Featured News

CDC Will Update NHSN to Accept Laboratory Test Results

Since early May care centers have been using the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to report COVID-19 cases and related data to the CDC.

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Influenza & Vaccinations in the Land of COVID-19

Fall signals many wonderful traditions and memories such as pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, crackling fires, spectacular views of changing leaves . . . and influenza vaccines!

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Guidance for Temporary Tent Structures and Clear Dividers for LTC Visitation

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today released guidance on the use of temporary tent structures and clear dividers for purposes of visitation, which will be helpful for both nursing homes and housing with services/assisted living communities.

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State News

DHS Seeks Input for Waiver Reimagine Project

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is improving the disability waiver system through a project called Waiver Reimagine.

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DHS Postpones Annual Quality of Life Survey

Recently, DHS announced that due to the ongoing public health emergency the annual in-person care center resident Quality of Life survey that was due to be conducted

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Updates from the Office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care

The Office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care has announced a new fulltime position within the Ombudsmen’s Office—the Resident and Family Council (RFACE) Specialist.

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Federal News

New SNF Medicare Rates Take Effect on Thursday

Based on the annual SNF Payment Rule which CMS released earlier this summer, new SNF Medicare rates for the second year of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) take effect on October 1. 

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HUD Permits Alternatives to Resident Meetings for RAD

In a Notice issued Friday, HUD permits alternatives to group resident meetings required for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). For PHAs or owners undergoing a RAD conversion

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National Adult Day Services Week

National Adult Day Services Week will take place September 20-26 and is an opportunity to recognize this important service that supports both participants and their family caregivers.

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Notable News

Stars Among Us Awards Offer Opportunity to Recognize Staff

The Stars Among Us Awards have a long tradition of honoring some of the best of the best in our field. This year, more than any other, we want to recognize the tireless essential workers on the front lines

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Application Process Open for Free Training on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Dementia Living in Assisted Living

The national Alzheimer’s Association is offering a special topic Project ECHO series based on their guidance Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a long-term or community-based care setting.

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Save the Date: MHCEA Conference Set for December 3-4

The Minnesota Healthcare Engineers Association (MHCEA) has confirmed December 3-4 as the dates for its 2020 Fall Conference. This year’s event will be in virtual format due to the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with programming from 9:00 – 12:30 each day.

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Member News

Vista Prairie Communities Appoints Anna Petersmeyer VP and COO

Vista Prairie Communities (VPC), a nonprofit provider of assisted living, independent living, memory care and care suites in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio, has announced the appointment of

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Aug. 14 Webinar Gives Strategies for Diffusing Challenging Situations

Strategies for Diffusing Challenging Situations, a webinar on Aug. 14, will explore practical strategies designed to help staff diffuse the highly and emotionally charged situations so that difficult conversations about what can be done occur and enable the parties to move forward together.  

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COVID-19 Web Page: Your One-Stop Resource Library

As we develop new tools and resources to help you combat COVID-19 and comply with changing state and federal guidance, we remind you to visit our COVID-19 web page where you will find a wide variety of resources. 

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