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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.

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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DOLI Holds First Apprenticeship Summit on March 7

You may have heard of apprenticeship as it relates our field through our Health Support Specialist registered apprenticeship program. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) hopes to add more apprenticeship programs in healthcare in the future, and is hosting a free, one-day summit in March to showcase best practices and strategies to expand apprenticeships. 

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DHS Launches NETStudy Roster Import Process

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a NETStudy Roster Import Process, which will affect all LeadingAge Minnesota members that submit background studies. 

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Emergency Preparedness Survey Tip: 1135 Waivers

Recent survey data shows the Minnesota Department of Health is frequently citing care centers for not addressing the requirements of tag E-0026 within their emergency plans. 

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Update: Statewide Listening Sessions on Maltreatment Postponed Until Summer

The statewide listening sessions hosted by state senators referenced in last week’s edition of Advantage have been postponed. They plan to instead convene throughout the summer and include updates about progress that was made during the legislative session. 

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OHFC Reduces Backlog in Maltreatment Complaints

The Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) has made great strides in reducing the backlog of maltreatment complaints from seniors and vulnerable adults in care centers and senior living settings. 

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Waiver Billing Changes to be Enforced by DHS

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced that providers must bill each date of service on a separate line for all Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) claims submitted starting March 5, 2018.  

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Senator Housley Hosts Listening Sessions Throughout the State

State Senators are holding a series of listening sessions focused on aging and long-term care issues across Minnesota throughout February and April. The listening sessions, hosted by Senator Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point), chair of the Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee, are designed to be a venue for vulnerable Minnesotans and their families to share their stories. 

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Governor Dayton Appoints Jan Malcolm as New MDH Commissioner

Governor Mark Dayton has appointed former Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm to lead the state Health Department. Malcolm, a veteran health care executive with a national reputation in health policy, led the department under Governor Jesse Ventura from 1999 to 2003. 

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HCBS: 2018 National Core Indicators Survey Begins

Older adults and people with disabilities who receive home and community-based services, including adult day services, may be called and invited to participate in an in-person interview for the National Core Indicators – Aging & Disabilities initiative. The calls will begin this week and continue through May. 

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Influenza Prevention and Response Webinar Available for Replay

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted to its website the recording and presentation slides from its Jan. 12 webinar titled Preventing and Responding to Influenza in Minnesota Long-Term Care Facilities. 

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DHS Seeks Nursing Home PIPP Proposals

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals for the next round of the Nursing Home Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP). Proposals are due May 1. Incentive payments for selected projects will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. 

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