News Archives

October 2016 Archives

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

CMS Announces Online Training for Phase 1 Implementation of New Nursing Home Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey & Certification letter this week announcing that online training relating to the new Requirements of Participation for skilled nursing facilities will be available Nov. 18. 

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Predicting the Next Decade in Senior Living

The results are in! The seven major themes that emerged from responses to an Argentum survey designed to develop a snapshot of senior living providers, challenges and opportunities in the year 2025 are: 

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Person’s Experience Assessment Will Validate Provider Delivery Under New HCBS Settings Rule

In this week’s update on the new requirements of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, we provide an overview of the Person’s Experience Assessment. This assessment is a new initiative that will be used annually by case managers to validate provider services for anyone who receives services under Medicaid waivered programs.

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Updated OSHA Guidelines Target Workplace Safety, Health

New guidelines to help senior living operators and other employers improve safety and health in the workplace are now available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Are you FluSafe?

With the sun setting earlier and a slight chill in the air, the cold and flu season has arrived. Unvaccinated employees can pass highly contagious flu to residents, clients and fellow team members. We encourage members to take proactive steps to decrease the likelihood of an influenza outbreak in their communities.

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Quality Conference is Nov. 9-10, Nearing Sellout

The LeadingAge Minnesota Quality Conference is Nov. 9-10 in Bloomington. Attend the Quality Conference with your team to discover new and refreshed strategies to make real strides in your quality initiative. 

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New Tools Help You Select Technology to Better Coordinate Care Planning

New tools designed to help long term and post-acute care organizations select shared care planning and coordination technology are available from the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST). The portfolio of tools includes:

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Preparing for the New Requirements of Participation

We are holding five regional workshops to help members get prepared for the new Requirements of Participation for skilled care centers – the most comprehensive revisions to the requirements since 1991. The workshops provide in-depth review of the new rules, including the Phase 1 requirements that take effect on Nov. 28, 2016.

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Lifesprk Named to Fast 50 List

Lifesprk was recently named one of the Fast 50 companies by Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal.  The award recognizes the 50 fastest growing privately held companies in the Twin Cities. 

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Heath Support Specialist Program to Hold Annual Meeting at Fall Learning Lab

The Fall Learning Lab for the Health Support Specialist (HSS) program will feature its first ever annual meeting, which will focus on strategic planning updates and growth of the program. The Fall Learning Lab takes place on Oct. 24 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.

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Requirements of Participation Regional Seminars Scheduled

A series of regional full-day workshops is scheduled to help members prepare for the sweeping regulatory changes associated with the new Requirements of Participation. The program contains an in-depth review of the Requirements of Participation, interpretive guidance and survey process changes.

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Misalignment in Quality Measures Burdens Providers, Poses Risks to Value-Based Payment Models

The current misalignment in quality measures places a burden on providers and could pose a risk to the success of shifting provider payments to value-based models, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 

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Friday is Early Bird Deadline for Nov. 9-10 Quality Conference

Friday, Oct. 21 is the early bird registration deadline for our inaugural Quality Conference, Nov. 9-10 in Bloomington. This two-day event provides strategies, tools and best practices to position organizations to meet and exceed the increasing expectations around quality. Attend with your team to maximize learning and resources.

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DHS Seeks Comment from Recipients, Families on HCBS Settings Rule Transition Plan

Personalized messages from clients, residents and their families can be quite influential in the public comment process on the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, as the new federal regulations are designed to enhance the quality of care and provide additional protections to people who receive services under Medicaid.

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The Difference Between Asking Price and In-Place Rates in Senior Housing

Assisted living and independent living communities are asking for more than what they are getting for monthly rates according to a new report from the National Investment Center for Senior Housing & Care (NIC).

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Effects of Isolating Key Factor in Determining Compliance with HCBS Settings Rule

The State of Minnesota will take several factors into consideration when it comes to determining compliance with the new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule for services funded through Medicaid waivers. In addition to the two factors we covered in last week’s Advantage, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will focus on whether a setting appears to have the effects of isolating.

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The Power of Could: New Video on Reporting Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment

A new video designed to bring public awareness to the issue of maltreatment of vulnerable adults is now available from the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center. 

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Side-By-Side Comparison of New Requirements of Participation Now Available

The new Requirements of Participation contain new and revised regulations for which nursing facilities will be required to comply. To help members understand and prepare for this significant change, we have developed a side-by-side comparison that lays out the text of the current regulations as compared to the new requirements.

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Deadline Approaching for Workforce Solutions Grants

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent for our new Workforce Solutions Grant program is Friday, Oct. 21. Members are reminded to review the following resources on our Workforce Solutions Grant web page to learn more about the grant and application process, including an updated FAQ document.

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Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Program for Skilled Nursing Facilities (webinar)

The Medicare Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program for Skilled Nursing Facilities webinar on Oct. 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. will help providers prepare for this new payment model based on quality rather than volume of services.

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Initial Analysis on Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings Rule

As reported in last week’s Advantage, the State of Minnesota is accepting public comments until Nov. 3 on the revised Transition Plan to come into compliance with the Home and Community Based-Services (HCBS) Settings Rule. Members who do not come into compliance with the rule will lose status as an enrolled provider for waiver funding for EW, CADI, CAC, BI, DD and AC programs. We are providing this initial analysis of the Transition Plan to help you determine the impact it may have on you.

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Updated Fire Safety Requirements for Care Centers (webinar)

The Updated Fire Safety Requirements for Care Centers webinar on Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. will outline new fire safety requirements that all care centers must meet by Nov. 1. There is no fee to participate for LeadingAge Minnesota members, but pre-registration is required

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Registration Open for Nov. 9-10 Quality Conference

Registration is now open for LeadingAge Minnesota’s inaugural Quality Conference, which takes place Nov. 9-10 in Bloomington. This two-day conference provides strategies, tools, and best practices to position organizations to meet and exceed the increasing expectations around quality.

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Strengthen the Elder Care Workforce Through Training & Compensation

Additional training combined with compensation that reflects the skills and knowledge required to perform high-quality work are two recommendations for improving the older adult services workforce, according a new article in the journal of the American Medical Association.

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Final Report on Quality in HCBS from National Quality Forum

A standardized approach to data collection, building upon existing quality measurement efforts, and developing a core sent of standard measures tailorable to population, setting and program are among the recommendations in the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality Project final report from the National Quality Forum.

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Election Law Reminders: Voting & Candidate Access to Your Community

With Election Day just a few weeks away, it’s a good time to revisit the laws regarding voting and candidate access to care centers and senior living communities.

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Now Available: Requirements of Participation Resources & Education

The much-anticipated final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the requirements nursing facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs will have a profound effect on our members. 

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DHS Seeking Public Comment on HCBS Settings Rule

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is holding a 30-day public comment period on the statewide transition plan for the new Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule. Comments are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Two Free Webinars Help Members Prepare for Upcoming Changes

Two upcoming webinars will help care centers prepare for updated fire safety requirements and Medicare Value-Based Purchasing. The webinars are free for LeadingAge Minnesota members, but pre-registration is required.

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Welcome Ashley Peterka

LeadingAge Minnesota is pleased to introduce Ashley Peterka as our new Education Coordinator. 

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