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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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Save the Dates for Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars and plan for the following summer and fall events: 

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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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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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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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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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Looking for an Effective and Systematic Approach to Strategic Planning?

Bring your team to discover new tools and approaches to your strategic planning process. As part of LeadingAge Minnesota’s Performance Excellence in Aging Services platform, the July 19 workshop A Systematic and Effective Approach to Strategic Planning unfolds the strategic planning process from preparation and prioritization to deployment and sustaining the plan.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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CMS Finalizes Revisions to Remedies Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized revisions to its policies regarding mandatory immediate imposition of federal remedies. Quality Safety and Oversight Memorandum 18-18-NH describes the changes and replaces two Survey & Certification memos previously issued on this topic.  

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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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Respond by July 9 – 2019 Institute Call for Presentations

We are seeking your proposals to present educational sessions at the 2019 Institute, Feb. 608. CLICK HERE to read the guidelines and get started. The online Call for Presentations guides you through your submission process.

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Today is Early Bird Registration Deadline for July 17 Adult Day Conference

Wednesday, June 20 is the last day to take advantage of early bird registration fees for the July 17 Adult Day Conference. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will share details on a recent report regarding regulatory compliance in adult day settings from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources as well as information how they plan to respond to areas of concern.

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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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Affordable Housing: REAC Inspections Refresher

As an affordable housing provider, are you ready for your next physical inspection by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development? Make sure you know your rights regarding scheduling, stopping a review in process, appealing unwarranted deficiency findings and/or responding to exigent health and safety violations by reading LeadingAge’s updated REAC Inspections Fact Sheet

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Fighting Fraud Against Older Adults

Financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually. The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has released its 2018 Fraud Book on the top 10 scam complaints reported in 2017 against older adults.  

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Assisted Living and Home Care Conference is July 25

Designed to help improve operations and clinical services, the annual Assisted Living and Home Care Conference is Wednesday, July 25 in St. Paul. The conference is sponsored with the Minnesota HomeCare Association and is packed with education on compliance issues, clinical services and working with clients. 

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“Normal Wear and Tear” and Security Deposits in Senior Housing

Managers of Senior Housing and Housing with Services Establishments are often in the position to determine what is considered beyond normal wear and tear when an apartment is vacated, and what will be recovered from a damage deposit. 

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New Construction and Home Modification Funding in Senate Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $44.5 billion for HUD in fiscal year 2019, including $678 million for the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly account and $11.7 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance that provides the operating subsidy for approximately two-thirds of Section 202 homes. 

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Tax Reform Implications for Nonprofit Providers

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that went into effect on Jan.1, 2018 affects nonprofits both operationally and in their fundraising strategies. 

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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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Call for Presentations at 2019 Institute – Submission Deadline is July 9

Last week’s Advantage announced the call for 2019 Institute presentations. We encourage members to submit proposals to present a concurrent session at the state’s largest conference for older adult services in February. CLICK HERE to read the guidelines and get started. 

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Helpful Tips in RAI Manual on Care Area Assessments

Chapter 4 of the RAI Manual is one of the least read and more important for quality outcomes. The in-depth discussion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expectations for care planning in care centers contains excellent training and examples of how to conduct a thorough assessment to correct a care plan problem. 

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Save the Dates for Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars and plan for the following summer and events: 

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DHS Announces New Process to Improve Accuracy of QIIP Scores and Incentive Payments

As we reported a few weeks ago, care centers are currently being asked by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to select a QIIP goal by June 30 for the rate year beginning Jan.1, 2020. 

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Adult Day Conference Early Bird Registration Ends June 20

Calling all adult day managers and staff – the early bird registration period ends Wednesday, June 20 for the Tuesday, July 17 Adult Day Conference.

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