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Adult Day: November Webinars Focus on Client Care Plans and Vulnerable Adult Act

On October 23, 2019 by Roni Falck

Adult Day Services providers will soon benefit from two new webinars that take place in November – Writing Person-Centered, Measurable Goals for Client Care Plans and Protecting Clients and Maintaining Compliance with the Vulnerable Adult Act. 

CMS Will Issue Consumer Alert Icon to Highlight Abuse Citations on Nursing Home Compare & Penalize Care Centers through 5-Star System

On October 9, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it will use a Consumer Alert Icon on the Nursing Home Compare website to identify nursing homes with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, neglect and exploitation and will penalize these settings under the Five-Star Quality Rating System.  

MDH Releases New Bulletin on Assisted Living and Home Care Protections

On August 6, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued Information Bulletin 19-03 informing the public about the home care and assisted living protections strengthened by the Minnesota Legislature as part of the Elder Care and Vulnernable Adult Protection Act of 2019. 

ALNET Guest Speakers to Focus on Abuse Reporting, Compliance and Most Frequently Cited Survey Tags in Assisted Living

On July 24, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Mark your calendars in August and October for the LeadingAge Minnesota Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) meetings! We have scheduled guest speakers from the regulatory and legal world to network with Assisted Living Nurse Leaders. Do you have questions about abuse reporting, discharges/terminations, or handling difficult situations? Come to the August and October ALNET meetings to learn more about these topics and others.   

U.S. Senate Finance Criticizes CMS Oversight Efforts Related to Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

On July 24, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday on the latest report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse. The report states that abuse deficiencies cited in nursing homes have more than doubled between 2013 and 2017.  

Hospice: OIG Recommends Better Protections for Beneficiaries

On July 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) discusses serious care deficiencies found in hospice services and the shortcomings in federal regulation and oversight to prevent these kinds of harm to beneficiaries.  

Klobuchar Announces A Plan for Seniors

On July 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last week announced A Plan for Seniors, a comprehensive plan that tackles Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, enhances health care and retirement security, reduces prescription drug prices, supports a world-class long-term care workforce, and combats senior fraud and abuse.  

When Change Happens, We’re At Your Side

On June 23, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Elder Care and Vulnerable Protection Act of 2019 will bring forward the next generation of assisted living and changes in vulnerable adult protection for all providers of aging services. As we’ve been traveling the state and fielding calls and emails, we know you have questions, concerns and ideas on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new regulations. We are here…at your side…ready to help.

LeadingAge MN Featured on MPR Program on Care and Housing for Seniors

On June 18, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

In case you missed it, MPR last week featured a one-hour program focused on the care and housing needs of Minnesota’s rapidly-growing population. Kari Thurlow, Senior Vice President of Advocacy for LeadingAge Minnesota, was a featured guest on the program that also touched upon the new package of legislative reforms to protect elderly and vulnerable adults.   

Changes Made to Comprehensive Home Care Fines Help Fund New Maltreatment Compensation Fund

On June 11, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

A maltreatment compensation fund has been established effective July 1, 2019 as a new section of the Comprehensive Home Care Law. The fund, which will be funded by fines for Level 2 through 4 violations, will be available to home care clients with a finding of substantiated maltreatment until it closes on July 31, 2021 when the new Assisted Living Licensure becomes effective.  

Assisted Living Licensure: “True Solutions Need True Partners,” says Governor Walz

On June 5, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

In a ceremonial bill signing that took place today during the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Governor Tim Walz cited the collaboration that took place among stakeholders to draft legislation that will improve the lives of seniors, move Minnesota forward in assisted living licensure, and help ensure safety, respect and dignity for people as they age.  

Special Session Ends. Our Work Continues.

On May 29, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

The special session that was required to complete work on the state budget ended in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 25. Given all the challenges of the session, with its focus on addressing elder abuse and assisted living oversight and an unexpected proposal to cut funding for senior care, our successes were only made possible by the tireless and unprecedented grassroots advocacy of our members. In the end, we were able pass the historic Elder Care and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019 and hold off rate cuts for care centers and reductions to Elderly Waiver caps. We also know that there is significant work ahead and issues that were largely unaddressed this year, including Elderly Waiver funding reform and addressing the caregiving workforce shortage. 

Milestone Agreement Reached on Assisted Living Licensure, Dementia Care Standards & Consumer Rights

On May 15, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

LeadingAge Minnesota has agreed along with its Imperative partner and organizations representing consumers and their families to support an historic compromise bill to enhance regulatory oversight and consumer protection in assisted living settings and nursing homes.  

Session Countdown: Making Progress, Still Work to be Done

On May 8, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

With less than 2 weeks to go in the legislative session, much work remains to be done. LeadingAge MN and its members are in the trenches advocating for our priorities and leaving no stone unturned as we push to the finish line. Here is a quick update on where things stand: 

MDH Will Host Nursing Home Regulatory Call on May 13

On May 8, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will host a statewide Nursing Home Regulatory telephone call on Monday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to Noon. Here are the connection details for the May 13 event:  

Legislature Returns: House Votes on HHS Bill, AARP Holds Telephone Town Hall with Gov. Walz

On April 24, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its spring recess this week and wasted no time in getting down to business. Today in the Minnesota House, lawmakers will be voting on the House HHS Finance omnibus bill (HF2414). Tomorrow AARP will host a Telephone Town Hall with Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan on their key priorities for the remainder of the legislative session, which will include discussion on the protection of older adults in assisted living settings.  

Senior Care Budget and Policy Proposals Slated for Hearings This Week

On March 20, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

A busy week at the State Capitol is unfolding, with two hearings scheduled this week that are expected to advance major bills related to senior care budget and policy issues. Our Day at the Capitol was a success in setting the stage for solutions that will best meet the needs of the older adults we serve, but your advocacy will be needed in the days and weeks ahead as the Legislature gets down to business in advancing budget proposals and potential historic changes to senior living. 

MDH Commissioner Malcolm Shares Progress Report on OHFC, Abuse Working Groups

On January 29, 2019 by Libbie Chapuran

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm shared updates regarding improvements at the Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) and overviews of the work done on the Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Working Groups in front of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee and the House Long-term Care Subcommittee.   

Focus on Safety: Reducing Harm in Aging Services

On January 8, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a new report that provides six key steps nursing homes can take to avoid preventable harm. The report comes out just as LeadingAge Minnesota is preparing the final details of its Safe Care for Seniors Programs that is set to launch in just a few short weeks. 

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