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June 2017 Archives

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

Senate Bill Imposes Massive Cuts to Medicaid, Forces States to Make Tough Choices

The U.S. Senate last week released its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) is highly complex and covers many different areas. But for senior care providers, the focus must be on how the bill changes and restricts funding for Medicaid services. There is a lot at stake: 

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Think You Know Health Support Specialist? Think Again!

Join LeadingAge Minnesota members to learn about one established workforce solution that your organization may be missing out om -- The Health Support Specialist program! Get Onboard! Join us in July at one of these three meetings: 

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Assisted Living & Home Care Conference is Aug. 2; Co-located the day before Senior Living NOW

New this year, we’ve combined two popular conferences in back-to-back days at the same location. If you are attending Senior Living Now, consider bringing your clinical team to the Assisted Living and Home Care Conference, co-sponsored with Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA), the day before.  

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Want to Improve Onboarding?

One of the common goals our members are aiming for is an improved onboarding experience for new hires. But where should you start? 

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Billing University for Care Centers is Filling Fast

Registrations are filling quickly for Billing University July 11-12, a once-a-year offering, so act soon to ensure your participation. This is a must-attend for billing office staff to stay up to date on the latest information, requirements and resources to capture accurate reimbursement. 

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Providers Weigh-In with Comments on CMS Proposed Prospective Payment Rule

LeadingAge and LeadingAge Minnesota this week submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a rule proposing updates to the payment rates used under the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018, as well as revisions to the Quality Reporting Program and Value- Based Purchasing Program for skilled nursing facilities 

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Welcome New Members

LeadingAge Minnesota continues to grow as a diverse and statewide cohort of individuals and organizations working together to transform and enhance the experience of aging. Our Board of Directors last week formally approved the following new members: 

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NEW! Honing Your Adult Day Services Licensure Requirement Skills – A 2-Part Webinar Series

Based on findings from 2017 adult day services licensure surveys, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) identified a need for further provider training in the areas of needs assessments and services plans, as well as abuse prevention plans for adult day providers. 

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Nurse Leaders Focus on Building/Embracing Effective Teams and Welcoming Innovation

The 2017 class of 26 Nurse Leadership Symposium participants are on a journey to develop their leadership, communication and management skill as they transition to the role as an executive nurse leader. Participants recently completed an in-depth focus on the regulatory side of their work, and will now turn their attention to building and embracing effective teams as well as encouraging and welcoming innovation. 

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LeadingAge Releases Comprehensive Workforce Tools

Need another tool for your workforce toolkit? LeadingAge has launched the Center for Workforce Solutions. This comprehensive website offers a variety of resources to help members recruit, develop and retain their workforce, including new tools to calculate turnover, promising practices in career pathways and a near A-to-Z library of workforce reference materials. 

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50 Stars: Jodi Kritzeck, Minnesota Veterans Home Adult Day Center

In bringing together veterans on an artistic mission, Jodi Kritzeck, a recreational therapist at Minnesota Veterans Home Adult Day Center, has helped develop a sense of purpose and self-confidence in those who participate and provided our state’s most honored citizens with a sense of the deep appreciation we hold for their service. 

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Senator Franken Joins Hundreds for This Is Medicaid Event in Burnsville

Minnesota Senator Al Franken joined hundreds of concerned citizens at a community meeting in Burnsville to discuss proposed changes to Medicaid. 

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Apply Now: Deadline for PIPELINE Dual-Training Grant is July 7

The Application deadline for the PIPELINE Project dual-training grant through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is July 7. The PIPELINE grant can be used to implement the Health Support Specialist Apprenticeship program in your setting. 

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Roger Jewett, Past Chair and Honorary Member, Passes at Age 98

A LeadingAge Minnesota and aging services pioneer passed away earlier this month. Roger Jewett, former Chair of the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Minnesota (1979), Honorary Member and longtime leader in aging services died at the age of 98 at Christian Community Home in Hudson, Wisc. on June 17. 

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Senior Living NOW! is Aug. 3 – Early Bird Deadline is July 12

Senior Living NOW is the summer conference devoted entirely to senior housing and assisted living. The day is filled with trending educational topics and unbeatable networking. Among a track of core knowledge sessions are tenant-landlord law, fair housing and emergency preparedness. A featured session is Criminal Offenders as Potential Residents, Staff or Visitors.  

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New Hospice Rule Proposes Payment Increase, Additional Quality Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new hospice rule that updates payments for fiscal year 2018, adds new quality measures and outlines new data collection mechanisms. 

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Salary Survey 2017 Deadline Extended

The 2017 version of our annual salary survey has been available for about six weeks, and we thank those members who have already completed and returned it to us. We are extending the deadline to July 21. We hope that that additional time will mean a strong response rate making the final reports a comprehensive view of long-term care compensation in Minnesota.  

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Addressing the Public Perception of Working in the Field of Aging

LeadingAge Minnesota members are a creative group when it comes to taking on a challenge! Members often talk about how the public perception of older adult services needs to change, and at the 3rd Annual Workforce Solutions Conference, we took on this challenge. 

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CMS Nursing Facility Open Door Forum to Focus on Proposed Case-Mix Changes

Proposed revisions to case-mix methodology is the featured topic of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Open Door Forum on Thursday, June 21, at 1 p.m. 

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Deadline for PIPELINE Project Dual-Training Grant is July 7

Applications are available for the PIPELINE Project dual-training grant through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. What can you use the PIPELINE Grant for? The Health Support Specialist Program!  

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Assisted Living and Home Care Conference is Aug. 2 – Full Details Now Online

Complete conference details and session descriptions are now available online for the annual Assisted Living and Home Care Conference, co-sponsored with Minnesota HomeCare Association. Featured this year is a track of sessions on creating a culture of safety. 

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Star of the Week: Carly Cardarelle, Walker Methodist

Helping people at the crossroads of their lives was one of the driving factors behind Carly Cardarelle’s decision to work in long term care. As a social worker at Walker Methodist, Carly users her psychology and social work background to help achieve the organization’s mission: Life. And all the living that goes with it.   

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Save HUD 202 Rally Set for June 27

Hundreds of LeadingAge members, older adults and partners will participate in the Save HUD 202 Rally on June 27 in Washington DC to send a strong message to lawmakers to fully fund the growing need for affordable housing for older adults. 

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Changes Made to the Housing with Services Contract Act 144D

As reported in our Advocacy Update and at District Meetings, there were several additions and a modification to existing language in the Housing with Services Contract Act.

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CMS Piloting Payroll Based Journal Audit Process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun testing an audit process relating to care center submission of Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data. CMS has hired the actuarial firm Granite Dolphin to conduct the audits, which will relate to data submitted on or before May 15, 2017, for the period Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017. 

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MDH Addresses Transfer/Discharge Notices and Other Topics in Statewide Call

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) held a statewide regulatory call on June 20 for care centers and provided updates on transfer/discharge notices and other topics. Here are highlights from the call: 

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Minnesota Drops Slightly in National Ranking; States Underprepared for Demographic Demands

Minnesota dropped slightly in its national ranking as the best state for services that support seniors, coming in second behind Washington in the new Long Term Services & Supports State Scorecard released by AARP. More important than the ranking, however, is this note of caution in the report: the pace of change in senior services – even in the top-ranked states – remains too slow and has not kept up with demographic demands. 

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HUD Requiring DUNS Numbers to Receive Subsidy Payments

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) will require active Data Number System (DUNS) numbers on all vouchers submitted to the Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS) starting in December. Vouchers that do not contain an active DUNS number will not receive payment. 

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Minnesota a High-Risk State for Older Adults to Age at Home Under Medicaid Per Capita Caps

The proposed “one size fits all” formula to Medicaid financing under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) poses a high risk to Minnesota and could significantly decrease home health and personal care aide jobs, according to a new report from LeadingAge and the Center of Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. 

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Have You Signed Up? Get Onboard HSS!

Have you signed up to learn how to elevate your staff and raise the bar on quality care? Join us in July to learn more about the Health Support Specialist (HSS) program.  

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