Featured News

OSHA Withdraws Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

OSHA has officially withdrawn its Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision forbidding OHSA from enforcing it. The standard would have applied to all employers with 100 or more employees and required businesses to implement a vaccine mandate or weekly testing option for all employees.

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DHS Postpones Transition to Fingerprint-Based Background Studies for MDH-Licensed Providers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has postponed the Wednesday, Feb. 2, transition date for Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) providers to return to fingerprint-based background studies.

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Health & Safety Requirement Updated for 2022 Institute; Still Time to Register

The 2022 Institute & Expo is less than three weeks away, and we are looking forward to seeing so many of our members again after two years. There is still time to register your organization and staff for this multi-day conference which is in person at RiverCentre in St. Paul Feb. 9-11 and virtually Feb. 22-24. The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 31.

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State News

Updated Provisional Assisted Living License Application Now Available

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Health Regulation Division has posted an updated provisional assisted living license application for providers interested in becoming an assisted living facility. The revised form has added instructional information and links to helpful statutory references.

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BELTSS Board Assisted Living Director Updates and Concerns

The Board of Executives for Long-term Services and Supports (BELTSS) provided updates on the progress of licensing directors at the Jan. meeting held earlier this week. The Board also reviewed the first months of assisted living surveys and discussed potential implications for licensees.

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Advocating for Workforce Solutions: Engage Your Community

The Minnesota Legislature will convene for the 2022 session on Jan. 31, and a strong grassroots network is an essential part of our strategy to drive action. We've created a tool to help you engage members of your community to add voices that can help us share the importance of increasing wages for caregivers and ensuring access to care for seniors.

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Federal News

CMS Expected to Post Weekend Staffing and Turnover Data to Care Compare This Week

As of Wednesday, Jan. 26, CMS is posting new information to the public-facing Care Compare website for nursing homes.

First, CMS has added data about the level of weekend RN staffing and total nurse staffing (e.g., RN, LPN, and CNA), reported in terms of the average number of RN and total nurse hours worked per resident per day on weekends. As presented, the data compares a specific facility’s weekend staffing to the national average and the Minnesota average.

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Advocacy Underway to Secure Broadband Funding for Older Adults

Following billions of dollars in broadband investments approved by Congress in the fall of 2021, federal and state governments have begun making plans to distribute funds and increase connectivity, potentially for affordable housing communities.

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LeadingAge Seeks Flexibility for Providers Affected by Kronos Ransomware Attack

This week LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association sent a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommending accommodations for skilled nursing facilities impacted by a ransomware attack that human resources company Ultimate Kronos Group faced on Dec. 10, 2021.

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Notable News

Live Well at Home Grants Available Through DHS

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals for the Live Well at Home grant program. The purpose of this initiative is to develop and provide services for older Minnesotans to live and age in the community of their choice by improving the capacity to develop, strengthen, integrate, and maintain culturally competent home- and community-based services for individuals aged 65 and older at risk of long-term nursing home use or spending down into Medical Assistance. Proposals may also include strengthening services for the caregiver support network.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Still Seeking Silent Auction Donations

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation’s 2022 Silent Auction is just two weeks away! This annual Institute tradition raises funds to provide higher education scholarships to help our dedicated caregivers and other staff access the education they need to pursue careers in aging services.

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Strategies for Managing Stress – Free AHRQ Resource

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering free, five-minute learning modules designed to address the stresses and challenges frontline staff face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Member News

Membership Matters: Educational Resources and Events

As 2022 begins, LeadingAge Minnesota wants to make sure you know about all our educational resources and events throughout the year.

Our professional education programs are designed around proven research-based best practices. They don't just focus on what members need to comply with regulations. Regulations are the minimum; best practices go above and beyond.

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Institute Experience Expo Sold Out, Exhibitors Eager to Meet In-Person

With the return of the Institute to RiverCentre in February, we are excited to announce that the Experience Expo is SOLD OUT with 145 exhibit booths of products, services, and other goods to help make your work easier. Our exhibitors are very much looking forward to seeing you in person after a two-year absence. Make plans now to spend some time connecting with exhibitors.

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LeadingAge Minnesota’s Jenna Kellerman to Join LeadingAge Team

Jenna Kellerman, LeadingAge Minnesota's Director of Workforce Solutions, has accepted a position at LeadingAge, our national partner based in Washington, DC. In her new role as Workforce Strategy and Development Director, she will apply her many talents to impact the long-term care workforce at a national level and tackle federal barriers and solutions that will benefit all states.

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