News Archives

September 2015 Archives

Below is a list of all of the articles published in the selected month, ordered from most recent to least.

REGISTER NOW: October District Meetings

Our October District Meetings deliver on what members are asking for – more opportunities to learn from each other, to share best practices and to help advance the work of our Association. Gatherings this fall provide a way to connect personally with your fellow leaders in the region as well as members of the Association’s Board and our newest LeadingAge Minnesota technical assistance staff member – Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Jonathan Lips.

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Building Dementia Friendly Communities Through the Memory Café

Everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s. Today there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and nearly 60 percent of people with dementia live in their own communities. Recognizing an urgent need to better support people with dementia and their caregivers, The Lutheran Home Association created the Memory Café -- and its efforts were recently recognized by the Washington Post.

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ICD-10 Launches Oct. 1

The long-awaited changeover to ICD-10 will finally happen tomorrow. There will be no postponement, no exemptions, no dual-code period or anything else that will prevent the use of the new codes. Claim submissions for services on or after Oct. 1 must contain ICD-10 codes or they will be rejected.

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Lawmakers Attend Long Term Care and Housing with Services Roundtable

Guardian Pharmacy hosted a legislative roundtable in St. Cloud last week focused on seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide them with quality care. This is the fourth year that Guardian Pharmacy has held such an event.

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OIG to Release Report Citing Medicare Payments to Nursing Homes Exceed Care Costs

Nursing homes receive far more in Medicare payments than what it costs to provide care, according to a report that will be released today by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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ALFA Introduces New Name—Argentum

Our national affiliate, the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), this week introduced its new name, Argentum. The new name and brand reflects the organization’s expanded direction, priorities and focus.

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Representative Daniels Visits Brookdale Senior Living

LeadingAge Minnesota continues to host lawmakers at our member communities around the state during the legislative interim to help showcase the quality care our members provide and educate them on the many ways we serve seniors around the state.

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Jean Wood Receives National Aging and Disability Award

Jean Wood, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Director of the Aging and Adult Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, was presented with the first-ever Executive Director’s Award from the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD).

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It’s Flu Season: Protect Patient Safety, Promote Good Health

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced its FluSafe program has completed its fifth year by awarding a record number of blue ribbons to hospitals and care centers that vaccinated 90 percent or more of their health care workers against influenza last year. Fifty LeadingAge Minnesota members received FluSafe ribbons for their efforts to protect patient safety and promote good health.

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DHS Posts New Care Center Payment System FAQ

The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to assist providers with preparation for the implementation of the new MA payment rate system for care centers that takes effect on Jan. 1. Members should consider this document to be a work in progress that will be updated on an ongoing basis as more questions come in and additional answers are developed. 

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APPLY NOW! Deadline Approaching for New HCBS Scholarship Program

Members interested in applying for the new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Scholarship Program must submit their proposals by 4 p.m. on Oct. 30.  Please note it can take up to two days to get registered in the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) online grant management system, so plan accordingly when submitting your application.

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PEN Fall Conference: Thriving in Times of Change. Harnessing Power of Culture

Earlier this year, LeadingAge Minnesota and the Performance Excellence Network (PEN) formed a partnership that allows our members to access excellent performance improvement programming from PEN at member rates. We encourage members to take advantage of these rates for the upcoming PEN Fall Conference—Thriving in Times of Change. Harnessing the Power of Culture—which is being held Nov. 10-11 at the DoubleTree Bloomington Minneapolis South.

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Jones-Harrison Hosts Thank You Event for Senator Dibble

Jones-Harrison invited Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) to a resident social hour last week to show their appreciation for his support of Senior Care Reimbursement Reform and two long term care scholarship programs that passed during the 2015 legislative session.

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HUD Issues Multifamily Housing Utility Analysis FAQ

The U.S Housing & Urban Development Department has issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to answer questions regarding Housing Notice H-2015-04, Methodology for Completing a Multifamily Housing Utility Analysis that was issued in June. 

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Commissioner Jesson, Speaker Daudt Join LeadingAge Minnesota at Annual Meeting

We were pleased to have two of the state’s foremost leaders in public policy -- Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), and Representative Kurt Daudt, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives -- join us for a candid conversation at Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum last week. In their comments to members, both acknowledged the overhaul of the new payment system for senior care as a time for new opportunities and said long term care needs to remain at the table for all efforts related to policy, funding and quality.

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Angela Brown, Mike Stordahl Elected to Board of Directors

Angela Brown and Mike Stordahl will join the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors as Directors-At-Large for a three-year term beginning in 2016.   

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Baer, Dahlquist, Fuglie and Robertson Receive Honorary Memberships

LeadingAge Minnesota annually bestows honorary memberships to members who have retired following a career in aging services and served as exemplary leaders within the Association. At this year’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum, four retired members received honorary memberships: Paul Baer, Dana Dahlquist, Dwight Fuglie and Barry Robertson.

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Annual Meeting Focuses on Performance Excellence

From the opening keynote and President’s Remarks through nearly all of our education sessions, performance excellence was a consistent theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum.

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Raw, Brinkman and Klassen Recognized for Board Service

During this year’s Annual Business Meeting, LeadingAge Minnesota recognized three members who will complete their board terms in 2015: Carol Raw, Vice President for Senior Services, St. Francis Health Services; Christy Brinkman, Senior Administrative Leader, Essentia Health; and Sue Klassen, recently retired CEO of Mahnomen Health Services.

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Sen. Lourey and Rep. Schomacker Named Public Officials of the Year

LeadingAge Minnesota named Senator Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) and Representative Joe Schomacker (GOP-Luverne) as its 2015 Public Officials of the Year.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Presents Spirit of Advocacy Awards

Carol Raw, Vice President for Senior Services, St. Francis Health Services received the Spirit of Advocacy Award from LeadingAge Minnesota during last week’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum. The award is given to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to advocacy on behalf of long term care, aging Minnesotans and the people who provide them with care.

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A Three Hour Cruise? Register for Minnesota Night at LeadingAge Annual Meeting

LeadingAge Minnesota members attending the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Boston have a special night in store! This year’s event is a reception and dinner aboard the Seaport Elite Private Yacht.

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State Reaches Milestone in SIM Work

The State Innovation Model (SIM) Task Forces formed a Data Analytics workgroup about a year ago to develop recommendations and identify top priority components focusing on the “what, why and how” of aligning data analytics among healthcare organizations throughout Minnesota. Last week, they reached a significant milestone in their journey to standardize and simplify health care administrative processes when the Administrative Uniformity Committee (AUC) voted to support the work of the task force in standardizing one of its priority components.

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Coalition for Quality Care Report is Misleading

The Coalition for Quality Care (CQC) last week called for tougher nursing home enforcement based on an analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data that claims to show nursing homes with repeat violations of the same quality of care standards three years in a row. While we agree nursing homes should be held accountable if they don’t correct deficiencies, we find this report to be inaccurate and misleading.

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Elderly Waiver Reform Work Begins

LeadingAge Minnesota remains focused on reforming and improving the Elderly Waiver program. During the last legislative session, we were able to secure one aspect of reform that included re-linking nursing facility rates to Elderly Waiver Caps. However, there is still much work to be done to ensure Minnesota seniors can stay in home and community-based settings for as long as possible.

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Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts Regional Forum on Health & Housing

The Bipartisan Policy Center is hosting a Health & Housing Task Force Regional Forum on Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. The event is free.

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Minnesota Night at LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Boston is Nov. 2

LeadingAge Minnesota members attending the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Boston have a special night in store! This year’s Minnesota Night is a reception and dinner aboard the Seaport Elite Private Yacht. 

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Past, Present & Future of Long Term Care Focus of MMDA Fall Conference

A reflective and prospective look at long term care will be the focus of this year’s Minnesota Medical Directors Association Fall Conference. Long Term Care – The Past, The Present and The Future takes place Oct. 22-23 at the Medina Golf & Country Club in Medina. 

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Lakeland Hospice Coordinates 3rd Annual Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day

Without a doubt, Harmon Killebrew’s spirit for hospice lives on in the nearly 1,600 people who attended the Aug. 29 Twins game on behalf of the 3rd Annual Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day at Target Field.

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Federal Update: Budget, Policy, Rulemaking & Court Decisions

While decisions in Congress do not made get fast or easily, there is some activity taking place in the area of Medicare, Older Adult Americans Act funding, adult day programs and observation days. There is also action on the regulatory front with proposed rulemaking and court decisions that will impact long term care. For more information, see the detailed Federal Update from LeadingAge.  

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