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Safe Care for Seniors: Pledge and Action Plan Timeline

The momentum for Safe Care for Seniors continues to build – from the 700 people who took the Safe Care for Seniors pledge at Institute & Expo earlier this month to the members who have since made their public commitment to respect, safety and dignity via the Make the Pledge link on our web site. This week, we provide a more detailed review of Safe Care for Seniors and what members can anticipate receiving from LeadingAge Minnesota to effectively implement the program in their organization or setting. 

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Register Today: Webinar on New Manager Training and Customer Experience Tool

Are you looking for Manger/Supervisor Training? Does your organization need tools to promote a culture of engagement, service excellence, and continuous improvement? We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Align, bringing you access to an Employee Engagement Solution (manager/supervisor evaluation and training!), and two Customer Experience Solutions.  

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U.S. Representative Collin Peterson Introduces Bipartisan Workforce Quality Act

A bipartisan bill to modify the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training lock-out that is currently mandated in law was introduced this week by U.S. Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) and U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI). The bill eliminates the statute’s rigid provisions and grants CMS greater flexibility in reinstating providers’ valuable CNA training programs.  

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2019 Leadership Academy Applications Due March 1

Expand the leadership capacity in your organization. LeadingAge Minnesota’s Leadership Academy is entering its 10th year of cultivating high potential leaders in the field of aging services. Applications for the 2019 class are being accepted through March 1.  

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CMS Updates PDPM Website, Announces Early Delivery for New RAI Manual

Responding to provider concerns, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is updating its new website for the Patient-Driven Payment Model and planning an earlier release of the RAI manual. 

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Your Input Needed: 2019 State of Seniors Housing Survey

To help provide a representative picture of the current state of senior housing, your input is needed for the annual State of Seniors Housing. All organizations that complete surveys will receive a complimentary copy of The State of Seniors Housing 2019, which compiles the survey results for comparisons to your own operations.  

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Faye Baylor Recognized for Volunteer Service with Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Fergus Falls

Faye Baylor, a volunteer with the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Volunteer of the Year Award at this month’s Institute & Expo.  

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HUD Funding Signed Into Law

After a brief government shutdown and continued uncertainty on a final appropriations bill, funding that supports affordable housing for seniors was signed into law this week. 

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Register for Safe Care for Seniors Webinar – Feb. 27

Just one week until the Safe Care for Seniors Informational Webinar! Register today for this high-level overview of some of the most important work we will undertake – preventing harm in the course of caregiving. 

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Bill Would Expand Critical Access Hospital Swing Bed Use

A bill to dramatically expand authorized critical access swing bed admissions has been introduced in the Minnesota House. The bill,  introduced by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), would modify the authorized swing bed admissions from 2,000 bed days per year to 9,125 per year. We understand that a companion to this bill will be introduced in the Minnesota Senate in the coming days. LeadingAge Minnesota and the Long-Term Care Imperative oppose this legislation. 

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Free Resources: Careers in Aging Week

Careers in Aging Week is March 3 -7. This is a great time to make people aware of the wide variety and rewarding careers in aging services. LeadingAge national has provided FREE resources our members can use to take advantage of this great opportunity. We also encourage members to visit our Workforce Center for ideas that support recruitment activities all year long!  

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Home Care and Assisted Living Provider Change of Information Reporting Required

Licensed home care providers and registered home management providers are required to notify the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) within 10 days when there is a change on the license or registration. A Change of Information Form is available on the MDH website. 

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Now Available: SNF Provider Preview Reports for Publicly Reported Measures

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports are now available for review prior to the April 2019 Nursing Home Compare site refresh. Corrections to the underlying data are not permitted but providers can request a CMS review by March 4 if they believe their quality measure scores are being displayed inaccurately. 

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Adult Day: DWRS Bill Puts Access to Services At Risk; Take Action Today

The Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee last week heard bills to address issues around the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS). The action taken by the committee is not in keeping with the goals of DWRS providers and creates a clear need for advocacy by impacted providers, including our Adult Day Services members. 

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Now Available: LeadingAge MN Foundation Scholarships

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is excited to offer more than $33,000 in educational scholarships to eligible caregivers and other employees of LeadingAge Minnesota member organizations for 2019. 

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Bill Foussard Named Board Trustee of the Year

Bill Foussard, a member of the Board of Directors for Cerenity Senior Care in Saint Paul, was recently named Board Trustee of the Year by LeadingAge Minnesota. 

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Spirit of Aging: Walter Griffin, Professional Whistler, Cyclist, Cherry Expert & Visual Historian

Walter Griffin, a resident at Ebenezer Park Apartments in Minneapolis, was honored at last week’s Institute & Expo with the Spirit of Aging Award. 

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Andrea Boedigheimer, Resident Assistant at Carondelet Village, Named Caregiver of the Year

Andrea Boedigheimer, Resident Assistant at Carondelet Village in Saint Paul, was recently named the Caregiver of the Year by LeadingAge Minnesota. Andrea received her award at last week’s Institute & Expo, accompanied by a standing ovation and a rousing round of applause from the nearly 2000 attendees that filled the room. 

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DHS Seeks Public Comments on HCBS Setting Evidentiary Packages

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking public comments on evidentiary packages written for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings across the state. Comments are due by 4 p.m. on March 6. We encourage our Adult Day Members and Customized Living providers to check the DHS web site on evidentiary packages as there are a large number of LeadingAge Minnesota provider members listed.  

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CMS Updates Emergency Preparedness Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updated guidance concerning the federal emergency preparedness requirements Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual – Emergency Preparedness. The memorandum was effective Feb. 1, 2019, and CMS directed that its content be communicated to state agency survey staff within 30 days.  

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2019 Leadership Academy Applications Due March 1

Applications for the 2019 Leadership Academy Class of fellows are being accepted through March 1. The acclaimed leadership development program, entering its tenth year, has graduated over 260 leaders since its inception. 

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CMS and MDH to Offer Educational Calls for Care Centers This Week

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide information on the SNF Quality Reporting Program, the Payroll Based Journal System and other issues during a Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Open Door Forum this Thursday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. Click here to review the full agenda.  

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Grow Future Workforce: Mock Interviews

As a leading employer in your community, offering students practice interviewing opportunities for their first job is a great way to form a relationship with students entering the workforce and local schools. 

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Announcing OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training North Dakota

OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training is excited to announce our expansion into North Dakota!  

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Leadership Academy Fellows Graduate at Institute

Thirty-six graduates of the Leadership Academy program graduated on the General Session stage at last week’s Institute & Expo. The event concluded the nine-month journey of leadership development shared by a diverse group of professionals from around the state, representing virtually every service sector, profession and geographic region within LeadingAge Minnesota membership. Click here to view a list of 2018-19 program graduates.  

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Register for Safe Care for Seniors Webinar – Feb. 27

If you took the Safe Care for Seniors pledge at Institute or are just hearing about the movement that was started during last week’s event, now is the time to learn more! Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 27 for a high-level overview of Safe Care for Seniors, including our goal to prevent harm in the course of caregiving.  

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CMS Pushes to Improve Information Sharing Between Hospitals and Post-Acute Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed policy changes supporting its MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the healthcare system. 

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Long-Term Services and Supports Costly Now, More So in Future

Two studies, one issued by the Commonwealth Fund and one by the congressional Joint Economic Committee, show the difficulty long-term services and supports costs pose for older people and their families now and how these costs likely will increase for the future as informal, unpaid family caregiving becomes less available. 

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DHS Seeks Nursing Home PIPP Proposals

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals for the next round of Nursing Home Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP). Proposals are due May 1. Incentive payments for selected projects will begin on Jan. 1, 2020. 

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2019 SNF Reporting Deadlines Chart

LeadingAge national has developed a quick glance tool that contains the deadlines Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) must meet for submitting data under the SNF Value-Based Payment  program, the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), and the Payroll-Based Journal reporting requirements.  

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