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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.

Focus on Value and Outcomes as Payment Models Evolve

Post-acute care providers must demonstrate their value and outcomes in more care setting as payment models evolve in the coming years, according to a new report by Avalere Health.  

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ICan: Increase Quality and Win $500

LeadingAge Minnesota is expanding the highly successful ICan: Driving Quality and Innovation from the Front-Line program to all our members. Register today for a webinar on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. to learn more about the ICan program and our kick-off contest!  

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MDH Edits Electronic Monitoring Consent Forms for Clarity

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted revised versions of the Electronic Monitoring consent forms originally released in December. To make it easier for consumers to find and access the forms, MDH has posted them to a newly-created webpage.  

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Got 2 Minutes? Check Out Advantage – in Audio!

Don’t have time to read the entire Advantage newsletter? Prefer to listen to the latest headlines and news? Check out the new 2-Minute News, an audio recap of the most important news you need to know each week. 

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President’s Message: Embrace Change - New Year. New Opportunity.

There has never been a more dynamic and exciting time in the field of aging services. Together we are shaping the next generation of older adult services and, for all the challenges that will entail, it will be an amazing era of creativity – one fueled by the power of the professional and personal relationships we build with one another.  

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Care Center Employee Retention Improved in 2018

There’s good news in the area of employee retention for care centers. Our recent analysis of the employee retention data reported by care centers on the 2018 cost reports found that rates returned to the relatively high levels of the early part of the decade.  

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CMS Releases Results of Second Year of Value-Based Purchasing

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the results of the second year of implementation of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) for skilled nursing settings. The results are a mixed review for Minnesota care centers.   

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Online Calculator: What’s Your Turnover Cost?

An organization that averages 40 staff terminations per year is spending at least $180,000. What’s your turnover cost? A new online calculator from LeadingAge can help you see how much staff turnover is costing your community. 

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New SNSA (Nursing Pool) Caps in Effect

The State of Minnesota has set the statutory limits that Supplemental Nursing Services Agencies (SNSAs) can charge per hour for each type of staff. The new caps are effective Jan. 1, 2020.  

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15 Providers Named to Safe Care for Seniors Action Honor Roll

Fifteen LeadingAge Minnesota members have been named to the Safe Care for Seniors Action Honor Roll.  

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Congress Approves Bill Providing Pathway to Citizenship for Some Liberians

Congress has approved legislation that will provide some Liberian immigrants in Minnesota and across the country permanent residency and a path to citizenship. The bill is expected to be signed into law yet this year.  

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Electronic Monitoring: Consent Form Pending Final MDH Approval

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, there will be new protections and consent procedures for residents and families, and roommates where applicable, who instill hidden electronic monitoring devices. The new law requires you to have each resident fill out a form to be provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The form has not been finalized by MDH.  

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State Budget Forecast Shows Growth in Surplus

The annual November budget forecast released last week shows a projected growth in the state’s budget surplus for the current biennium, which ends on June 30, 2021, to more than $1.3 billion. That’s an increase of more than $1 billion from the end of the legislative session, when the Legislature adjourned with a relatively small projected surplus. 

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Reconnect with Your Lawmakers Before Session Begins

Was the last time you connected with your lawmaker during session? It’s time to dust off your advocacy hat and invite your lawmakers into your community before the next legislative session starts on Feb. 11, 2020. To help you accomplish this goal, we have developed a new resource for you.  

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The Pace Picks Up in Assisted Living Licensure Rulemaking

LeadingAge Minnesota staff and members are participating in three processes this week that will shape the next generation of assisted living.  

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Safe Care for Seniors: Do 1 Thing This Month

More than a dozen LeadingAge Minnesota members have completed their 5-Step Action Plan and will soon be announced to our first-ever Safe Care for Seniors Action Honor Roll. Are you ready to join them? Let us know by completing your Safe Care for Seniors Self-Assessment. 

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Now Available: Sample Templates for Electronic Monitoring Policies and Communications

As we covered in last week’s Advantage, LeadingAge Minnesota in partnership with Voigt, Rode, Boxeth and Coffin have developed sample templates to assist you in developing policies and communications for the new electronic monitoring requirements that go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The templates are now available!  

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Hospitals Now Required to Share Your Quality Data with Patients

As part of the new discharge planning rule that is effective Nov. 29, hospitals are required to provide patients preparing to transition from acute care to post-acute care with access to information about their provider choices. The information includes performance on quality and resource utilization measures, such as number of pressure ulcers, proportion of falls that lead to injury, and number of readmissions back to the hospital.  

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Coming Soon: Electronic Monitoring Templates

The new electronic monitoring requirements for nursing homes and assisted living go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. To help you prepare for the new requirements, we will soon provide you with templates you can use to develop policies and communicate the changes to residents and staff. 

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Rest in Peace: Lorry Massa

The former president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), Lawrence “Lorry” Massa passed away peacefully at his home in Alexandria on Nov. 22. 

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