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MDH Seeking Information about Out of State Health Providers

On October 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeking information about out-of-state health professionals who provided services under a State executive order earlier in the pandemic.

Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

On October 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took action to extend the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) for another 90 days, effective Oct. 15. The PHE will now be in place until mid-Jan. 2022.

MDH and DHS Seek SNF Assistance with Hospital Decompression

On October 21, 2021 by Kari Thurlow

The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health (MDH) are working with hospitals and long-term care providers to quickly identify 4-5 skilled nursing facilities that can stand up "hospital decompression sites" that would allow for increased movement between acute and post-acute settings.

Workgroup at an Impasse on Frontline Worker Bonuses; Prospects for Special Session Grow Dim

On October 21, 2021 by Kari Thurlow

The Frontline Worker Pay Work Group met yesterday—more than a month past its designated deadline for reaching an agreement—and announced that there was still no agreement for distributing the $250 million designated by the legislature for frontline worker bonuses.

Press Release: Long-Term Care Imperative Applauds Health Care Decompression Strike Teams

On October 15, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

SAINT PAUL, MN (Oct. 15, 2021) - Minnesota is experiencing a crisis in caregiving, and it is affecting the entire health care continuum. We applaud efforts to address health care backups through strike teams. Strike teams are very much needed to provide temporary relief and respite to exhausted caregivers. But it will not solve one of the root causes of the problem: staffing shortages in long-term care.

Vaccination Rates Increasing as Care Center Mandate Approaches

On October 7, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

The most recent Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) update on long-term care vaccination shows that staff vaccination rates have increased in the last couple of months as the mandate for vaccination of care center staff draws closer.

Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Application Portal Open

On September 30, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

Earlier this week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) opened the application portal for the latest Provider Relief Funds (PRF) round. In this round, $25.5 billion in funding is available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outbreak Testing: Who to Test and What are the Parameters?

On September 30, 2021 by Kari Everson

Top of mind for many members is the CDC guidance regarding testing during an outbreak. When a new facility onset case of COVID-19 is found in a staff member or resident, the organization must proceed with outbreak testing. So how do we know who to test and what are the testing parameters? The information below may give you the answers you need.

State Medical Director Updates Testing Orders, Allows Broader Use of Antigen Testing

On September 30, 2021 by Kari Everson

Recently, Minnesota's state medical director eliminated a significant barrier to using antigen testing in assisted living settings.

Payment Committee Hosting Special Meeting on Care Center Rates

On September 30, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

The LeadingAge Minnesota Payment Committee is holding a special meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. to discuss the status of care center Medicaid rates for 2022 in light of recent information from DHS on their plans to implement cost offsets due to federal aid received by providers.

HUD Announces Fourth Round of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments

On September 23, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

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.

Respiratory Protection Program Requirements

On September 23, 2021 by Kari Everson

As COVID-19 crashed into our lives, so did the awareness of and need for respiratory protection programs in long-term care settings. Respiratory protection programs are designed to ensure all employees are protected from respiratory hazards, such as the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.

Vaccination Rates Now Available on Care Compare

On September 23, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that staff and resident vaccination rates for all care centers have been posted on the Care Compare website.

Resilience Tips: Being Confident Through Stress

On September 15, 2021 by LeadingAge

Featuring Dr. Alyson VanAhn from Associated Clinic of Psychology

Since the COVID era began, we've been witnessing and talking about the traumatic effects of the virus and how to cope as best we can. These things are real and can range from mental distress to physical exhaustion— and can include significant grief and worry.

CMS Updates Nursing Home Testing Guidance

On September 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

On Sept. 10, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated QSO-20-38-NH concerning nursing home testing to align with recently updated recommendations from the CDC.

Federal Government Releases Additional Provider Relief Funds (PRF)

On September 15, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

Last week the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Questions Remain about CMS and OSHA Vaccine Mandates

On September 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As part of a broad COVID-19 Action Plan released late last week, President Biden announced new vaccine mandates for workers across the country. The plan addresses several topics relevant to aging services, including preparation for the delivery of booster shots if approved and recommended by the FDA and CDC, and efforts to build the supply of rapid COVID tests, but the most prominent aspects of the White House plan relate to mandates.

COVID-19 Screening in Assisted Living

On September 8, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) clarified their interpretation of COVID-19 prevention and infection control in assisted living licensed facilities. Screening of residents by staff is required for each resident who is receiving assisted living services. Residents who are only receiving housing and supportive services may screen themselves and report results to staff.

Aug. 30 Marks Expiration of Many MDH COVID Waivers

On September 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

When Minnesota's Peacetime Emergency ended on July 1, it started a sixty-day countdown to the expiration of most Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 waivers or modifications of state laws or regulations

MDH Seeks Feedback to Inform Booster Planning

On September 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is actively developing a plan for booster vaccinations in long-term care settings.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to launch boosters the week of Sept. 20, and MDH wants to be sure this next phase in the vaccination process rolls out as quickly and smoothly as possible.

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