Featured News

Do You Have Assisted Living Required Postings?

As we settle into the new assisted living requirements, it is a good time for self-auditing. According to the new law, an assisted living must post the following:

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MDH Engages Contractors to Conduct Nursing Home Surveys

Beginning this week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is utilizing contractors from an agency called Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) to conduct nursing home recertification surveys, which are currently backlogged at the Department. 

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MDH Releases BCA Transition Details

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a notice via GovDelivery indicating a transition pathway for Basic Care Aides (BCA) to become Nursing Assistants through an expedited process before the end of the 1135 Waiver.

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State News

Apply to Join the Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee

Through Oct. 31, 2021, DHS is accepting applications from people to join the new Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee (WRAC). The committee will provide input about the implementation of Waiver Reimagine and help develop the program during virtual meetings held every other month. 

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New Limitations for Customized Living in Small Residential Homes

Legislation that became effective July 1 directed the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to stop enrolling new customized living settings serving four or fewer people in single-family homes for individuals served through the Brain Injury (BI) and Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) waivers.

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At the Capitol: New Minnesota Senate Leadership and Special Session

This week, lawmakers have yet to call a special session to allocate the $250 million set aside for Hero Pay bonuses, and new Senate majority and minority leaders have been elected. Here is what you need to know about what is happening at the Capitol this week:

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Federal News

HUD Announces Fourth Round of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments

On Sept. 16, HUD announced the fourth round of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments (CSPs) for Multifamily housing providers. The funds are available to help Section 8, Section 202, and Section 811 properties prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Requests are due to the agency by Nov. 19 and can cover expenses incurred between April 1 and Oct. 31.

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NHSN Changes Coming: Get your Level 3 Access Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed LeadingAge that changes are coming to the weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities that will require Level 3 access for reporting.

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Affordable Housing Members Call on Staffing Issues with LeadingAge National

Join our LeadingAge, our national affiliate, for a housing call on Monday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. CT to discuss staffing issues in affordable housing communities.

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Notable News

Practice Random Acts of Kindness through Your Words

Offering kind words to others doesn’t just make them feel good. It also gives you a rush of good feelings. That positive energy grows and spreads whenever you share it. Mother Theresa once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

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Second Round CMP Grant Now Open: Employee Engagement with Align

Care centers have access to an engagement, retention, and leadership building platform for free through a grant for Align’s Employee Engagement Solution. A new grant window opened on Sept. 22 and closes on Nov. 23. Subsequent cycles will open over the next two years.

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Influenza & Vaccinations in the COVID-19 Era

Fall is here again, and so are hot chocolate, cozy sweaters, crackling fires, cool nights, and influenza vaccines!  Long-term care settings should begin planning for annual influenza vaccinations, as they do each fall.

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Member News

50 New Members Join LeadingAge Minnesota in August

In August, 50 new members joined into the ranks of LeadingAge Minnesota. Of the new members, two are adult day providers, one is a care center, three are home cares, 27 are housing/assisted living providers, 15 are individual associate members, and two are business partners.

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Dues Minimum Up for a Vote at Annual Business Meeting

At the 2021 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23, members will be asked to ratify the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors recommendation to establish a minimum dues policy for dues payable beginning in Jan. 2022.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Nominating Committee Proposed Slate for Vote at Annual Meeting

The 2021 LeadingAge Minnesota Nominating Committee, chaired by Mark Anderson, CEO of Knute Nelson in Alexandria, has proposed a slate of candidates to fill open positions on the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors.

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