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Job Board Price Change Effective

The rate to post a job on the AgingServicesJOBS.Org, a cutting-edge employment marketplace that matches employers with job-seekers based on skills, interests and job requirements, has changed. 

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True Innovation is Needed in Senior Living

A recent article in Senior Housing News highlights that the “dots aren’t being connected” in senior living to get innovation past the pilot stage to make a true impact. 

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eMenuCHOICE Continues Growth, Adds Service to 5 Senior Living Communities in July

eMenuCHOICE, a leading dining management and point of sale (POS) application for senior living communities, added five new clients in July. The following communities have chosen eMenuCHOICE to support their dining service management needs:

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New Rule Could Reduce Immigrants’ Use of Long-Term Care Services

The National Council on Aging has denounced a new inadmissibility rule that could force immigrant seniors to choose between paying for long-term care support and losing their immigration status.  

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Registration Open for Health Care Engineers Conference

Registration is open for the Minnesota Health Care Engineers Association (MHCEA) Fall Conference and Vendor Show that takes place Sept. 11-13 at Grand Casino Hinckley. 

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Housing Support Approved as New Medicaid Benefit

Minnesota seniors and people with disabilities soon will have more help finding and keeping housing, thanks to new services coming to the state’s Medicaid program next year. 

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Oct. 8 Safe Table: DNR Status and Response

Does our staff know how to access a resident’s DNR status in an emergency or what to do – without delay – when they find a resident unresponsive? Are they confident to take those next important steps? Join us Oct. 8 for a Virtual Workshop that will explore those questions and more, as we provide a new systematic approach called Rapid Evaluation Teams to help improve your organization’s process for staff to call for and receive support to rapidly evaluate and address an urgent or concerning situation.  

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Survey Tip: CMS Clarifies Transfer/Discharge Documentation Questions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Central Office recently shared survey guidance relating to a couple of transfer/discharge documentation issues.  

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Ban on Flushing of Hazardous Medications Takes Effect Aug. 21

Under regulations enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste pharmaceuticals may not be sewered (flushed or poured down a drain) for disposal after Aug. 21, 2019. 

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Back to School Specials: Dementia Care Certificate Program; Infection Preventionist Certificate; Drive Occupancy Through Buyer Experience

The final installment of the 2019 Dementia Care Certificate Program is now open for registration; we have more details and registration information on our new Infection Preventionist Certificate Program, and you won't want to miss an October webinar on how to create the buyer experience that will drive occupancy. Get up to speed on these great programs:

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MDH Posts Notice on Distribution of New Home Care Bill of Rights Language

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week issued an update that addresses changes to the Home Care Bill of Rights that went into effect Aug. 1. MDH is working on updating each version of the Home Care Bill of Rights with the changes and will post them on its website when they are available. In the meantime, MDH is directing providers to the following notice to Home Care Providers to guide distribution of the new Bill of Rights language: 

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Aug. 15 Free Webinar Explains New Retaliation Law

Are you ready to comply with the new retaliation protections that went into effect on Aug. 1? Join our free webinar tomorrow (Aug. 15) to learn how these protections apply to residents and staff in care centers and assisted living/housing with services and how you can stay in compliance  

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Connect Conference Near Sellout

Our first annual Connect Conference, Aug. 20-21 in Brooklyn Center, is near capacity with more than 450 people attending from the home- and community-based services continuum. 

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Annual Meeting Deadlines This Week

Friday, Aug. 16 is the deadline for both early bird registration and application for scholarships for the Annual Meeting a& Leadership Forum. Thursday, Aug. 15 is the deadline to cancel Madden’s lodging reservations and receive a partial refund. 

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Create Your Nursing Assistant Training Program with OnTrack’s Hands-On Support

Long term care providers in Minnesota have a lot on their plates. As much as you may want to build your workforce pipeline by starting a Nursing Assistant Training Program, it may feel like more work than you can add to your plate.  

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Establishing a Peer Mentor Program

Mentor programs offer an important opportunity for staff to develop positive relationships, interact with friends at work, receive the peer support needed to succeed in a job, and increase meaning and purpose in their day. Beyond that, mentor programs have been proven to positively impact team member retention and satisfaction in all departments.  

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HCBS Settings Rule Guidance Provides Path Forward for New Construction Settings

In last week’s Advantage, we featured a story on new guidance for heightened scrutiny review of newly-constructed presumptively institutional settings under the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule. This week we are sharing additional detail from the Bulletin on how new construction settings required to undergo heightened scrutiny can qualify for Medicaid (waiver) reimbursement and providing examples of reimbursement pathways for new construction settings.  

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RAD for PRAC Implementation Guidance Delayed

The release of guidance implementing Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) for PRAC, expected earlier this spring or summer, is still delayed and may not be issued until early fall.  

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CMS Updates Recently-Revised Appendix Q

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued additional updates to the State Operations Manual Appendix Q, including guidance to surveyors on citing immediate jeopardy.  

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Help Recruit Staff and Create Career Pathways: Apply for HCBS Scholarship Grant

The Minnesota Department of Health is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. Find the HCBS Program detail, application, and forms on the MDH website here.  

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DHS Launches New Web Site Geared Toward People with Hearing Loss

People with hearing loss can learn more about assistive technology, communications access and other issues at a new website launched this week by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.   

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Jodi Harpstead Named DHS Commissioner

Governor Tim Walz has named Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota President Jodi Harpstead as the new commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).  

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Direct Caregivers Make Direct Impact on Quality

Quality improvement projects developed by Health Support Specialists from Avera Marshall, Three Links, Traverse Care Center and Regent at Burnsville were recently selected as the winners of the ICan Innovation Contest.   

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Don’t Forget: Change from KEPRO to Livanta Requires Action by Medicare Providers

As we reported earlier this summer, Livanta replaced KEPRO as the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Minnesota effective June 8, 2019. The purpose of the BFCC-QIO is to conduct quality of care reviews, beneficiary complaint reviews, and discharge and termination of service appeals in various Medicare provider settings. Livanta requires a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from providers.  To complete a new MOA and read frequently asked questions (FAQs), click here

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Have an Hour Free on Thursday? Join CMS for its Nursing Facility Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information on fiscal year 2020 skilled nursing facility payment policies during a Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care Open Door Forum this Thursday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m.  

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List of Candidates for “Special Focus Facility” Status is Now Public

At the request of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now publishing a list of nursing homes in each state that are candidates for “Special Focus Facility” (SFF) status. For many years CMS has published a list of facilities that currently hold SFF designation, and that monthly publication now includes the names of facilities at risk of being designated.  

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DHS Seeks Public Comments on Third Set of HCBS Setting Evidentiary Packages

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted for public comment the third round of evidentiary packages for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings. This batch includes settings that have been identified as Prong 3 and includes Adult Day, Customized Living and Foster Care providers.  

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Popular Dementia Care Certificate Program Returns in 2019

We are pleased to reintroduce our popular Dementia Care Certificate Program, recently updated, streamlined and retooled for 2019. This three-part program is designed for efficient learning and meets the requirements outlined in the Elder Care and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019.

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350 HCBS Professionals to Converge at Connect Conference

In less than two weeks, more than 350 professionals in home- and community-based service settings will converge on Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center for the first annual Connect Conference for two days of networking, learning and meaningful dialogue about the future of service and care for older adults.  

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2019 Annual Meeting Important Dates and Updates

Annual Meeting 2019 will be here soon. Friday, Aug. 16 is the deadline for early bird registration and scholarship applications for our annual leadership conference that takes place Sept. 17-20 at Madden’s. 

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