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October 2015 Archives

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

We Need Your Opinion: Take Our Newsletter Survey

There is still time to take our newsletter survey. We need your feedback on our weekly Advantage and Education Solutions newsletters to make sure we are delivering the most up-to-date, relevant and useful content to you. Our questions not only ask about what you want to read, but how you want to receive that information.

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Member Boards Meet to Discuss New Payment System, Community Messaging

Throughout October, board members and leadership teams of our member organizations attended regional meetings to discuss the features and impact of the new nursing facility payment system.

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Chair of House Aging Committee Continues Statewide Tour

Representative Joe Schomacker (GOP-Luverne), Chair of the House Committee on Aging and Long Term, completed his tour of senior care providers around the state this week, meeting with more than 33 providers representing the entire spectrum of senior care from adult day, home care and housing with services to care centers. Local lawmakers from each community joined Rep. Schomacker at each stop on the tour.

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Survey Trends in Assisted Living Home Care

Our review of the 127 Comprehensive Home Care License Surveys posted by the Minnesota Department of Health from July to September revealed some new trends. Noticeable were deficiency tags being cited during this period of time with greater frequency than had been for the prior months. These tags include:

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Assisted Living Finder User Review Pilot Program Launches Dec. 1

LeadingAge Minnesota met with the Minnesota Board on Aging this week to learn more about the User Review Pilot Program for the new Assisted Living Finder. The purpose of the User Review Pilot Program, which is expected to launch Dec. 1, is to test the consumer review section of the Finder for six months before going live.

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Call for Participation: Cabinets, Councils and Committees

Looking to make a direct impact on the future of long term care and enhance your relationships with fellow leaders in the field of aging services? We are currently seeking member participation in our Cabinets, Councils and Committees.

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Minneapolis Working Families Agenda Hits a Speedbump

A controversial set of proposals called the Minneapolis Working Families Agenda that had been introduced at the beginning of the summer in the City of Minneapolis has been slowly pared down, and now the last-remaining piece -- mandatory sick leave -- has been put on a slower track and will likely not be taken up by the full city council until 2016. 

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Workforce: DEED Awards Health Care Job Training Grant

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) last week awarded Rochester Community and Technical College $303,537 to train 289 health care employees of Comfort Health, Rochester; Spring Valley Senior Living, Spring Valley; and Pine Haven, Pine Island. Adam Suomala, Vice President of Membership and Strategic Affiliations, provided the keynote address at the grant signing ceremony.

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Adult Day: MADSA Merger Creates Powerful Advocacy and Awareness Force

During last week’s Minnesota Adult Day Services Association annual conference, we took the final step in merging our two Associations to create a powerful advocacy and awareness force in Minnesota. As a result of the merger, our combined membership will represent 94 percent of adult day providers across the state.

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Representative Yarusso visits Scandia Shores

LeadingAge Minnesota continues to host weekly tours with lawmakers at our member communities around the state. Last week, Scandia Shores graciously hosted Representative Barb Yarusso (DFL-Shoreview). Scandia Shores is an independent senior living residence with Avinity Home Care available onsite to their residents.

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The Flu and You: Get Educated. Get Vaccinated. Report Outbreaks.

It’s that time of year again: Flu Season. Now is the time to educate older adults and their caregivers on how to protect themselves against the flu. We strongly recommend members have their staff get vaccinated to help create safe and healthy work and living environments in your community.

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New Hospital Readmission Analysis Added to Nursing Home Quality Metrics

We are pleased to announce two exciting updates related to LeadingAge Quality Metrics and the new Five-Star Analysis report: A Hospital 30-day Readmission Analysis has been added as a new feature in Nursing Home Quality Metrics, and an updated 5-Star Analysis Report is now available.

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Katie Smith Sloan Named LeadingAge President and CEO

The LeadingAge Board of Directors last week unanimously approved Katie Smith Sloan as its new President and CEO. She succeeds Larry Minnix, who is retiring at the end of this year.

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Rep. Schomacker Embarks on Statewide Tour of Long Term Care

Representative Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) hit the road last week to visit senior care providers around the state. The tour will stop at 33 communities that cover the entire spectrum of care from adult day, home care and housing with services to care centers. 

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Rep. Rosenthal Visits Founder’s Ridge

Founder’s Ridge, a Presbyterian Homes and Services site located in Bloomington, hosted Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL-Edina) at their community last week as part of our ongoing advocacy tour we are hosting with state lawmakers during the legislative interim.

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Kris Neff Named Vice President/Chief Operations Director for Guardian Angels

Kris Neff has been named the new Vice President/Chief Operations Director at Guardian Angels in Elk River.

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Does Advantage Give You The Advantage? Take Our Newsletter Survey

To better serve our members, we are seeking your opinion on our two weekly newsletters – Advantage and Education Solutions. We are committed to a constant process of internal review and analysis of our communication tools, and believe one of the most productive ways to do this is to ask your opinion.

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Health Care Workforce Commission Discusses Senior Care

The Health Care Workforce Commission dedicated two hours last week to discuss long term care workforce, senior care scholarship programs and the new payment system.

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Minnesota Attorney General Seeks to Prohibit Binding Arbitration Clauses in Long Term Care

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson last week joined 14 other state attorneys to ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prohibit long term care communities from including mandatory arbitration clauses in admission contracts.  

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Reminder: Apply for Moratorium Exceptions by Dec. 9

Care center members are reminded to complete their application materials for this year’s round of nursing facility moratorium exceptions by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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Live Well at Home Grant Program Funds Projects to Help Older Adults

Services that help older adults in Minnesota stay in their homes as they age are receiving more than $7 million in funds. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the grants last week as part of a visit to the home of a client from PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.

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2015 LeadingAge Ziegler Report Profiling Growth and Change Now Available

The 2015 LeadingAge Ziegler 150 Report showcasing the significant role that our member not-for-profit organizations play in the aging services field is now available. The report presents a snapshot of the longstanding story of our member’s enlightened leadership, transformation and good work.

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September OIG Exclusions Updates Available

Each month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) updates its List of Excluded Individuals/Entities. These updates include newly excluded individuals and entities, as well as reinstatements.

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Annual Quality of Life Surveys Starting in Care Centers Soon

The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently announced the start of the 11th annual Quality of Life/Consumer Satisfaction resident interviews conducted by Vital Research. Face-to-face resident interviews in all Minnesota care centers begin this month and are expected to be completed by Dec. 18. A family member survey will be mailed on a similar timetable.

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Today is Last Day to Register for Assisted Living Home Care Conference

Registration for the 2015 Assisted Living & Home Care Conference closes today at 5 p.m. The annual conference designed for clinical professionals in Assisted Living and home care settings takes place on Oct. 21 in Saint Paul.

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Preparing for Aging Demographic Shift in the Metro Area

Join AARP Minnesota and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging for Livable Communities: Creating Great Places for People of All Ages, a forum to learn about and discuss how metro area communities are preparing for the nationwide demographic shift. The forum takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center.

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Join the LeadingAge Minnesota PAC Donor’s Circle Today

The LeadingAge Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) supports lawmakers dedicated to preserving a high quality of life for Minnesota seniors and supporting services and caregivers to meet the evolving needs of our state’s aging population. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000.

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Kvenvold Featured on Oct. 29 MinnPost Panel on Preparing for Silver Tsunami

How do we better care for Minnesota seniors without breaking the bank will be a featured discussion at an Oct. 29 MinnPost health care event. Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota will join other experts in aging as a guest panelist in what is anticipated to be an informative and interactive discussion.

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RenVilla Health Center Hosts Thank You & Educational Event for Representative Miller

The RenVilla Health Center in Renville last week invited Representative Tim Miller to a thank you and educational event with their residents and staff to show appreciation for his strong and unwavering support of Senior Care Reimbursement Reform.

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Minneapolis Mayor Dials Back Working Families Agenda

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges today announced the Working Families Agenda will not be headed for a city council vote this year. Citing concerns raised by the business community and the need to have greater consensus before moving forward, Hodges said that she and some city council members will now focus on the proposed sick leave requirements.

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