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Now Available: COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Webinar Recording & Handouts

On May 12, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

As reported last week, HUD and the CDC delivered presentations on their interim guidance on facility cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19. The recorded webinar and handouts, which are helpful to any housing setting and staff, is now available.  

HUD COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Webinar

On May 5, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) this week delivered presentations on their interim guidance on facility cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19.  

CMS Asks Stratis Health to Provide Targeted COVID-19 Infection Control Assistance

On May 5, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

During its April 22 COVID-19 call, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) noted that Stratis Health would be working with selected nursing homes to assess COVID-19 readiness – as a supplement to the infection control focused surveys MDH is doing around the state. 

CMS Freezes Five Star Health Inspections Rating and Answers Frequently Asked Questions

On April 29, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

CMS recently released Quality Safety and Oversight Memorandum QSO-20-28-NH, addressing a number of questions relating to nursing homes and the fight against COVID-19. This article shares the highlights, and we encourage you to review the entire memo and share it with your teams.  

COVID-19: Response and Readiness Resources

On March 3, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge Minnesota has been working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and others to help inform our work on response and readiness resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for aging services providers. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is estimating that US risks for the virus are low, those we serve in senior living appear to be disproportionately at risk for the most serious respiratory infections associated with COVID-19. We encourage members to take advantage of these new opportunities and resources:  

Enhanced Barrier Precautions for Care Centers

On February 12, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Infection Control Assessment and Response Program (ICAR) issued a notice on Jan. 31 to alert care centers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released interim guidance on the implementation of Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP) in July 2019. 

Phase 3 Requirements Take Effect Nov. 28 Despite Lack of Interpretive Guidance

On November 26, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the Phase 3 Requirements of Participation for care centers will take effect Nov. 28, but the agency will not release interpretive guidance and training materials for these requirements until early 2020. 

Coming in September: Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

On July 30, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Four months remain before the Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation take effect, and Nov. 28 is approaching faster than some of us would like! If you have not implemented a plan to meet regulatory compliance with F882: Infection Prevention and Control, now is the time to identify or hire someone to assume responsibilities for the vital Infection Preventionist position and get them the specialized training they need. LeadingAge MN is here to help through our new Certificate Program, Effectiveness & Core Components for the Infection Preventionist.  

Save the Date – Sept. 4 and 5: Effectiveness & Core Components for Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

On July 16, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The final countdown to Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation that take effect Nov. 28 has begun. These requirements, among other changes, mandate that every care center have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. Are you prepared? 

CMS and CDC Release Infection Prevention Training for Care Centers

On March 13, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff in the long-term care setting.  

35 LeadingAge MN Members Recognized as Infection Prevention & Control Data Champions

On February 26, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Congratulations to the following LeadingAge Minnesota members for being named Infection Prevention and Control Data Champions by Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network: 

Infection Control, Investigations vs. Surveys Featured Topics at Feb. 20 Home Care Matters Webinar

On February 13, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

The next Home Care Matters webinar, hosted by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Home Care and Assisted Living Program, takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

Home Care Matters Provider Webinar is Nov. 28

On November 20, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Home Care and Assisted Living providers are encouraged to participate in the next Home Care Matters webinar on Nov. 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn more about infection control and receive an update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on regulatory issues.  

FAQ: OSHA Hepatitis B Vaccination Requirement

On May 9, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Employers must make the hepatitis B vaccination available to staff who have reasonably anticipated contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials during performance of their jobs. 

Phase 2 Care Center Surveys: The First 100 Days

On March 21, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Now that Minnesota is roughly 100 days into the new care center survey process and implementation of the Phase 2 requirements, we have access to a decently-sized sample of survey data that helps us to identify trends. 

CMS and CDC to Collaborate on Infection Prevention Training for Care Centers

On March 20, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced a collaboration to develop a training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff. 

Mission Possible: New Details on Basic Infection Prevention Course

On January 10, 2018 by Julie Apold

New details have been released on the APIC Minnesota Basic Infection Prevention Course. The interactive course, which is offered four times a year, provides a comprehensive foundation for professionals specializing in infection prevention in all health care settings. 

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