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Technology Grants Available

On September 22, 2022 by LeadingAge

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), through the State’s Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Initiative, is seeking proposals from qualified Minnesota Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities that are interested in implementing innovative technology-related projects.

Resident and Family Satisfaction Surveys to Inform Assisted Living Report Card

On September 22, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

In partnership with Vital Research, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Board on Aging are preparing for data collection for the Assisted Living Report Card. Assisted living directors will be informed by letter of the plans for this year's statewide assisted living resident quality of life and family satisfaction surveys in early October.

LTC Imperative Nursing Facility Financial Survey Finds Facilities Facing Risk of Closure

On August 18, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

A recent survey of nursing homes conducted by the Long-Term Care Imperative found that several settings throughout the state are closing beds, considering a sale, or considering closing their doors. Due to lost capacity in the system overall, Minnesota seniors are losings access to care in the communities they call home.

Now Open! 2024 Rate Year QIIP Selection Process for Care Centers

On August 11, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

The annual selection process for the Quality Improvement Incentive Payment (QIIP) program is now open. In the QIPP program, care centers participating in Medicaid are eligible for a rate increase of up to $3.50 per resident day based on their performance improvement on a single quality measure.

DHS Releases Application for 2023 Elderly Waiver Customized Living Disproportionate Share Program

On August 4, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

DHS recently released the application form for the Elderly Waiver Customized Living (EWCL) Disproportionate Share Program for 2023. 2022 is the second year of the program, which provides a floor rate of $119 per resident day for their EWCL clients in 2023. The Legislature made some changes to the program that start this year, including:

HHS Announces Proposed Rule to Strengthen Nondiscrimination in Health Care

On July 28, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

On July 25, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise regulations relating to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics), in covered health programs or activities.

DHS Posts Rate Notices for more than 100 Care Centers

On July 28, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

Late last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) posted rate notices for the 2022 rate year for more than 100 care centers. These rate notices are based on cost reports without audit adjustments, so providers should be planning for additional adjustments to Medicaid payments after the completion of their 2020 cost report audit.

Civil Monetary Penalty Funds Available to Nursing Homes for Air Filters and Visitation Aids

On July 14, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued expanded guidance for the COVID-19 In-Person Visitation Aid Grants available to nursing homes.

DHS Conducting Survey on Waiver Reimagine

On July 14, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) released a survey to get input on their Waiver Reimagine effort. Waiver Reimagine is designed to combine the current four disability waivers into two. Under Waiver Reimagine, the current waivers, based on the type of disability, would be replaced with waivers based on the type of service received (living independently vs. residential).

Age-Friendly Minnesota Community Grant Program Launch

On June 30, 2022 by Terri Foley

Community grants of up to $99,000 are being offered by the Age-Friendly Minnesota Council in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As the first step in this process, communities can submit an interest form by Aug. 1. A virtual Responders Conference will be held during the application period to address applicant questions.

CMS Plans Site Visits to Assess HCBS Settings Rule Compliance

On June 23, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been notified by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of their plans to conduct site visits of several provider settings this summer to review their compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule. Site visits will occur the week of July 25.

DHS Continues to Work on Delayed Care Center Rate Notices for Rural Providers

On June 16, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

This week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) updated us on the status of care center rate notices for the year that began on Jan. 1. While metro-area care center rate notices went out a little over a month ago, most rural care center notices have not gone out. Many of them are still not close to being finalized.

DHS Confirms Extension of Background Check Resubmission Deadline, Other Flexibilities

On June 16, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website now confirms the extension of the July 2 deadline by which employees with emergency background studies must clear fingerprint-based studies until the end of the year. Individuals who received emergency studies must have a fully compliant study by Dec. 31 to continue working after that date. 

HCBS Capacity-Building Grants Offered By DHS

On June 2, 2022 by Terri Foley

Grants of up to $50,000 are being offered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in rural and underserved communities. Click here for the RFP.

Don’t Miss Billing Basics for Care Centers July 13-14

On May 26, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

Billing Basics for Care Centers is a two-part virtual conference that helps business office staff learn the fundamentals and skills to accurately bill for services and capture appropriate reimbursement. Register your team for this in-depth training designed to help improve your organization's financial bottom line.

DHS Temporarily Waives Supervision Requirements for Background Study Subjects

On May 12, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is temporarily waiving mandatory direct contact supervision requirements for new hires while their fingerprint-based background studies are being processed. The waiver remains in effect until June 30.

FAQ: Background Studies Resubmission Process

On April 21, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

Recently members have raised questions relating to resubmitting background studies for individuals hired during the COVID-19 waiver period, and this article addresses some of the common issues we are seeing.

DHS Provides Update on Delayed Care Center Rate Notices

On April 14, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

This week the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) provided LeadingAge Minnesota with an update on the status of care center rate notices for the rate year that began on Jan. 1. As expected, they will be releasing metro-area care center rate notices first and then sending out other rate notices as audits are finished.

Reporting on Use of Bonus Funds Due to DHS in Less than Two Weeks

On March 24, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

Back in January, DHS distributed $50 million in American Rescue Plan funding to care centers to provide hiring and retention bonuses to staff. Reporting on the use of the funds is due to DHS by end of day on Monday April 4.

Seeking Feedback on Fingerprint-Based Background Studies

On March 17, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

Two weeks ago, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and other providers licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) transitioned back to fingerprint-based background studies beginning for new employees.

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