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Legislature Passes Retention Grants for Adult Day Services Providers

On August 19, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

In a special session last week, the Senate and House passed (and the Governor later signed) Senate File 1, which appropriates more than $20M in state CARES Act relief funds to provide retention grants to adult day services providers to address the impact of business interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metro Mobility COVID-19 Updates

On August 12, 2020 by Roni Falck

The Metropolitan Council has issued Metro Mobility COVID-19 safety measures. The safety measures cover topics including service, fare payment, riders, drivers, bus cleaning, and more.

Public Comment Period on ADS Participant Age Eligibility

On August 12, 2020 by Roni Falck

As part of the DHS Waiver Reimagine project, DHS has requested public comments on Summer 2020 federal waiver plan amendments before they are submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. These amendments apply to the following waivers:

Long-Term Care Imperative Weighs in on Blue Ribbon Commission Draft Report

On August 5, 2020 by Gayle Kvenvold

LeadingAge Minnesota and its partner in the Long-Term Care Imperative submitted comments on behalf of older adult service providers on the draft final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission of Health and Human Services. 

Adult Day: Impact of Mandated Closure on Participants and Family Caregivers

On August 5, 2020 by Roni Falck

A recent survey of LeadingAge Minnesota members illustrates the negative impact of the nearly four-month mandated closure of Adult Day Services on participants and family caregivers. 

Blue Ribbon Commission Issues Draft Report on HHS Cost Savings

On July 15, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The Blue Ribbon Commission created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019 to identify recommendations that would save $100 million in state health and human services expenditures over the coming biennium is soliciting public and stakeholder input on its draft final report

Medicaid Providers: Apply for Provider Relief Funds, Application Portal Opens Today

On June 10, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will distribute funds to Medicaid providers who do not participate in Medicare, including Assisted Living and Adult Day, through the Provider Relief Fund through a time-limited  application process vs. automatic payment. The application portal opens June 10 (today). Here’s what we know so far: 

Rural COVID-19 Grants Available through LeadingAge MN Foundation

On May 26, 2020 by Terri Foley

Applications for grants to support staff (COVID-19 Courage Funds) and to fund virtual services for Adult Day Services (COVID-19 Adult Day Services Virtual Visits & Support) are being accepted from rural LeadingAge Minnesota members. The application deadline is June 4 at 5 p.m. 

Adult Day Webinar - Applying for Small Business Loans under CARES Act

On April 8, 2020 by Heidi Simpson

Adult Day Services providers should participate in our Small Business Loans for Adult Day Providers Under the CARES Act webinar on Thursday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. to explore the types of loans that are available and which ones might be the best fit for you.  

CARES Act Expands Federal Small Business Loans, Can Support Aging Services

On April 1, 2020 by Roni Falck

About $350 billion of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package signed into law last week are directed to provide loans to small businesses, with the opportunity for loan recipients to receive forgiveness and not have to repay the amount borrowed. On April 3, smaller 501c(3) organizations will be able to access these funds. This article provides a summary of the provisions and guidance for borrowers and lenders. 

Adult Day: COVID-19 Communication Tools

On March 17, 2020 by Roni Falck

At this time, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has not mandated closure for adult day centers. It is up to each provider to determine whether it will continue to stay open or temporarily close. The following is guidance and communications tools you can use: 

MDH Releases Coronavirus Guidance for Adult Day Providers

On March 10, 2020 by Roni Falck

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released interim guidance for Adult Day Services and Senior Day Center settings to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).  

Veterans Club Adult Day Services: A Leader in Safe Care for Seniors

On December 18, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

At the Veterans Club, the Adult Day Services program at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home – Minneapolis Campus, excellence is not one act but a habit. A mission to personalized care and support for the clients they serve combined with a commitment to respect, dignity and teamwork elevated this program to one of the higher levels of recognition in our Make Zero Harm Possible program.  

Q&A with Adult Day: A Closer Look at Individual Abuse Prevention Plans and Participation Reports

On December 10, 2019 by Roni Falck

To help keep adult day services providers informed and in compliance with license expectations, please review the following Q&A regarding Individual Abuse Prevention Plans and monthly progress notes and participation reports.  

DHS Seeks Public Comments on 4th Set of HCBS Setting Evidentiary Packages

On December 3, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking public comments through Jan. 2, 2020 on evidentiary packages related to the heightened scrutiny process under the Home and Community-Based Settings rule. Adult day, customized living, foster care, and prevocational/structured day services are included in this set of evidentiary packages, including several LeadingAge Minnesota members. 

End of Banding Means Disability Waiver Rate Changes in 2020 for Adult Day, Other Providers

On December 3, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The banding process for disability waiver rates, which ties the rates paid to many providers to their historical rate rather than paying the full Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) rate, is ending in 2020.  The end of banding will mean rate changes for adult day and other providers serving disability waiver clients.  

Consolidated RMS Worksheet for Day and Employment-Related Services

On October 23, 2019 by Roni Falck

In response to feedback from partners who requested a simplified process, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has consolidated all Rate Management System (RMS) worksheets for day and employment services into a single form. 

National Adult Day Services Week: Ending Social Isolation

On August 28, 2019 by Roni Falck

National Adult Day Services Week, which takes place Sept. 15-21, is a great opportunity to highlight the important work these valued providers do every day. Our theme this year is focused on raising public awareness on how Adult Day Services can help prevent loneliness and social isolation.  

New Resource on Documentation Requirements for Waiver Services

On July 30, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has released a short document that summarizes new statutory requirements around documentation for waiver services. 

Adult Day: Rising to the Challenge and Leading Person-Centered Care in the Community

On July 2, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Growing demand for adult day services is putting new expectations on providers, including a need to serve people with more medical needs -- and providers, including those in Minnesota, are rising to the challenge.  

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