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March 2016 Archives

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

Ebenezer Tower Apartments Hosts Rep. Clark and Councilmember Warsame

Ebenezer Tower Apartments invited Representative Karen Clark and Minneapolis City Councilmember Abdi Warsame to their community last week to meet with residents, staff and guests and see the newly- renovated building.

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Standard Statewide GRH Contract Language Coming Soon

The promised standard statewide Group Residential Housing (GRH) Contract Language is currently under review at the Minnesota Department of Human Services with a planned implementation date for July 2016.

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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Advances in Congress

A bill to strengthen support services of seniors and their caregivers could soon be signed into law. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 last week, and the Senate is expected to approve the amended bill.

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St. Benedict’s Senior Community Residents Celebrate Winter in Style

Winter Celebration festivities filled the care center at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in February as a winter wonderland was perfectly staged for residents, patients, guests and employees.

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Member Feedback Needed on Assisted Living Home Care Nurse Leader Meetings

LeadingAge Minnesota is conducting a survey to evaluate the meeting effectiveness of the regional meetings for assisted living home care nurse leaders. We would appreciate every home care nurse leader take a few minutes to complete the brief survey that was sent to the attention of the assisted living manager yesterday. Survey responses are due April 11.

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New Mini-Certificate Program Meets State Requirements for Dementia Care Training

LeadingAge Minnesota’s highly acclaimed Dementia Care Certificate Program features a new element this year. Participants can earn a mini-certificate by completing four sessions to meet the new state mandated dementia care training requirements for home care agency and assisted living/housing with services staff.

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Issue Spotlight: Paid Family and Medical Leave

A statewide coalition of working families, faith communities, labor and nonprofit organizations kicked off a campaign earlier this year to push for paid family leave for all working Minnesotans. DFL lawamkers have made it a top-priority issue for this legislative session, and a proposal to provide all Minnesota workers up to 24 weeks of paid leave a year (12 weeks for medical leave and 12 weeks for pregnancy leave) has been working its way through the legislative process.

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HCBS Increase Advances at Capitol

The Best Life Alliance bill that provides a five percent increase for Home and Community-Based Services passed its first legislative hurdles and met a key committee deadline.

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Working Group on Elderly Waiver Reform Begins Design Work

One of our top policy priorities is to develop a proposal to reform the state’s Elderly Waiver program so that it more adequately covers the cost of care and incentivizes quality improvement. Our goal is to develop a proposal to discuss with legislative candidates during the election cycle later this year and to introduce a reform bill in the 2017 legislative session. 

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Welcome New Members

LeadingAge Minnesota continues to grow as a diverse and statewide cohort of individuals and organizations working together to transform and enhance the experience of aging. Our Board of Directors in February formally approved the following new members: 

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Senator Kent Eken Encourages Caregivers During Visit to Detroit Lakes

Senator Kent Eken visited Essentia Health Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes in late February to meet with caregivers and see the benefits of the new care center payment system.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Members Attend PEAK Leadership Summit

LeadingAge Minnesota members last week attended the annual LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. PEAK offers an opportunity for senior care providers and business leaders to network with peers across the county, learn about the big picture issues facing LeadingAge members and meet with Minnesota’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.

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Issue Spotlight: Mayo Hospital Proposes Changes to Swing Bed Law

It appears a bill proposing changes to Minnesota’s swing bed law will be debated at the State Capitol this legislative session. While we have not seen the final bill language as of the publication deadline for this week’s Advantage, we do have concerns with the legislation that we have shared with the hospital system bringing it forward and one of the bill authors. The following article provides an update on this issue, including a request for members to contact their lawmakers to share their concerns regarding this legislation.

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Staff Comments Can Now Be Submitted to the Finder User Review

The User Review section of the new Assisted Living Finder on MinnesotaHelp.info is being expanded for the remainder of the pilot project to include comments from staff of assisted living communities.

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Cyber Crime Solution

In today’s black market, healthcare data is up to 50 times more valuable than credit card data. The Cyber Liability Insurance Program (CLIP) from the LeadingAge Minnesota Savings & Solution Center will help members protect their data and reduce their risk of financial loss due to breaches of sensitive patient, employee and corporate information.

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Reemo Designs Technology To Give Seniors Independence

The rapidly growing aging population, a declining workforce in long term care, and consumer preference to remain independent for as long as possible in their homes is mandating a new way to deliver quality services and supports to aging Minnesotans. Reemo, one of the newest partners in the LeadingAge Savings & Solutions Center is designing technology to give seniors independence, improve their wellness and stay socially connected. 

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Survey Trends Identify Ongoing Compliance Issues in Home Care and Assisted Living

The Home Care and Assisted Living Comprehensive provider survey results from the past three months reflect the same trends in the tag numbers most frequently cited in 2015. To provide members with a better understanding of these trends and resources to help them be compliant, we are featuring a three-part series in Advantage on Survey Tag Trends and Resources.

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Record Attendance at Day at the Capitol Event

Over 130 residents, caregivers and senior care providers joined LeadingAge Minnesota on Monday for our annual Day at the Capitol – a record turnout for this event!

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Nursing Facility PIPP Proposals Due March 31

Care center members have just one week to submit proposals for the Nursing Facility Performance-Based Incentive Payments (PIPP) program. Proposals are due by midnight on March 31. 

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Care Center Occupancy Declines in 2015

Occupancy rates across all care centers were at an historic low in 2015, according to an analysis of data from the Long Term Care Imperative Occupancy Survey. 

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Functional Assessment Technology Can Reduce Rehospitalizations: New Toolkit Available

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) updated its Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring toolkit, adding six new products to the online selection tool and product matrix, a new case study, and a new interactive guide to help providers better understand and select such technologies. 

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Do You Have a New Payment System Story? We’ll Help You Tell It!

Meghan in Perham is becoming an LPN thanks to a full nursing facility scholarship. St. Benedict’s provided wage increases and a better benefits package with lower premiums. St. John Lutheran Home reinstated its pension plan matching contribution, hired more staff and increased wages. We are seeing the benefits of the new care center payment system across the state. Do you have a story to tell? We'll help you get the word out!

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DHS Seeking Proposals for Live Well at Home Grants

Members interested in funding to strengthen their ability to provide affordable long term services and supports to aging Minnesotans should participate in an April 7 Responder’s Conference for the upcoming round of the Live Well at Home Grant Program.

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LeadingAge and Volunteers of America Launch Senior Advocacy Program

LeadingAge and Volunteers of America have launched a new grassroots movement organized to give America’s seniors a greater voice in public policy. Seniors Action Network will recruit, educate and train senior advocates to help increase public awareness of issues and policies that affect their lives. 

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Coming Soon: New Quality Initiatives Led by Director of Quality & Performance Excellence

Plans are well underway for several new quality initiatives we are launching in 2016. As we referenced in our Jan. 13 Advantage article, leading our quality efforts this year will be a new Director of Quality and Performance Excellence at LeadingAge Minnesota.

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Consumer Reviews Needed for HCBS Finder Pilot Project

The Minnesota Board on Aging this week mailed postcards to Assisted Living and Housing with Services providers to encourage clients to write a view on MinnesotaHelp.info during the trial stage of the new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Finder.

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Member Input Needed on Food Code Small Business Impacts Survey

LeadingAge Minnesota members who employ 49 or fewer employees are encouraged to complete the Small Business Impacts Survey to inform the state agencies in charge of the proposed new Minnesota Food Code of probable costs under the rule revisions. 

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Governor Dayton Releases Budget Recommendations

An increased investment in home and community-based services failed to make Governor Mark Dayton’s priority list this session. In his supplemental budget proposal released on Tuesday, the Governor proposes to spend $698 million of the $900 million budget surplus. A majority of the funding is targeted for broadband infrastructure, education, tax credits for working families and racial equity programs.

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LeadingAge Announces Webinar on New Quality Measures

As we reported last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced the addition of six new Quality Measures to Nursing Home Compare in April and the incorporation of five of the six new measures into the Five-Star rating system beginning in July. To help care center members understand and prepare for this change, LeadingAge is offering a free webinar that will:

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Minneapolis Workgroup Sick Leave Recommendations Move to City Council

The Minneapolis Workplace Partnership Group voted on Monday to approve a proposal that recommends the Minneapolis City Council adopt a mandatory paid sick time ordinance.  

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