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Be Prepared: MDH Releases New Assisted Living Survey Forms

As we have been anticipating, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Home Care and Assisted Living Program has released the new and updated survey forms for the Comprehensive and Temporary license. The forms are available on the MDH web site, and members will have a great opportunity to learn more about them and how surveyors will use them to determine your compliance at the June ALNET meetings.  

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Connect Conference is Aug. 20-21 for Housing, Assisted Living, Home Care & Adult Day

Make your plans now to attend the first annual Connect Conference on Aug. 20 and 21 in Brooklyn Center -- designed specifically for senior housing, assisted living, home care and adult day providers to come together to form new connections and work together to build services for those we serve, breaking down silos that separate our work.  

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LeadingAge Drafts Comments on FY2020 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

LeadingAge comments on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule are now available. Members can also access a fact sheet and summary of  the proposed. 

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Call for 2020 Institute Presentations is Open, Submission Deadline July 3

The 2020 Institute & Expo theme is: Better Together. Planning is in full swing for the annual conference scheduled for Feb. 4 – 7 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. We are now accepting your proposals to present an education session at the Institute.   

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Can the Gig Economy Boost Recruitment Efforts?

OnShift and Gallup have both recently published articles on the “Gig Economy,” a concept that has grown in popularity in today’s workforce, providing an opportunity for people to work multiple “side gigs” as opposed to a single, full-time job.  

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Observation Days: Stopping Surprise Medical Bills

Observation days are gaining some interest in Congress as more and more consumers express concerns regarding surprise medical bills. 

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Countdown to Oct. 1 PDPM: Get Your Interdisciplinary Team Prepared

A Team Approach to Operationalizing PDPM is a full day workshop coming this July to four cities to help your interdisciplinary team get prepared for the Oct. 1, 2019 implementation of Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  

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Providers Say Proposed $35,308 Threshold for Overtime Pay is Reasonable

While expressing a few concerns, Argentum, LeadingAge and other associations representing older adult services called the federal government’s proposed salary threshold of $35,308, under which executive, administrative, professional and certain other employees would be eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week, reasonable. 

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MDH Presents Antibiotic Stewardship Policy Writing Workshop

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is sponsoring workshops in July to support long-term care settings in writing an effective antibiotic stewardship policy. The workshops, which will take place in  Marshall, Duluth and Saint Paul, are most beneficial when three to four individuals from the same setting, both clinical and administrative, are able to attend together. Workshop details: 

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Veterans Choice Program Sunsets as Community Care Network Launches

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is shifting the way in which it works with non-Veterans Affairs (VA) providers to expand the provider network and improve customer service for veterans and timeliness of payments for providers.  

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CMS Releases MDS 3.0 Manual update EARLY!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially posted a draft version of the new MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 Oct. 1, 2019 that will help Skilled Nursing Facilities with transitioning to the Patient-Drive Payment Model.  

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What Just Happened? Attend June District Meetings

Not sure how the outcomes of the 2019 legislative session affect you, your staff and the people you serve? Then you won't want to miss June District meetings. 

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Special Session Ends. Our Work Continues.

The special session that was required to complete work on the state budget ended in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 25. Given all the challenges of the session, with its focus on addressing elder abuse and assisted living oversight and an unexpected proposal to cut funding for senior care, our successes were only made possible by the tireless and unprecedented grassroots advocacy of our members. In the end, we were able pass the historic Elder Care and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019 and hold off rate cuts for care centers and reductions to Elderly Waiver caps. We also know that there is significant work ahead and issues that were largely unaddressed this year, including Elderly Waiver funding reform and addressing the caregiving workforce shortage. 

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2020 Stars Among Us Awards Open for Nomination

Nominations are open for LeadingAge Minnesota’s Stars Among Us Awards that celebrate the best of the best in our membership family.

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Engagement Leads to Retention

Engaging with your staff is an essential way to empower your team, promote a sense of value and to retain your staff. We know that staff who are engaged have higher job satisfaction, show enthusiasm for their work and improve outcomes within your organization.
LeadingAge Minnesota offers a free, web-based toolkit to help boost your ability to engage with staff. 

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Housing Support Rate (GRH) Increases July 1

The annual re-calculation of the Housing Support, formerly Group Residential Housing (GRH), rate that covers rent and raw food for eligible participants has resulted in an increase of $18 per month. The new rate of $922 will be effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.   

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Care Centers Avoid Rate Cuts in Legislative Special Session

The outcome of the short legislative special session last week turned out to be much more positive for care centers than we had feared for the last few months. The proposed cuts in operating rates, which were in the Governor’s budget proposal and the House budget bill, were dropped from the final Health and Human Services (HHS) budget bill due to objections by the Senate.  

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Change from KEPRO to Livanta Requires Action by Medicare Providers

Beginning June 8, 2019, Livanta will replace KEPRO as the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Minnesota.  

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Registration Open: LeadingAge MN Foundation Golf Fundraiser

Get ready to hit the links! Registration is now open for the 2019 LeadingAge MN Foundation Golf Fundraiser, which takes place at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury on July 30. This event is a highlight of summer – a great day on fun, fellowship and philanthropy. 

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Aug. 20-21 Connect Conference to Detail Legislative Change and Next Step to Assisted Licensure

The all-new Connect Conference in August combines three previous popular conferences – Senior Living NOW, Assisted Living & Home Care, and Adult Day - into an interactive experience intentionally designed to bring providers across the home- and community-based continuum together to address issues in common and to shape the future of service to older adults. 

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Workforce Data

Let’s talk about data! Workforce data in our field can tell a powerful story about the need for resources and recruitment in our profession. Consider bringing this information to your leadership team, an all staff meeting, your Board of Directors, a local Chamber, networking group, place of worship, or even the family members and supporters of your organization.  

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Participate in 2019 Adult Day Services Financial Indicators Study

The 2019 Adult Day Services Financial Indicators Study has been launched, and we strongly encourage adult day members to participate. The study, now in its ninth year, offers Adult Day Services members the opportunity to benchmark their individual centers to the rest of the field and determine their financial health and performance.  

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LeadingAge National Launching Member Survey

LeadingAge National will launch a biennial survey of its members on June 6, and we strongly encourage members to take part in this initiative as it will produce a host of meaningful data that you can use to conduct data-driven planning and decision making. Here are four ways the LeadingAge member survey can help you tell your story: 

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Survey Preparedness Tip: Life Safety Self-Inspections

The first installment of LeadingAge Minnesota’s webinar series, Top 10 Life Safety Code Violations and How to Avoid Them, focused on preparing for your federal fire/life safety recertification survey.   

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DHS Announces Grant Opportunities for Care Centers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced two small grant programs for Medicaid-certified nursing homes with applications due by July 1. 

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3 Ways to Learn More About New Assisted Living Licensure, Older Adult Protection Law

In the final hours of the 2019 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature passed landmark legislation that ushers in the next generation of assisted living services. The new framework provides greater clarity and transparency for consumers, strengthened regulatory oversight and consumer protection, and maintains a model of senior living that supports choice, options and the opportunity to age in place. We know you have questions about this legislation and what it means to you, your operations and the people you serve. Here are three immediate ways to learn more and a way to provide us with your feedback: 

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PDPM: Get Your Interdisciplinary Team Ready for Oct. 1 Implementation

Register your interdisciplinary team today for one of four July workshops, A Team Approach to Operationalizing PDPM, to prepare for the Oct.1 implementation of the Patient Drive Payment Model (PDPM) classification system for Medicare Part A payments. The new system has significant implications for clinical operations, pre-admission screening, IDT documentation, and may even influence the types of individuals you will admit. 

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Skilled Nursing Facility Staff Competency Toolkit© available to LeadingAge Members

With the need to provide qualified and competent staff in Skilled Nursing Facilities, it may be challenging for a setting to find useable resources and tools to determine competency. LeadingAge excited to announce that the Staff Competency Toolkit© is now available to members.

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Proposed HUD Rule on Mixed Status Families Could Force Older Adults Out of Affordable Housing

More than 4,300 older adults who had found solace and affordability in their HUD-assisted homes will now wonder about the stability of their housing as the result of a new proposed rule that would end the practice of having “mixed status” families in federally assisted housing.   

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Special Session Update: Nursing Home Cuts Remain on the Table

The 2019 legislative session came to an end on May 20 with most of this year’s budget bills unfinished, including the Health and Human Services Finance bill. A special session will be required to get these bills across the finish line. What does that mean for us? We just gained the gift of time in our fight to stop the devastating nursing home cuts proposed by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota House. But time is running out – the special session may take place on Thursday and Friday. 

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