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By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...
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By Christine Olmsted, 06/30/2020
The energy industry is one of the top 10 industries targeted for cyberattacks. Increased use of automation systems and the migration of sensitive information to the cloud has helped oil and gas companies become more connected and competitive but these new technologies have also opened the door to cyber criminals...
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By Andy Engardio, 06/23/2020
Great news for motor carriers - the FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will be pulling “Not Preventable Crashes” out of your CSA scores! Motor carriers participating in the CPDP will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the...
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By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...
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By Gina Ekstam, 06/15/2020
As a result of the pandemic, agribusiness operations face additional pressures and are: Rethinking and re-routing product delivery around restrictions Increasing direct or on-farm sales Refocusing resources (e.g., distilleries making hand sanitizer) Adjusting to new rules in order to continue operations...
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By Brock Baldwin, 06/02/2020
Let’s assume you’re a federal contractor and you’ve found the perfect job to bid. You’re capable and competitive so it should be a cake walk. Not so much. The only issue is that the solicitation says that performance and payment bonds will be required. If you’ve never been bonded...
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By Guy Sansom, 05/27/2020
Ever since ship owners first started meeting at Edward Lloyd’s coffee house over 300 years ago, insurance in London, particularly Lloyd’s, has been conducted on a face-to-face basis. In truth, this has provided London underwriters and brokers a distinct advantage. No matter the size or complexity of a...
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By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...
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By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...
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Under normal circumstances, maintaining appropriate nursing staff levels to deliver quality resident care is a daily struggle. Add in severe weather, flu outbreak or a pandemic and the scales are tipped. Traditionally, senior living healthcare communities shy away from utilizing agency nursing staff due to high...
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In the End, It Always Comes Back to Hours of Service
06/11/2018

As the transportation industry learns more about the implications of ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices), there is one reality we can’t escape, time is finite. With the constant introduction of new regulations and the emerging technology deployed to handle them, we will always be left with the understanding that time is never on your side. Hold a driver for four hours at a shipper’s terminal, and you will see the associated problems created in every part of a motor carrier’s operation. Compound that when you fall behind on dispatch, and you’re 30 miles from the drop with no hours left in the day. Time doesn’t just fly, it’s a one-way flight with no make-up dates. In the end, it always comes back to HOS (Hours of Service).

Recently, several months after the enactment of the ELD mandate, lawmakers sent a request to FMCSA in an effort to seek reform to HOS rules. If you read the letter, you will see change sought while using words such as: options, flexibility, and allowances. These changes are also used in the context that changes should ensure safety and provide better results because some businesses are unique. Aren’t all operations in some way unique? Whose allowance is more important, or whose options are more important?

Regulations are needed, we understand that. However, when do we seek the creative solutions outside of FMCSA? When do we incorporate ‘everyone’ into solving HOS, and not just push the emphasis on drivers? There is a saying, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got.” Without everyone being a part of the conversation, we’re not getting anything, especially new ideas. Without new ideas we can’t create new best practices. Tomorrow’s best practices don’t start later, they start today.

If it always comes back to HOS; have we disrupted, dissected, and analyzed HOS patterns and processes to determine if there is no better way to improve? If the answer is no, then don’t board that one-way flight. Don’t settle for what you always got. We need to find solutions because one thing is for sure, change is inevitable. Either its change you are a part of or just a party to. When dealing with HOS, let’s get everyone on board and moving in the same direction now.  

If you or your company have questions or concerns regarding the future of regulations, you should speak with a professional who understands HOS and ELDs.  AssuredPartners Transportation has professionals who assist clients in the area.  To learn more, visit AssuredPartners Transportation.