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DHS Releases New Comprehensive Policy Bulletin on Elderly Waiver Residential Services

On July 20, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued the revised Comprehensive Policy on Elderly Waiver (EW) Residential Services, Bulletin #16-25-02. The new bulletin remains consistent with information covered in the previous bulletin (#14-25-06) with several additions. 

Important Changes to HCBS Spousal Impoverishment Protection for Clients 65 and Younger

On June 15, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers who serve BI, CAC, CADI and DD waiver clients under age 65 should review important changes in spousal impoverishment protections.

New EW Rate Limits Effective July 1

On June 8, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

As we reported in last week’s Advantage, Elderly Waiver (EW) and Alternative Care (AC) monthly budget limits will see a 21.3 rate increase effective July 1. We have received a few questions regarding the new rate limits in comparison to current rates, which we have outlined below:

Tick Tock! With Days to Go in the Legislative Session, Will Anything Get Done?

On May 18, 2016 by Kari Thurlow

With just five days to go in the legislative session, lawmakers are quickly running out of time and many are already wondering whether 2016 will go down as a “do nothing session.”

New Authorization and Billing Codes for EW Customized Living Effective July 1

On May 17, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is changing the authorization and billing codes from monthly to daily for Elderly Waiver (EW) Customized Living and Adult Foster Care Services. The new daily codes and calculated rates for dates of service must be used for services beginning July 1, 2016.

Advocacy Underway for Spousal Impoverishment Protections for HCBS

On May 17, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Governor Mark Dayton met with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday to request Minnesota be allowed to continue its current policy related to spousal impoverishment protections for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers for those 65 and under (CADI, DD, BI and CAC).  

Federal Update: Funding Measures Need Support, New Regulations Advancing

On May 11, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

While we hear more about activities on the presidential campaign trail than what’s happening in Congress, we should not forget the great work LeadingAge and its members are doing to shape funding and policy decisions on Capitol Hill. Below is an update provided by LeadingAge:

Latest Workforce Data Illustrates Challenges Faced by Housing with Services Providers

On May 11, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

With significant increases in job vacancies and turnover, workforce challenges faced by Housing with Services providers got worse in 2015 according to the recently completed analysis of the 2016 Housing with Services Workforce Legislative Survey

Make 4 Calls in Support of HCBS Funding on Thursday

On May 11, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

It’s the Final Countdown! Conference committee negotiations are underway, and we need your help. We are holding a Call-In to the Capitol Day on May 12, and need you and your staff to make four important phone calls.

Legislature Acts on HHS Finance Bills

On May 3, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

We now enter the conference committee negotiation phase of the legislative session after both the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate passed their respective Omnibus Finance Bills containing provisions related to health and human services last week.

DHS Offers HCBS Quality Improvement Workshops

On April 27, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Do you need assistance in developing your quality improvement program? Have you ever wondered how other providers have prevented falls, increased community engagement or helped people maintain their independence? Make plans now to attend an upcoming quality improvement workshop hosted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

Advocacy Alert: Tell Lawmakers to Support 5% Increase for HCBS

On April 27, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

We are now headed into the final weeks of the legislative session, and we need your help to put pressure on lawmakers to support a five percent rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

Joint Reform Working Group on Elderly Waiver Continues to Meet

On April 27, 2016 by Kari Thurlow

The Working Group that is tasked with developing a proposal to reform payment and housing policy for Elderly Waiver (EW) clients and appointed by the Long Term Care Imperative met again last week to continue its work. 

Don’t Delay! Take the Senior Housing Workforce Survey Today

On April 20, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

We need your feedback on our Senior Housing Workforce Legislative Survey. Your responses will help us illustrate the workforce challenges senior housing providers face in the current labor market.

HHS Finance Bills Advance

On April 20, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

Over the past week, both bodies of the Minnesota Legislature released and took action on their respective Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance bills. Here is an update on the bills, including key provisions that impact LeadingAge Minnesota members:

Long Term Care Imperative Bills Continue to Make Headway at State Capitol

On April 13, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

We have now passed second committee deadline in which bills must have been heard in all policy committees in both the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate in order to be considered further this legislative session. Our Long Term Care Imperative priorities, which include a funding increase for home and community-based services, senior care workforce promotional campaign, moratorium funding for nursing homes and long term care finance modeling, have all met the deadline. Here is a status report on these bills: 

Key Long Term Care Priorities Advance at State Capitol

On April 6, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

A busy week at the State Capitol came to an end with good news for several of our core legislative priorities. Here is an update on where these bills stand:

Important Budget Decisions Being Made - Call Your State Representative Today

On April 6, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

The Minnesota House of Representatives will make important budget decisions within the next few days that will impact our ability to receive a rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). We need you to contact your lawmakers today to tell them to support the Best Life Alliance bill.

Member Feedback Needed for Senior Housing Workforce Survey

On April 6, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

To help us illustrate the workforce challenges senior housing providers face in the current labor market, we are seeking member feedback on a new Senior Housing Workforce Legislative Survey

Ebenezer Tower Apartments Hosts Rep. Clark and Councilmember Warsame

On March 30, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

Ebenezer Tower Apartments invited Representative Karen Clark and Minneapolis City Councilmember Abdi Warsame to their community last week to meet with residents, staff and guests and see the newly- renovated building.

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