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Hear Marketplace Trends at Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum is Sept. 18-21 at Madden’s in Brainerd. Go BOLD is the theme of this year’s leadership conference, with speakers, sessions and events designed to explore what it means to lead in today’s complex environment and to navigate through the changes that will define the very future of senior living.

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Protect Residents from Telephone and Internet Scams

A new resource from LeadingAge will help you better protect your residents from falling victim to telephone and internet scams typically aimed at older people. 

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Candidate PAC Endorsement Deadline Extended to Aug. 6

Do you know a candidate for state office who is a champion for the seniors we serve and their caregivers? The LeadingAge Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) seeks to support compassionate leaders who will champion policies promoting excellence and innovation in older adult services. 

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Nominations Open for Nursing Director of the Year

The Minnesota Directors of Nursing Administration (MN-DONA) is now accepting nominations for the Nursing Director of the Year. 

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Billing University for Care Centers is Aug. 8-9

The last day to register for the August 8-9 Billing University is Thursday, August 2. 

This two-day intensive learning workshop delivers essential knowledge, skills and resources to help capture all appropriate reimbursement for the services you provide and is applicable and valuable learning for both new and seasoned staff.

Find details and registration here.

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Registration Is Open for Health Care Engineers Conference

Registration is now open for the 43rd Annual Minnesota Health Care Engineers Association (MHCEA) Fall Education Seminar and Vendor Show. 

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LTC Pharmacy Update Conference Returns on Sept. 14

Consultant Pharmacists Inc. (CPI) will unravel some of the complexities of the regulation and guidelines for pharmacy services from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “Mega-rule” of 2017 at is annual conference on Sept. 14.  

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Sign up for Live Demo of New Job Board

The new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform has launched! Sign up for a live webinar demo on July 31 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. to learn how to post a job. 

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Annual Meeting Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2018 Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum, Sept. 18-21 at Madden’s in Brainerd. Go BOLD is the theme of this year’s leadership conference, with speakers, sessions and events designed to explore what it means to lead in today’s complex environment and to navigate through the changes that will define the very future of senior living. 

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Moratorium Exceptions Process Opens; LeadingAge MN Hosts Webinar Aug. 9

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released the application materials for this year’s round of the nursing facility moratorium exceptions process. Care centers interested in applying will need to complete and submit the required application materials by Dec. 20. To help members evaluate whether they should apply, LeadingAge Minnesota is hosting a Moratorium Exceptions webinar on Thursday, Aug. 9. 

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Billing University for Care Centers is Aug. 8-9

Business office staff in care centers are encouraged to attend the annual Billing University on Aug. 8 and 9. This two-day intensive learning workshop delivers essential knowledge, skills and resources to help capture all appropriate reimbursement for the services you provide. 

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Care Centers: Improve Your 5-Star Rating and Sustain Your Outcomes

As part of our ongoing commitment to help you improve performance and measure and report outcomes in your organization, LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to provide you with access to a new tool that will help translate your current MDS 3.0 data into actionable information. 

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Nominations Now Open for Lifetime Honorary Membership

LeadingAge Minnesota is now accepting nominations for the recognition of Lifetime Honorary Membership. This honor is provided to persons of distinction by election each year during our Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum in September.  

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U.S. Department of Labor Rescinds 2016 Persuader Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has rescinded the 2016 Persuader Rule that required employers to report whenever they seek assistance from consultants or lawyers to dissuade employees from joining unions. 

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100 OnTrack RN Trainers Approved in Minnesota

The OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program has seen 100 nurses complete the Train the Trainer course! Those 100 RN Trainers are now supporting OnTrack Nursing Assistant programs all over the state. 

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HCBS: Changes in Evaluation of Services for Annual Assessments Effective Aug. 1

In keeping with the Minnesota State Transition Plan to comply with the Home and Community-Based Services Settings (HCBS) Rule, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has added a person’s evaluation of services and compliance with HCBS Standards to the MN Choices Tool. The questions are to be completed at the next reassessment visit on or after Aug. 1, 2018. 

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Ruth Katz Encourages Adult Day Providers to Take the Lead in Public Policy

Ruth Katz, Senior Vice-President of Public Policy/Advocacy at LeadingAge, opened the 2018 LeadingAge Minnesota Adult Day Conference with a strong message of support for providers of these valued services that help older adults age in place. 

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CDC Releases New Tools to Aid in Antibiotic Stewardship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new tool as part of its four-part online training series on antibiotic stewardship. 

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America Is Running Out of Family Caregivers, Just When It Needs Them Most

Many Americans are now aging without family caregivers nearby, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Call for Nominations: 2019 Board of Directors

The 2018 LeadingAge Minnesota Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors. Nominations are due by Friday, Aug. 10.

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CAST Updates Medication Management Selection Tool

LeadingAge CAST has updated its Medication Management Selection Tool with vendor information for 20 products. The tool is designed to help you understand the range, uses and benefits of medication management technologies and to select solutions that best fit your requirements. 

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LeadingAge Learning Hub offers Free Mental Health Training

A new training to assist staff in supporting and working with residents with mental illness has been added to the LeadingAge learning hub. The training is free for LeadingAge members. 

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Who’s Your Julie? Tell Us About Your Caregiver of the Year – Nominations Open

The Stars Among Us Award program is open for the 2019 recognition awards and we want to know, Who’s YOUR Julie

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MDH Shares Survey Data and Other Information During Statewide Call

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) held a statewide regulatory call for care centers on July 16 and provided updates on commonly-cited deficiencies and other topics. MDH recorded Monday’s call and will post the recording on its webpage within the next week, and it will remain archived there for 90 days. Here are notes from the call: 

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Now Available: Rights-Modification Form and Updates to HCBS Transition Process

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a form that can be used by case managers to modify rights for individuals requiring a modification of the rights enumerated in the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) standards for provider “owned or controlled settings.” 

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Annual Meeting Registration Open this Week

Watch your email this week for information about the 2018 Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum, Sept. 18-21 at Madden’s in Brainerd. Registration will open on Friday.

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U of M Reaffirms Commitment to Preparing Nursing Home Administrators for Licensure

As the Baby Boom Generation continues to age and rely more on the network of supports for older adults, the University of Minnesota recently reaffirmed its commitment to its high-quality Long-Term Care Administration courses. 

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Legislative Auditor Releases Report on Eligibility Process

The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) last week released an audit on the Medical Assistance eligibility process for seniors and those under age 65 with a disability. The audit found that DHS and the counties who implement the eligibility process “generally complied” with legal requirements for determining eligibility. Specific findings and recommendations include: 

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New Award Honors Pioneering Legacy of Ray Johnson; Nominations Invited

A familiar Stars Among Us Award has been recast to reflect the spirit of its namesake for the 2019 recognition program. 

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Assisted Living Occupancy Drops to Record Low

The downward trend in assisted living occupancy continues, according to data released by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). 

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