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Session Update: Fast Pace, Moving Parts as Legislature Moves to 2nd Deadline

On March 27, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

It has been another busy week at the State Capitol as the House and Senate push to meet its second policy deadline on Friday. Committees are working day and night to squeeze bills into hearing agendas to keep certain pieces of legislation alive. Governor Walz released his supplemental budget recommendations and is prepping for his first State of the State address on April 3. And we are deep in the trenches advocating and testifying – in favor and in opposition – on bills that have a direct impact on our field and the people we serve. 

Care Center Fines Drop 31% Under Trump Administration

On March 19, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Kaiser Health News reported last week that care centers have seen their fines drop by about 31 percent during the Trump administration. 

Register Now for Care Center Regulatory Training

On October 9, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Registration is now open for a full-day of regulatory education, designed for care centers, Minnesota Department of Health surveyors, and Ombudsman staff to attend jointly. 

Register Now for Care Center Regulatory Training

On October 2, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Registration is now open for a full-day of regulatory education designed for care centers, Minnesota Department of Health surveyors, and Ombudsman staff to attend jointly. 

SNF QRP: Assessment-Based Measures Confidential Feedback Report Webinar

On November 21, 2017 by Julie Apold

Confidential Feedback Reports for the assessment-based measures adopted for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) will be the topic of a webinar hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  

DHS Releases Bulletin on Revised Care Center Policies

On September 27, 2017 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services released bulletin #17-62-01a that covers changes made by the 2017 Legislature to policies impacting care centers. It was not an especially active legislative session for care center issues, but the bulletin does cover a few notable changes.  

SNF QRP: Claims-Based Measures Confidential Feedback Report Webinar

On September 26, 2017 by Julie Apold

Confidential Feedback Reports for the claims-based measures adopted for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) will be the topic of a webinar hosted by CMS on Thursday, Sept. 28 from Noon to 1 p.m.  

Likelihood of Requiring Skilled Nursing Care ‘Substantially’ Higher than Thought

On September 6, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The average American's risk of needing skilled nursing care at some point in their life is 60 percent greater than previous studies have shown, according to new research from RAND Corporation. 

CMS Pushes Back QRP Data Submission Deadline Due to Coding Issues

On August 30, 2017 by Julie Apold

The deadline for care centers to submit assessment measure data for the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) has been extended due to coding issues.  

CMS Posts New Survey Forms for Use in November

On August 30, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new forms that will be used for the revised long-term care survey process effective Nov. 28, 2017: 

CMS Issues Non-Compliance Letters to Care Centers that Failed to Submit Quality Data

On July 25, 2017 by Julie Apold

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed notifications to care centers that were determined to be non-compliant with Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for the 4th Quarter of Calendar Year 2016. Care centers that fail to submit required quality data will see a 2 percent cut on their Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Payment Update (APU) beginning Oct. 1.

SNF Quality Reporting: 1st Quarter 2017 Data Submission Deadline Approaching

On July 25, 2017 by Julie Apold

The next submission deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is Aug. 15. This reporting deadline covers Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment data for January – March of 2017.  

Register Now for CMS Emergency Preparedness Webinar on April 27

On April 5, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider call on Thursday, April 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a focus on the training and testing aspects of the federal Emergency Preparedness Requirements. Registration for the call is open, and we encourage care centers to register early to ensure a spot.  

Moratorium Exceptions Process Application Materials Available

On July 20, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released the application materials for this year’s round of the nursing facility moratorium exceptions process. Care centers interested in applying should review and complete all of the application materials and return them to MDH by Dec. 14.

Care Center Occupancy Remains Low in First Part of 2016

On July 6, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

Results from our latest occupancy survey show that statewide occupancy in member care centers in the first quarter of 2016 stayed at the historically low levels recorded in 2014. The chart below illustrates occupancy for each LeadingAge Minnesota district in the past five quarters:

Care Centers: QIIP Goal Due June 30

On June 29, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

Only half of our care center members have selected their new goal for the next round of the Quality Improvement Incentive Payment Program (QIIP). The deadline is tomorrow (June 30), so we encourage members to complete this process today.

Care Center Occupancy Declines in 2015

On March 23, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

Occupancy rates across all care centers were at an historic low in 2015, according to an analysis of data from the Long Term Care Imperative Occupancy Survey. 

Do You Have a New Payment System Story? We’ll Help You Tell It!

On March 15, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

Meghan in Perham is becoming an LPN thanks to a full nursing facility scholarship. St. Benedict’s provided wage increases and a better benefits package with lower premiums. St. John Lutheran Home reinstated its pension plan matching contribution, hired more staff and increased wages. We are seeing the benefits of the new care center payment system across the state. Do you have a story to tell? We'll help you get the word out!

Mixed Results in First Care Center QIIP Report

On August 5, 2015 by Jeff Bostic

The first year of Minnesota's Quality Improvement Incentive Program (QIIP) is now complete, and the results have been posted to the nursing facility provider portal on the Minnesota Department of Human Services web site.

Care Center Occupancy Remains Low in 2014

On April 14, 2015 by Jeff Bostic

Occupancy percentage for all care centers remained low last year, according to a recent analysis by the Long Term Care Imperative on care center occupancy survey results through the end of calendar year 2014.

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