Category: State News
Welcome to the State News category. The following news items will keep you informed about state legislation, state-level advocacy and other information about aging services in Minnesota.
Disability Waiver Rate Webinars Available From DHS
On March 16, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold quarterly webinars for anyone interested in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS). This webinar series will replace and expand the work formerly done by the DWRS Advisory Committee. The webinars will be held on the State TrainLink platform. Instructions to register for the webinars are on the DHS website.
Media Round-up: Advocates from Around the State Share Stories with Their Neighbors
On March 16, 2023 by Libbie Chapuran
Around the state, LeadingAge Minnesota members have been lifting their voices and sharing their stories in the media to advance our goal of supporting seniors and their caregivers through legislative action.
DHS Begins Posting Preliminary Quality of Life Survey Results for Care Centers
On March 16, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is starting to share the preliminary resident quality of life results from the current round of surveys. Care centers can visit the DHS Provider Portal, click the Resident Quality of Life Ratings tab, and finally, the 2022 Observed Quality of Life Scores link.
MDH Releases Revised LTC Emergency Preparedness Toolkit
On March 2, 2023 by Mark Schulz
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a revised long-term care (LTC) emergency preparedness toolkit on Monday. At the height of the pandemic, this toolkit was used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an example highlighting the collaborative work between providers, regulators, emergency preparedness experts, etc. to better prepare all long-term care settings for potential emergencies.
Delivering the Message to Gov. Walz on our Day at the Capitol
On February 23, 2023 by Dan Nelson
Day at the Capitol 2023 is just a few weeks away on March 13. Whether attending or not, you can make your voice heard at the capitol by participating in our letter-writing campaign.
2023 DHS PIPP Proposal Resources Available
On February 16, 2023 by Julie Apold
The 2023 Minnesota Department of Human Services Nursing Facility Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) Request for Proposals (RFP) information is now available.
New Supplemental Nursing Services Agency Caps in Effect
On February 2, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
Each year, the state calculates the average salary of RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and TMAs in care centers using the data from the annual cost reports. Then the state computes the statutory caps on the amount Supplemental Nursing Services Agencies (SNSAs) can charge per hour for each type of staff. The new caps, effective Jan. 1, show significant increases due to staffing cost increases during the pandemic.
Temporary Nurse Aides Have Until Aug. 5 to be on the Registry
On February 2, 2023 by Anna Mowry
Temporary nurse aides have until Aug. 5 to be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry, four months after the waiver expires on Apr. 5.
Required Training for Provider Enrollment and Revalidation
On January 26, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
Providers enrolled or seeking enrollment with the State Department of Human Services (DHS) as home and community-based service providers, including waiver-paid customized living or adult day services, must include evidence of two specific trainings.
Long-Term Care Messaging Resonates with Minnesotans, According to Polls
On January 26, 2023 by Libbie Chapuran
LeadingAge Minnesota, with our partners in the Long-Term Care Imperative, conducted a statewide public opinion poll to support our legislative agenda in 2023. The poll results affirm and refine the key messages we use and help us target supporters who advocated alongside us throughout the legislative session.
Customizing Assisted Living Policies
On January 19, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently reminded assisted living providers to customize all pre-written sample policies to avoid correction orders.
Revalidation underway for HCBS Providers (organizations beginning with S & T) – Training Available
On January 12, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) sent revalidation notices at the end of December to Home and Community-Based Services (provider type 18 organizations starting with letters S and T).
Six Care Centers Apply for Moratorium Exceptions Process Funding
On January 5, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
The current round of applications for nursing facility moratorium exceptions has closed. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently informed LeadingAge Minnesota that six care centers submitted proposals for this round. A review committee will hear the proposals in February, and the MDH commissioner will announce the approved projects by April 6.
COVID-19/Flu Tests Coming Soon to SNFs Throughout the State
On December 22, 2022 by Kari Everson
The Minnesota Department of Health is mailing a combination of COVID-19/Flu A&B rapid test kits to all skilled nursing facilities in the state. Kits should be arriving in the next 2-3 weeks.
Summary Resource for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Infection Reporting
On December 22, 2022 by Kari Everson
LeadingAge Minnesota has developed a new resource for members to help clarify the complex and often confusing infectious illness reporting requirements for our nursing home and assisted living members.
Assisted Living Emergency Relocation Notice Template Revised
On December 15, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry
We have revised the Assisted Living Emergency Relocation Notice template to include additional information on appeals and to clarify who needs to receive the notice.
Use Our Interactive Map to Get Connected with NextGen Students
On December 15, 2022 by Anna Mowry
Use our new interactive map to find a NextGeneration Nursing Assistant Training Program (NGNA) or the "NextGen" training program near you. The map includes the contact information for each training program to help you get connected with NextGen students.
Second Round of Revalidation for DHS Enrolled Providers Announced
On December 8, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will send Provider Revalidation notices to HCBS providers with names beginning with S and T at the end of December. Affected settings provide waiver services in home and community-based settings, including Adult Day Services and Assisted Living (Customized Living).
The Deaf and Hearing Services Division of MDH Offers New Resources
On December 8, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has created a series of guides to help service providers understand types of hearing loss and possible accommodations:
Long-Term Care Imperative Testifies About Workforce Challenges Before Senate Human Services Committee
On December 1, 2022 by Erin Huppert
This week, Erin Huppert, Vice President of Advocacy for LeadingAge Minnesota, testified before the Senate Human Services Committee. This informational hearing – no votes or official action could be taken – featured the outgoing chair, Sen. Jim Abeler, and incoming chair, Sen. John Hoffman. The lawmakers spotlighted workforce challenges impacting disability services, long-term care, and non-emergency medical transportation.
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