Category: Notable News

Welcome to the Notable News category, which includes information on the latest issues in aging services.

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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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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Assisted Living Physical Plant Requirements: Lunch & Learn Opportunity Tomorrow

The Twin City Healthcare Engineering Association (TCHEA) is offering a free webinar this Thursday, March 18 featuring Bob Dehler from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) speaking on minimum physical environment requirements for facilities that convert to the new assisted living license and additional design requirements for new licenses or new construction after Aug. 1.

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Register for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion event with Ayana King

LeadingAge National is offering a virtual event, “Shared Learning: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—A Way Forward,” with Ayana King on Tuesday, March 23 from noon – 2:30 p.m. CT. Register here!

This highly interactive event will explore tangible ways LeadingAge member organizations are embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and making inroads to impact change within the aging services community.

We all have a role (regardless of our role) in this work!

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Reminder: COVID-19 Courage Fund Grant Responders’ Call TOMORROW

To learn more about the COVID-19 Courage Fund grant program application process, register for Responders’ Call which will be held tomorrow, March 11 from 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Applicants must be LeadingAge Minnesota members that are located outside of the 7-county metro area based on the guidelines from the regional foundation that awarded LeadingAge MN Foundation these grant funds.

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Developing Talent Through Mentoring – Dept. of Labor and Industry Virtual Speaker Series

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is hosting a webinar on "Developing talent through Mentoring” in their Dual-Training Pipeline Speaker Series. The featured speaker will be Deon Clark, owner of TCI Solutions and a military veteran.

The free webinar will take place on March 17, 2021, from 9 to 10 a.m. Register in advance to save your spot.

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Employer Applications for Summer Health Care Internship Program Due April 9

Employer applications are being accepted for the 2021 Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP). Hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, home care providers and adult day services facilities are encouraged to participate on behalf of qualified students in their community.

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DHS Offers Grants for Online Dementia Training and Certification for Nursing Facilities

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), through the State Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Initiative, is seeking proposals from qualified Minnesota Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities that are interested in implementing an online Dementia Care Training and Certification Program.

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Safe Care for Seniors News: Addressing COVID-related De-conditioning in the Elderly

As part of our Safe Care for Seniors work, we have a process in place for collaborative learning and sharing called “Safe Tables.” A Safe Table is a safe space to come together and explore a specific and actionable quality/safety issue by conducting a deep dive into the key factors contributing to the issue and developing and sharing successful strategies and tools.

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HCBS Educational Scholarship Now Open

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. You can find the HCBS Scholarship Program details, application, and forms on the MDH website.

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Safe Care for Seniors: Will You Be Recognized at this Year’s Institute?

Last year, we recognized the first fifty-one LeadingAge Minnesota members who had been named to the Safe Care for Seniors Action Honor Roll. This year we are on track to recognize several additional organizations that have demonstrated key actions within each of the 5 Safe Care Action Steps. We will also be recognizing our first group of members who have achieved the highest level of Safe Care – the Excellence Level.

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DHS Announces Cycling Without Age Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, through the Nursing Facility Rates and Policy (NFRP) Division and the State Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Initiative, is seeking proposals from qualified Minnesota Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities that are interested in implementing a Cycling Without Age (CWA) Program.

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RFP for Customized Living Quality Improvement Grant Announced

The Aging and Adult Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals from providers to improve the overall quality of customized living services. Qualified responders must have provided customized living services in calendar year 2020 (i.e., between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020) to people on the following waivers:

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2022 Grants to Support Community Based Services and Dementia Care

Two grant opportunities are available to support community-based services and dementia care: Live Well at Home Grants through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and Dementia Grants through the Minnesota Board on Aging.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Receives $475,000 COVID Grant

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation (LAMF) has just been awarded $475,000 in funding to provide COVID grants to rural LeadingAge Minnesota members.

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2020 Compensation Reports Available for Purchase

LeadingAge Minnesota recently mailed out complimentary copies of the 2020 compensation reports for nursing facilities and senior housing providers to members who participated in those surveys. Copies of those reports are now available for purchase by members who did not participate.

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