Featured News

Regulatory Resources and Updates for Care Centers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued a number of regulatory updates in the two weeks since we last published Advantage. Care centers will want to take note of these items: 

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Care Center Staffing Ratings Under Scrutiny

The New York Times recently published an article (‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years. July 7, 2018) that calls into question staffing levels in nursing homes. The article cites data analyzed by Kaiser Health News that nursing homes submit to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) each quarter via the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system, as well as staffing data that facilities previously submitted annually using the CMS-671 form.   

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55 Organizations Using OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training

OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training has been available for seven months and now has 55 organizations enrolled. Of those 55 organizations, 16 have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health and 39 are in the application process.  

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State News

HIE Grants Available from Health Department

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeking proposals for the Minnesota Health Information Exchange (HIE) Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance to Minnesota health care providers to encourage implementation of admission, discharge and transfer alerts and care summary document exchange transactions. 

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What Happens after DHS Completes a Site Visit for HCBS Settings Rule Compliance?

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is well underway with conducting site visits to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers who are “presumed not to be HCBS settings.” As some of these site visits have now been completed, we are able to provide information on what happens once DHS completes its visit. 

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Minor Change Made to Home Care Law

While the legislative session did not result in the clarifications to the Home Care Law that we had worked on with the Minnesota Department of Health, the HomeCare Association and the Long-Term Care Imperative, a minor change was made to the law regarding life-sustaining treatment.  

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Federal News

CMS Proposes to Revise Mandatory Remedies Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to revise its policies regarding mandatory immediate imposition of federal remedies, and there are positive changes for care centers. 

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Supreme Court Dumps Public Sector Union Fees

The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision issued a long-awaited opinion holding that the First Amendment prevents public sector unions from forcing government employees to pay union dues. While the decision applies only to public sector workers (and not private sector union employees), the decision will have an immediate impact in states like Minnesota where compulsory dues are required by law. 

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Get Up to Speed on HUD Rent Proposals in 7 Minutes

A new, seven-minute QuickCast from LeadingAge is a fast way for members to get up to speed on HUD and Congressional proposals to change how rents of HUD-assisted residents, including older adult residents, would be calculated.  

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Notable News

Fore! Deadline to Register for Foundation Golf Tournament is July 16

This year’s LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Golf Tournament on Aug. 8 is nearly sold out! Don’t delay. Register today for a day of golf on the championship-style Keller Golf Course, networking and – most importantly – raising money to fund essential caregiver scholarships! 

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2019 Stars Among Us Awards are Open for Nomination

Nominations for the 2019 Stars Among Us Awards are open through Sept. 14. All members are welcome and encouraged to submit nominations for your amazing caregivers, volunteers, leaders, and the great work your organization is doing to enhance the experience of aging. 

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Sign Up for Live Demo of New Job Board

The new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform has launched! Sign up for a live webinar demo on July 31 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. to learn how to post a job. 

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Member News

Benedictine Health System Names Steven Przybilla as Senior Vice President, Operations/COO

Steven Przybilla is the new senior vice president, operations/chief operating officer, for Benedictine Health System effective July 1. 

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Erin Hennessey Named CEO of Health Dimensions Group

Health Dimensions Group announced that Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey has been named the company’s next chief executive officer. She takes over the top leadership position from Sergei Shvetzoff, who has served in that capacity since October 2015. Shvetzoff will continue as chairman of the board of directors. 

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In Memory: Trent Carlson

Long time LeadingAge Minnesota member and colleague in serving elders, Trent Carlson, passed away last Friday after a short illness. 

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