News Archives

December 2017 Archives

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

Care Centers: Fire Door Inspection and Testing Must be Completed by Jan. 1

This is a reminder for care centers that full compliance with the annual fire door assembly inspection and testing requirement is expected by Jan. 1, 2018.  Initially, inspection and testing was due by July 6, 2017, but CMS extended the deadline to Jan. 1 in Survey and Certification Letter No. S&C 17-38-LSC.

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LeadingAge Shares New Vision for Health Care System Reform

Addressing the needs of a rapidly growing older population is one of the major challenges facing the United States over the next few decades and an unprecedented opportunity to redesign the current system for delivering health care and long-term services and supports. LeadingAge last week announced its proposal for reforming the American health care system in a new report, Integrated Service Delivery: A LeadingAge Vision for America's’ Aging Population.  

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New Resource: Summary of CMS Revisions to Appendix PP

Just as the Phase 2 Requirements of Participation for care centers took effect, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final version of the State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP - Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities.  

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New Toolkit: 7 Strategies for Implementing Lasting Change

Change is inevitable when the goal of a long-term care provider is to improve care for the residents who reside in a skilled nursing facility. To assist providers with creating lasting change and high performance is a new toolkit, the Change Package, developed by the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative. 

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Two Care Centers Request Moratorium Exceptions Process Funding

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received proposals from two care centers for funding through the moratorium exceptions process. The projects proposed by LeadingAge Minnesota members Viewcrest Health Care Center in Duluth and Lyngblomsten Care Center in Saint Paul account for a total of almost $16 million in much needed construction on those care centers.  

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Is Time Running Out on a Federal Budget Deal?

Congress returned to work this week with two important “to do” items on its list -- pass the federal tax reform bill and reach agreement on a budget deal by the end of the week. With anticipated passage of the tax reform bill today, Congress will check one item off the list. However, Republican leaders have yet to overcome two challenges in passing a budget. If they fail to do so by Friday, there could be a government shutdown. 

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New Nursing Pool Caps in Effect on Jan. 1

The limits on the amount that Supplemental Nursing Services Agencies (SNSAs) can charge per hour went up significantly for 2018. The new caps are effective Jan. 1. 

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Commissioner Ehlinger Resigns from MDH

Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), resigned from his position on Tuesday. 

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Congress Moves on Tax Reform Bill; Next Stop – the White House

On Wednesday, Congress will pass the final version of the federal tax reform bill. The legislation will then be sent to the White House for the President’s signature. Before the final version went back to the full chambers for passage, House-Senate conferees removed some of the worst provisions of the original House legislation. The following provisions, which we strongly opposed and worked to have removed, are NOT in the final version of the tax reform bill: 

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New APIC Minnesota Basic Infection Prevention Courses Planned for 2018

In 2018, APIC Minnesota will be offering a new two-day alternative to their three-day Basic Infection Prevention course. The first day will offer a comprehensive foundation for professionals specializing in infection prevention in all settings. The second day will provide setting-specific information and education. Long-term care will be one of the specialized options available for Day 2.   

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Behavioral Health Webinars Resume Jan. 16

The first two installments of the webinar series, Improving Behavioral Health Care in Older Adult Services, were met with outstanding reviews from members. This webinar series, led by Dr. John Brose of the Associated Clinic of Psychology, will continue on Jan. 16, 25 and 30. 

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Membership Dues Renewals Due Jan. 31

As LeadingAge Minnesota concludes our 50th Anniversary year and sets our sights on this next year of service, membership renewals for 2018 have been sent to all members. We ask that you renew membership in your Association by Jan. 31.  

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Go BOLD! 2018 Institute Sets the Tone for a Bold New Year

The 2018 Institute & Expo is Feb. 7-9 at RiverCentre in St. Paul. Go BOLD! is the theme to this year’s conference, beginning a new year with an invitation to shed the constraints of the past, to break away from conventional ways and forge ahead with fresh ideas, courageous innovations, bold moves. 

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DHS Conducting Recovery Audits for Long-Term Care Insurance Recipients

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Health Insurance Recovery Unit (HIRU) will be conducting an audit of long-term care claims throughout 2018. The focus of the audit is on finding situations where care center Medicaid residents had an active long-term care insurance policy that was not being applied against the cost of their care. 

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Free Assistance Telephone Equipment Available

Did you know the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) provides assistive telephone equipment at NO CHARGE to Minnesotans who have difficulty using a regular telephone due to a hearing loss, speech or physical disability? 

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LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Seeking Donations for 2018 Silent Auction

With your help, our first annual Institute Silent Auction raised over $10,000 to support the important work of the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation. This year we are going BOLD! Our 2018 goal is to raise $15,000 and we are reaching out to you for help. 

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Free Onboarding Toolkit Available Online

LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation has launched a FREE Onboarding Toolkit, now available for download on the LeadingAge Minnesota website. A Kick-Off Webinar was held on Dec. 12, which is available now in a recorded version.  

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2018 Educational Programming in the Works

We’re busy planning 2018 signature event conferences, certificate programs and leadership events. Watch this space in January for announcements of dates, locations and details!

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OnTrack is Available – Sign up Today!

LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation’s OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program has launched! 

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After Franken Resigns, Senate Seat to be filled by Lt. Gov. Tina Flint Smith

Today Governor Mark Dayton declared his intention to appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Flint Smith to the United States Senates upon Al Franken’s resignation. Sen. Franken announced his resignation last week amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. His resignation will take effect “in the coming weeks.” 

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Share Your Experience: New Care Center Survey Process Continues

Nov. 28 was a much-anticipated date for care centers, marking both the implementation of Phase 2 regulatory standards, as well as emergency preparedness requirements, and the launch of the new survey process. During this period of change, LeadingAge Minnesota will provide weekly updates to care center members with the most current information available. 

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Comprehensive Home Care Survey Trends in Assisted Living

The latest trends in reviewing the posted Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) surveys for state-licensed Comprehensive Home Care Providers reveals four tag numbers being cited 50 to 60 percent of the time. These same 4 tag numbers -- Tag 0870: Contents of Service Plan, Tag 1245: TB Prevention and Control, Tag 0815: Employee Records and Tag 0265: Up-to-Date Plan including Accepted Standards of Practice -- have remained in the top 10 over an extended period of time.  

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Senator Housley Calls for Better Management, Systems Improvements at OHFC

Sen. Karin Housley (R- Saint Mary’s Point), Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Committee Chair, called for better management and systems improvement within the Office of Health Facilities Complaints (OHFC) at a press conference on Tuesday. 

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Federal Update: Tax Bill Looms, Congress Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution

While we continue to monitor activity on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and measure the detrimental impact it could have on Medicare and Medicaid, we note that Congress acted last week to approve a short-term resolution to keep federal programs in operation through Dec. 22. 

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Go BOLD! 2018 Institute is Bigger than Ever

Registration is open for the 2018 Institute & Expo, Feb. 7-9 in St. Paul. As the theme suggests, the annual conference is boldly going where it’s never gone before with unprecedented size and scope. 

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Federal Tax Reform Could Halt Plans to Build or Renovate Nonprofit Senior Living

There is a provision in the federal tax reform bill that eliminates a major source of capital for developers of nonprofit senior living communities and could hinder the industry’s ability to expand for the next five years. 

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OnTrack Launch Timeline

LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation’s OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program is launching! 

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Sleep Apnea, Autism Added to Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

Autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea have been added to the qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program. 

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Spotlight on Seniors and Caregivers

We are pleased to announce the new Senior Spotlight and Caregiver Spotlight series from Face Aging MN. Join us as we encourage our elected officials, including 2018 Minnesota Governor candidates, to understand, support and commit to senior care issues. 

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Free Billing Lab for Waiver and Alternative Care providers

Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) is offering a free billing lab each month in 2018 for home and community-based waiver service (HCBS) and Alternative Care (AC) providers. 

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