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May 2018 Archives

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

Minnesota OSHA Adopts Federal Regulations on Tracking Workforce Injuries, Illnesses

The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) announced that Minnesota OSHA has adopted the federal regulation requiring employees to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record. All Minnesota employers with 20 or more employees are required to electronically submit their data to federal OSHA by July 1. 

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CMS Clarifies Requirements for Electronic Visit Verification

Settings providing Customized Living services including Housing with Services, Assisted Living and Adult Foster Care, are not subject to Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) according to a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document issued last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and verified by Argentum and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS also clarified that those settings are not required to complete the recent survey sent by the department on the topic. 

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OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training Results

The OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training has been launched for nearly six months and has enrolled 49 sites to date! Find out what everyone is raving about – call 651.425.1110 to schedule your OnTrack demo today. 

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Registration Open for Minnesota e-Health Summit

Want to learn how e-Health can build healthier communities? Register for the Minnesota e-Health Summit: Act Today, Impact Tomorrow taking place on June 14 in Brooklyn Center. 

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DHS Resources for HCBS Settings Rule Attestation Audits and Site Visits

In case you did not take note of these resources when initially shared in Advantage, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a Provider’s Guide to Putting the HCBS Rule into Practice. The Guide may be helpful to you if the audit of your setting resulted in a need to submit additional supporting documentation regarding your compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule. 

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REMINDER: New Medicare Cards to Start Mailing in June

Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft and keep taxpayer dollars safe. Medicare will mail new cards to Minnesotans on Medicare sometime after June 2018 and before April 30, 2019. The following information from the Minnesota Department of Human Services can help you respond to questions you may receive from residents.  

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Housing Support Rate (GRH) Increases July 1

The annual re-calculation of the Housing Support, formerly Group Residential Housing (GRH), rate that covers rent and raw food for eligible participants resulted in an increase of $11 per month. The new rate of $904 will be effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  

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ALNET June Meetings and Survey Opportunities

This special invitation goes out to all nurse leaders of assisted living home care. You are invited and encouraged to join an Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) June meeting nearest you and to participate in a brief survey to provide feedback regarding these meetings.  

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ALNET June Meetings and Survey Opportunities

This special invitation goes out to all nurse leaders of assisted living home care. You are invited and encouraged to join an Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) June meeting nearest you and to participate in a brief survey to provide feedback regarding these meetings.  

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Significant Progress Made in Investigating Elder Abuse Complaints

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has reported significant progress and improvement in the investigation of reports of elder abuse and maltreatment. 

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Veto of Supplemental Budget Bill Means Cut for Disability Waiver Rates on July 1

One significant impact of Governor Dayton’s veto of the supplemental budget bill is a cut to rates in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) effective July 1.  

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Coming Soon – More Summer Education

Save the dates and watch this space for details to come about summer educational programming:

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Sign up for New Job Board Training Webinar

A new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform is launching June 1! Live webinar trainings on How to Create an Account and How to Post a Job will be available to LeadingAge Minnesota members on June 4 and June 11 – sign-up today at: 

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Nursing Leadership Symposium to Address External Requirements and Standards

The next session of the LeadingAge Minnesota Nursing Leadership Symposium, which takes place June 12-14 in Brooklyn Center, is directed at familiarizing nurse leaders with the various federal and state regulations impacting licensed care facilities in Minnesota.   

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NLRB Mulling Rulemaking to Address Joint-Employer Standard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering rulemaking to address the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The joint-employer standard comes into play when two or more businesses share control and responsibility over certain employees. It is most often seen in the context of franchise operations, subcontracting arrangements and, in the case of LeadingAge Minnesota members, use of contract workers. 

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Save the Date: 2018 Assisted Living &Home Care Conference is July 25

The annual Assisted Living and Home Care Conference, co-sponsored with Minnesota HomeCare Association, is right around the corner, July 25. 

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2018 Adult Day Conference is July 17

The 2018 Adult Day Conference on Tuesday, July 17 is open for registration. This conference continues to be the must-attend event for adult day managers and direct care staff. New this year, two breakout sessions address and meet the training requirements for function-specific positive supports: 

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Governor Vetoes Eldercare Protection, DWRS Funding

UPDATE: 11:45 am - GOVERNOR DAYTON VETOES ELDERCARE PROTECTION

Governor Dayton vetoed the omnibus supplemental budget bill, which included significant policy reforms on eldercare protection, revisions to the home care law and funding to prevent a cut in DWRS rates. 

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Schedule an OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training Demo Today

Have you scheduled your demo of OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training yet? Call the OnTrack team today at 651.425.1110. 

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Time to Select New QIIP Goals

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently prepared the data needed for all care centers in the Medical Assistance program to select a new goal to work on for another round of the Quality Improvement Incentive Payment Program (QIIP). Each year, based on their progress toward the goal they select, care centers receive a rate increase of up to $3.50 per resident day. 

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DHS Surveys HCBS Providers on Electronic Visit Verification

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is surveying providers of personal care assistance, home health services, and home and community-based services to learn more about existing use of electronic visit verification (EVV) in Minnesota. 

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New Assisted Living Certificate Program Begins Next Week – Limited Spaces Available

The new Assisted Living Certificate Program that combines essential training for both housing managers and nurse managers in assisted living, begins Wednesday, May 30. Limited spaces remain, so make sure to register today

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Sign Up for New Job Board Training Webinar

A new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform is launching June 1! Live webinar trainings on How to Create an Account and How to Post a Job will be available to members on June 4 and June 11 – register now: 

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New C. diff Toolkit for Long-Term Care

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) causes almost half a million infections yearly, with more than 100,000 occurring among residents in long-term care. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has developed a new toolkit to help prevent and manage C. diff infection in long-term care. 

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A Path to a New Long-Term Care Insurance Product?

A new proposal in Congress could create a new long-term services and support insurance product within the Medicare program. LeadingAge has been invited to submit comments on this draft legislation and is seeking feedback from members. 

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House HUD Funding Bill Covers Renewals, Not New Construction

Affordable housing programs received a bit of good news last week when the U.S. House Appropriations Committee provided $941 million more for the U.S. House & Urban Development Department (HUD) in fiscal year 2019 (FY19) than last fiscal year. 

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New Update to Online Shared Care Planning & Coordination Tool

CAST has updated its Shared Care Planning and Coordination Online Tool with updated vendor information for 19 products and published “Improving Care Coordination and Data Sharing with Acute Care and Payers,” a new case study that illustrates how integration technology can help a provider reduce gaps in care and remain a preferred provider to a health system. 

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Presbyterian Homes & Services Receives $12 Million Gift

Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) received a $12 million gift to establish and endow the Hugh K. and Margaret S. Schilling Leadership Institute, which aims to advance development of a highly competent workforce to meet needs related to the unprecedented aging of our population. 

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Sense of Purpose: Attracting Baby Boomers to Senior Living

The baby boomers are coming, and their expectations and preferences in senior living will be different than the consumers you serve today.

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Apply Now: Live Well at Home Grants

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has published the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of Live Well at Home Grants. These grants help communities meet the challenges of our fast-growing aging population and pressures on Minnesota's long-term care support system. 

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