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Nursing Homes Invited to Join COVID-19 Project Echo Initiative

Registration opened this week for nursing homes to join a 16-week online learning collaborative on COVID-19 care and prevention—led by Hennepin Healthcare Systems and the University of Minnesota

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First Round of Infection Control Payments Headed to Nursing Homes Next Week

Federal authorities announced today that they will be distributing about $333 million in first-round infection control performance payments to more than 10,000 care centers based on their results battling the spread of COVID-19.

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Vaccine Update: Deadline Extended for COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership

Senior living and other long-term care providers now have until Nov. 6 to sign up for the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.

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Education & Events Schedule

2020 Sales & Marketing in Senior Housing Certificate Program
Oct. 20, 27; Nov. 10, 19; Dec. 1, 8 (six virtual half-days)

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14th Annual Senior Housing Summit is October 29

The Annual Minnesota Real Estate Journal Senior Housing Summit, presented by Ebenezer, will take place on October 29.

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Educare Announces Culinary4U – A Fresh Solution to Culinary Services Training

One of the most important elements of any senior living experience is dining. Prospective clients inquire about it. Current residents talk about it.

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Save the Dates for These Upcoming Programs

Webinar Series Announced for Adult Day Providers

Attention Adult Day Services providers: Three upcoming webinars are specifically designed for you to address some of 2020’s unique challenges.

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CNA Staffing Summit Offers Honest Look at Long Term Care

The CNA Staffing Summit, hosted by The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), offered an unfettered look at the career of nursing assistants and the state of our long term care work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Service Coordinator Updates from HUD

HUD staff will join the regular LeadingAge Housing Advisory Group call on Monday, October 26, to share more updates about Service Coordinators, including payment and grant extension updates.

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Final Assisted Living Licensure Rules Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled

The final meeting of the Assisted Living Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2020, 2:30-4:30 p.m. via Webex.

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COVID-19 Resource Round-Up: Testing Tools and Links

Testing continues to be an ongoing issue and challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Resilience Tip: Three-Step Stress Relief Tool

When we are in a situation that brings chronic stress such as COVID, it is difficult to think about anything other than surviving at times.

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Quick Survey on Testing: Please Respond by Tomorrow Morning

The LTC Imperative is continuing a series of quick surveys to take the pulse of members on key issues.

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NHSN Enables Reporting of COVID Test Results: Providers Must Continue Reporting Directly to the State

Effective last Friday, Oct. 16, the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) enables nursing facilities and assisted living providers to report COVID-19 point-of-care test results to the NHSN system. 

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Adult Day Services Hours Extended

DHS recently amended temporary licensing requirements which now allow ADS clients to attend the ADS center for up to six hours per day. 

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Does an Employee’s Refusal to Test Qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave?

LeadingAge MN has received several questions from members regarding an employee’s refusal to participate in COVID-19 outbreak testing.

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DHS Resumes Fingerprint-Based Background Studies Today

The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) returned to fingerprint-based background studies as of 6:00 a.m. this morning (Oct. 21), and employers are no longer able to submit emergency background studies.

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Education & Events Schedule

2020 Sales & Marketing in Senior Housing Certificate Program
Oct. 20, 27; Nov. 10, 19; Dec. 1, 8 (six virtual half-days)

Safe Care in the Age of COVID Virtual Workshop Series
October 22, 29, November 5

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Last Chance to Register for Upcoming Programs

Sales & Marketing in Senior Living Certificate Program Begins October 20

Learn the essential skills to effectively market your senior community and increase occupancy. 6-part virtual certificate program is October 20, 27; November 10, 19; December 1

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New Workforce Report Released

A new workforce report was released by PHI, titled Would You Stay? Rethinking Direct Care Job Quality.

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Fight the Flu Vaccine Campaign Kickoff

HHS has developed a set of tools to spread the word that getting an annual flu vaccine is more important than ever this fall.

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HUD Posts Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Updates

HUD has posted an updated version of the RAD PBRA Quick Reference Guide to reflect program changes and frequently asked questions.

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DOL Issues Interim Final Rule Dramatically Increasing the Prevailing Wage

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) published an interim final rule that changes how prevailing wages are calculated, which has an immediate impact on foreign workers in the H1B, H1B1, and E-3 programs.

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Medical Cannabis Review Panel to Consider New Qualifying Medical Conditions

Yesterday, the MN Department of Health announced that the Medical Cannabis Review Panel will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, to discuss petitions for three new potential qualifying medical conditions for participation in Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program.

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Adult Day Services and Day Support Service

As part of the DHS Waiver Reimagine proposal, beginning on January 1, 2021, new clients on disability waivers will not be able to access Adult Day Services until age 55. 

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DHS Conducting Review of Quality Measurement and Value-Based Reimbursement

DHS has contracted with a research team at Purdue University to conduct an evaluation of the value-based reimbursement (VBR) payment system as well as the quality measurement efforts of the department.

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Licensed Assisted Living Director Update Provided by BELTSS

The Minnesota Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) issued a formal notice this week, stating that they are nearing the hearing process for the creation of rules

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Health Services Executive Licensing Progresses in Minnesota

The Minnesota Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) has begun the hearing process for amendments to rules governing licensure of Health Services Executives (HSE),

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COVID-19 Resource Round-Up: Visitation Toolkit

To help members operationalize Monday’s release of MDH guidance for visitation in Assisted Living and HWS settings and CMS visitation guidance in memorandum QSO-20-39-NH,

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Are You Willing to Host Clinicals?

Healthcare programs require clinical experiences for students to complete their education programs. 

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