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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.

Recording of New Care Center Payment System Webinar Available

Last week, Jeff Bostic and Kari Thurlow hosted a special hour-long Capitol News Live webinar on the LTC Imperative’s payment reform bill, House File 316 / Senate File 273. For those members who missed that webinar, or just want to relive the experience, it is now available to download or stream for free.

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New Home Care Surveys are Now Being Conducted: Readiness is Key

Home Care Providers are now experiencing Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) survey teams who are utilizing the new comprehensive survey forms when reviewing for regulatory compliance.

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AC Applicants/Recipients Must Attest to Immigration Status

All Alternative Care (AC) applicants/recipients must attest to their immigration status, according to a new bulletin from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Bulletin #15-25-01, Alternative Care Program (AC)- New Process for Verification of Citizenship or Immigration Status provides policy and instructions for the new verification requirements of citizens or immigration status as part of the AC program eligibility process.

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MNDOT Announces Availability of Federal Funds for Senior Transportation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) has announced the availability of federal funds to provide up to 80% of the cost for:

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New Information and Training Available on Background Studies

Preparations by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for the implementation of NETStudy 2.0, the new background studies system that includes fingerprints and photographs, is proceeding slowly but carefully. DHS has released new information and resources to help members transition to the new system.

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Moratorium Exceptions Process Proposal Cost Estimates Released

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently completed the Medical Assistance (MA) state cost estimates for the moratorium exceptions projects submitted in the most recent round. The seven projects, of which six are LeadingAge Minnesota members, account for a total of more than $65 million in much needed construction to replace and renovate care centers. The annual state MA cost to cover all of the proposals is just over $438,000.

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State Demographer Shares Implications of Aging Population with Lawmakers

The Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee kicked off its inaugural meeting last week with an overview of aging demographics from Susan Brower, the state’s demographer.

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DHS Still Looking for Fingerprint/Photo Sites

Sites are still needed for the fingerprint and photo services for background studies in seven counties: Becker, Cook, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Martin, Pine and Roseau. If you are geographically located within a needed area and would like to be considered to provide the services, send an email to Scott Snyder at ssnyder@mmm.com.

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Technical Correction Issued to Essential Community Supports Program

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has issued a technical correction to the Essential Community Supports Bulletin. The correction removes the procedure codes that allowed homemaker services to be included under the program using a daily rate. No services are available under Essential Community Supports using a daily rate.

The Essential Community Supports bulletin provides information about new program, which supports those who no longer qualify for Medical Assistance under the level of care changes.

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MDH Discusses Antipsychotic Medication, Top 10 FTags

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) quarterly statewide regulatory call for care centers this week covered a variety of issues, including information on antipsychotic medications, the Top 10 Ftags and National Nursing Home Quality Care Initiative.

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New Changes for Advance Practice Registered Nurses Now in Effect

The state law removing requirements for a collaborative management plan and written prescribing agreement for Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) became effective Jan. 1. Providers who utilize the services of APRNs or accept orders written by an APRN must verify current Minnesota licensure status. The Minnesota Board of Nursing is updating the verification report daily.

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DHS Posts Update on GRH/MSA Reform

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has posted an update on its reform effort for the Group Residential Housing and Minnesota Supplemental Aid Shelter Needy programs, which summarizes some of the recommendations from the advisory group that met during the summer and fall. LeadingAge Minnesota and a number of other advocacy groups participated in these discussions.

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MDH Posts Notice for Medicare-Certified HHAs on Operating a Separate Entity

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) last week released a notice on requirements for Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) that want to operate a separate entity. The notice, which includes an application for Home Health Agency (HHA) Attestation and Demonstration of Operating a Separate Entity, outlines three options for HHAs:

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Members Must Issue Certificate of Rent Paid by Jan. 31

All rental property owners, managers or operators must provide a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) to each person who rented from them during the previous year by Saturday, Jan. 31 unless the property is tax-exempt.

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MDH: Regulatory Call for Care Centers on January 20

The next Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) statewide regulatory telephone call for care centers will be on Tuesday, January 20th, from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Need Help with New Level of Care Standards? Visit Our Web Site

The new Level of Care standards went into effect Jan. 1. To help members understand the new criteria and implementation, we have created a one-stop, online resource that features videoconferences and bulletins on topics such as criteria changes for nursing facilities and home and community-based services as well as the new Essential Community Supports program. Visit our Level of Care web page for more information.

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MDH Updates Uniform Consumer Information Guide

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has now updated the Uniform Consumer Information Guide (UCIG), which all housing-with-services establishments must complete and make available to prospective residents. The updated version now reflects the Comprehensive and Basic home care licenses, as well as the Class A and F licenses that are phasing out.

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DHS Applies to Renew Case Management Waiver

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to renew the Case Management waiver set to expire March 31. The renewal requests to continue the current program through March 31, 2017. 

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