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August 2018 Archives

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

MDH Convenes Stakeholders to Discuss Next Steps in Addressing Elder Abuse

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) last week convened approximately 40 stakeholders including providers, consumers, regulators, payors and other interested persons to discuss how to move forward in reaching consensus with respect to policy reforms to address abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.  

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OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training Receives High Praise

The Ontrack Nursing Assistant Training program is receiving high praise from organizations using the program. In a recent satisfaction survey, 90 percent of respondents stated that they would recommend this program to others. When asked about the customer service from OnTrack staff, 96 percent of respondents were satisfied with their experience. 

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Now Available: Webinar Recording - New Medicare Care Center Payment System

LeadingAge Minnesota and Health Dimensions Group last week hosted a webinar on the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2019 and will make dramatic changes in how Medicare pays for services in care centers.  

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Increased Staffing Ratios and Higher Use of Temporary Staff in Care Centers

Staffing shortages continue to be a primary challenge for care centers, which are experiencing increased staffing ratios and higher use of temporary poll staff based on an analysis of data LeadingAge Minnesota completed on the 2017 costs reports filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).  

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Back to School for Recruiting Students

Working with local high schools can provide some relief in filling positions and open shifts—and it can create a potential future pipeline for staff. Tips for successful outreach to schools are outlined in Solving the Workforce Puzzle: Lesson Learned from 42 Workforce Solutions Grants: Year One.  

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Last Call: Friday Deadline to Submit for What If…? Faces of Institute Campaign

Time is running out to be included in the 2019 What If…? Faces of Institute campaign, featuring the faces and stories of the amazing people who live and work in our communities. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 31 to submit people to feature on the Institute brochure cover and throughout the conference materials. 

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Calling All Stars – Sept. 14 Award Nomination Deadline Approaching

Two weeks remain to send nominations for the popular Stars Among Us Award program – the entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 14. 

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Leadership Academy Fellows Explore Rethinking Thinking

The 2018 class of Leadership Academy fellows continued its year-long journey of leadership development last week with a session focused on Rethinking Thinking at the Ecumen campus in Detroit Lakes. Thirty-seven fellows comprise the program cohort, representing a group diverse in professional focus, geography, organization size and years in service. 

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Get Ready to Celebrate National Adult Day Services Week

It’s time to celebrate the amazing work Adult Day Services providers do every day! National Adult Day Services Week takes place Sept. 16-22 and is a great opportunity to highlight the impact Adult Day has on the people served and their family caregivers.

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Annual Meeting Three Weeks Away

There is still time to register for the 2018 Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum, Sept. 18-21 at Madden’s in Brainerd. The annual conference features strategic-level speakers and education sessions, including our opening keynote looking at predictive technologies that will be the game-changers in the next few years. 

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On-Demand Behavioral Health Webinar Series Available for Purchase

LeadingAge Minnesota has options that allow you train your staff from the comfort and convenience of your office. The popular five-part webinar series, Improving Behavioral Health Care in Older Adult Services, is available for purchase

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Aging Policy and Politics in the Trump Era

How are Trump Administration policies likely to affect the social safety net for older Americans? Twelve articles in a recently published special issue of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy offer a variety of responses to that question, including articles authored by Robyn Stone and Marc Cohen, co-directors of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. 

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AgingServicesJobs.org Receives Upgrades

The new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform continues to receive upgrades as the vendor, WorkFountain, follows a continuous improvement process. 

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On-Demand Webinars Available to Members

LeadingAge Minnesota has options that allow you train your staff from the comfort and convenience of your office. 

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A Great Day on the Links Raises Funds for Caregiver Scholarships

With workforce pressures reaching unprecedented levels, the 2018 LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Golf Fundraiser that took place Aug. 8 helped raise funds for our next round of caregiver scholarships. 

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LeadingAge President & CEO Katie Sloan to Lead National Town Hall at Annual Meeting

LeadingAge President & CEO Katie Sloan will lead a National Town Hall Conversation during this year’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum in September.

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Assisted Living Certificate Program Fall Series is Sold Out

Our popular Assisted Living Certificate Program has sold out for the fall series. To be placed on a waiting list, contact Ashley Rogers

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LeadingAge Responds to Concerns About Reported Staffing Levels

Leadingage President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan has responded to concerns raised by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on whether seniors and their families have accurate and complete information about the quality of nursing homes. 

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What If…? Faces of Institute Campaign

Our 2019 Institute & Expo theme is What if? and will feature the faces and stories of the amazing people who live and work in our communities. We are seeking seven wonderful and diverse people to feature on the Institute brochure cover and throughout the conference materials. 

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Not Yet Compliant with HCBS Standards? Use New Assurance Templates

If you are a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider not yet compliant with the HCBS Settings Rule, two new assurance templates from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will help you meet attestation requirements and get in compliance with the new standards. 

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New Reports Explore Global Expansion of Foreign-Born Aging Services Workforce

Three new reports explore the characteristics and migration routes of foreign-born workers and the benefits and challenges associated with an expanding foreign-born workforce in the field of aging services. 

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Now Available: Medicare Red Tape Relief Report

After a year of collecting stakeholder input, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means has issued the Medicare Red Tape Relief report.  

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Celebrate the Four I’s During National Adult Day Services Week

National Adult Day Services Week takes place Sept. 16-22 and is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the important work Adult Day Providers do every day.  This year, we have developed a public awareness theme focused on the Four I’s of care: 

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Who’s Your Rich? Nominations Sought for Spirit of Aging Award

The Stars Among Us Award program is open for the 2019 recognition awards and we want to know, Who’s YOUR Rich

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New Medicare Rates for SNFs and Value-Based Purchasing Adjustments Effective Oct. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule with the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) PPS rates effective for the year starting Oct. 1. We have calculated the base SNF rates for all regions of Minnesota. 

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The Results Are In: It’s Walz vs. Johnson in Governor’s Race

High voter turnout on primary night led to a few surprises and many potential “firsts” in Minnesota election history. 

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Capital Needs Assessment e-Tool Requirement for PRACs Suspended

The U.S.  Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) has suspended use of the CNA e-Tool for PRAC budgeting purposes. Until further notice, PRAC projects needing to submit a rent increase should follow previous guidance in HUD Handbook 4350.1, Chapter 7: Processing Budgeted Rent Increases. 

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Care Centers: Get Ready for the New Payment Model - PDPM Webinar is Aug. 22

LeadingAge Minnesota members can now register for a free webinar for that will help care centers get ready for the new payment model that will replace RUGs. Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for SNFs is Set to Go: Now What? takes place Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

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OHFC Clears Backlog of Elder and Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment Complaints

The Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) has cleared the backlog of maltreatment cases for elders, vulnerable adults and their families from 2017 and continues to successfully complete initial reviews for all reports within two days. 

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Now Available: 2018 Salary and Benefits Report for Nursing Homes

Registered Nurse hourly rates increased by 3.1 percent while Licensed Practical Nurse rates increased by 2.43 percent, according to the 2018-2019 Nursing Home Salary and Benefits Report published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation in cooperation with LeadingAge.  

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