News Archives

May 2016 Archives

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

Legislative Review & Advocacy Update

The Minnesota Legislature has adjourned for 2016. In the end, this session -- as Gayle Kvenvold said in her President’s Message yesterday -- will most likely be defined by what didn’t happen rather than what was accomplished.

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New FLSA Rule Raises Minimum Salary Thresholds for Exemption from Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) last week published its final rule on overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The changes, which will become effective on Dec. 1, 2016, will likely have a significant impact on senior care providers and providers will need to assess which of their employees will be affected. 

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Change. It’s Happening. Find Out More at District Meetings

The current regulatory and payment environment for care centers and senior housing will see changes in the year ahead as the result of new regulations, initiatives and market forces. You don't want to miss our District Meetings, which begin next week, as we will review these changes and discuss what you should be doing to best prepare for them.

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CMS Responds to LeadingAge MN Concerns About New Settings Construction & HCBS Settings Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) responded to concerns raised by LeadingAge Minnesota on the department’s guidance regarding new settings construction and the Home and Community-Based Services Settings rule.

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Sick Leave Proposals Advance in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Minneapolis stands poised to pass an ordinance at the end of the week requiring all businesses that have employees who work in Minneapolis to offer paid sick leave, making it the first city in Minnesota to enact such a law. At the same time, a working group in St. Paul will wrap up its work this week as it finalizes its report to the City Council regarding recommendations for a mandatory sick leave ordinance for the City. 

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What Providers with VA Contracts Need to Know about Paid Sick Leave Executive Order

Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers with Veterans Affairs contracts should aware of impending regulations that resulted from Executive Order 13706 (EO13706), which requires all government contractors and their subcontractors provide their employees working on the contract paid sick leave.

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Augustana Care receives Eureka! Innovation Award

Augustana Care was recently honored with a Eureka! Innovation Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The awards recognize game-changing companies that are launching new product and services that ultimately influence how people do business.

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Survey Says: Consumers Want to Receive Care at Home, and 1/3 Think Medicare Will Pay for It

More than one-third of Americans still think Medicare will cover their long term care needs, according to a recent survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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FINAL CALL FOR FEEDBACK: Complete You Member Value Survey Today

You have just a few more days to complete our Member Value Survey. The survey closes on June 1.

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No Change in GRH Rate, Statewide Template Update

The annual re-calculation of the Group Residential Housing rate that covers rent and raw food for eligible participants resulted in no change to the rate this year. The current rate of $891 will remain in place July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

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Senior Living NOW! is July 21 – Now Open for Registration

Join us on July 21 for Senior Living NOW – a full day devoted to all things senior housing. This year’s conference kicks off with the keynote address “How to WOW Your Customers and Create a Place Everyone Wants to Be” by Rob Bell. 

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Leadership Academy Fellows Begin Year of Engagement and Growth

The 2016-17 Class of Leadership Academy began its year-long journey together on May 17 and 18 at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights. Thirty-three fellows comprise the program cohort, representing a group diverse in professional focus, geography, organization size and years in service.

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Sholom Auxiliary Hosts Food for Your Soul 2016

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have dinner with a chef, food critic or restaurant entrepreneur? If so, you won’t want to miss Food for your Soul, a one-of-a-kind dinner party and unique fundraising event sponsored by Sholom Auxiliary that takes place on Thursday, June 16.

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Good News, Bad News in Proposed 2017 HUD Appropriations

There is some good news and a bit of bad news in the proposed FY2017 HUD appropriations legislation that is advancing in Congress. First the good news:

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Dementia Care Certificate Program in Full Swing

The exceptional Dementia Care Certificate program, developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota, continues on June 3 with the webinar “The Appropriate Use of Medication.”

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Bulletins Issued Regarding “New” Housing with Services Requirements

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued instructional bulletins on the four additions to Chapter 144D - Housing with Services (HWS) Establishments that passed in the 2015 legislative session and were to be implemented by January 2016. Home Care surveys and Housing with Services application and renewal processes will be amended to review for compliance with the requirements beginning January 2017.

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Question of the Week: Can we collect a security deposit from a GRH recipient?

While historically, guidance on Group Residential Housing (GRH) has said security deposits were not allowed, a recent review by the State’s legal team determined GRH policies DO NOT prohibit landlords from charging a security deposit.  

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2016 Home Care Nurse Managers Certificate Program Begins June 28

The highly anticipated once-a-year certificate program for clinical managers in home care begins June 28 and is now open for registration.

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Learning, Giving Back, Celebrating: Nurse Leaders Multitask at Leadership Symposium

Thirty nurse leaders who attended the second session of our Nursing Leadership Symposium series learned how critical their leadership is in the operation of the organization, outcomes for the residents, management of personnel, and creating safe and satisfying work environments. 

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Tick Tock! With Days to Go in the Legislative Session, Will Anything Get Done?

With just five days to go in the legislative session, lawmakers are quickly running out of time and many are already wondering whether 2016 will go down as a “do nothing session.”

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Workforce, Standards & Credentialing: An Interview with James Balda, President & CEO, Argentum

As part of its Leadership Series, Senior Housing News recently profiled Argentum President and CEO James Balda. LeadingAge Minnesota is the state affiliate of Argentum, the leading national trade association serving companies that own, operate and support professionally-managed senior living communities.

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Don’t Delay. Register Today! Workforce Solutions Conference is Next Week

More than 200 people are already registered to attend next week’s Workforce Solutions Conference and there is still time to register. 

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Dementia Care Certificate Program Continues

This sixth annual Dementia Care Certificate Program continues in June with several webinars that will be of interest to a variety of staff. They include:

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Is Transportation Impacting Your Ability to Serve Clients?

The Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Human Services are convening a second round of stakeholder workshops to better understand and coordinate public transit and human services transportation activities. 

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Senior Living NOW! Coming Soon

Save the date and watch your mail for the 2016 Senior Living NOW! conference brochure. The July 21 event is devoted solely to all things senior housing – from hospitality to sales training to granny cams and just about everything in between. Now in a new location – the beautiful Marriott Hotel Southwest in Minnetonka – and streamlined to one day packed with great sessions and even greater networking.   

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The Evolving Role of the CFO

The evolving role of the Chief Financial Officer in senior living communities was the subject of a recent interview in Senior Housing News.

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Salary Survey 2016 Forms Available

The opportunity to determine the competitiveness of your compensation program in this dynamic job market is at your fingertips. Members are reminded to complete our 2016 Annual Salary Survey.

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New Authorization and Billing Codes for EW Customized Living Effective July 1

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is changing the authorization and billing codes from monthly to daily for Elderly Waiver (EW) Customized Living and Adult Foster Care Services. The new daily codes and calculated rates for dates of service must be used for services beginning July 1, 2016.

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In Memoriam: John Thompson

John Thompson, a leader in the field of aging services who was recognized as an innovator and champion of residents’ dignity and freedom, passed away last weekend.

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Advocacy Underway for Spousal Impoverishment Protections for HCBS

Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Governor Mark Dayton met with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday to request Minnesota be allowed to continue its current policy related to spousal impoverishment protections for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers for those 65 and under (CADI, DD, BI and CAC).  

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