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July 2016 Archives

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

Jessica Weisbrich, Oak Hills Living Center, Named Certified Dietary Manager of the Year

Jessica Weisbrich, Dietician at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, recently won the 2015 National Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) of the Year Award. Jessica was recognized at the Annual Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals (ANFP) Conference in Indianapolis. 

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Jocelyn Schowalter Retires from Wilder Foundation

Jocelyn Schowalter, Director of Wilder Community Services for Aging, will retire from her distinguished career on Aug. 1.

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Member Feedback Needed on Proposed Housing Supportive Services for People with Disabilities

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Housing and Support Services Division will host public stakeholder meetings in August to gather feedback on how to provide housing assistance and housing supportive services for people with disabilities.

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Advocate Today: Share Your Story Regarding HCBS Settings Rule

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule listing criteria that must be met by HCBS settings in which Medicaid/Medical Assistance (MA) waiver services are provided. We need your help in sharing how your HCBS setting enables people to remain in their communities.

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Early Bird Registration Approaching for Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum

Early Bird Registration ends in three weeks for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum, which takes place Sept. 20-23 at Madden’s in Brainerd.

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State Minimum Wage Increases to $9.50 on Aug. 1

The state’s minimum wage will increase to $9.50 beginning Monday, Aug. 1. The state’s largest employers must pay at least $9.50 an hour, while smaller businesses must pay $7.75.

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Institute 2017: Call for Presentations Deadline is Aug. 1

The Call for Presentations deadline for the 2017 Institute is Monday, Aug. 1. Don’t delay. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to present an education session at one of the must-attend events for aging services professionals each year.

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Senior Living NOW Featured Speaker Offers Affordable Housing Management Resources

LeadingAge Director of Housing Operations, Colleen Bloom, offered timely updates relative to affordable senior housing at last week’s Senior Living NOW conference. In addition to detailing senior housing priorities and recent victories in Congress, she shared the latest HUD recommendations to properties which include:

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Act Fast, Limited Space Available: Join the Nursing Home C. difficile Initiative

The Lake Superior Quality Improvement Network (QIN) and the Minnesota Department of Health invite Minnesota nursing homes to join a free collaborative on tracking and preventing C. difficile infections.

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Big Changes on the Way for Affordable Housing Rental Assistance Programs

A bill recently approved by Congress will make significant changes to rental assistance programs, benefitting residents and owners. The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will help increase the number of affordable housing units and streamline the operations of existing federally-subsidized affordable housing. 

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Bill to Increase Allocation of Federal Tax Credits Could Drive Affordable Housing Production

New legislation introduced in Congress would help affordable housing developers and owners increase their ability to leverage private capital financing to address the rising need for low-income housing units.

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Radar Screens Help You Prepare for Regulatory Changes Headed Your Way

We previewed our latest tool to help you prepare for regulatory changes coming your way at June District Meeting and Senior Living NOW, and now our Radar Screens are available to members on our web site.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Caregiver Scholarship Recipients Announced

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is excited to announce that 20 caregivers have been selected to receive scholarships to advance their professional development and realize opportunities for career growth in the aging services field.

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High Service, Affordable Living: How to Meet Middle Income Housing Needs

Recent data released by Plante Moran Living Forward shows that people over age 62 have less assets, creating a greater need for senior housing that is more affordable to the middle income population.

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Engagement in Activities Focus of Upcoming Dementia Care Certificate Workshop

Adapting activities based on the level of cognitive impairment for individuals and clients with dementia can be a challenge. Our next workshop in the 2016 Dementia Care Certificate Program will help you implement practical approaches to better engage individuals and clients with dementia.

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What’s Slowing Down Senior Living Move-Ins?

A consumer spends about 46 days searching for a senior living solution, according to newly released data from A Place for Mom. There are many factors that contribute to the length of search, and marketing teams should take these into consideration as they improve their efforts to make a consumer’s decision easier and faster.

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Are you Prepared for your Comprehensive Home Care Survey?

Compiling a Survey Readiness Binder is an effective method of survey preparation, as well as a way to demonstrate your understanding of the requirements, your organized systems and your professionalism when surveyors arrive. Conducting mock surveys will also help you identify any areas where further development is needed and increase your awareness of regulatory requirements and the survey process. 

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Help with Dementia Behaviors from Industry Experts – Aug. 2-3

While we don’t like to label them as such, so-called dementia-related “behaviors” are the #1 challenge faced by caregivers in any setting. Knowing how to respond and what to do in the moment can be difficult for even the most seasoned caregiver.

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Adult Day Providers – Build Your Financial Expertise Workshop is Aug. 10

Adult Day Services providers take note. You have a tremendous opportunity to learn operational techniques strategies that will vastly improve the financial well-being of your program. Attend the first ever Building Your Financial Expertise Workshop for Adult Day on Oct. 10 for a day of learning customized to the adult day provider.

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DHS Releases New Comprehensive Policy Bulletin on Elderly Waiver Residential Services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued the revised Comprehensive Policy on Elderly Waiver (EW) Residential Services, Bulletin #16-25-02. The new bulletin remains consistent with information covered in the previous bulletin (#14-25-06) with several additions. 

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Dementia Friendly Community Funding Available

ACT on Alzheimer’s is seeking applications to fund up to six new communities interested in engaging in a dementia-readiness process to help create informed, safe and respectful communities that foster quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families. 

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Saint Paul Advances Proposal for Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Saint Paul is moving forward with recommendations by a city task force to require employers to provide workers with paid sick and safe time for their employees working in the city of Saint Paul. Earlier this year, Minneapolis adopted a citywide ordinance, which will take effect next year, and the City of Duluth recently announced that it would begin a process to consider a similar ordinance.

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HCBS Settings Rule: Planning New Construction? Contact DHS

If you are planning new construction of an assisted living or adult day program that may be presumed to have institutional qualities under the new Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule, the Minnesota Department of Human Services wants to hear from you.

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Congressman Peterson Introduces Bill to Slow Overtime Changes

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would phase in the new $47,476 salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility over three years. The new threshold, which is effective Dec. 1, is causing concern among employers, particularly in senior living, who say they need more time to adapt to the final rule.

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Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum: Be the Difference

The 2016 Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum is Sept. 20-23 at Madden’s in Brainerd. The annual leadership conference continues the theme Be the Difference by delivering expert and forward-thinking sessions on strategic visioning, market trends, and effective change management. Early Bird registration deadline is Aug. 19. 

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RECALL NOTICE: Oral Liquid Docusate Sodium by PharmaTech Contaminated with B. Cepacia

PharmaTech, LLC is voluntarily recalling all non-expired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium solution distributed by Rugby Laboratories, as the product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia (B. Cepacia), a bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states.

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Senator Franken Continues Push to Improve Health Care for Rural Americans

U.S. Senator Al Franken introduced a legislative package to address several of the barriers that rural America faces when it comes to health care, including ensuring rural residents have access to the health services they need, helping rural health care providers recruit and retain skilled workers, and increasing the quality of care delivered in rural communities.

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Moratorium Exceptions Process Application Materials Available

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released the application materials for this year’s round of the nursing facility moratorium exceptions process. Care centers interested in applying should review and complete all of the application materials and return them to MDH by Dec. 14.

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Coming Soon: Second Round of HCBS Scholarship Program

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) plans to open the second round of grant applications for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Scholarship Program in the first or second week of August.

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Billing University for Care Centers is Aug. 10-11

The annual Billing University for Care Centers is Aug. 10 and 11. Register new and seasoned business office staff for this in-depth training to effectively capture appropriate revenue and reimbursement for services provided. New information is added each year to its core curriculum to stay current with the long-term care community. For more information, see Billing University

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