Featured News

Resident, Staff, and Visitor COVID-19 Screening

On Sept. 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updates to multiple COVID-19 infection prevention and control practices. One of the areas that required further clarification was screening practices for residents, staff, and visitors. On yesterday's call, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) clarified these practices for providers.

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Temporary Nurse Aide Training Program Extended in Minnesota

Minnesota's statewide request to extend the temporary nurse aide training program has been approved, allowing caregivers to continue serving seniors.

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CDC and CMS Release Updated SARS-CoV-2 Guidance for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Late on Sept. 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updated COVID-19 guidance for nursing homes and assisted living. The updated guidance reflects the increased prevalence of vaccine-acquired and disease-acquired immunity. The updated information includes:

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State News

Changes and Clarifications to the Knowledge Test for Nurse Aide Candidates

As of Oct. 3, nurse aide candidates have a maximum of two hours to complete the knowledge test and have up to four chances to pass the knowledge test. We have answers to several frequently asked questions about the nurse aide test.

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FAQ on Assisted Living Contracts Added to MDH Website

A section on Assisted Living Contracts was recently added to the FAQ section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Assisted Living webpage. Included are responses to questions on liability waivers, renter's insurance, and arbitration provisions posed by providers.

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Emergency Relocation for Assisted Living – Definition and Requirements

The assisted living statutes (144G.52) define an emergency relocation and state that an assisted living facility "may remove a resident from the facility in an emergency if necessary due to a resident's urgent medical needs or an imminent risk the resident poses to the health or safety of another facility resident or facility staff member."

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Federal News

Save the Date: LeadingAge Webinar on the New MDS Draft

LeadingAge will be offering a webinar on the new MDS draft, which was released on Sept. 1, with an effective date of Oct. 1, 2023. The webinar will be on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. CST. Save the date and read Advantage for more details when they become available.

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US Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case on Nursing Home Arbitration Rule

The nation's highest court has declined to weigh in on a case involving nursing homes and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) arbitration rule that nursing home industry groups argue places "burdensome" requirements on facilities. In other words, the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals' October 2021 decision will remain intact.

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New Workforce Research and Insights: Opening Doors to Aging Services

LeadingAge has released national research findings on public perceptions of the aging services field and is developing new resources to support members with their workforce efforts.

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Notable News

MAGIC Releases Suggested Influenza Protocols for the 2022-2023 Flu Season

This week the Minnesota Association for Geriatric Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) released suggested protocols for influenza in long-term care for the 2022-2023 flu season. The release includes a letter outlining the basics for influenza control in long-term care settings and a sample Influenza Protocol for Recognition, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prophylaxis for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities.

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Workforce Data Portal – Now Open for the Third Quarter

LeadingAge Minnesota's Workforce Data Portal is open to collect data from the third quarter (July through September). Members can also enter their quarter one and two data and view previous quarters' reports.

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions Available Through LeadingAge MN Foundation

There is still time to sign up for November sessions for Mental Health First Aid training. Spots are limited, so sign up today. The sessions are free for staff of LeadingAge Minnesota members through a partnership between LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and Winona State University.

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Member News

Welcome Mark Schulz to LeadingAge!

This week, we are pleased to announce that Mark Schulz joins the LeadingAge Minnesota staff as Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. His work includes representing the organization and its members with state regulators, coordinating policy development and issues management, and providing technical assistance and support to members.  He works in close collaboration with the organization’s public affairs team.

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New Member Resource: A Guide to Effective Individual Development Plans

September is National Workforce Development Month and to celebrate a new member resource,  A Guide to Effective Individual Development Plans, is now available.

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Scott Bjerketvedt Named CFO at Ecumen

Ecumen, a LeadingAge Minnesota member organization and one of the country’s leading nonprofit providers of housing and services for older adults, announced that Scott Bjerketvedt has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer.

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