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January 2020 Archives

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

Gayle Kvenvold to Host Perspectives on Life and Aging Panel @ Institute 2020

Better Together means creating a better aging experience with the people we serve. LeadingAge Minnesota President & CEO Gayle Kvenvold will host The View from Here: Perspectives on Life and Aging, a conversation with three consumers of our member communities, during the Friday, Feb. 7 General Session at next week’s Institute & Expo.  

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Drive Quality from the Front-Line: ICan Webinar on Feb. 25

Are your staff ready to drive quality and innovation from the front-line? Participate in our upcoming ICan webinar to learn how you can implement this highly successful program in your setting and have the chance to win $500 in our ICan contest.   

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4 Staff from Saint Therese of New Hope Recognized with Make Zero Harm Possible Awards

Doing ordinary things with extraordinary love is the mission of Saint Therese and you need not look further than a receptionist, volunteer and two nursing assistants from that community to see individuals who are living that mission and demonstrating their commitment to their Safe Care for Seniors pledge. Meet the latest recipients of our Make Zero Harm Possible awards:  

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Superior Health Invites Nursing Homes to Participate in Quality Improvement Collaborative

Superior Health is inviting Minnesota nursing homes to participate in a free quality improvement collaborative designed to enhance performance in nursing homes and reduce the burden associated with achieving that quality.    

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Dr. Rahul Koranne Named New MHA President and CEO

Rahul Koranne, M.D., MBA, FACP, has been named president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). Koranne has served as MHA’s senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer since 2015. 

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Trump Administration Efforts on Fair Housing and Public Charge Pose Concerns for Aging Services Providers

The Trump Administration is working on three major changes in the area of affordable housing and pathways to citizenship that will weaken obligations to fair housing, lessen resources for affordable housing, and discourage older adults from receiving needed assistance. 

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CMS Announces Integration of Compare Sites

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the eight “compare” websites currently operating will be integrated into one streamlined user interface in spring 2020. The move is part of the its efforts to increase transparency and will create a one-stop-shop for Medicare beneficiaries exploring their provider options.  

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New Consumer Brochure Available on EW in Assisted Living

A new brochure from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will help consumers better understand Elderly Waiver (EW) services in assisted living, including eligibility and the application process. 

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Coronavirus in the US: CDC Guidance Notes Concerns for Elders

Federal authorities are tracking the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, a mysterious virus that has traveled from China to the United States. Though stateside risk is currently low, older adults are among those most vulnerable to the virus, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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Volunteer Opportunities Available for 2020 Institute

It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make the Institute & Expo run as smoothly as possible. There’s one vital job that requires no previous experience, no public speaking, an opportunity to network with expert faculty, involves minimal training, no major time commitments and can be immensely rewarding – that of a concurrent session host. To be a host: 

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Safe Care: Meet the Buddies Forever Champions at Minnesota Veteran’s Home - Luverne

Teamwork makes the dream work. At the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Luverne, there is a team of dedicated safety and quality champions that are making a positive difference in the health and wellness of the veterans they serve. Meet the Buddies Forever Champions, our latest recipient of the Make Zero Harm Possible award in our Safe Care for Seniors program.  

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Join Our Team: Director of Clinical Care & Nurse Consultant

To help our members achieve high excellence in clinical practice, survey compliance and quality outcomes, LeadingAge Minnesota is seeking a Director of Clinical Care & Nurse Consultant. 

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How to Build Community Connections for Healthy Aging

In many areas of Minnesota, people don’t know where to turn when their aging loved ones need help. Even those of us who work in senior care are often at a loss when we are in that situation. In four rural Minnesota communities, an initiative called Silos to Circles Age Well is tackling these challenges through local coalitions of aging services professionals.

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Focus on Value and Outcomes as Payment Models Evolve

Post-acute care providers must demonstrate their value and outcomes in more care setting as payment models evolve in the coming years, according to a new report by Avalere Health.  

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Apply Now: Grants Available to Improve Care Transitions

Up to $2 million in grant funding is available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to test technology solutions that improve care transitions, communication and care coordination. 

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HUD Proposal Would Weaken Fair Housing Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) last week published a proposed rule that would weaken the Fair Housing Act enforcement tool to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH).  

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It’s Time to Face Aging MN: This is My Story

Sometimes data just isn’t enough. Storytelling is the most powerful tool to affect change. We need your help to bring the issues we advocate for on behalf of the people you serve to life. Help us tell the story:  

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Engage Front Line Staff in ICan to Improve Quality

Are you ready to engage your front-line staff in quality improvmeent?  Register today for a webinar on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. to learn more about our ICan: Driving Quality and Innovation from the Front-Line program and how your team could win $500 in our kick-off conteast. 

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MDH Edits Electronic Monitoring Consent Forms for Clarity

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted revised versions of the Electronic Monitoring consent forms originally released in December. To make it easier for consumers to find and access the forms, MDH has posted them to a newly-created webpage.  

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Donate to the Institute Silent Auction

One highlight of the Institute & Expo is the LeadingAge MN Foundation Silent Auction. The incredible donations from our members spurs a competitive spirit from our attendees. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 to support caregiver and leadership scholarships and workforce tools and resources to help you address your greatest challenge. Can we count on you to help us achieve our goal by donating an item to this fun and meaningful event?  

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Members Must Issue Certificate of Rent Paid by Jan. 31

All rental property owners, managers or operators must provide a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) to each person who rented from them during the previous year by Friday, Jan. 31 unless the property is tax-exempt or if the resident's entire care is paid under certain goverment assistance programs. 

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Advocacy: Bring Our Issues to Life through Storytelling

Sometimes data just isn’t enough. Storytelling is the most powerful tool to affect change. We need your help to bring the issues we advocate for on behalf of the people you serve to life. Help us tell the story:  

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Bring Generations Together at Your Community

Need help in starting or enhancing intergenerational programs in your community? A new toolkit helps you plan, implement and evaluate programs and activities that connect older housing residents with young people in your community. The toolkit provides practical tools and tips to: 

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What’s the Greatest Challenge in Senior Living?

The challenges faced by senior living providers are plentiful – oversupply pressures, broken capital structures, obsolete properties and inadequate payment models. But the greatest challenge continues to be workforce.  

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Appropriations Bill Funds Key Priorities

The 2020 appropriations package that was signed into law in late December features key initiatives and funding for workforce, dementia, veterans and potential transportation solutions for rural and underserved communities.   

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Got 2 Minutes? Check Out Advantage – in Audio!

Don’t have time to read the entire Advantage newsletter? Prefer to listen to the latest headlines and news? Check out the new 2-Minute News, an audio recap of the most important news you need to know each week. 

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President’s Message: Embrace Change - New Year. New Opportunity.

There has never been a more dynamic and exciting time in the field of aging services. Together we are shaping the next generation of older adult services and, for all the challenges that will entail, it will be an amazing era of creativity – one fueled by the power of the professional and personal relationships we build with one another.  

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Care Center Employee Retention Improved in 2018

There’s good news in the area of employee retention for care centers. Our recent analysis of the employee retention data reported by care centers on the 2018 cost reports found that rates returned to the relatively high levels of the early part of the decade.  

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Sue Kiel, Dietary Cook at North Share Health, Makes Zero Harm Possible

Sue Kiel truly embodies the mission of providing community access to compassionate care each day in her work and is a tremendous team member who all who live and work at North Shore Health in Grand Marais.  For her commitment to safety, respect and dignity, Sue Kiel is the most recent recipient of the Make Zero Harm Possible award from LeadingAge Minnesota.  

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Applications Open for 2020 Leadership Academy

We will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Leadership Academy at next month’s Institute & Expo and celebrate the cumulative 300 graduates who have completed this year-long leadership development program. Are you the next fellow in Leadership Academy?  

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