were raising the salary level for exempt employees sometime in 2015. Then they said they didn’t know when it was going to be. Then they said December 1, 2016. They said the new number was $970 per week. Then they said it was $927. Then they said it was another number and they didn’t know what it was. Then they said it was $913. Now, at just about midnight, a Texas judge issues a preliminary injunction that prevents the rule from becoming effective on December 1st. So all of the work, preparation, sweat and tears that management has put into getting ready for change is for naught, at least for the time being. This is especially true for non-profit organizations and small businesses.
As of October 16, covered health care providers are now required to post notices in their clinics regarding patient non-discrimination policies, a requirement of a provision of the Affordable Care Act that went into effect earlier this year. Section 1557 is intended to promote equity in health care and prevent discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in health programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. To see if you are one of the many required to comply with this new Federal Rule, please read further.
By the FCA - compiled from ACA and other resources
Friday, 21 October 2016
From time to time, there may be coverage in local and national media about the issue of cervical manipulation and the purported risk of stroke. There is growing
interest in the association between cervical manipulation and vertebrobasilar
artery (VBA) stroke. Historically,
opinion rather than fact has often dominated discussions on this topic, even
though the incidence of stroke associated with cervical manipulation is very
rare and there is a lack of evidence to prove that cervical adjustments cause