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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.

CMS Proposes to Amend, Delay Certain Requirements of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a proposed rule that would lighten some regulatory burdens for nursing facilities and delay implementation of certain Phase 3 requirements. 

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Join the Safe Care Movement: Participate in Aug. 5 Workshop

Nearly 450 LeadingAge Minnesota member sites have taken the Safe Care for Seniors Pledge and committed to the 5-Step Action Plan! Don’t be left behind. Register today for the Aug. 5 Safe Care for Seniors Workshop and take your first step on a safety and quality journey that will benefit all who live and work in your setting. 

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Klobuchar Announces A Plan for Seniors

Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last week announced A Plan for Seniors, a comprehensive plan that tackles Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, enhances health care and retirement security, reduces prescription drug prices, supports a world-class long-term care workforce, and combats senior fraud and abuse.  

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Nominations Open for 2020 Board of Directors

Nominations are now open for two elected Director-at-Large positions on the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors. The terms begin on Jan. 1, 2020 and run for three years with eligibility for re-election to a second, three-year term.  

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Safe Care for Seniors Workshop – Aug. 5

Did you take the Safe Care for Seniors pledge and find yourself asking “now what?” Get that answer and more at our final in-person Safe Care for Seniors workshop on Monday, Aug. 5 in Saint Paul. Register Today!   

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Salary Survey Deadline Extended

The deadline for the annual salary survey, which is a joint project of LeadingAge Minnesota, Care Providers of Minnesota, and the Healthcare Human Resources Association of Minnesota, has been extended until the end of July for those members who have not returned it yet. 

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Care Center Financial Survey Results Show Slow Improvement

Despite a continued trend of improved financial performance in care centers that started in 2016, new data from the Nursing Facility Financial Indicators survey makes clear that providers continue to face significant financial challenges.   

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Conduct Stay Interviews with Your Team

Stay Interviews are a great way to connect with staff. These structured conversations can help leaders touch base with new staff to ensure the onboarding process is a positive experience and also be used with long-standing staff to find out what your organization does well. What keeps loyal staff coming back each day?  

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New National Advocacy Effort Aimed at Enhancing an Aging Advocates Network

LeadingAge national has launched new tools to enhance and expand our aging advocate network.   

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Save the Date - Drug Diversion Prevention Seminar on Aug. 13

Over the past eight months, a diverse group of stakeholders from across the state have created a pathway of drug diversion prevention safety interventions based on learnings from drug diversion cases reported to the State and review of current research and practices. The result of this collaborative process will be unveiled at our Drug Diversion Prevention Seminar on Aug. 13 in Saint Paul.  

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Last Call: Safe Care for Seniors Pin Requests

Have you ordered your Safe Care for Seniors pins? Don’t wait. Time is running out. LeadingAge MN is placing its final pin order. We need to receive all pin requests by Friday, July 12. Send your pin request to Jodi Boyne at jboyne@leadingagemn.org

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When Change Happens, We’re At Your Side

The Elder Care and Vulnerable Protection Act of 2019 will bring forward the next generation of assisted living and changes in vulnerable adult protection for all providers of aging services. As we’ve been traveling the state and fielding calls and emails, we know you have questions, concerns and ideas on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new regulations. We are here…at your side…ready to help.

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MDH Recommendations for Use of Tuberculin During Nationwide Shortage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expecting a three to 10-month nationwide shortage of APLISOL®, which is one of two purified-protein derivative tuberculin antigens that are licensed for use in performing tuberculin skin tests. This shortage will impact assisted living, home care, boarding care, care centers, supervised living facilities, and supplemental nursing services. 

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LeadingAge MN Featured on MPR Program on Care and Housing for Seniors

In case you missed it, MPR last week featured a one-hour program focused on the care and housing needs of Minnesota’s rapidly-growing population. Kari Thurlow, Senior Vice President of Advocacy for LeadingAge Minnesota, was a featured guest on the program that also touched upon the new package of legislative reforms to protect elderly and vulnerable adults.   

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Safe Care for Seniors Workshop – Aug. 5

By popular demand, we will hold a Safe Care for Seniors workshop on Monday, Aug. 5 in Saint Paul. Register Today

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Does Your Organization Qualify to Teach OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training?

The OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training progam continues to see success in its second year of operation, and we see many different types of organizations deploying OnTrack onsite. Does your organization qualify to offer OnTrack? 

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Changes Made to Comprehensive Home Care Fines Help Fund New Maltreatment Compensation Fund

A maltreatment compensation fund has been established effective July 1, 2019 as a new section of the Comprehensive Home Care Law. The fund, which will be funded by fines for Level 2 through 4 violations, will be available to home care clients with a finding of substantiated maltreatment until it closes on July 31, 2021 when the new Assisted Living Licensure becomes effective.  

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Allison Floberg, Fair Oaks Lodge, Receives Make Zero Harm Possible Award

Allison Floberg, Social Services Director at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, has received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. 

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Stay Informed: New Assisted Living Licensure Web Page

To help you learn more about the new Assisted Living Licensure law and stay informed about the rulemaking process, we’ve created a one-stop web page where you can easily access information about the new law, how it impacts you, ways to engage in the rulemaking process, and resources to help you comply with the new requirements.  

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Salary Survey 2019 Forms Available

The 2019 version of our annual salary survey was recently emailed to all members and human services contacts. The survey, a project of LeadingAge Minnesota, Care Providers of Minnesota and the Healthcare Human Resources Association of Minnesota, results in two comprehensive reports on employee compensation in care centers and senior housing settings.  

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