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January 2021 Archives

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

Virtual ALNET Meeting Resumes Next Month

The first quarterly meeting of the Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leaders Network (ALNET) is scheduled for Feb. 25 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. These meetings provide time and space to receive important updates on trending topics in clinical care. Participants experience valuable networking and with peers to share experiences, challenges, solutions and best practices.

Hosted by Kari Everson, Director of Clinical Care and Clinical Consultant, standing topics include regulatory and survey updates, quality improvement and more. This quarter’s meeting combines all regions. Register here

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Optimizing Therapy Services Considering COVID Challenges

Respiratory disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and with the emergence of COVID-19, therapists are treating even greater numbers of clients with compromised lung function. Select Rehabilitation is offering two complimentary webinars that provide strategies for treatment interventions and in-room therapy.

Part 1 – Managing Therapy Needs for the Client with Compromised Respiratory Function

Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – Noon. click here to register

Part 2 – Treatment and Documentation for In-Room Therapy Sessions

March 3, 11 a.m. – Noon. click here to register

This webinar series is hosted by LeadingAge Minnesota, Select Rehabilitation and LeadingAge Savings and Solutions.

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Three-Part Webinar Series Helps Prepare for Minnesota’s Assisted Living Licensure

Preparing for Minnesota’s Assisted Living Licensure (ALL) is a three-part webinar series beginning on Feb. 16, 2021 to equip providers with essential knowledge and understanding of the proposed rule ahead of the licensure requirements which will be implemented on Aug. 1, 2021.

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5 Fact About Newest Team Member Matt Steele

Just last week, Matt Steele joined the LeadingAge Minnesota advocacy team. We want you to get to know Matt so we asked him five questions:

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Participate in 2021 LeadingAge Minnesota Committees

As we turn the page on a new year, we invite you to get involved in LeadingAge Minnesota committees in 2021. Ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery, implementation of new Assisted Living Licensure requirements, protection of Value Based Reimbursement for care centers—just a few of the impactful issues facing senior care in the coming year. Through it all we have a tremendous opportunity to improve the aging experience for those we serve, and we encourage everyone’s involvement in our committees to shape the important work ahead.

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New Job Board Launching on AgingServicesJobs.org

A new job board is launching soon on LeadingAge Minnesota’s AgingServicesJobs.Org website. Recruitment is a key initiative of our workforce strategy, and the new vendor will provide this important service for members within the next few weeks.

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Share Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Story with LeadingAge

Featuring Susan Hildebrandt, VP of Workforce Initiatives at LeadingAge

There is still time to complete your survey! In 2021, LeadingAge National is helping provider members focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a key component of its recently adopted strategic plan. Over the next 3 years, LeadingAge aims to offer all member organizations the tools and resources they need to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and this effort begins with you.

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CMS Releases Updated Five Star Quality Ratings for Care Centers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released updated Five-Star quality ratings for care centers. Beginning with this month’s update, all three domains (Survey, Staffing, and Quality) will again operate as they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. All care centers should review the new ratings posted at Medicare Care Compare. As described in this revised Technical Users’ Guide, updates to the specific domains are as follows:

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DHS to conduct telephone survey with new Elderly Waiver participants

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Aging and Adult Services Division announced this week that they are working with the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community and Knowledge Services to conduct a telephone survey of new Elderly Waiver (EW) participants. The purpose of the survey is to learn about new EW participants’ long-term care needs and decision-making leading up to enrollment.

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Implementation of the HCBS rule tiered standards, effective Jan. 11, 2021

The Disability Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services has announced that effective Jan. 11, 2021, there are new tiered standards for HCBS settings that provide the following services through the disability waivers (BI, CADI, CAC, DD waivers):

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Now Available - Moratorium Exceptions Process Application Materials

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released the application materials for an unexpected round of the nursing facility moratorium exceptions process, which are available on the MDH web site. Care centers interested in applying will need to complete all of the required application materials and return them to MDH by June 25. Following a presentation to a review committee later this year, MDH will have a list of approved projects by Sept. 3, 2021.

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Resilience Tip: Getting Past A COVID-19 Wall

Featuring Dr. Alyson VanAhn from Associated Clinic of Psychology

COVID-19 has been making our work and personal lives more difficult for close to a year now. During that time, you’ve probably hit a few walls of exhaustion. You might not be sure how you’ll keep going. And you’ve maybe hit this kind of wall more than once throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Communicative Technology Grant Opportunity

The deadline is fast approaching for nursing facilities that have not already applied for the COVID-19 Communicative Technology Grants available through the Minnesota Department of Human Services utilizing Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funding. Facilities have until March 1, 2021 to submit an application.

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COVID-19 In-Person Visitation Aid Grant Opportunity

Nursing facilities are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funds to purchase equipment that facilitates in-person visitation during the COVID-19 emergency. Facilities that have not already applied have until June 1, 2021 to submit an application.

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MDH Launches Portal to Connect 1A Tier 3 Health Care Workers with Available Vaccines

The Minnesota Department of Health has launched a web portal to help identify health care workers in 1A Tier 3 who have not been able to receive the vaccine from their employers in an effort to connect them with vaccines that may become available.

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At the Capitol: No Cuts for Senior Services in Walz Budget

As the legislature enters the last week of January, the pace of the legislative session has picked up and Governor Walz has released his proposed 2022-2023 budget, which holds senior services harmless. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening at the Capitol:

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COVID-19 Guidance: Non-Medically Necessary Outings

Long-term care organizations work tirelessly to keep residents and staff as safe as possible during the pandemic. We know congregate living settings can have significant outbreaks when COVID-19 is brought into the building. These outbreaks impact the health and lives of our residents and staff. The CDC has long-reported small family gatherings increase the number of outbreaks in long-term care settings. 

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January Virtual District Meetings Begin This Week

District Meetings start this week with a program that includes an update on COVID-19 vaccinations, a preview of the 2021 Legislative Session and results of a new Public Opinion Poll about older adult services.

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LeadingAge Launches DEI Survey

Featuring Susan Hildebrandt, VP of Workforce Initiatives at LeadingAge

We need your help! In 2021, LeadingAge National is helping provider members focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a key component of its recently adopted strategic plan. Over the next 3 years, LeadingAge aims to offer all member organizations the tools and resources they need to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and this effort begins with you.

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Welcome Matt Steele to the LeadingAge Minnesota Advocacy Team

We are happy to announce that Matt Steele has joined LeadingAge Minnesota as the Director of Government Affairs. Matt joins the advocacy team, focusing his work on legislative policy solutions.

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CMS Quality Measures and MDS Web-Based Trainings Available

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the following new quality and Minimum Data Set (MDS) web-based training content for skilled nursing facilities and Medicare home health providers:

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HUD Announces Competition for $150M New Section 202 Funds

On January 11, HUD announced its competition for $150 million in new Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly funds. The application deadline for these funds is May 26, 2021.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is similar in many ways to the last HUD Section 202 NOFO issued in April 2019. That NOFO was for $51 million and ultimately provided Section 202 Capital Advance and Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) funding for 575 units via 18 nonprofit-controlled communities when the awards were announced in February 2020.

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OSHA Posting Period Begins February 1

This is a reminder that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers subject to its recordkeeping requirements to post OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30 of each year.

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Nursing Facility Pre-Admission Screening Level II Timing Requirement Waived

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced that they have temporarily waived the requirement for OBRA Level II evaluations to be completed before a person’s nursing facility (NF) admission. This change helps people discharge from hospitals to nursing facilities more quickly, which opens up hospital beds and staffing to meet the increasing demand caused by COVID-19.

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Contact Information Needed for DHS Labor Market Survey

Under a new requirement that the Legislature created in Minnesota Statutes Section 256B.4912, subdivision 1a, home and community based services providers, including all Elderly Waiver and Disability Waiver providers, to participate in a labor market survey that will be conducted later this year.

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Social Isolation Grant Funding Opportunity Available for Home Care and Assisted Living

The application is now available to apply for grants made available through the Home Care Provider Advisory Council. The Council has been given approval by the Commissioner of Health to provide funding to home care providers and other entities to mitigate social isolation of vulnerable adults residing in home care provider settings including assisted living settings.

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Resilience Tip: Building Resilience with Meditation Moments

Featuring Dr. Alyson VanAhn from Associated Clinic of Psychology

Short meditations on kindness provide a way to instill self- and other-focused compassion in order to combat our harsh and often hostile environments at home and as a larger community.

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Business Covid-19 Relief Payments Going to Some Members

In a December special session, the Minnesota Legislature approved relief payments for certain hospitality businesses that have been closed due to one of the governor’s emergency orders. The list of businesses eligible for grants include fitness centers and restaurants, and some members who provide those services to the public may be eligible for grants. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Revenue sent checks to businesses they determined to be eligible, and one of the limiting factors that will impact some of our members even if they do offer these services to the public is that a recipient must have had $10,000 in sales in 2019.

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Minnesota Announces Vaccine Distribution Pilot Program

Minnesota is launching a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program, partnering with local public health and school districts, Governor Tim Walz announced on Monday. These sites will initially serve adults 65 years of age or older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff, and child care workers. The community vaccination pilot program will be the foundation for mass vaccination clinics in Minnesota communities once the federal government increases vaccine supply. The nine pilot sites will launch this week with a small number of doses for eligible Minnesotans.

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Members Encouraged to Submit MDH Vaccine Survey Weekly

Starting last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting a weekly survey on vaccination in long-term care settings. The survey allows MDH and the provider associations to track the progress of vaccination of residents and staff in sites across the state. Providers are asked to visit the vaccine REDcap survey link each Wednesday to updated their information.

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