News Archives

October 2018 Archives

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

Strategies to Prevent Drug Diversion - Nov. 27 Webinar

Drug diversion has accounted for 15 percent of substantiated Vulnerable Adult Act (VAA) cases in Minnesota nursing homes and home care/assisted living organizations this year. A webinar on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to Noon will discuss factors that are contributing to these cases and strategies to prevent diversion from happening in your organization. 

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Bruce Glanzer Retires Jan. 11, Mike Stordahl Named President/CEO at The Good Shepherd Community

LeadingAge Minnesota extends our deep appreciation and gratitude to Bruce Glanzer, CEO/President of The Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, for his years of dedicated service to our field and our association. Bruce has announced his retirement effective Jan. 11. Mike Stordahl, who has served as the Administrator at Clara City Care Center, has been named the new CEO/President and will join the Good Shepherd team on Jan. 2.  

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Now Available: Free Safety Technology Toolkit

LeadingAge CAST released a new Safety Technologies Toolkit that will help members prevent falls, the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults.  

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Who is Best Positioned for Opportunity in the Skilled Nursing Environment?

The monumental transformation of the Skilled Nursing Facility environment -- and the magnitude and pace of these changes -- poses a great threat to some organizations while creating opportunities for the more nimble and innovative provider, according to the 33rd Edition of the Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report recently released by CliftonLarsonAllen. 

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LeadingAge Tells Congress to Keep Nurses Coming to the U.S.

An amendment recently introduced in Congress could push back the admission of foreign nurses in the United States by several years. The amendment would remove the per-country cap on visas for highly skilled immigrants and instead allocate the visas on a first-come, first served basis according to how long an applicant has waited for a visa. 

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CMS Announces New Data for Nursing Home Quality Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the addition of new data to Nursing Home Compare. The following measures have been added: 

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Focus on the Food Code: New Details on the Certified Food Protection Manager

Food and beverage licensees must employ a Certified Food Protection Manager under the revised food code. This position is currently known as the Certified Food Manager. While the requirements remain similar, members should be aware and ready to comply with the changes.

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Free Training on Hospice and Palliative Care Offered Nov. 18

A free training on Nov. 8 will cover tools and resources that Home and Community-Based Services providers use for end-of-life care and hospice, palliative care and serious illness, POLST, Advance Care Directives and Veteran’s benefits. 

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Notice of Safety Grants for Employers

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Workplace Safety Consultation Unit has announced continuation of its safety hazard abatement matching grant program. Employers covered by workers’ compensation insurance, and those approved as self-insured employers, are eligible to apply for safety/health matching grants up to $10,000 to abate safety hazards in their workplace.  

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LeadingAge Launches New Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

LeadingAge has launched the Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovation, a one-stop shop of tools, resources, and education to help members succeed in managed care, integrated services and other alternative payment models. 

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$50 on Dec. 6 Quality Conference – Super Saver Registration Ends Oct. 25

The Dec. 6 Quality Conference features a full day of sessions devoted to helping organizations improve quality. Performance Excellence Network’s Brian Lassiter will lead a session on creating a culture of excellence throughout your organization from the board room to the front lines of care.   

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Now Available: Trauma-Informed Care Resources

A new toolkit from LeadingAge provides resources for members to better understand the impact of Trauma-Informed Care and how to best serve residents with trauma histories. 

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Need TMA, Home Health Aide or Feeding Assistants?

Help us break down training barriers! After launching LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation’s OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training with great success, the OnTrack team is now vetting the needs of members to determine if the online, on-demand training platform should be expanded to include other key positions.  

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Northeast Regional Healthcare Workforce Summit

Health care workforce shortage. Competition for wages. Retention issues. Employee morale. These are some of the top regional workforce issues that will be featured at the Northeast Regional Health Care Summit 2 on Nov. 9 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. 

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Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Study - Participation Now Open

Participation is now open for the 2018-2019 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits study, which is nationally recognized for reliable and comprehensive compensation data, including management salaries, nonmanagement wages and fringe benefits.

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LeadingAge Launches New Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

LeadingAge has launched the Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovation, a one-stop shop of tools, resources, and education to help members succeed in managed care, integrated services and other alternative payment models. 

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OnTrack Nursing Assistant Program Enrolls 200th Student

The OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program hit another milestone this October – our 200th student! 

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DHS Announces New Proposed Immigration Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially published proposed changes to the public charge rule. The changes would deny entry to individuals seeking admission to the United States or adjusting their immigration status to become a permanent resident if there is any likelihood that the individual will become a public charge at any time in the future. Public comments are due by Dec. 10. 

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Now Available: MDS Section Q Webinar Recording and Handouts

The Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota Department of Health hosted a free webinar last week on how section Q of the MDS is used to target state resources towards assisting those nursing home residents who wish to return to a community setting. The webinar and handouts are now available for members to download.

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What’s the Top Senior Living Expansion Strategy in 2019?

Acquisitions will continue to be the most common way senior living providers expand their businesses in 2019, according to a new survey from Capitol One as featured in McKnight’s Senior Living

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Adult Day Services: Explore Opportunities, Resolve Concerns with Veterans Affairs

LeadingAge will host a call with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss resources for current and new Adult Day Services providers, specifically how to begin working with Veterans Affairs and how to resolve ongoing concerns. The call takes place Nov. 5 from 1 – 2 p.m.  

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New Opportunities in New Bundled Payment for Care Improvement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that close to 1,300 entities have signed up to participate in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model on a voluntary basis. A new blog post from Health Dimensions Group (HDG) provides basic facts, a fresh perspective on what this means and what providers should do next.   

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EduCare Offers Options, Compliance and Value for On-Demand Training

EduCare has been the exclusive on-demand training partner of LeadingAge Minnesota for several years, providing online and DVD programs for all segments in the full continuum of older adult services. There are recent important upgrades and new features to the programs, making this an opportune time to evaluate using it for staff training. 

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Senior LinkAge Line Ready to Help Seniors Navigate Big Medicare Changes

With the start of Medicare open enrollment on Oct. 15, the Senior LinkAge Line is prepared to help Minnesotans navigate significant changes to Medicare plans. Cost Plans, a type of Medicare plan popular in Minnesota, will no longer be available in 66 counties for 2019 due to change in federal law. This means that about 375,000 affected Minnesotans on Medicare will need to change plans. 

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Need TMA, HHA, or Feeding Assistants?

Help us break down training barriers! LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation’s OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training launched in December 2017 with great success. At this time, the OnTrack team is vetting the needs of members to determine if OnTrack’s online, on-demand training platform should be expanded to include other key positions. 

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New Grants Address Involuntary Discharge, Opioids in Long-Term Care Settings

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded a supplemental grant for $70,000 to the National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) to address two critical issues in long-term care settings: involuntary discharges and opioids. 

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In the Know: Copyright Compliance

Have you ever considered how copyright law applies when movies are shown in your setting? You probably should, as motion picture showings held within communal areas on the property require a public performance license to comply with Title 17 of the U.S. Copyright Act. Before you pop in that DVD or download a film for your next movie night, read this advice: 

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CMS Issues Minor Correction to SNF PPS Rates

As we have previously reported, the updated Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) PPS rates took effect for the year that began on Oct. 1. Since our last article, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a correction to the rates that impacted the wage index for some regions. The only Minnesota regions affected by this correction are Duluth and Rochester, and both by only pennies a day. 

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Presbyterian Homes & Services Joins Allina Health as Co-Owner of Genevive

Allina Health and Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) announced their newly formed collaboration in Genevive effective Jan. 1, 2019. Genevive is a geriatric medical practice and care management organization providing comprehensive care for 5,500 older adults throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. 

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Care Center CFOs: Feeling Optimistic but Concerned

A majority of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are feeling more optimistic about their ability to compete but some have expressed concerns about the impact Medicare Advantage plans will have on payment, according to a new study released by Ziegler. 

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