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Showcase the Career Pathways in Aging Services at Duluth’s Discover Healthcare Career Exploration Event

On August 11, 2022 by Anna Mowry

On Oct. 5, Duluth will host the Discover Healthcare Career Exploration Event, an opportunity to expose students and the community to the various healthcare careers in the region in an interactive, hands-on event at the College of St. Scholastica.

Achieve Operational Success through Steps to Excellence

On August 11, 2022 by Julie Apold

On Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m., join us for a 20-minute preview of Steps to Excellence to help integrate continuous improvement practices into the work you are already doing on workforce, strategy, and operations.

Updates from CMS on Staffing Standards Study in Nursing Homes

On August 11, 2022 by Anna Mowry

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that, due to the significant response to the Request for Information on establishing a minimum staffing standard, it will conclude the staffing study in December. Initially, we expected the study to be part of the recently-issued final 2023 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System rule.

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.

CMS Releases Final SNF PPS Rule; Includes Cuts Related to Impact of PDPM

On August 4, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the annual final rule that updates the Prospective Payment System (PPS) rates for care centers.

Want Workforce Insights? Enter Your Q1/Q2 Workforce Data into the Data Portal Today

On July 21, 2022 by Anna Mowry

LeadingAge Minnesota’s exciting new resource, the Workforce Data Portal, is open to collect quarter two data. The Workforce Data Portal will be open through July 31 for users to enter their quarter one and quarter two workforce data.

Coming Soon - Nurse Assistant Testing Availability

On July 21, 2022 by Anna Mowry

Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are communicating updates to LeadingAge Minnesota regarding the status of nursing assistant test sites as they continue to open and increase capacity.

2022 Legislative Session Report Now Available

On July 21, 2022 by Erin Huppert

Though the Minnesota Legislature adjourned this year with unfinished business, including a failure to provide funding for wage increases for aging services caregivers, a small number of bills were signed into law.

CDC Releases Guidance on Enhanced Barrier Precautions

On July 21, 2022 by Kari Everson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance on enhanced barrier precautions designed to reduce the transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO). MDRO are pathogens that cause infections and are resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat infections.

Weekend Staffing and Staff Turnover Data Added to Five-Star Quality Ratings

On July 14, 2022 by Julie Apold

The July 2022 Care Compare refresh includes the addition of nursing home staff turnover rates and weekend nurse staffing levels to the Five-Star Quality Ratings. The refresh also consists of a change to how staffing scores can impact a nursing home's Overall Five-Star Quality Rating.

Reviewing the COVID-19 Data Tracker

On July 14, 2022 by Kari Everson

Providers across the state must utilize data per regulatory requirements to help determine specific COVID-19 protocols, yet many data sources from different regulators can confuse the process.

Safe Care Stories from the Field: Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

On July 14, 2022 by Julie Apold

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center: Shift-to-Shift Team Safety and Dignity Rounds

Today, we highlight a successful Safe Care practice from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby – Change of Shift Nursing Team Rounds. Jenny Pederson, RN, Quality Care Coordinator for the Care Center, is leading this new practice. It takes approximately five minutes during shift change and prioritizes residents' safety and dignity.

2022 Minnesota Rural Health Awards are Open for Nominations

On July 7, 2022 by Anna Mowry

The nomination period for the 2022 Minnesota Rural Health Awards is open. The Minnesota Rural Health Awards are given annually to individuals and groups who have significantly contributed to improving rural health in Minnesota. The awards are processed through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Rural Health Association.

Using Common Language Can Assist in Opening Doors to Aging Services

On July 7, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

As part of the Opening Doors to Aging Services Initiative, our national partner, LeadingAge, has developed a research-based language guide intended to be used as a resource to aid in understanding aging services’ depth and breadth.

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.

Seeking Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Directors to Respond to U of M LGBTQ LTC Survey

On June 30, 2022 by Kari Everson

The University of Minnesota and Rainbow Health are partnering on a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) older adults in assisted living and nursing homes. This study will focus on the effects of LGBT-specific policies on the provision of care and improving care through the development and implementation of an online staff training program.

Upcoming Nurse Assistant Testing Availability for July

On June 30, 2022 by Anna Mowry

Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are communicating updates to LeadingAge Minnesota regarding the status of nursing assistant test sites as they continue to open and increase their capacity.

CMS Releases Nursing Home Survey Guidance for Phase 3 Requirements

On June 30, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

On June 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released long-awaited updates to the nursing home surveyor guidance found in Appendix PP to the State Operations Manual.

COVID-19 Testing: Resource Roundup and MDH Upcoming Changes

On June 30, 2022 by Kari Everson

Testing residents and staff for COVID-19 became a standard throughout the pandemic, and guidance frequently changed, which gives way to uncertainty on current guidance and recommendations for testing requirements, test interpretation, and test procurement.

Updates on DHS Background Studies

On June 30, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

As we have shared earlier, 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. Information about emergency studies and ongoing updates about the transition from emergency studies to full compliance.

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