News Archives

August 2020 Archives

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

Education & Events

COVID-19 Coping Room Building Your Own Resilience Roadmap
Webinar – September 2, 2020 – 2-2:45 p.m.

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Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum Addresses Important Aspects of COVID-19 in Senior Communities

The Virtual Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum, Sept. 16-18, features several insightful sessions about the many ways COVID-19 is impacting how we serve older adults.

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Sales & Marketing in Senior Living Certificate Program Resumes in October

Great news for our sales and marketing professionals – the Sales & Marketing in Senior Living Certificate Program that was scheduled for this past spring and postponed due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled for this fall.

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2020 Election: Registering to Vote

This election year, LeadingAge Minnesota encourages all Minnesotans, including those living and serving in long-term care settings, to actively engage in the election process by practicing their right to vote. But before you can vote, you must register.

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DHS Shares Impact of HCBS Settings Rule Timeline Extensions for Minnesota

On July 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance in a letter [PDF] announcing an extension to the implementation of the HCBS regulation timelines.

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DHS Amends Licensing Modifications for ADS Providers

DHS recently amended licensing modifications for ADS providers, effective August 12, 2020.  Except for the changes described below, all previously approved licensing modifications for adult day centers remain in effect.

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On-Demand Webinar Features Effective COVID-19 Communication Strategies

Earlier this week, LeadingAge Minnesota offered a one-hour webinar featuring Covid-19 communications experiences from Bethesda in Willmar, Emerald Crest Memory Care in Burnsville as well as a review of the modified visitation guidelines by LeadingAge Nurse Consultant Kari Everson

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Highlights of Second LTC Imperative Short Survey on Testing

Earlier this week the LTC Imperative completed our second short, one-day survey, which looked at employee and resident testing. Testing is an important aspect of containing outbreaks during the pandemic and the survey results will help inform our advocacy on testing policies and payment.

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COVID-19 Coping & Support:  Senior Care Staff Hotline and Webinar Announced

Being stressed out is a natural reaction to the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in during this pandemic, but after six months we are all struggling with exhaustion and chronic stress.

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New CMS Rules Will Require Nursing Homes to Test Staff for COVID-19

Nursing homes will be required to test staff for COVID-19, and offer testing to residents, under an Interim Final Rule released by CMS August 25. All laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing and reporting patient-specific results

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Friday is Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration Deadline

This Friday, August 21 is the early registration deadline for LeadingAge Minnesota’s virtual Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum. The annual leadership conference spans three mornings

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Monthly LeadingAge HUD Regional Call this Thursday

Please join us for the next monthly HUD Member Regional Conference Call, scheduled for August 20 from 12-1 p.m. CST.

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Tell Congress to Finish the Job

Join providers across the Nation to call on Congress to provide immediate relief to aging services providers.

We are severely disappointed that Congress did not reach an agreement on the next COVID-19 relief package.

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Schowalter Returns as MMB Commissioner

With Minnesota facing a projected $4.7 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Tim Walz tapped a familiar face and state budget expert, Jim Schowalter, to return as commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget.

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Legislature Passes Retention Grants for Adult Day Services Providers

In a special session last week, the Senate and House passed (and the Governor later signed) Senate File 1, which appropriates more than $20M in state CARES Act relief funds to provide retention grants to adult day services providers to address the impact of business interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New On-Demand Online Nursing Home COVID-19 Training from CDC/CMS Now Available

One-hour training sessions on COVID-19 critical topics such infection prevention, early detection, and managing staffing challenges are now available through the new

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COVID-19 Communications Toolkit for Fall 2020 – Media and Visitation Modification

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Minnesota, we have developed a COVID-19 External Communications toolkit to help communicate with the media and other external audiences about the importance of prevention precautions as well as your plan for visitation modification.

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CMS Resumes Survey Activity

On August 17, 2020 CMS released a memo, QSO-20-35-ALL, describing expansion of survey activity and new guidance around enforcement.

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DHS Considering Return to Fingerprint-Based Background Studies

LeadingAge Minnesota recently learned that Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is proposing to return to fully-compliant, fingerprint-based background studies process sometime in the near future.

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Need CEUs? MN LTC Administrator Clock Hours Available at Upcoming Programs

MN licensed LTC administrators interested in kick starting their earned clock hours for the 2020/21 licensure cycle are in luck. The following LeadingAge Minnesota virtual events have been approved for clock hours.

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Safe Care in the Age of COVID

As we have pivoted in the past several months to focus on COVID-19 and put practices in place to combat this virus, we are reminded of our Safe Care for Seniors pledge for respect, safety and dignity and the shared commitment we made together to prevent harm in the course of caregiving.

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Modifying Visitation Toolkit Available Now

With the release of the Minnesota Department of Health guidance on visitation modification on Monday, you’ll find new tools in our COVID-19 Resource Library.

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Care Center Financial Survey Results Show Continued Improvement

The results of the Long-Term Care Imperative’s annual nursing facility financial indicators survey were recently prepared by CliftonLarsonAllen. The 2019 data shows that financial performance continued a trend of improvement

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HUD to Join Aug. 17 LeadingAge Call with Updated NSPIRE Inspection Standards

On August 3, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) released a fully updated set of NSPIRE Inspection Standards for the physical inspection demonstration program.

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Expedited Feeding Assistant Curriculum is Available!

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Department of Health waived the 8-hour training requirement for Paid Feeding Assistants, in accordance with a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

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Metro Mobility COVID-19 Updates

The Metropolitan Council has issued Metro Mobility COVID-19 safety measures. The safety measures cover topics including service, fare payment, riders, drivers, bus cleaning, and more.

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Public Comment Period on ADS Participant Age Eligibility

As part of the DHS Waiver Reimagine project, DHS has requested public comments on Summer 2020 federal waiver plan amendments before they are submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. These amendments apply to the following waivers:

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DHS partners with State Services for the Blind to offer Remote Access to Aging Eyes Initiative Devices

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division of DHS is partnering with State Services for the Blind's Aging Eyes Initiative. Through this partnership older adults with both hearing and vision loss can access specific vision loss-related and assistive listening devices.
 

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