Featured News

Final Wednesday Edition of LeadingAge Minnesota’s Advantage

This is the very last week you will receive LeadingAge Minnesota’s Advantage newsletter on a Wednesday. Starting next week, you can expect it to be delivered to your inbox every Thursday afternoon.

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Federal Government Releases Additional Provider Relief Funds (PRF)

Last week the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Many Questions Remain about CMS and OSHA Vaccine Mandates

As part of a broad COVID-19 Action Plan released late last week, President Biden announced new vaccine mandates for workers across the country. The plan addresses several topics relevant to aging services, including preparation for the delivery of booster shots if approved and recommended by the FDA and CDC, and efforts to build the supply of rapid COVID tests, but the most prominent aspects of the White House plan relate to mandates.

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State News

At the Capitol: New Minnesota Senate Leadership and Special Session

This week, lawmakers have yet to call a special session to allocate the $250 million set aside for Hero Pay bonuses, and new Senate majority and minority leaders have been elected. Here is what you need to know about what is happening at the Capitol this week:

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Assisted Living Survey Observations Offer Helpful Reminders

At a meeting last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shared initial findings from assisted living surveys that have been conducted.

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Complete Affiliation of AL Background Studies Before Home Care Records Close

LeadingAge Minnesota encourages all assisted living providers to complete the background study affiliation process before the Minnesota Department of Health closes home care records. If your home care agency is closing, you must act quickly if you have staff to affiliate from your home care agency record.

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Federal News

NHSN Changes Coming: Get your Level 3 Access Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed LeadingAge that changes are coming to the weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities that will require Level 3 access for reporting.

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Affordable Housing Members Call on Staffing Issues with LeadingAge National

Join our LeadingAge, our national affiliate, for a housing call on Monday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. CT to discuss staffing issues in affordable housing communities.

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Contact Your Lawmakers in D.C. Today

Share your thoughts on vaccine mandates. Show your support for the Infrastructure Bill.

Join your peers from around the country in a national advocacy effort and contact your elected officials today. LeadingAge, our national affiliate, has launched two grassroots campaigns and now is the time to act. Send a message to your U.S. Representatives and Senators.

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Notable News

Living at Home Network Announces New ED; Welcome Katie Boller Gosewisch

The Living at Home Network has announced that Katie Boller Gosewisch will join the organization as the new executive director.

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New Data on Caregiving Workforce

PHI has released a new annual report on the caregiving workforce. This report focuses on how job quality in our sector has prevented an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2021 Most Admired CEO Award Provides Platform to Highlight Workforce Challenges

Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota, was recently named a 2021 Most Admired CEO by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. In a feature story published on Sept. 7, Gayle drew attention to the workforce shortages long-term care providers are facing:

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Member News

50 New Members Join LeadingAge Minnesota in August

In August, 50 new members joined into the ranks of LeadingAge Minnesota. Of the new members, two are adult day providers, one is a care center, three are home cares, 27 are housing/assisted living providers, 15 are individual associate members, and two are business partners.

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Dues Minimum Up for a Vote at Annual Business Meeting

At the 2021 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23, members will be asked to ratify the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors recommendation to establish a minimum dues policy for dues payable beginning in Jan. 2022.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Nominating Committee Proposed Slate for Vote at Annual Meeting

The 2021 LeadingAge Minnesota Nominating Committee, chaired by Mark Anderson, CEO of Knute Nelson in Alexandria, has proposed a slate of candidates to fill open positions on the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors.

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