Featured News

A Focus on Falls Prevention: Join the New Assisted Living Learning & Improvement Collaborative

Falls are one of the top categories of substantiated OHFC reports in Home Care/Assisted Living settings in Minnesota. Members should be taking the necessary steps to prevent falls in their community. Our new Assisted Living Fall Prevention Learning & Improvement Collaborative will give you the tools you need to implement an effective falls prevention program and reduce costs for your organization.  

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OnTrack: State Exam Results Trending 6% Higher than Statewide Average

OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training has been available for nearly six months and has enrolled 106 students to date! Find out what everyone is raving about – call 651.425.1110 to schedule your OnTrack demo today. 

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CMS Intends to Reverse Policy on Liquid Oxygen for Existing Buildings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to issue guidance clarifying that existing care centers may store and use liquid oxygen in resident rooms without having to meet a fire-resistance enclosure rating. 

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State News

DHS Conducting HCBS Transportation Access Study

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has contracted with Navigant Consulting, the company that is also conducting studies on Elderly Waiver rates and the role of Adult Day services, to conduct a study of transportation access for home and community-based service enrollees, including both the elderly and disabled populations.  

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DHS Updates and Extends Return to Community Initiative

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has updated and extended the Return to Community initiative.

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Care Centers: QIIP Goal Due June 30

This is a final reminder for care centers that your QIIP goal for the rate year beginning Jan. 1, 2020 is due June 30. 

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Federal News

CMS Proposes to Revise Mandatory Remedies Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to revise its policies regarding mandatory immediate imposition of federal remedies, and there are positive changes for care centers. 

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Klobuchar Introduces Bill to Help Family Caregivers

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has introduced the Americans Giving care to Elders (AGE) Act, which would provide a tax credit for caregivers faced with the difficult task of helping older adults remain in their home. 

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LeadingAge Strikes Back on MedPAC Call to Lower SNF Pay Rates

LeadingAge distributed a critical response to a recent recommendation by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to lower pay rates for skilled nursing facilities. 

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Notable News

Rest in Peace, Helen

Helen Miller, who served as the “face” of the Face Aging MN campaign, passed away on June 17. Helen’s story and her ongoing contributions to Helen’s Corner on the Face Aging MN blog helped raising awareness of issues that accompany our rapidly aging society. Her stories about growing older and advice on what it means to age well and live fully resonated with all audiences and were a key factor in the campaign’s success to date. 

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Out of Reach: Wages Don’t Support Housing Needs for Senior Living Workers

Jobs in senior living and care centers will continue to be among the fastest-growing types over the next decade, but wages continue to be a barrier to staff recruitment and retention. 

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Share Your Data for Argentum’s Annual Largest Providers List

Argentum is seeking participation from senior living providers that may qualify for its 2018 Largest Providers List. 

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Member News

In Memory: Trent Carlson

Long time LeadingAge Minnesota member and colleague in serving elders, Trent Carlson, passed away last Friday after a short illness. 

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Post Jobs to the New Job Board Platform

The new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform has launched! Want to trial the site by posting a job for free? The first 20 members to contact Jenna Kellerman will get a free promo code to post their next open position! 

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OnTrack Exceeds 100 Students in Minnesota

OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training has been available for nearly six months and has enrolled 103 students to date! Find out what everyone is raving about – call 651.425.1110 to schedule your OnTrack demo today. 

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