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December 2015 Archives

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

It’s Movie Time: Are You in Compliance with Copyright Law?

Before you host your community’s next movie night, we encourage you to revisit copyright guidelines to ensure you are in compliance with the law and avoid a hefty penalty.

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CMS Needs Input on New Anti-Kickback Provisions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input on the creation of new anti-kickback safe harbor provisions and fraud alerts. The new provisions will address a broad statute of the Social Security Act that imposes criminal penalties on those who defraud federal healthcare programs.

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Three Care Centers Apply for Moratorium Exceptions Process Funding

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced three care centers have applied for moratorium exceptions projects. All three care centers are LeadingAge Minnesota members, and we are pleased to see them taking the lead on making improvements to enhance the resident experience. The full list of proposals is below: 

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Happy New Year!

As 2015 comes to a close, we wish you a Happy New Year! We are motivated by all that we accomplished together in 2015 and welcome 2016 with a spirit of optimism. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead as we continue to meet our mission to transform and enhance the experience of aging. 

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New Housing with Services Requirements Start Jan. 1

In 2014, the Housing with Services Contract Act was amended to include dementia care training requirements, continuing education requirements for housing managers and emergency planning training requirements. All three requirements become effective Jan. 1, 2016.

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Adult Day Services: Meeting the Needs of Family Caregivers

Nearly 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50 have a parent age 65 or older. Having an aging parent while still raising or supporting children presents challenges not faced by other adults, such as caregiving and financial and emotional support.

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MDH Report Highlights Senior Care Drug Diversions

Drug diversions in health care facilities accounted for about 20 percent of the 141 substantiated allegations of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of vulnerable adults between July 2013 and June 2014, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

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Institute Early Bird Registration Deadline is Jan. 8

The 2016 LeadingAge Minnesota Institute is just six weeks away. Early Bird Registration ends on Friday, Jan. 8. The organizational fees increase by $100 after that date. Register your team now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration.

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Care Centers: Apply for On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program

Nursing homes with electronic health records are invited to participate in the On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program (OTPP) for 12 months beginning in March 2016. Only 50 nursing homes will be accepted into the program. 

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House GOP Continues Focus on Quality of Life for Aging Minnesotans

Minnesota House Republicans this week unveiled the Caring for the Aging, Retiring and Elderly (CARE) Act, a package of proposals aimed at improving the quality of life for Minnesota's aging population. The proposals are designed to relieve the financial burdens on families who are planning for their long term care needs and to help grow Minnesota's long term care workforce.

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HCBS Partners Panel Reviews Reform 2020 Progress

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Partners Panel met last week to provide a public overview and update on the elements and implementation of Reform 2020. Reform 2020 is designed to meet the challenges of rising MA costs and growing demand while developing new ways of operating with the goal of having successful models be expanded and in place by 2020.

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Representative Slocum Visits Mainstreet Village

LeadingAge Minnesota members continue to host lawmakers each week to help bolster our legislative champions at the State Capitol and showcase the many ways we serve seniors. Representative Linda Slocum (DFL–Richfield) last week toured Mainstreet Village of Richfield, an Avinity housing with services organization that provides independent senior living, assisted living and memory care to seniors.

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Take the Savings & Solution Center Survey

The LeadingAge Minnesota Savings & Solution Center is seeking your feedback to better serve our members and meet their group purchasing and insurance needs. Please take a few minutes to complete this quick survey. Your feedback is very important, and will be used to shape and guide the work of the Savings & Solution Center and its product offerings in the year ahead. 

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Congress Increases Funding for Housing and HCBS

Some senior housing and home and community-based services programs received higher allocations in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill recently passed by Congress than what was proposed earlier this year. 

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New ACA Compliance Bulletins Available from Hanratty & Associates

Hanratty & Associates has provided two new bulletins to address significant tax changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that were included in the federal budget passed by Congress last week and to clarify certain aspects of affordability determination of the employer-shared responsibility rules.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from LeadingAge Minnesota! As 2015 comes to an end, we celebrate our members and their staff who help make Minnesota the best state in the nation for long term services and support. We appreciate the work you do to provide quality care, compassion and companionship to aging Minnesotans each and every day of the year. 

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Care Center Response Needed: 2016 Legislative Survey

The Long Term Care Imperative’s annual legislative survey was mailed last week to all care center members. We strongly encourage you to participate in the survey this year, as it is designed to collect key information supporting the need and effectiveness of the new Value-Based Reimbursement payment system.

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Food Code: Side by Side Comparison Now Available

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently issued side-by-side documents comparing the current Minnesota Food Code with the most recent Revisor's version of the draft proposed language. Please note the middle column lists the codes for the basic changes made to each rule section.

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Assisted Living Finder Update: User Review Pilot Program

As part of the new Assisted Living Finder, which launched earlier this year on MinnesotaHelp.info, there will be a section of the website for individuals to review providers of these services. Before going live with these reviews, the Minnesota Board on Aging is launching a User Review Pilot Program to test the consumer review section.

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Family Caregiver Services Expanded under Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) released a bulletin clarifying service options available to support family caregivers under the Elderly Waiver (EW) and Alternative Care (AC) programs and to announce the addition of Family Memory Care services.

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Elim-Princeton Hosts Holiday Party, Thank You Event for Area Lawmakers

Elim Care and Rehab Center – Princeton staff, families and elders gathered on Sunday, Dec. 13 to celebrate Christmas and publicly thank Senator Dave Brown and Representative Sondra Erickson for their tireless work on Elim’s resident’s behalf. 

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Federal Update: Budget Deal Reached, Adult Day Legislation Advances

As the year comes to an end, Congress is working on finalizing details of the 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill and we are seeing some progress in the advancement of legislation that would specifically benefit adult day services providers.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Older Adults in Care Centers & Senior Housing

During the holiday season, people often wonder about type of present to give a loved one who resides in a care center or senior housing. A gift for an older adult is easy to select if you know a little about the person’s hobbies and preferences. Most items are inexpensive, and the gratitude they will feel on receiving the gift is priceless. For more information, visit Family Resources – Holiday Gift Ideas.

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Register Today: January District Meetings

Plans are in full swing for our January District Meetings. Our first program of the New Year will preview the upcoming legislative session, drill down into the 2015 cost reports for care centers, and provide a detailed overview of tenant/landlord rights and best practices to respond to common requests in housing settings.

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Be the Difference at 2016 Institute: Community Service Project Benefits Local Seniors, Caregivers

LeadingAge Minnesota is hosting an on-site community service project during the 2016 Institute and invite members' involvement. Join us and our local partner Matter to fight poverty, obesity and diabetes by expanding access to healthy and nutritious food.

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Survey Results Support Adult Day Programs to Meet Needs of Older Adults and their Families

Recent survey findings from the Minnesota Board on Aging are indicative of the rising need and support for adult day services in the state.

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Board on Aging Releases Survey of Older Minnesotans

Older Minnesotans are working longer, relying more on family and spouses for care, and expect savings or private insurance to pay for long term services and supports, according to the 2015 Survey of Older Minnesotans released by the Minnesota Board on Aging.

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In Memory: Dave Sorbel

It is with heavy heart I note the passing of a long time member and dear friend Dave Sorbel. Dave passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13.

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MedPAC Recommends Nursing Home Payment Rate Freeze

To address what it believes as excessive levels of Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities, the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee is proposing a freeze on market-basket updates for nursing homes in 2017 and 2018.

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GAO Calls on CMS to Improve Data and Oversight of Nursing Home Quality

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue to improve data and oversight of nursing home quality.

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