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September 2020 Archives

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

New Saliva Testing Option and MDH Survey of Provider Interest

The State of Minnesota has entered into a contract with Infinity Biologix/Vault Health to establish a new COVID-19 saliva testing option, and a new in-state laboratory, to process up to 30,000 saliva tests per day.

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Stars Among Us Awards Offer Opportunity to Recognize Staff

The Stars Among Us Awards have a long tradition of honoring some of the best of the best in our field. This year, more than any other, we want to recognize the tireless essential workers on the front lines

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Education & Events Schedule

Budgeting in Uncertain Times – webinar
October 1

Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program (Virtual)
October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

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Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program Begins Next Week; Space Still Available

The virtual Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program begins next week and is offered only once this year. In six half-day sessions, participants will gain the foundational knowledge to operate successfully and confidently as a HWS/Assisted Living manager.

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Save the Date: MHCEA Conference Set for December 3-4

The Minnesota Healthcare Engineers Association (MHCEA) has confirmed December 3-4 as the dates for its 2020 Fall Conference. This year’s event will be in virtual format due to the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with programming from 9:00 – 12:30 each day.

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CNA Staffing Summit Announced

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care have announced the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit to be held on Oct. 20, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to register for the virtual event.

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New SNF Medicare Rates Take Effect on Thursday

Based on the annual SNF Payment Rule which CMS released earlier this summer, new SNF Medicare rates for the second year of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) take effect on October 1. 

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DHS Seeks Input for Waiver Reimagine Project

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is improving the disability waiver system through a project called Waiver Reimagine.

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Update on Abbott BinaxNOW Test Distribution

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided updated information concerning distribution of the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid point-of-care tests

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CDC Will Update NHSN to Accept Laboratory Test Results

Since early May care centers have been using the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to report COVID-19 cases and related data to the CDC.

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Influenza & Vaccinations in the Land of COVID-19

Fall signals many wonderful traditions and memories such as pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, crackling fires, spectacular views of changing leaves . . . and influenza vaccines!

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Guidance for Temporary Tent Structures and Clear Dividers for LTC Visitation

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today released guidance on the use of temporary tent structures and clear dividers for purposes of visitation, which will be helpful for both nursing homes and housing with services/assisted living communities.

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New Fall Programs Open for Registration

Just like “Back to School,” the beginning of fall brings new opportunities for continuing education. These programs are coming to you in October and are now open for registration.

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Get to Know Minnesota’s Adult Day Services Field

As we celebrate National Adult Day Services Week, we look at the ways in which the field has evolved since President Jimmy Carter first proclaimed National Adult Day Services Week in 1983.

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Basic Care Aide Registration Available Through LeadingAge Minnesota

Efficiently and effectively train caregivers using the Basic Care Aide Curriculum from EduCare. Beginning September 26, registration for this training program

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Mentoring Program for LPNs in Assisted Living: Exciting New Pilot Project Opportunity

LeadingAge Minnesota is partnering with The Center for Aging Research and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing to work with a few select organizations to pilot

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Staff COVID Culture of Safety Survey: Free Opportunity to Participate

Are you seeing stress, burnout, and anxiety amongst your staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Do you want to gain additional insights into

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HUD Permits Alternatives to Resident Meetings for RAD

In a Notice issued Friday, HUD permits alternatives to group resident meetings required for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). For PHAs or owners undergoing a RAD conversion

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DHS Postpones Annual Quality of Life Survey

Recently, DHS announced that due to the ongoing public health emergency the annual in-person care center resident Quality of Life survey that was due to be conducted

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Resiliency Tip For COVID-19 Stress: Build in Things to Look Forward to During the Day

When we are stretched thin personally and professionally, it is a “grind” every day that leaves little room for self-care. You’re in good company if you feel like there’s not time or energy

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Why Transparency is a Leader’s Best Communications Tool

As a leader, you know that it’s not always easy to be transparent especially with bad news, but the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of

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Attention Housing Support (GRH) Providers: COVID Add-on Reporting Due by 9-30-20

One final reminder that reporting on funds received last spring related to the Housing Support (GRH) Program are due by the end of September.

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COVID-19 Coping & Resilience Tip: A Joyful Relief Moment

The physical, cognitive and psychological benefits of laughter and distraction with adorable or beautiful things are well documented, and something we really need now in the time of COVID.

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DHS to Resume Fingerprint-Based Background Studies on October 7

The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced that it will return to conducting fingerprint-based background studies beginning at 6 a.m. Wed., Oct. 7, 2020, and entities will no longer

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MDH, Providers Weigh Impact of CMS Revised Visitation Guidance

In recognition of the physical and emotional toll that separation from family and other loved ones has taken on residents, CMS has issued

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Education & Events

Webinar: Budgeting in Uncertain Times
October 1

Assisted Living/HWS Management Certificate Program (Virtual)
October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

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Sales & Marketing in Senior Living a Month Away

Has your occupancy suffered from the impact of the pandemic? You’re not alone. Your sales and marketing team plays an essential role in your community’s financial performance during regular times;

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Budgeting in Uncertain Times

Mark your calendar for October 1, 1-2 p.m. for a timely webinar—Budgeting in Uncertain Times. This strategy-focused webinar is designed to help leaders and financial staff make informed decisions

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