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Win a Free Safe Care for Seniors Banner

Did you host a Safe Care for Seniors kick-off event? We’d love to hear about it! And – as an added bonus for sharing your story – we will select two member sites to receive a FREE Safe Care for Seniors banner that can be branded with your logo.  

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Section 202/PRACs Can Now Leverage Private Capitol to Preserve Affordable Housing

Effective immediately, HUD providers of Section 202 Housing for the Elderly with Project Rental Assistance Contracts (202/PRACs) can begin to leverage private capital to preserve their affordable housing over the long-term.  

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Congress Returns with Packed Agenda

Congress returned from recess on Sept. 9 with a long to-do list, which LeadingAge national has unpacked to help you stay up-to-date on key issues affecting our field.   

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PDPM: What Exactly Are NTAs and Why Are They So Important?

NTAs. You’re hearing a lot about them as part of the new Payment-Drive Payment Model that goes into effect Oct. 1. What are NTAs? Non-therapy ancillaries (NTAs) are a long list of diagnostic categories and clinical support services needed to care for residents in a skilled nursing facility that may be more medically complex or demonstrate a higher acuity. Under PDPM, 50 conditions and extensive services are considered for NTA classification.  

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Experience Mapping

Experience mapping is an excellent tool to improve an organizational policy, procedure or practice. It provides a visual example of what a person experiences while completing an activity.

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Behavioral Health Training Series Coming Soon!

Aging services providers in Minnesota have said that one of the biggest needs in communities is training for staff on behavioral health. We listened, and it’s coming soon and it’s free!   

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CMS Postpones Heightened Scrutiny Site Visits in Minnesota

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has posted their planned visits to Minnesota to visit select Adult Day Services and Customized Living providers subject to heightened scrutiny.

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Experience Marketing: The New Expectation

What experience are you selling? Does your sales process give decision makers - the eldest daughter, family, and the future resident - a realistic picture of what life will be like, should they choose you?  Dayta Marketing, a valued partner in the LeadingAge Savings & Solutions Center says organizations who focus on experience and create a sales and marketing funnel that’s customized, responsive, and caring will emerge as winners who have gained natural advocacy from their residents and families.  

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DNR Status & Response: Register for Oct. 8 Safe Table; Complete Safe Care Action 3

Does your staff know what to do when they find a resident unresponsive? Having a policy and procedure in place is not enough. In our assessment of OHFC substantiated reports, we continue to see system failures and staff behaviors that hinder an effective response to urgent situations. Join us on Oct. 8 for a Safe Table on DNR Status and Response.  

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Reducing TB Prevention and Control Tags

No matter what setting you’re in, TB Prevention and Control is one of the highest cited deficiencies. It has risen steadily to land as the most frequently cited in Comoprehensive Licensed Home Care survey this past quarter. Also, in the past quarter, F880 Infection Control has taken the number one spot in citations for care centers. Bumping TB Prevention and Control out of first place should be an easy fix as the reasons for the correction orders are basically:  

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Now Available: HCBS Grant Application Recorded Webinar & Resources

The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Grant Application Workshop webinar and handouts are now available. To deadline to apply for a HCBS Grant is Friday, Sept. 27, so take some time to watch and learn how to apply for a grant that will help you recruit and retain staff and help them advance in their career pathways.  

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PDPM Implementation Moves Closer, New Tools Available

We are now less than one month from implementation of the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that will take effect on Oct. 1.  LeadingAge MN has worked with other state affiliates and our national association to develop some new tools, including a rate calculator and case mix system, that are posted on our PDPM web page.  

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What You Need to Do Now to Meet the Moratorium Exceptions Application Deadline

Care centers interested in applying for a Moratorium Exception will require a full team effort to meet the Dec. 20 application deadline. A webinar on Sept. 11, The Moratorium Exceptions Process: What Care Centers Need to Know, will review the application process, what is needed by the deadline and options outside the application process.  

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Disposing of Pharmaceutical Waste? Better Know the New Requirements

LeadingAge MN and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a Sept. 27 webinar on the important new requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that became effective Aug. 21. 

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The Future of Senior Living & What We’re Missing: NIC’s Robert Kramer @ Annual Meeting

Robert Kramer, the founder and strategic advisor to the National Investment Center (NIC), will join us at this month’s Annual Meeting to share intelligence on the disruptive changes predicted in seniors housing and services and how to apply trend data to anticipate the impact on your organization’s future.  

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Don’t wait for a disaster to strike before you plan how to prepare, respond and recovery. New resources from LeadingAge will help members find the most appropriate resource for them in any phase of disaster planning, response or recovery.  

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Celebrating Accomplishments

Knowing staff as individuals means knowing about their major personal accomplishments. Is a staff member running a marathon? Graduating from nursing school? Welcoming a new baby (remember new moms and dads)? Congratulate them!  

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CMS Proposal Affects Some, Not All, Phase 3 Requirements; Provider Preparation Still Needed

As we have earlier reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule that would lighten some existing regulatory burdens for nursing facilities and delay implementation of certain Phase 3 requirements. Recently some LeadingAge MN members have asked whether the proposed rule – if it becomes final – would delay all Phase 3 requirements, and the answer is no. 

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BENHA Continues Rules Development Team for Licensed Assisted Living Directors

The rulemaking process to establish directives related to licensure of assisted living directors is currently underway. An Assisted Living Rules Development Team is developing draft rules and the process is moving quickly. 

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Several LeadingAge Minnesota Members Will Receive CMS Heightened Scrutiny Visits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will visit six to nine Adult Day Services and Customized Living settings in Minnesota that are subject to “heightened scrutiny” under the Home and Community-Based Settings rule at the end of September. 

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Individualized Treatment/Therapy Mgmt Plan Tops MDH Survey Trends in Assisted Living Home Care

A recent analysis of Comprehensive Home Care licensed providers surveys for the past quarter (April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019) revealed several trends. Of the top 10 correction orders written, Tag #1035 Individualized Treatment/Therapy Mgmt Plan has risen to the top of the 52 initial surveys conducted. 

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Public Charge Test Final Rule Expands Hurdles for Older Adults and Long-Term Care Workers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a final Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds rule  that goes into effect Oct. 15. This rule applies prospectively to determine the eligibility of persons wishing to immigrate to the US, obtain a green card to authorize employment or to obtain certain visas. It will not be applied to immigrants currently in the country unless or until they seek to change or extend their immigration status. 

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Annual Meeting: Overflow Lodging Announced; Don’t Miss The Happening!

The 2019 Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum is Sept. 17-20 at Madden’s in Brainerd. We are sharing an update on lodging accommodations and asking you this important question -- Will You Be at The Happening?  

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Are You Meeting the Mandatory Dementia Care Requirements?

There is still time to register for the 2019 Dementia Care Certificate Program, which meets Minnesota’s current mandatory dementia care training requirements for home care agency, Assisted Living/Housing with Services and care center staff.

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Infection Preventionists: Deadline Extended to Aug. 30 for Specialized Certificate Training Program

The deadline to register for the Infection Preventionist certificate program, Effectiveness and Core Components for Infection Prevention in SNFs, has been extended to Aug. 30. This program, which takes place Sept. 4 and 5, will help care centers meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training under the Requirements of Participation that will take effect in three months.   

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Representation Matters: Feature Team Members in Publications

There are two things that make your organization special - the people you serve and the staff who serve your people. Make sure to share the great work that is being done every single day!  

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LeadingAge VA to Release New Playbook to Help Providers Serve the Middle Market

LeadingAge Virginia will soon release a playbook designed to help senior living and care providers determine whether and how to serve middle-income older adults. The playbook provides a template that can be customized based on your market, your customer and what you need to design a product for the middle market.   

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Gov. Walz Proclaims Aug. 14 Lawrence Massa Appreciation Day

Gov. Tim Walz issued a proclamation naming Aug. 14 as Lawrence Massa Appreciation Day in Minnesota in honor of Massa’s distinguished career in advance of his retirement Sept. 6. Massa has been the president and CEO of MHA for the past 11 years and served as chief executive officer of Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar from 1994 to 2008.  

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More Hurdles to Prove Housing Discrimination

LeadingAge will submit comments to a new proposed rule from the U.S Housing & Urban Affairs Department (HUD) that would make drastic changes to the current process for asserting Disparate Impact.

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CMS Final Version to MDS 3.0 and Allowable ICD Codes Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) last week posted the FINAL version (V3.00.1) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications for Skilled Nursing Facilities, which take effect Oct. 1. They also released the file of the allowable ICD codes in item I0020B of the MDS.   

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