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December 2018 Archives

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

Katelyn Reichow, Friendship Village CNA, Receives Coveted National Dementia Award

Katelyn Reichow, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Friendship Village in Bloomington was named the 2018 CNA of the Year by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).  

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Host an Open House for New Career Awareness Campaign

HealthForce Minnesota will soon launch Caring Careers Start Here, a career awareness campaign targeted at aging services. We are encouraging members to host an Open Hearts Open House to expose students and adults to the great careers that await them in your settings.

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Session Hosts Sought for 2019 Institute

It takes hundreds of people to pull off an event the size of the Institute, and we’re looking for a few volunteers.   

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Telemedicine Growing at Rapid Pace in Minnesota; Different Uses for Metro and Rural Patients

Telemedicine grew at a rapid pace in Minnesota between 2010 and 2015 with a nearly seven-fold growth in visits jumping from 11,113 in 2010 to 86,238 visits in 2015, according to a new Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and University of Minnesota School of Public Health study highlighted in Health Affairs

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State Budget Surplus Grows, Economic Growth Predicted to Slow

Minnesota’s latest budget forecast was released last week, showing a $1.544 billion surplus for the next biennium but also predicting a slowdown in economic growth. Positive reaction to the state budget surplus at the State Capitol was accompanied with a note of caution. 

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5 QRP Measures Newly Added to Nursing Home Compare

Nursing Home Compare has a whole new look after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added five of six Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measures to the site on Nov. 28. While the measures are listed under the Quality of Resident Care tab with the other measures of short-stay quality, they are not used to calculate a Skilled Nursing Facility’s Quality star rating. The newly reported measures include:                 

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CMS Releases Results of First Year of Value-Based Purchasing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released individual Skilled Nursing Facilities results from the first year of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP). Under VPB, rates are adjusted based on Skilled Nursing Facility-specific hospital readmission rates. 

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Diversity Scholarships Available for Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference

The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter will offer 60 diversity scholarships for healthcare professionals to the Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference on March 2. 

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Best Value for Your Education Budget? 2019 Institute & Expo

What if you could spend just a few dollars per staff person for cutting edge education, critical updates on regulation and state agency mandates, the latest trends and new initiatives affecting your work? The 2019 Institute & Expo does just that. 

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Self-Neglect Growing Area of Common Adult Maltreatment

Nearly 40 percent of reports of maltreatment of older adults and people with disabilities nationwide are for self-neglect, according to a new report from the Administration for Community Living (ACL). 

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MDH Survey Trends in Assisted Living Home Care

A recent analysis of Comprehensive Home Care licensed provider surveys revealed several trends. Of the top 10 correction orders written over the past four quarters, the top two -- Contents of Service Plan and TB Prevention and Control -- have remained constant, eight tags are consistently cited, and only two have entered or dropped out over the last four quarters. Also, there are now only three Tags cited in 50 percent of the surveys currently being conducted.   

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Governance Consultant, Author Cathy Trower Headlines Feb. 6 Governance Intensive

The issues our organizations face are complex, the scrutiny is intense, and the stakes are high. It has never been more important for boards to act as partners in leadership with the CEO and senior team. Not-for-profit leaders and board members are invited to attend the Feb. 6 Governance Intensive during the upcoming Institute to explore governance as leadership and adaptive work. 

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Relationships with Local Schools Boost Recruitment

We know that the toughest workforce crisis is yet to come as the labor force fails to keep the pace with growth in the aging population. The ratio of the working age population compared to those over the age of 85 will decrease by 46 percent over the next 20 years. It is important to start building your future workforce pipeline today!   

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On Demand Webinars Available on LeadingAgeMN.org

Need staff training available anytime night or day? LeadingAge Minnesota has a selection of webinars available for purchase that you can use for on demand staff training. 

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PBJ Data Leads CMS to Focus on Staffing Deficiencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide state survey agencies with a list of facilities with potential staffing issues to support survey activities for evaluating sufficient staffing and improving resident health and safety, according to a Quality, Safety and Oversight Memorandum (19-02-NH) released Nov. 30.  In addition to this survey-related announcement, the memorandum also alerts providers to updates in the PBJ Policy Manual and to the availability of new MDS-based census reports in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) system. 

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MDH Adds Alzheimer’s Disease as Eligible Condition for Medical Cannabis

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that Alzheimer’s disease will become eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Minnesota next year, making it the 14th health condition approved since the state’s cannabis program began in 2015. 

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What If…? 2019 Institute & Expo is Feb. 6-8

This year’s Institute theme sparks our imagination about what’s possible when we open our minds to dream big, without limits. What if… 

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Register Today: Free Dec. 20 Webinar on HCBS Settings Site Visits & Heightened Scrutiny

Join LeadingAge Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. for a free one-hour webinar on next steps in the Minnesota Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule State Transition Plan. Register today!  

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Just Launched: New Career Awareness Campaign

Thanks to the efforts of the Long-Term Care Imperative, HealthForce Minnesota was given funding from the State of Minnesota to create a senior care career awareness campaign -- Caring Careers Start Here

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Personal Needs Allowance and Medicare SNF Co-Insurance Amounts for 2019

The personal needs allowance for nursing facility residents is increased annually by the social security COLA. In the coming year, social security benefits will increase by 2.8 percent, so the personal needs allowance will increase from $99 this year to $102 for the year starting Jan. 1, 2019.  

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Dellwood Gardens Receives Deubener Award

Dellwood Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care was recently honored with a 2018 Deubener Small Business Award from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. The Deubener awards are annually presented to five small businesses that exemplify growth, excellence, risk, diversity and innovation.  

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UMN Crookston Earns NAB Accreditation for Bachelor of Science in Health Management

The Bachelor of Science in Health Management at the University of Minnesota Crookston received accreditation approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and the program also received its Health Service Executive (HSE) qualification. Both accreditations were earned under the leadership of Susan Klassen, program director and former member of LeadingAge Minnesota. 

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Health Dimensions Group Previews Top Trends in Aging Services for 2019

Value-Based Payment, Growth of Managed Care Models, Continued Workforce Challenges, and Repurposing of Skilled Nursing Facilities are just a few of the 11 aging services trends Health Dimensions Group (HDG) has identified for 2019. 

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New Recruitment Videos Launch: Post, Share, Like, Repeat!

Social Media is a key tool for recruiting new staff. Use the two videos below in your recruitment efforts to engage job seekers in your community. When all LeadingAge Minnesota members come together to share a unified message, the impact can be powerful. Share these videos today!  

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Aging Committees Return for 2019-2020 Session

Aging committees will return in both chambers of the Legislature for the 2019-2020 legislative session.   

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