Category: Featured News
Welcome to the Featured News category. The following news items include major developments in the aging services world, as well as important notifications and timely reminders.
On September 21, 2023 by Anna Mowry
September is Workforce Development Month, an excellent time for employers to explore the resources and expert support from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
On September 21, 2023 by Erin Huppert
The Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board, created during the past legislative session, met for the first time last Thursday.
On September 21, 2023 by Mark Schulz
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the nursing home minimum staffing standards proposed rule in the Federal Register on Sept. 6 and proposes standards that include minimum staffing for Registered Nurses (RNs) and nurse aides (NAs).
On September 14, 2023 by Anna Mowry
Employers can sign up now to become an employer partner for the next round of the Next Generation Nursing Assistant or NextGen “barrier-free” training program.
On September 14, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
The next round of assisted living resident and family satisfaction surveys will be conducted in 2024, starting in January and occurring throughout the year in four regions.
On September 14, 2023 by Anna Mowry
As Minnesota high schoolers head back to school this fall, they have new incentives to work in caring careers.
On September 7, 2023 by Mark Schulz
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the nursing home minimum staffing standards proposed rule in the Federal Register on Sept. 6 and proposes standards that include minimum staffing for registered nurses (RNs) and nurse aides.
On September 7, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has decided to extend the application deadline for the Nursing Facility Workforce Incentive Grant Program to Friday, Sept. 15. DHS has posted a revised version of the RFP and application form for Workforce Incentive Grants on the Nursing Facility Provider Portal.
On September 1, 2023 by Mark Schulz
Despite the current workforce reality, the evidence that no single staffing level would guarantee quality care, and our ardent advocacy to negate the most troubling portions of this rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule that will impose minimum staffing ratios. We are disappointed our calls to moderate and mitigate the potentially devastating impacts of the rule were not heeded.
On August 31, 2023 by Kari Everson
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases as of last week. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 status update shows Minnesota’s cases are increasing, especially in people 85 and older.
On August 31, 2023 by Mark Schulz
A nursing home minimum staffing feasibility study commissioned by CMS was leaked this week. The key findings provide important insights into the challenges of proposing and implementing staffing ratios in nursing homes.
On August 31, 2023 by Erin Huppert
Members and staff of the House and Senate Human Services Committees went into the community last week to experience firsthand the care given by long-term care providers, see the impact of their legislative actions, and talk about priorities for 2024. Over a single day, they visited five providers of senior care and disability services.
On August 24, 2023 by Kari Everson
Four new resources requested by members are now available in LeadingAge Minnesota’s Resource Library related to cannabis, education requirements, staffing in assisted living, and background checks.
On August 24, 2023 by Mark Schulz
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) released the minimum-wage rate information that begins on Jan. 1, 2024. Minnesota's minimum wage rates will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2024, to $10.85 an hour for large employers and $8.85 an hour for other state minimum wages.
On August 24, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released the application form for the Elderly Waiver Customized Living (EWCL) Disproportionate Share Program (DSH) for 2024.
On August 17, 2023 by Erin Huppert
Effective Aug. 1, 2023, two modifications were made to consumer surveys for assisted living, adult day services, and home care.
On August 14, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted a Request for Applications for Workforce Incentive Grants for care centers on the nursing facility provider portal.
On August 10, 2023 by Anna Mowry
Released last week, the nation’s largest nursing home salary report shows a continued upward trend for nursing home staff salaries.
On August 10, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
The Long-Term Care Imperative recently compiled care center occupancy data for the first half of 2023. While the data show some encouraging signs, occupancy has yet to recover to levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.
On August 3, 2023 by Jenny Prosser
The 2023 LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Golf Tournament helped raise funds for the next round of caregiver scholarships. Thanks to golfers, sponsors, volunteers, and ticket sales, the event raised over $62,000 before expenses.
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