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April 2020 Archives

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

Caring Careers Start Here: Recruiting Directly for Providers

LeadingAge Minnesota is participating in an effort that will soon begin recruiting people interested in long term care through Caring Careers Start Here. 

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CMS Freezes Five Star Health Inspections Rating and Answers Frequently Asked Questions

CMS recently released Quality Safety and Oversight Memorandum QSO-20-28-NH, addressing a number of questions relating to nursing homes and the fight against COVID-19. This article shares the highlights, and we encourage you to review the entire memo and share it with your teams.  

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May 20 Webinar: Sales & Marketing During Social Distancing

Even when you can’t give live tours of your building, there are a lot of things you can still do to keep your prospects engaged and promote the positive stories happening within your senior living community.  

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Leadership Academy Class of 2020 Announced

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Leadership Academy 2020 Class of Fellows has been selected and will convene on May 13. In this extraordinary year when nothing is business-as-usual, this cohort will have the distinction of being the first to begin their journey via virtual conferencing technology.  

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COVID-19: This Week’s Resource Round-Up

This week we share three links to resources we shared in the past week: Basic Care Aide, a Cohorting Messaging Toolkit, and Responding to Negative Views in a Pandemic.  

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From Travel to Concerts to Museums - Virtual Adventures During COVID-19

As the weeks of required social isolation and physical distancing wear on, residents and staff may be in search of new virtual activities. We have compiled a Virtual Adventures guide that contains: 

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Looking Ahead: Long Term Care Week Resources

We are taking over a week traditionally dedicated to skilled nursing and focusing it on all senior care settings! A new resource will help you celebrate caregivers, and support residents and families during Long Term Care Week that takes place May 10-16.  

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Get to Know Me Information Helpful to Staff Caregivers

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are instances when residents are cared for by new or temporary staff or need to be transferred without family to accompany them.  As staff work to provide the best possible care to residents, a brief information sheet about the individual that can be kept in the person’s room or apartment for easy reference can be very helpful.  

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House Task Force Presses for $100 Million in Long Term Care Funding

A newly-formed Democratic task force in the U.S. House is pushing Congress to immediately distribute $100 million in funding to aid infection control efforts in senior care settings. Among the priorities:  

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PPE: Possibly Headed to Nursing Homes, But We Demand More for All Senior Care Providers

According to a news report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be direct shipping PPE – masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection – to every one of the 15,400 nursing homes in the nation.  While this forthcoming action is welcome, it is not nearly enough. It is unacceptable to not provide PPE to ALL senior care and living providers.   

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Senator Housley Calls for Universal Testing in Long-Term Care

Senator Karin Housley, chair of the Minnesota Senate Family Care and Aging Committee, called on Governor Tim Walz’s administration to immediately implement guidelines for widespread testing at the state’s long-term care facilities.   

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MDH Conducting Focused Surveys in HWS/Comprehensive Home Care

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting focused infection control surveys in Housing with Services (HWS)/Comprehensive Home Care communities.  

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PPE: What PPE to Use When – New MDH Chart

Knowing what PPE to use continues to be one of the most frequently asked questions we hear from members. A new chart from MDH brings clarity to this hot topic. 

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COVID-19 Federal and State Funding Update

As we continue to advocate for funding that supports the additional expenses related to planning and response to COVID-19, there is action taking place on both the federal and state level in reimbursing these costs. Below is a quick update on these programs:  

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LeadingAge MN Welcomes Kari Everson as New Director of Clinical Care and Nurse Consultant

LeadingAge Minnesota is excited to announce that Kari Everson, RN, BSN, MSN, MHA, LNHA, has officially joined our team as our Director of Clinical Care and Nurse Consultant.  

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FAQ: Employer COVID-19 Testing Requirements, Workers’ Comp & Return to Work

As testing COVID-19 testing ramps up in Minnesota, many providers have requested guidance about when and how employers can require their employees to undergo testing. 

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Basic Care Aide Registration Now Open

Efficiently and effectively train caregivers using the new Basic Care Aide Curriculum from EduCare – available at no cost to all providers in Minnesota. 

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NA Hiring & Training Flexibility Supports a New Position - Basic Care Aide

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued guidance and clarification relating to nursing assistant training requirements, providing flexibility on hiring and training practices for caregivers in skilled nursing facilities during the COVID-19 emergency. Today we provide clarification on what this means for providers and share news of a new Basic Care Aide position we are creating with a FREE curriculum for members.  

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Take Action: Tell Congress to Include Aging Services in Funding Relief

Congress has the opportunity to provide critical funding and resources for aging services providers throughout the country. Urge Congress to include our priorities in the next coronavirus legislation today:  

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Senate Approves $484 Billion in COVID-19 Funding

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved $484 billion to provide from the effects of COVID-19. The bill includes $75 billion for personal protective equipment, $25 billion for testing and $310 million in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. It is no clear at this time whether the funds for PPE will be prioritized for nursing homes and assisted living.  

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DHS Posts New COVID-19 Reimbursement Form & FAQ

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has posted an updated form and FAQ about reimbursement for COVID-19 related costs on the Nursing Facility Provider Portal.  

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Free Resources: Managing Stress during COVID-19

Faculty from St. Catherine University’s Holistic Health Studies Program have shared two resources designed to help reduce stress experienced by those providing care to older adults in a variety of settings during COVID-19. The items are available at no charge.

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Weekly Resource Round-Up: COVID-19

This week we link you to six tools we provide over the past week: Surge Assessment; updated decision trees for the Confirmed Case Checklist and Managing a Resident Admission from a Hospital; a flow chart of E-FMLA and E-PSL; new guide for Independent Living and Housing with Services; and a messaging and letters to the editor for adult day providers. 

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Humor Helps Us Cope During Stressful Times

Adding humor and lightness to daily staff messages or sharing with your residents can help during the COVID-19 crisis. Based on a member request, we’ve found a few resources that could inject some levity into your day and for your team.  

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$200 Million Available for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting applications for $200 million in funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. 

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MDH Announces Moratorium Project Approvals

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) last week announced seven nursing homes have been approved for moratorium exceptions construction projects in the latest round of available funding. Ten of the eleven submissions, and six of the seven selected, were LeadingAge Minnesota members so we are excited to see their interest in improving the environment for the people they serve.  

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DHS Issues COVID-19 Guidance for EW Customized Living

In a move to support services and staffing in response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) issued guidance to lead agencies regarding EW customized living rate protocols

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MDH Posts COVID-19 Webinar Login Information for Meetings through June

All providers are encouraged to attend the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) weekly COVID-19 webinar for Long-Term Care. MDH epidemiologists and clinicians will provide up-to-date information and guidance, answer questions, and address concerns. 

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CMS Plans to Enforce New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in an April 19 Quality, Safety & Oversight memo (QSO-2026-NH) that nursing homes will soon be subject to two new reporting requirements – submitting communicable disease data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and providing COVID-related notifications to residents and resident representatives.

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Our Gratitude to You. Our Message to Minnesota.

It has been five weeks since COVID-19 came into our lives – five weeks that for many of you probably seem like a lifetime. As new information and guidance pours in nearly every day, I know you have been working with a profound sense of urgency to keep your residents safe and to ensure that their lives, even without visits from family or opportunities to engage in the day-to-day activities of community, are full of love and human connection. 

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