News Archives

July 2020 Archives

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

Update on Nursing Homes Point of Care Antigen Testing Initiative

We have gathered additional details about the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ initiative to supply rapid point-of-care antigen testing instruments and tests to nursing homes throughout the country to aid in identification and mitigation of COVID-19. 

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eMenuCHOICE Adds Reservation Capabilities to its POS Application

eMenuCHOICE, a leading dining management and point of sale (POS) application for senior living communities, now offers reservation features that support communities’ efforts to reopen communal dining. eMenuCHOICE is a valued partner in the LeadingAge MN Savings & Solutions Center. 

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Removing Roadblocks for Nursing Assistant Applicants

There have been reports of students who have completed Nursing Assistant training but have not yet been able to complete testing, running into roadblocks to being hired. Some of these roadblocks include applications designed to ask students for their nursing assistant registry number before being allowed to move forward in the application process, recruiters expecting applicants to be on the Nursing Assistant Registry and students being asked multiple times for copies of their certification. 

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HUD Answers Questions on COVID-19 Supplemental Payment Funds

Application forms for the COVID-19 Supplemental Payment funds are due to HUD by Aug. 5. 

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Potential Funds Available for Private Pay Assisted Living

Relief funds for private-pay assisted living providers are under consideration by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

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New U.S. Senate Bill Includes Liability Protections

A Republican proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the HEALS Act (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act) includes measures that address liability protections.  

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COVID-19 Web Page: Your One-Stop Resource Library

As we develop new tools and resources to help you combat COVID-19 and comply with changing state and federal guidance, we remind you to visit our COVID-19 web page where you will find a wide variety of resources. 

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MDH Provides Update on the Transition to Assisted Living Licensure

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently provided an update on the status of Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota that reviewed licensure and the transition process to the new regulatory structure. It also included an overview of licensure, fees and the ability for excluded settings to continue to provide customized living services pending federal waiver approval.  

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Answer the Call: LeadingAge Board and Lifetime Honorary Member Nominations Open

The 2020 LeadingAge Minnesota Nominating Committee, chaired by Mark Anderson, CEO of Knute Nelson in Alexandria, has announced that nominations are open for board members and officers of the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors and for individuals eligible to elected as Lifetime Honorary Members.   

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Aug. 3 Webinar: Alternative Adult Day Services

Join us Aug. 3 to hear three new approaches to delivering alternative adult day services. Alternative adult day services became a necessity during this pandemic and the services are currently approved by the Minnesota Department of Human Services through June 2021. 

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Living a Life of Impact: KSTP’s Joe Schmit to Keynote August Connect Conference

Joe Schmit, long-time sportscaster for KSTP-TV, is the featured keynote speaker at the 2020 Virtual Connect Conference on Aug. 19. His presentation, Living an Impactful Life: Building Positive Connections, delivers a powerful message about our need for human connections and making an impact on others.  

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2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum: Better Together

Our beloved fall tradition is going 100% virtual this year due to COVID-19. Join us the mornings of Sept. 16, 17 and 18 for the ultimate in conference convenience, flexibility and value. Registration is open, with 40% lower fee than last year. 

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MDH Modifies Home Care and Assisted Living Licensing, Survey and Enforcement

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has modified certain requirements for home care licensing, survey and enforcement activities. The modifications are allowed based on Emergency Executive Order 20-32  issued on April 8. 

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Gov. Walz Provides Progress Report on COVID-19 5-Point Plan for Long-Term Care

Governor Walz on Tuesday said Minnesota continues to make progress on its work to limit and stop the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. (Read the Release; Watch the Briefing). 

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Connect Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline is Friday

Our Connect Conference for senior housing, assisted living and home care is Aug. 19 - 20, and it’s packed full of information, updates and networking. Early bird registration ends this Friday, July 24 – register now for lower pricing! See more details on pricing and CEUS that have never been offered before! 

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LeadingAge MN Foundation Awards COVID-19 Grants to 75 Sites in Rural Minnesota

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation (LAMF) last week awarded $660,000 in COVID-19 grants to fund staff support and virtual adult day services. 

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Nursing Homes Need CLIA Waiver to Receive COVID Testing Equipment

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) last week announced plans to supply rapid, point-of-care testing instruments and tests to nursing homes throughout the country to aid in the fight against COVID-19.  

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COVID-19 Resource Round-Up: Essential Caregiver and Adult Day Re-Opening

In this week’s Resource Round-Up, we feature three new resources released last week: Essential Caregivers, Visitation Guidance Decision-Making Grid, and Adult Day Re-Opening 

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“Stay Calm & Communicate” - Jodi Boyne Leaving LeadingAge MN to Return to Public Service

After nearly eight outstanding years as our Vice President of Public Relations, Jodi Boyne is leaving LeadingAge Minnesota for an exciting new opportunity. She is returning to the public sector — where she worked for 16 years before joining us — to become the Director of Public Affairs for the Minnesota Judicial Branch effective Aug. 10. 

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CARES Act Evictions Moratorium Ends; Minnesota Moratorium Continues with Modifications

While the national prohibition on nonpayment evictions will lift July 25, there are still have ongoing restrictions in Minnesota. Governor Walz last week issued Executive Orders 20-79, which rescinded Executive Orders 20-14 and 20-73 and issued new guidance on eviction suspensions during the duration of the peacetime emergency. Both the rescission and the new order are effective Aug. 4.  

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DHS Releases Testing Reimbursement Information for Care Centers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will soon post information about reimbursement of COVID-19 testing costs for employees to the nursing facility portal.  The new information includes a memo outlining the reimbursement policy and an updated “Form A” to submit for reimbursement of costs related to the Covid-19 state emergency, which now includes employee testing costs. 

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Governor’s Council on Age-Friendly MN Seeks Public Comment

The Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota has developed draft recommendations and is seeking input from the public. The comment period is open through July 31. 

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Blue Ribbon Commission Issues Draft Report on HHS Cost Savings

The Blue Ribbon Commission created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019 to identify recommendations that would save $100 million in state health and human services expenditures over the coming biennium is soliciting public and stakeholder input on its draft final report

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Annual Meeting is Virtual, Sept. 16-18

Watch this space in the coming weeks for full conference details for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. Enjoy the high-quality speakers and timely sessions you have come to expect from this annual leadership conference. 

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DHS Hot Topics and Coaching Room featured at Billing University

Make plans to attend the Aug. 12-13 virtual Billing University for Care Centers. This is the go-to event for billing office staff to stay up to date on the latest developments in payments for long-term care services. 

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Resource Round-Up: Essential Family Caregivers

In this week’s COVID-19 Resource Round-Up, we feature new tools and resources to help you understand, design and implement the new Essential Caregiver designation in your community. 

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HUD Announces Service Coordinator CARES Act Allocation

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) released a memo last week outlining plans to allocate the $10 million in Service Coordinator funding approved by the CARES Act at the end of March. The funds will support approximately 1,600 properties with grant-funded Service Coordinator programs. The agency said they plan to issue guidance for budget-funded Service Coordination and other COVID-related expenses soon.  

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LeadingAge Regional HUD Monthly Calls Start July 16

A monthly call is now available for HUD provider members to join others in our region for news and discussion.  Minnesota joins with LeadingAge Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana for these meetings which are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at noon. 

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Reminder: Advance Beneficiary Notice for Part B Services Has Been Renewed

The Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, and instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal.  The use of the renewed form with the expiration date of 06/30/2023 will be mandatory on Aug. 31, 2020.

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Supporting Older Adults in Extraordinary Times

The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for services to address the impact of COVID-19 and the civil unrest in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding communities. Services must meet specifications of one of the following titles of the Older Americans Act: 

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