The new Louisiana law aims to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the elderly and disabled adults of the state. The purpose of the law is to adhere to uniform statewide minimum standards and regulate conditions through licensing. Some laws that guide Louisiana’s home care industry are:
A home care management software can help you abide by changing Louisiana’s non-medical industry laws. The GPS-enabled technology assists with efficient time-tracking, record keeping, and training to help agencies and caregivers grow.
Responsively designed and feature-rich apps to seamlessly run your home care agency on the go.
GPS-enabled app to seamlessly manage caregiver visits.
Increase agency staff productivity and organize daily activities on-the-go.
CareSmartz360 is a trusted partner for Louisiana home care agencies looking to scale their operations while meeting state laws and regulations, including EVV standards.
Louisiana is an open model state, and its EVV implementation deadline was January 01, 2021.
The following is a high level summary of anticipated changes that home care agencies may witness after the implementation of EVV:
|Things that Stay the Same||Things that Will be Different|
|Member choice of provider||Elimination of paper timesheets|
|Availability of services||Use of EVV devices|
|Member choice of individual direct care worker||How member/representative signature is collected|
|How services are provided||Verification is required by member/representative at the end of every visit/shift|
The Electronic Visit Verification solution helps verify which caregivers have clocked in and clocked out on time and total billable hours spent on the shift. This helps sort confusions related to invoicing, settling disputes, and legal compliance.
A special FLSA rule applies to home care workers who reside in the same house as the clients they work for. These workers are called live-in home care workers and are entitled to receive the federal minimum wage for their hours worked. However, they are not required to receive overtime. This is known as live-in domestic service employee exemption.
A prevailing wage is the basic hourly rate of wages, and these benefits are paid to several employees who have been employed in a given geography. Louisiana does not have a prevailing wage law and is guided by the Fair Law Standards Act (FLSA).
The current federal mileage reimbursement for home care workers in Louisiana is 62.5 cents per mile. However, it only covers the miles driven by the worker on the job and not commuting to work.
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