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Care Center Fines Drop 31% Under Trump Administration

Kaiser Health News reported last week that care centers have seen their fines drop by about 31 percent during the Trump administration. 

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Melanie Sullivan To Join Ecumen as Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Melanie (Mel) Sullivan, Ed.D., has been named Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ecumen, effective April 1.  

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Employer Applications for Summer Health Care Internship Program Due April 12

Employer applications for the 2019 Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP) are due April 12. Hospitals, clinics, care centers, home care providers and adult day services providers are encouraged to participate on behalf of qualified students in their community. 

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New Virtual Storyboard Highlights Personal Journeys of Professional Caregivers

Face Aging MN has launched a new, interactive map of caregiver stories from across the state to provides seniors, families, leaders and policymakers a glimpse of local caregivers in their own communities, demonstrate the essential work and value of these rewarding careers, and inspire positive change. 

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Special Pricing Available for Align Early Adopters

Become an Early Adopter of Align’s Employee Engagement Solution (manager/supervisor evaluation and training), and/or two Customer Experience Solutions by April 15 and receive special pricing! 

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Managed Care: Moving from “Outside Looking In” to a Way Forward

Breaking fee-for-service habits is hard, and not just for providers of long-term services and support. Every sector in the health or human services field has had to adapt to a new world of managed care. The latest issue of the LeadingAge national magazine, sheds light on the change and disruption happening our field related to managed care and shares insight on a path forward. 

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Care Center Data Shows Deteriorating Picture

Care center occupancy is at an all-time low and the workforce situation is only getting more challenging, according to a new analysis we recently completed based on the 2018 occupancy survey and 2019 Long-Term Care Imperative legislative survey. 

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Assisted Living Certificate Program Open for Registration

The wait is over – registration is now open for the 2019 Assisted Living Certificate Program. You can choose either the Spring Series, which begins April 25, or Late Summer/Fall series which begins Aug. 6. 

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The More You Know: Older Baby Boomers’ Preferences on Aging

Safety. Being around family. Having access to the outdoors. Affordability. These are just a few key findings in a new noteworthy study from LeadingAge and NORC. 

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Free Pins! Banner Contest! Kick-Off Safe Care for Seniors in Your Setting

Now that you’ve made the Safe Care for Seniors pledge, it’s time to launch the program in your setting! To help you engage your staff, residents and families in our shared mission to prevent harm in the course of caregiving, we’ve developed a Safe Care for Seniors Campaign Kick-Off Toolkit and Online Resource Library.

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Try the Job Board for FREE!

Have you tried recruiting through LeadingAge Minnesota’s job board AgingServicesJOBS.org? Check it out! Email Jenna Kellerman for a promo code to post your first job for FREE!   

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Considerations for Weekend and Evening Returns from Hospitalizations in Assisted Living

As renters of a housing setting, a resident has the right to return to their home following an absence at any time. In some instances, the person has had a change of need that requires added home care services, supplies, or even an interim stay at somewhere like a rehabilitation or transitional care setting. Communication with a resident/representative and hospital staff is vital to assure a smooth transition and appropriate services and supplies being in place. 

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Special Promo Code for Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference

The Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference, which takes place April 15-17 in San Antonio, offers unmatched opportunities to connect with leaders and experts in our field, discover solutions to common challenges, stay abreast of key trends, explore innovative technology, and learn core strategies to advance business operations and careers. Argentum is offering a special promo code – STATE50 – for members to receive $50 off a full conference pass. 

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Enforcement Remedies on Horizon for Non-Improving Late Adopters in Antipsychotic Medication Reductio

Non-improving late adopters in the reduction in long-stay residents who were receiving an antipsychotic medication may soon be subjected to enhanced oversight and enforcement remedies, according to a notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  

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Webinar on Job Board Upgrades and Recruitment Benefits

Learn more about the latest upgrades to AgingServicesJobs.org by signing up for a new webinar that will feature success stories, tips on engaging candidates, and additional ways this revolutionary technology can streamline candidate screening and address retention concerns by providing deeper candidate insights than available on a common application or resume. For new users, a live demo of the technology will be shared at the end of the webinar. 

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Nursing Leadership Symposium Begins April 9, Register Now

Registration is open for LeadingAge Minnesota’s venerable Nursing Leadership Symposium. This five-part series has a 28-year track record of helping to transform skilled nurses into exceptional nursing leaders in long-term care. 

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Core Appendix Q Released; Online Training Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised Appendix Q of the State Operations Manual (SOM), used by surveyors for guidance in citing immediate jeopardy (IJ). This revision, known as Core Appendix Q, will provide a template for surveyors to identify the citation and notify providers in a clear, consistent and timely manner.

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Career Pathway Resources

Teach students about Career Pathways in aging services using these excellent tools developed by the California Assisted Living Association:  

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Recruit Staff, Create Career Pathways: Apply for HCBS Scholarship

Reminder: The Minnesota Department of Health is currently accepting applications for the bonus round of the HCBS Scholarship Grant. The application deadline is April 19. You can find the application here.  

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New Affiliation Strengthens Home Care and Hospice Expertise and Opportunities

LeadingAge national has taken an important step toward increasing its impact and influence across the full continuum of services and supports for people as they age by entering into an agreement with the intent to affiliate with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and ElevatingHOME.  

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Message Delivered: 150+ Members Advocate at Day at the Capitol

More than 150 LeadingAge Minnesota members participated in yesterday’s Day at the Capitol, bringing their voices and their collective will to give lawmakers a personal perspective on how the decisions they make this session will affect the seniors we serve and those who provide them with care.   

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New Proposal on Overtime Threshold Raising Concerns for Aging Services Providers

A new proposal that would greatly increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay is raising concerns for aging services providers. 

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Moratorium in Nursing Home Fines by CMS Expires in May

In testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said that the moratorium on monetary fines for care centers will expire in May and that providers will soon begin receiving civil monetary fines in eight additional categories.  

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OnTrack Success Continues

The OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program continues to see success in its second year of operation.  

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CMS and CDC Release Infection Prevention Training for Care Centers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff in the long-term care setting.  

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Elder Abuse Subject of US Senate Hearing

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee this morning took a rare look at timely topics affecting care center quality, safety, workforce and regulations by holding a "Not Forgotten: Protecting Americans From Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes" hearing in Washington DC.  

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Protecting HCBS Recipients Against Spousal Impoverishment

Bills have been reintroduced in Congress that permanently protect Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) recipients against spousal impoverishment.  

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Calling All Assisted Living Home Care Nurse Leaders! Join Us in April for ALNET

This special invitation goes out to all nurse leaders of assisted living home care. You are invited and encouraged to join an Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) meeting near you in April. 

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Nursing Leadership Symposium Open for Registration

LeadingAge Minnesota’s long-standing Nursing Leadership Symposium program to develop nursing leaders in long-term care is entering its 28th year and is open for registration.  

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New Report Shows Care Centers If They Are at Risk of a 2% Rate Penalty

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Provider Threshold Report (PTR). This new report for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) shows care centers if they are at risk of a 2 percent rate penalty for failure to meet the 80 percent reporting threshold requirement on the quality reporting measures during a calendar year.   

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