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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.

Adult Day: Three Different Positions on DWRS Funding

The debate on how to deal with the impending seven percent cut in DWRS funding continues at the State Capitol, with three different positions from the House, Senate and Governor Dayton. 

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New Housing Ordinance is First of its Kind in Minnesota

Rising rents and apartment shortages are problems around the state, particularly for low-income individuals. The St. Louis Park City Council recently passed a new renter protection ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in Minnesota, that could impact housing with services members who provide affordable housing to older adults. 

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Board on Aging Announces RFP for Dementia Grants

The Minnesota Board on Aging has released its competitive dementia grants request for proposal (RFP) seeking qualified grantees to provide services, education, and/or resources for persons with dementia and their caregivers. The deadline is May 11. 

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DHS Posts Quality of Life, Discharge Data

The Minnesota Department of Human Services posted new data regarding Quality of Life and Hospitalizations/Community Discharge to the Nursing Facility Provider Portal

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Members Share Their Stories at the Capitol

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Day at the Capitol was held on Wednesday, March 28 and brought nearly 150 providers from around the state for a day of powerful advocacy for seniors and their caregivers. 

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OHFC Seeks Input on Case Management System

The Minnesota Department of Health Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) intends to replace its existing case management system and wants input from the public – including private sector technology vendors – about its decision. 

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Adult Day: Action Needed on DWRS Rates

Legislation to fix a cut in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) rates is advancing this session, but needs support from adult day providers to keep the momentum going when the Minnesota Legislature returns from its spring break next week.  

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MDH Updates Qualifications for Food and Nutrition Services Director

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has reversed guidance it previously issued relating to care center Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. 

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Care Centers Deserve High Marks for Emergency Preparedness Survey Results

Minnesota care centers should receive high marks for their work to meet the federal emergency preparedness requirements that took effect Nov. 16, 2017! 

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2017 Quality Indicators Posted to DHS Provider Portal

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has posted new quality indicators for care centers to the Nursing Facility Provider Portal. The indicators cover the period of Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017. 

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Home Care and Assisted Living Program Advisory Council Meets April 16

The Home Care and Assisted Living Program Advisory Council quarterly meeting will meet on April 16 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

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Governor’s Task Force on Housing Holds Regional Forums

Senior housing providers have the opportunity to share how housing options for seniors can be improved and advanced in Minnesota with the Governor's Task Force on Housing. 

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Governor’s Supplemental Budget Recommendations Includes Assisted Living Licensing Fee

Governor Mark Dayton last week introduced his supplemental budget recommendations, based on the state’s most recent forecast which showed a surplus available. In the health and human services area, the Governor suggests additional spending building on previous appropriations that would focus on investments in processes for protecting older adults.  

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Updated State Budget Forecast Included Reductions to Disability Waiver Rates

Minnesota’s latest budget forecast that came out a couple of weeks ago includes roughly $65 million in state savings related to an action by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rejecting the state’s implementation of an update to the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) last year. This “savings” is potentially bad news for adult day services providers. 

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Recruit the Next Generation: Summer Health Care Internship Program

Employer applications are being accepted for the 2018 Summer Health Care Internship Program. Skilled nursing, home care providers and adult day centers are encouraged to participate. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13. 

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DHS Updates MnCHOICES Fact Sheet

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has updated the MnCHOICES Fact Sheet

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Bill to Revise Home Care Law Introduced

Legislation amending the Home Care Law has been introduced this session. The bill was developed through a working group of the Minnesota Home Care Association, Care Providers of Minnesota, and LeadingAge Minnesota, with technical assistance provided through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

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Updated State Budget Forecast Shows Surplus

Minnesota’s latest budget forecast predicts a $329 million surplus for the current biennium, which runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. 

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Don’t Be Denied, HCBS Providers: DHS Will Enforce Waiver Billing Changes

Beginning March 5, all Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers – including Adult Day Services and Customized Living - must bill each date of service on a separate line for all HCBS claims submitted. DHS will deny any claims that use a date span instead of individual lines for each date.  

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DHS Identifies Settings That Must Complete a Phase 2 Provider Attestation

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted updated information on Phase 2 of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider attestation process on the transition plan for HCBS settings webpage. 

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