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December 2016 Archives

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

Diversity Scholarships Available for Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference

The Alzheimer’s Association - Minnesota and North Dakota Chapter announced a limited number of diversity scholarships are available for the Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference in March.

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Former Minnesota Gopher’s Coach Jerry Kill to Headline 2017 Institute

Jerry Kill is perhaps one of the most beloved college football coaches Minnesota has ever had. In his five years at the University of Minnesota, Coach Kill transformed a program in shambles into a team with a winning record, led the Gophers to their first bowl game since 1962 and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

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2017 LeadingAge Minnesota Committee Sign Up Now Available

Committee participation is one of the most significant ways LeadingAge Minnesota members can have a direct impact on the future of our field. It’s also one of the most rewarding ways to develop meaningful relationships with fellow aging services professionals, as well as access valuable information on the issues you care about. Please join us as we work together to build a stronger future by participating in one or more committees in the coming year. 

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Tell Congress to Save Medicaid

Congress likely will vote on a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early in the new year, and this legislation could include a repeal of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid. We are urging Congress to keep the expansion in place. 

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Workforce and Abuse Prevention Featured at January District Meetings

Our January District Meetings will explore two important leadership opportunities that lie ahead for the aging services community – building our workforce of the future and ensuring those we serve are safe.

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Institute Early Bird Registration Deadline Just Two Weeks Away

The 2017 Institute, Feb. 8-10 in St. Paul, is the kickoff to the LeadingAge Minnesota 50th Anniversary year and it’s going to be the biggest Institute yet. Get your team’s registration done early and beat the post-holiday rush. The Early Bird Registration Deadline is Friday, Jan. 6.  After that, registration fees increase. Visit the Institute website for complete details and registration.

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Wishing You a Joyful Holiday Season

“And to make an end is to make a beginning.” On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff team here at LeadingAge Minnesota, we want to wish you a joyful holiday season and thank you for all you have done this year to empower, support and uplift Minnesota’s seniors.

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CMS Clarifies Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Installation Requirements in Attic Spaces

In response to requests for clarification concerning the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in concealed or attic spaces, specifically where Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) has been installed in attic spaces or used in the construction of roofs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a letter with guidance to surveyors. 

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Most Care Center Rate Notices to be Posted by End of this Week

Care center members may have been wondering when their Jan. 1, 2017 MA rate notices will be posted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). While DHS has been making progress on completing desk audits and issuing rate notices, about half of all care centers have not received a rate notice as of today.

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50 Years, 50 Stars: Nominate Your Star of the Week Today

In honor of our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2017, we are launching a Star of the Week program to recognize individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of older adults in our member communities. We know you have all-star team members working with you, so let’s give them the recognition they deserve! 

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New Smoke-Free Rule Protects Minnesotans in Public Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) will require all public housing agencies to have a smoke-free policy within 18 months to protect residents, staff and visitors from secondhand smoke, reduce fire risk and maintenance costs, and provide cleaner and safer air.

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PTSD is New Qualifying Condition for State’s Medical Cannabis Program

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has added post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.

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Health Preparedness Coalitions Offer Information, Training Opportunities

Minnesota’s emergency preparedness system is anchored in part by eight regional Health Coalitions, which assist communities to ensure sustainability and recovery of health care services during a crisis or emergency.  

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Jan. 5 Webinar Previews 2017 Legislative Agenda

It’s time to get ready for the 2017 Minnesota state legislative session that convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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Personal Needs Allowance and Medicare Co-Insurance Amounts for 2017

The Personal Needs Allowance in Minnesota is increased annually by the social security COLA. Due to low inflation rates over the last two years, it appears that for the second year in a row the personal needs allowance will not be increasing. It will remain at $97 for the year starting Jan. 1, 2017. 

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CMS Releases Final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

The Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the finalized Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). Beginning March 8, hospitals and critical access hospitals must provide the standard notice to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours. 

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MDH Addresses Requirements of Participation and More in Call with Care Centers

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week held a statewide regulatory call for care centers and provided updates on the Requirements of Participation, Bill of Rights, Vulnerable Adult Reporting, and the new and improved Nursing Assistant Registry among other topics. 

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Care Center Bill of Rights Booklets to Ship Within Two Weeks

Members wishing to order copies of updated Bill of Rights booklets may do so now. We have submitted the final, revised document to our printer, and hope to begin fulfilling orders by Dec. 22.  

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Understanding and Implementing NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code

Last Chance for this Friday’s Webinar: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted new fire safety requirements that all skilled nursing facilities/nursing facilities must meet, and surveyors began enforcing these new requirements on Nov. 1. 

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Welcome Libbie Chapuran

LeadingAge Minnesota is pleased to welcome Libbie Chapuran to our public affairs team. She is responsible for grassroots advocacy efforts at the Capitol and the political action committee. 

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Silent Auction Returns to Institute: Help Support the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation

There are many exciting events planned for our upcoming Institute, but only one will help support the important work of the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation—The 2017 Silent Auction! We hope you will stop by in February to bid on your favorite items, but today we are asking for your help. Please consider donating an item to make this the most successful silent auction to date.

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HUD Releases Updated Section 232 Handbook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its new handbook for the Section 232 Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program. The provisions, effective Jan. 5, directly impact the senior housing field and include new rules for senior housing financing. 

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New Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Available for Care Centers

A stakeholders group, including LeadingAge Minnesota members, has completed an updated toolkit to assist care centers in complying with federal emergency preparedness requirements that providers must implement by November 2017. The Toolkit is available through the Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition, and includes a variety of sample documents and tools. This work updates a toolkit that was first completed in August 2013. 

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What’s New at the 2017 Institute?

Get your team’s registration done for the 2017 Institute now and beat the post-holiday rush. Institute is Feb. 8-10 in Saint Paul and there are many new features for you to enjoy:

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CMS Will Not Enforce Arbitration Ban While Injunction Remains in Place

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed in a December 9 Survey & Certification Letter that it will not enforce the provision in the revised Requirements of Participation that prohibits nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements, so long as there is a court-ordered injunction. 

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Advocacy in Action: 2017 Legislative Agenda

Get ready for the 2017 state legislative session that convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Attend the Advocacy in Action: 2017 Legislative Agenda webinar on Thursday, Jan. 5 to become familiar with the session priorities for LeadingAge Minnesota members and how to engage lawmakers in advancing our agenda this session agenda. NOTE: As a member (only) benefit, there is no charge for this webinar; however, pre-registration is required

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New Emergency Preparedness Resources and Toolkit for Housing with Services

A stakeholders group, including LeadingAge Minnesota members, has completed an updated toolkit that may assist Housing With Services (HWS) establishments in complying with emergency planning requirements under Minnesota Statutes 144D.11. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Informational Bulletin 16-06 describes the requirements, which took effect Jan. 1, 2016.  

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Proposed New Documentation Requirements for Customized Living and Adult Day Services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will introduce legislation in the 2017 session requiring documentation of each occurrence of a service provided to a recipient of waiver services. The proposed legislation states that DHS will recover funds paid for a service not documented per the requirements or not specified in a federally-approved waiver plan.

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LeadingAge on Workforce: Two Important Steps Forward!

In addition to our state efforts, our partners at LeadingAge in Washington D.C. are launching a national strategic initiative designed to help you and your peers around the country strengthen our collective aging services workforce. We’re pleased to share with you two important steps forward in that effort – and request your assistance in helping this effort be as effective as possible.  

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State Budget Surplus of $1.4 Billion Projected

The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released its November forecast last week, which showed the state is projected to have a $1.4 billion surplus in the biennium that begins July 1. Compared to the end of the last legislative session, the surplus has dropped by more than $300 million, primarily because of projected decreases in tax revenue. 

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