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February 2018 Archives

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

LeadingAge Minnesota Members Testify at Senate Aging Committee

Members of the Minnesota Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee listened to impassioned testimony today from eight providers of long-term services and support who each showcased the work they do to ensure a high quality of life for older adults. 

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Updated State Budget Forecast Shows Surplus

Minnesota’s latest budget forecast predicts a $329 million surplus for the current biennium, which runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. 

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Save the Dates: Nursing Leadership Symposium Begins April 10

Registration will open soon for the Nursing Leadership Symposium, the state’s most comprehensive training for preparing new directors of nursing and nurse leaders for a successful career. 

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Now Available: Capital Needs Assessment e-Tool Training for PRAC Providers

A new webinar from the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) will help Project Rental Assistant Contract (PRAC) properties successfully complete the new, mandatory electronic format and online submission for the Comprehensive Needs Assessment.  

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Building a Successful MDS Program, March 12 Webinar

Send your MDS Coordinator to this essential webinar to help them prepare for this critical role, including what is required, the MDS coding process, common mistakes to avoid, and how to adapt your processes to recent MDS changes. Register today.

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Don’t Be Denied, HCBS Providers: DHS Will Enforce Waiver Billing Changes

Beginning March 5, all Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers – including Adult Day Services and Customized Living - must bill each date of service on a separate line for all HCBS claims submitted. DHS will deny any claims that use a date span instead of individual lines for each date.  

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DHS Identifies Settings That Must Complete a Phase 2 Provider Attestation

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted updated information on Phase 2 of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider attestation process on the transition plan for HCBS settings webpage. 

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Tune In: Subscribe to the LeadingAge Minnesota YouTube Channel

The LeadingAge Minnesota YouTube Channel is an important tool we use to communicate with our members. If you are not subscribed to our channel, here are a few things you might have missed: 

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Prioritizing Affordable Housing as Congress Works to Complete HUD Funding by March 23

Congress has until March 23 to finalize the FY18 appropriations bill that includes funding for U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) programs. LeadingAge has been very active on Capitol Hill advocating for our affordable housing priorities, which include: 

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DOLI Holds First Apprenticeship Summit on March 7

You may have heard of apprenticeship as it relates our field through our Health Support Specialist registered apprenticeship program. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) hopes to add more apprenticeship programs in healthcare in the future, and is hosting a free, one-day summit in March to showcase best practices and strategies to expand apprenticeships. 

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New Toolkit: Financial Fraud Prevention for Older Adults

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has released a new toolkit to empower older adults and their families to protect themselves against financial fraud. 

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Celebrating Health Support Specialist Graduates

Some Health Support Specialists (HSS) say the highest honor of their career is to walk across the stage during the general session at Institute as they are recognized for completing their coursework, advancing their skills, and furthering their commitment to care for our aging population.

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Cyber Security Defense, March 20 Webinar

If you think your organization is safe from cyber security attacks, think again. Every organization, whether large or small, commercial or nonprofit, is at risk of a cyber security hack.

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Jack Mouritsen Named Volunteer of the Year

Jack Mouritsen, a volunteer with LB Homes in Fergus Falls, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Volunteer of the Year Award. 

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Essential Skills for New Supervisors, April 19

Becoming a supervisor is an exciting career move, but it comes with a whole new set of skills to learn. Held in conjunction with the Workforce Solutions Conference, Essential Skills for New Supervisors, gives solid training on basic supervisory skills, knowledge and tools to get off to a great start and become a standout supervisor. 

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Succession Planning: 40% of Senior Living CEOs Could Retire Within 5 Years

Forty percent of senior living CEOs could be retiring within the next five years, according to the 2017 LeadingAge-CEMO Leadership Compensation Survey.

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Workforce Solutions Conference is April 19

Move over millennials, it’s time for Generation Z! The fourth annual Workforce Solutions Conference is your most comprehensive event to connect with other providers and delve into fresh ideas, proven resources and tested tools to build and retain your workforce. 

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Take Action: Tell Congress More HUD Funding, Not Less

President Donald Trump has proposed a 14 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for fiscal year 2019. We need your help! Tell Congress to invest more in affordable housing for seniors and reject these proposed cuts. 

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New Policy Roadmap for Financing Long-Term Services and Supports

Finding a better way to finance long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older Americans could be within grasp, according to a new report from the LeadingAge LTSS center. 

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Emily Timm, Lifesprk, Receives Top Leadership Award

Emily Timm, Director of Operations, Lifesprk, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Ray Johnson Leadership in Action Award. 

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DHS Launches NETStudy Roster Import Process

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a NETStudy Roster Import Process, which will affect all LeadingAge Minnesota members that submit background studies. 

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2018 Legislative Session Kicks Off

The 2018 Minnesota legislative session has begun. It's a short legislative session, with just three months to conduct business. Here’s a rundown on some of the key factors and issues that will define the coming weeks, including our proactive proposal to prevent and deter maltreatment of vulnerable older adults. 

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Apply Now for the Foundation Scholarship Program

Do you have individuals on your team who may be interested in advancing their education and careers in aging services? Share this promotional flyer/poster with your team to help promote the Foundation’s Scholarship Program.  

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Emergency Preparedness Survey Tip: 1135 Waivers

Recent survey data shows the Minnesota Department of Health is frequently citing care centers for not addressing the requirements of tag E-0026 within their emergency plans. 

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Update: Statewide Listening Sessions on Maltreatment Postponed Until Summer

The statewide listening sessions hosted by state senators referenced in last week’s edition of Advantage have been postponed. They plan to instead convene throughout the summer and include updates about progress that was made during the legislative session. 

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Disability-Competent Care Webinar Series

A new Webinar series will explore key concepts of the Disability-Competent Care model and how organizations can best implement these concepts to empower providers and participants with disabilities to best meet their care needs. 

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Free Seminar on Financial Crimes Against Seniors

The growth in financial exploitation of seniors remains a concern. A free one-day seminar in March can help you better understand how the investigation and prevention of financial exploitation. 

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2018 Educational Programs Up and Running

Our 218 educational programs are up and running. Here are new and important updates on our upcoming Workforce Solutions Conference and Nursing Leadership Symposium and webinars that will help members build a successful MDS program and prevent cybercrime.   

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Ebenezer Receives LeadingAge Minnesota Innovation Award

Ebenezer recently received a Stars Among Us Innovation Award from LeadingAge Minnesota for its virtual reality initiative that allows older adults to experience the world in ways they never thought possible. 

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Rich Sachse of Trillium Woods in Plymouth Receives Spirit of Aging Award

Rich Sachse, a resident and active volunteer at Trillium Woods in Plymouth, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Spirit of Aging Award. 

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