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January 2017 Archives

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

MDH Call Focuses on Notice to Ombudsman of Transfers and Discharges

Based on information it received from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regional office, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) explained during its Jan. 23 statewide regulatory call that care centers must notify the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care of all transfers and discharges, other than internal room changes and transfers of deceased residents. 

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Court Blocks Enforcement of Minneapolis Sick Leave Law on Employers Located Outside City

A Hennepin County Judge last week ruled the City of Minneapolis can proceed as planned to implement its 2016 ordinance requiring Minneapolis employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. 

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Institute Pre-Conference and Governance Sessions Provide In-Depth Learning

The 2017 Institute & Expo is just two short weeks away, and already more than 3,500 professionals have registered to attend. Along with two general sessions, nearly 100 educational sessions and an unforgettable 50th Anniversary Bash party, the Institute offers a variety of deep-dive sessions to enhance your learning experience. 

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2017 Leadership Academy Applications Being Accepted

Applications are open for the Leadership Academy, LeadingAge Minnesota’s year-long leadership development program. 

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Star of the Week: Marie Powell, Home Health Aide, Augustana Regent

Appreciating the gifts we receive from others and paying them forward embodies the spirit of gratitude that fills Marie Powell’s life and work at Augustana Regent in Burnsville. 

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Leadership Academy Fellows Learn from Innovators, Transformational Leaders

The 2016-17 Class of Leadership Academy fellows met last week for their fourth and final session to round out an incredible year of discovery and growth. The session’s theme, Transformational Leadership explored the varying types of innovation and how to develop the discovery skills of an innovator.

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January District Meeting Recap

On behalf of dedicated district officers, our traveling staff team and special guest speakers, we want to thank members across the state for making time to engage in important leadership discussions at our January District Meetings. 

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REMINDER: Use New I-9 Forms

Effective Jan. 22, employers must use the revised Form I-9 to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee. 

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Issue Brief: HCBS Priorities on the Federal Level

A new issue brief on home and community-based services highlights our federal advocacy priorities for programs that help the growing population of older adults receive services they need to remain in their homes and connected to their community. 

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Fingerprinting Site Changes in Duluth

Members operating in Duluth or the surrounding area should note that Primrose Retirement Community is no longer offering background-study fingerprinting services at its Duluth location. Effective Jan. 23, fingerprinting services are instead available at Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living, 2528 Trinity Rd, Duluth, MN 55811. Please consult the 3M Cogent website to view the hours when fingerprinting is available at that location.  

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It’s January! Where’s the HCBS Provider Attestation?

The promised Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Attestation is still under development by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and is now projected to be sent in February or March. 

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Legislative Committees Off to Slow Start in 2017

A tax conformity bill and a health insurance relief and reform bill were two top priorities in the first days of the legislative session, pushing other matters including long-term care to the back burner. 

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Governor Dayton Outlines Budget Priorities

In his annual State of State address on Monday, Governor Mark Dayton outlined his priorities and called upon lawmakers to set aside partisanship to solve the problems facing Minnesota. On Tuesday, the Governor backed up his words with the release of the Opportunity Agenda that proposes to increase state spending by 10 percent. 

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Tell Congress to Preserve Medicaid Funding

Big changes may be on the horizon for Medicaid funding. Congressional leaders have all but promised a vote to either fully or partially repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the upcoming weeks. A repeal may include the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and reforms may dramatically restructure Medicaid funding mechanisms. 

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Full Repeal of ACA Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts on Older Adult Services

It has been more than six years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impact of the law extends far beyond providing health insurance coverage for individuals. It has also impacted Medicare provider rates and care delivery and payment models. As Congress debates repeal of the ACA, the primary focus has been on the individual and employer insurance mandates and health insurance Exchanges. It is important that policymakers not forget the significant Medicare-related payment and care delivery initiatives and Medicare beneficiary enhancements that would be lost under a blanket repeal of the ACA. 

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Electronic Monitoring Work Group Submits Report to Legislature

The Residential Care and Services Electronic Monitoring Workgroup has submitted its Final Report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over civil law, judiciary, and health and human services. 

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MDH Care Center Calls Resume on Jan. 23

The next Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) statewide call for care centers is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m.

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Elderly Waiver Reform Bill To Be Introduced

After almost a year of work with members and other stakeholders to identify the best options for improving and enhancing the Elderly Waiver program, which provides vitally needed services to more than 30,000 Minnesotans every year, the Long-Term Care Imperative is about to introduce an Elderly Waiver reform bill as one of the centerpieces of our 2017 legislative agenda. 

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Quality and Innovation Award Winning Programs Showcased at Institute

LeadingAge Minnesota is pleased to present educational programs at the February Institute by the organizations that have received the prestigious Quality and Innovation Awards. These awards showcase exceptional progress in older adult services and share promising programs and new ideas with other members to help advance and transform the way we serve older adults.

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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 have launched 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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Star of the Week: Brian Freeberg, Presbyterian Homes & Services

It’s more than a job, it’s a calling. These words are often spoken by the dedicated people who serve older adults in our member communities. For Brian Freeberg, a Registered Nurse with Optage Hospice, a part of the home and community services division of Presbyterian Homes & Services, no truer words describe his vocation to provide care and support for aging Minnesotans and their families.

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Effective Preparation for Violent Workplace Events

Active Shooter. Armed Intruder. Hostile event. Workplace violence is known by many names, and requires effective preparation to prevent a catastrophic event from taking place in your community. 

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2 Senior Living Trends for 2017

Growth through expansion and joint ventures should be on the radar screen of senior living organizations in 2017, according to the annual LeadingAge Ziegler 150 report. 

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CMS Appeals on Arbitration Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has appealed a court order that granted a preliminary injunction against the agency’s intended ban on nursing facility use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements. 

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New VAWA Certification Forms for Affordable Housing Members

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban (HUD) has created fillable files for the four model forms included in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) final rule. These forms are now available on HUDClips. Owners must give current and newly-admitted households a copy of the new notice of occupancy rights and the certification form. 

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Adult Day Services in the New Political Landscape

With this week's presidential inauguration and Congress back in session, uncertainty reigns over the potential impact on Medicaid and Adult Day Services. Peter Notarstefano, Director of Home and Community-Based Services at LeadingAge, provides an overview of four possible scenarios.

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New Resources Available on Federal Affordable Housing Policy

A new administration and Republican control of Congress has led to many questions regarding what will happen on federal affordable housing issues this year. New resources from LeadingAge provide an overview of federal senior housing policy and provide members who serve low income seniors with an opportunity to shape that policy: 

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Early Action Encouraged for SNFs Seeking Federal Telecommunications or Broadband Funding

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) may now begin the process to obtain funding under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Healthcare Program, which provides discounts for telecommunications services and broadband access to eligible healthcare providers. 

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Take Action: Tell Lawmakers to Support Seniors

January 3 marked the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, and lawmakers are already working on the important task of setting the state's budget priorities. We want legislators to hear from you before they make decisions that could affect your ability to deliver quality services to seniors. 

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Speaking of Documentation: New Signatures Required of HCBS Providers

In an alert issued this week by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, a new requirement was institute for lead case manages to have a provider sign the service plan for each waiver client. The new requirement brings Minnesota into compliance with the expectations of the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS).

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