Let Your Representative Know: Hard Therapy Caps Must Be Repealed Before January 1, 2018!

Recently, a Congressional Committee tasked with examining healthcare policies agreed to a permanent repeal of a hard-cap on therapy services, which has threatened to reduce the quality of care that therapy patients so desperately need. If Congress fails to act, the hard cap on therapy services will go into effect in less than a month, starting on January 1, 2018. We need to take action now to remind our representatives of the importance of this issue and get them to take the action that they have promised to take now!

In 1997, the Balanced Budget Act was passed by Congress, and the act included yearly financial limits on physical therapy and speech-pathology services, as well as a separate financial cap on occupational therapy, for all outpatient treatment. Since the act passed, however, Congress has prevented the implementation of the caps by passing short-term extensions of the therapy cap extensions that they were able to put in place. As recently as 2015, therapy cap extensions were pushed out to December 31, 2017, but if Congress fails to act this time, the cap will be put in place.

It is clear that a permanent repeal of the therapy cap is what is needed, and Congress has agreed in a bipartisan, bicameral policy to do just that. Without the repeal of the therapy cap, patients who need occupational, physical therapy, or speech pathology services may not be able to get the high-quality treatment that they need. It is time for us to take action to remind our elected representatives of the critical policies that they must push through before the deadline.

Ask your Representative to follow through on repealing the hard Medicare Therapy Cap once and for all.

Some Pre-Employment Test Trends You Should Try

Pre-employment tests are used to screen incoming candidates for a job. These tests allow employers to measure an individual’s cognitive ability, knowledge, physical abilities, and more. Here are some pre-employment tests you should know about:

  1. Cognitive tests are becoming a trend – According to Wall Street Journal, a simple personality test does not measure a person’s ability to learn things or consider job tasks quickly or critically. Cognitive Tests and Work Sample (Simulation) tests help hiring managers to objectively evaluate a candidate’s ability to perform tasks or if they can be effective on the job.
  2. Emerging mobile testing – 77% of people aged 16 to 34 use mobile devices for job search. Using mobile platforms to conduct assessment and pre-employment exams give applicants the idea that the company is maximizing the use of technology.
  3. Using social media to screen candidates – A majority of hiring managers consider an applicant’s social media presence when deciding whether or not a candidate suits the job.

When it comes to pre-employment testing, WorkSTEPS can help you. We offer assistance for both employers and newly hired employees and can help ease the whole screening process. Get in touch with us at (512) 617-4100.

Benefits of pre-employment screening

Interviewing and reading through an applicant’s resume might be an outdated way of screening your employees. Recent research shows that 78% of resumes have misleading or false information about the applicant, while almost half contain blatant lies. This trend led to the emergence of companies offering pre-employment testing that can help employers gather accurate data, making the whole hiring process easy. Some of the benefits of this include:

Hassle-free hiring process
Applicants who go through pre-employment tests are required to accomplish exams early on. Through this, you can easily identify applicants who are serious about the job.

Employees are being recommended for certain jobs based on the outcome of their tests. The exams, which determine the strengths and weaknesses of an individual, help recruiters narrow down candidates.

Lower Attrition
If the tests show that an individual excels in math, verbal, communication skills, and other skills required in a sales job, the employee will likely be productive in a position related to sales. Thus, he or she is less likely to be fired or quit.

If you are having difficulty finding the right candidate for a position in your company, get in contact with WorkSTEPS at (512) 617-4100.