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March 2021 Archives

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

Leadership Academy Application Deadline Less than Four Weeks Away

Applications for LeadingAge Minnesota's Leadership Academy are due on Monday, April 26. This esteemed program helps develop and grow leaders in our field by exploring leadership theory, applied learning and coaching by seasoned mentors.

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Last Chance for Safe Care for Seniors: 3-part Virtual Workshop

Friday, April 2 is the last day to register for the 3-part virtual workshop, A Practical Guide to Providing Safe Care for Seniors, on April 6, 13 and 20. This series is for organizations wanting to learn about this initiative and staff in participating organizations who have not yet completed training.

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Completing the Assisted Living Licensure Application Form – April 7 Webinar 

The Assisted Living Licensure application form is not yet final, but you can start preparing for the formal application due on June 1.

Attorneys from Lathrop GPM LLP, Minneapolis, a LeadingAge Minnesota business partner, will lead a webinar on April 7, First Step Toward AL Licensure: Preparing to Complete Your Application Form, to help providers start the application process.

Click here to register.

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April 12 Webinar Sheds Light on Navigating Assisted Living Licensure Laws and Rules

A significant step in preparing for the implementation of Assisted Living (AL) Licensure is reading and understanding the Minnesota statutes, laws and rules that govern it. AL directors will be required to attest to completing this requirement on both the AL licensure application and their application to become a licensed assisted living director. 

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2021 Virtual Institute Offers Unprecedented CEU Opportunity

The 2021 Institute, May 18-21, is all virtual and offers the opportunity to earn more CEUs than ever before. The four-day conference includes 116 educational sessions for a wide variety of professional roles requiring continuing education credits for license renewal or maintaining a professional credential. All sessions will be recorded and available for registered participants (only) to view and earn CEUs through July 31. Information on CEU approvals will be available in the coming weeks.

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Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging is Now Trellis

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging has changed its name to Trellis. The change signals an expanded mission for the organization, beyond the original mission as the area agency on aging for the metro area.

Trellis will continue to be a regional leader in aging but will also provide services, information and innovations that connect and improve the lives of people across Minnesota and in ten other states.

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Mainstreaming Long Term Care Focus for Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture

Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, Director, The Anna & Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research, UCLA Division of Geriatrics, will be the keynote speaker at a May 6t Robert L Kane Memorial Lecture. The focus of the lecture will be on the topic of “mainstreaming long-term care.”

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Safe Care for Seniors: Last Chance for Recognition at this Year’s Institute

As this year’s Institute draws near, we are finalizing the list of organizations that will be recognized for their work in Safe Care for Seniors at the “Action” and “Excellence” levels. Monday, April 5 is the last day to update your organization’s data to be recognized at the May event. If you are participating in Safe Care for Seniors and have actions in place for each of the 5 action steps, you can access the data portal on the Safe Care for Seniors site to update your progress.

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Preparing for Assisted Living Licensure: Postings and Disclosures

In preparation for assisted living licensure, LeadingAge Minnesota has developed a checklist to comply with new posting and disclosures required as a condition of licensure. You can use the checklist to ensure you have all necessary disclosures, postings and information that must be provided, offered and made available upon request.

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Draft Bill Circulated on Housing COVID-19 Relief

Third Round of Applications for HUD COVID Supplemental Payments Expected

The House Committee on Financial Services is circulating a discussion draft of the Supporting Seniors and Tenants in Subsidized Housing Act. The draft bill is a version of 2020’s Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act introduced in the House (as HR 6873) and Senate (as S 4177). The draft bill is sponsored by Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), the chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance.

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Senate Votes to Extend Sequestration Suspension

Last Thursday, the US Senate voted to extend the suspension of the 2% sequestration cut for all Medicare services through the end of 2021. Congress initiated sequestration in 2011 to limit Medicare costs by reducing all payments by 2%. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sequestration was suspended for a year by Congress last April 1. The coming expiration of that suspension led to the Congressional activity to extend it further.

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HCBS and LALD Grant Applications Due April 6

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has confirmed that the Licensed Assisted Living Director (LALD) training program is eligible for funding through the Home and Community Based Scholarship Grant Program. Apply today!

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Care Center Rate Increases for Clean Energy Projects Available

2019 legislation authorized the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a pilot project to reduce overall energy consumption in care centers and provide rate adjustments for providers implementing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) projects. PACE projects are clean energy projects paid off through a financing mechanism that uses a special assessment. The commissioner will select projects from qualifying proposals via a competitive application process. The application and associated materials are at the top of the DHS Nursing Facility Provider Portal. Proposals are due June 1.

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New Guidance for Alternative Adult Day Services Requirements

CMS has approved modifications to alternative adult day services effective immediately.  The modifications will:

  • Increase the maximum daily service duration for alternative adult day services (delivered remotely and/or in person) to one person at a time from 4 hours per day to 6 hours per day
  •  Increase the maximum number of people attending online events.

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MDH Makes Changes to Vaccination Reporting

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has implemented changes to the vaccination reporting for long-term care providers. As mass clinics wrap up, MDH is implementing what they call “maintenance mode” for providers who have achieved a 70% vaccination rate for both staff and residents. At this point, 15% of providers meet that standard; therefore, they will be asked only to report monthly to show that they are maintaining high vaccination rates.

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Midpoint in the 2021 Legislative Session: What’s Happened and What’s Next

Minnesota’s 2021 legislative session is at the midpoint, as lawmakers are on break this week in observance of the Easter and Passover holidays. When lawmakers resume legislative activity on April 5, it will be full steam ahead as lawmakers will push to pass budget and policy bills before the legislative session adjourns on May 17.

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MDH Publishes Updated Activities and Dining Guidance for Assisted Living Settings

Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) published updated guidance which allows for more flexibility for dining and guidance in assisted living settings.

Activities and meals are a significant factor in combating social isolation and bringing a sense of normalcy and stability to our resident’s lives.

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Leadership Academy Begins June, Applications Being Accepted

LeadingAge Minnesota’s acclaimed Leadership Academy is entering its twelfth year this June, and we are accepting applications through April 26. This 8-month program develops leadership capacity and core competencies of aging services professionals by tapping their natural talents and authentic leadership style. It blends leadership theory, applied learning, and personalized coaching to mentor current and emerging leaders in our field.

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Governance Workshop is April 7 and 14 – Registration Still Available

More than 30 organizations have already registered for the two-part virtual Governance Workshop, Next Gen Governance for a Next Gen World, on April 7 and 14. In the wake of the pandemic, it is important to shift focus from response to strategic recovery and resilience. The workshop is designed for executives and board members to identify risk areas and opportunities for strong operations in the short and long term. Participation includes a set of diagnostic assessments that will be used to create a roadmap for navigating disruption, change, strategy, opportunity and risk.

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April 7 Webinar Helps Prepare for Completing Assisted Living Licensure Application Form

While Minnesota’s Assisted Living Licensure application form is not yet final and published, we expect it will be public on or about May 1. That leaves just a few short weeks for providers wanting to become licensed assisted living settings to complete their application in time to meet the June 1 deadline already in statute. MN Statute 144G.12 outlines several requirements that we expect to be on the application form, and you can start preparing now.

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Registration Open for 2021 Virtual Institute

The 2021 Institute is May 18-21. This year’s theme, FORWARD, speaks to hope and optimism as we begin to emerge from the grip of COVID-19. Join us for four half-days of virtual learning, keynote presentations and peer networking.

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Veterans Homes receive Pinnacle Awards

The Minnesota Veterans Homes’ four skilled nursing facilities in Fergus Falls, Luverne, Minneapolis and Silver Bay have all been recognized with the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award. The Homes’ “customer experience” is measured through Pinnacle monthly telephone interviews with residents and/or their families. Throughout the year, the survey results are reviewed to better understand residents’ needs and make improvements when necessary.

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SNF Quality Reporting Program Webinar: Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update

Listen in to CMS’ March 30 webinar to learn how you can receive the full SNF Quality Reporting (SNF QRP) Annual Payment Update. The webinar covers updates to elements of the MDS used to calculate measures for the SNF QRP program, data submission requirements, and the reconsideration process for providers identified as being noncompliant with the requirements.

Register to attend the March 30 webinar, or sign up to be notified when the recording of the session becomes available.

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April 19th Virtual Event: Human, Economic & Disproportionate Impact of Alzheimer’s & other Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota invites you to a complimentary virtual event entitled "Human, Economic & Disproportionate Impact of Alzheimer’s & other Dementia" on April 19 at 1 p.m.

This webinar will discuss the human impact, the economic impact, and the disproportionate impact of this brain disease and bring to life the recently released facts and figures report and accompanying special report on Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's in America.

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Seeking LGBTQ Needs Assessment Survey Participants

Since 2002, there has been a Needs Assessment Survey every ten years to better understand social determinants of health and individual health outcomes for aging LGBTQ Minnesotans. The 2022 Survey is getting underway, and JustUs Health and the University of Minnesota are joining together in a community-wide effort to provide actionable insight into the health needs of aging LGBTQ Minnesotans. They seek survey participation from LGBTQA Minnesotans 50 years and older to help inform policy and funding decisions at a state level for the estimated 48,000+ LGBTQ seniors living in our state.

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Save the Date: MHCEA Virtual Spring Conference Set for May 6-7

The Minnesota Healthcare Engineers Association (MHCEA) has confirmed May 6-7 as the dates for its 2021 Spring Conference. This year’s event will be in virtual format due to the on-going impact of COVID-19, with programming from 8 – 11:30 a.m. each day.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for eligible residents of Senior Housing Coming Soon

This week, staff from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program joined LeadingAge’s Housing Advisory Group call to discuss how the new program could help affordable senior housing residents as well as housing providers.

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LeadingAge Conducting Survey on Provider Relief Fund

LeadingAge has launched a member survey to gauge how much Provider Relief Fund (PRF) funding members have received to date, how much unmet need remains, and the reasons for the continued need for more funding. This information will help them advocate to Congress for additional PRF appropriations and articulate why providers still need this help.

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MDH Schedules Next Two Assisted Living Licensure Webinars

The Minnesota Department of Health has scheduled two calls regarding assisted living licensure for providers on April 8 and April 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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LALD Training Covered by HCBS Scholarship

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has confirmed that the Licensed Assisted Living Director (LALD) training program is eligible for funding through the Home and Community Based Scholarship Grant Program. Apply today!

The application deadline has been extended to April 6 at 11:59 p.m. Find the HCBS Scholarship Program details, application, and forms on the MDH website. Grants will run for 24 months, starting on July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023.

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