News Archives

August 2017 Archives

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

LifeSprk Names Tom Schmitt President

Tom Schmitt has been named President of Lifesprk. 

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One Week Left - 2018 Stars Among Us Awards Nomination Deadline is Sept. 8

Little over one week remains to nominate your staff and programs for the 2018 Stars Among Us Awards. The nomination deadline is Sept. 8 - just nine days away. 

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Customized Living Service Setting Limitations for CADI and BI Waiver-Funded Services

A sometimes over-looked “settings” issue for individuals whose services are supported through the Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) or Brain Injury (BI) waivers is the restriction placed on service settings. This issue has arisen recently for several members and their tenants or prospective tenants. 

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CMS Releases Facility Assessment Tool for Care Centers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the much-anticipated Facility Assessment Tool for care centers to meet the Phase 2 Requirements of Participation effective Nov. 28, 2017. 

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LeadingAge Minnesota to Celebrate Milestone Anniversary at Annual Meeting

Just like any other golden anniversary, a celebration is in order to mark the significant milestone. Join us at Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 6 – 10 p.m. to celebrate our 50th Anniversary! The evening includes a reception, plated dinner, dessert, a short program and dueling pianos featuring Rock It Man Entertainment. 

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Care Center Occupancy Remains Low in First Half of 2017

Results from our occupancy surveys show that statewide occupancy in member care centers in the first half of 2017 stayed close to the historically low levels recorded in 2016. The chart below illustrates occupancy for each LeadingAge Minnesota district in the past year: 

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Seniors Have the Steepest Housing Challenge

The number of low-income unsubsidized families struggling to pay their rent and possibly living in substandard housing increased between 2013 and 2015, according to the 2017 Worst Case Housing Needs report from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). 

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Large Nonprofits Outperform Smaller Organizations on EHR Adoption

In a recent survey of electronic health record (EHR) use among senior living providers, LeadingAge CAST and Ziegler found more nonprofit senior living and care providers with multiple properties are adopting electronic health records than smaller nonprofit organizations. 

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Second Annual Adult Day Conference is Oct. 13 – 14 in Bloomington

Specifically designed for adult day services providers, the second annual Adult Day Conference begins on a Friday afternoon and continues Saturday, allowing staff to get away to learn and to network with each other. Topics to be explored this year include:

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CMS Pushes Back QRP Data Submission Deadline Due to Coding Issues

The deadline for care centers to submit assessment measure data for the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) has been extended due to coding issues.  

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Capital Needs Assessment e-Tool Use Requirement Effective Oct. 1

In a recent email sent to multifamily partners, the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) provided written confirmation of previously verbalized plans to defer mandatory utility benchmarking. However, HUD reiterated requirements that anyone planning to file an application for FHA insurance on/after Oct. 1 must submit a comprehensive needs assessment using the CNA e-tool.  

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CMS Posts New Survey Forms for Use in November

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new forms that will be used for the revised long-term care survey process effective Nov. 28, 2017: 

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LeadingAge Recommends Medicare Red Tape Relief

In response to an invitation from the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, LeadingAge has submitted 15 recommendations for changes in laws and regulations governing cafe centers, home health care and hospice providers and the application of technology in the post-acute care field. 

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Donate to LeadingAge Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

A category 4 hurricane struck Texas over the weekend, resulting in catastrophic damage and massive flooding in much of the coastal region in the state. Many LeadingAge member communities were impacted, and face ongoing challenges as water levels from days of heavy rain have yet to recede. The need for help is immense, and you can help provide relief. 

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2 Holes-in-One Highlight Foundation Golf Fundraiser

With workforce pressures reaching unprecedented levels, the 2017 LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Golf Fundraiser helped raise funds for our next round of caregiver scholarships. This sold-out golf event was held Aug. 23 at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood. 

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Signatures for Home Care Service Plan Changes

One item of concern that many members raised in discussions about revisions to the Home Care law was the need to seek a “signature or other authentication” from the client or their representative for any change to the service plan. In discussions with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we were able clarify the interpretation of “other authentication.”  

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DHS Bulletin Promotes Communication and Coordination between Assessors, Case Managers and Providers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) last week issued DHS Bulletin 17-25-05, which responds to Elderly Waiver (EW) reform legislation that passed in the 2017 session. Effective Aug. 1, there are two changes that impact communication between EW and Alternative Care (AC) assessors, case managers and providers. 

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Two Weeks Left - 2018 Stars Among Us Awards Nomination Deadline is Sept. 8

Nominate your stars today for appreciation and recognition. The 2018 Stars Among Us Awards nomination deadline is just two short weeks away – Sept. 8! The Stars Among Us awards are a wonderful way to recognize your hardworking staff, volunteers and leaders. Caregivers, volunteers, and now your beloved residents and clients, are honored at both the statewide and district level. Nominate your Stars for recognition this year. 

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Leadership Academy Fellows Rethink Thinking, Learn from Area Leaders in Detroit Lakes

The 2017-18 Class of Leadership Academy continued its year-long journey together August 15-17 at the Ecumen campus in Detroit Lakes. Thirty-eight fellows comprise the program cohort, representing a group diverse in professional focus, geography, organization size and years in service. 

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DHS Commissioner Emily Piper Added to Annual Meeting Program Schedule

The 2017 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference is Sept. 19-22 at Madden’s in Brainerd. We are honored to welcome Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper to speak at Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. – Noon.

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Sales & Marketing Certificate Program is All New, Begins Sept. 26

The most comprehensive, in-depth training on sales and marketing for senior living communities is returning this fall for LeadingAge Minnesota members. After a four-year hiatus, the popular Sales & Marketing in Senior Housing Certificate Program has been completely updated and expanded for today’s marketing environment. 

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CMS Launches Hospice Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently unveiled a new website to help consumers make informed decisions about important aspects of hospice care. 

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Home Care Committee Develops Recommendations for Home Care Law

A task force of LeadingAge Minnesota Home Care Committee members met in late June to develop recommendations for clarification and revision of the Comprehensive Home Care law. With several years of experience with the new law, and identified areas causing confusion and variation in interpretation, the Home Care Committee developed recommendations to put forward to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and for potential legislative action.  

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Raising the Bar in Assisted Living: Apply Now for Executive Director Certification

The Senior Living Certification Commission has announced it is now accepting applications for the fall Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) exam. 

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Updated Online Registration System

The LeadingAge Minnesota online registration system was updated recently. Members will need to log in before being able to register for programs and conferences. We appreciate your patience with the new system. Contact Ashley Peterka for assistance.

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DHS Commissioner to Speak at Annual Meeting

We are tremendously honored to welcome Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper to speak at next month’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum. Minnesota’s Priorities in Supporting Older Adults: A Conversation with the Commissioner will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to Noon. 

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NEW! Regional Governance Meetings to Discuss Workforce from the Board’s Perspective

Back by member request, a series of Regional Governance Meetings for executive and board teams is scheduled for this fall. The number one threat facing aging services today is the shortage of qualified workers. Our ability to address and manage workforce challenges will directly affect our ability to sustain our organizations and ultimately to serve older adults. 

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Take Nursing Retention to the Next Level with GERI-Res

What does nurse turnover look like in your organization? If you are seeing trends in the range of 22 percent, you are not alone. So, what can we do about it? 

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CAST Updates Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring Tool

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST) has updated its Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring Technology Selection Tool, which addresses wearable consumer technologies. The updated version includes three additional vendors and a new case study.  

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Attorney Generals Launch National Effort to Fight Elder Abuse

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) announced plans to strengthen efforts to fight elder abuse, neglect and exploitation at both residential and non-residential settings over the next year. 

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