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Join Us from June 7-17 for District Meetings; Register Today

On May 12, 2022 by Luke Jenkins

For the first time in over two years, District Meetings will be in person from June 7-17. We hope you will be able to join us.

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.

Occupancy Increases Slightly but Held Back by Staffing Challenges

On May 5, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

The Long-Term Care Imperative recently completed an analysis of care center occupancy for the first quarter of this year. Compared to last year, it shows some improvement but nothing close to a return to pre-pandemic occupancy levels.

Long Overdue Frontline Worker Bonuses Signed into Law

On May 5, 2022 by Erin Huppert

On Friday, April 29, the legislature passed a bill to provide frontline workers a bonus check for their commitment to serving our community during the height of the pandemic. The measure will use $500 million of federal funds to provide "hero" payments to an estimated 667,000 frontline workers in specified sectors, including long-term care and home care settings like nursing homes and assisted living.

Minnesota Senate Passes Funding for Long-Term Caregiver Wages Increases

On April 28, 2022 by Erin Huppert

On Tuesday, April 26, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 4410, its Health and Human Services (HHS) Omnibus Bill on a strong bipartisan vote (60-5). The measure includes $358 million in investments for nursing homes and improves Minnesota's Elderly Waiver rate phase-in (from 18.8% to 27.2%).

State has Funding to Cover all Current Moratorium Exceptions Proposals

On April 21, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has more than enough funding to cover all currently moratorium exceptions projects proposed by nursing homes across the state.

Notice to Private Pay Residents Needed by Jan. 1

On December 30, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

As we reported about a month ago, the Minnesota Department of Health (DHS) will not be posting care center rate notices before the start of the new rate year on Jan. 1. Rate notices not being available for the beginning of the rate year makes the billing of private pay residents much more complicated than usual. It also impacts the notice requirements.

Nursing Home Rate Notices to be Delayed, Complicating Notice to Private Pay Residents

On December 2, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently informed LeadingAge Minnesota that rate notices for care centers for the 2022 calendar year will be posted much later than the statutorily required date of Nov. 15. Rates will not be available until some time in 2022.

Understanding the CMS 5-Star Report; Nov.18 Webinar Free to Members

On November 4, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

LeadingAge Minnesota nursing home members interested in utilizing the CMS Five Star Report to improve the quality of their services and their ratings will want to attend a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. – noon.

Free Nov. 18 Webinar Helps Providers Utilize the CMS 5-Star Report

On October 28, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

Are you using the CMS 5-Star Report to your best advantage? Receiving a better-than-average 5-star rating has never been more important to nursing homes. These ratings are increasingly used by consumers, regulators, insurers, and other payers and provider networks to select which facilities they will consider having relationships with.

Understand the CMS 5-Star Report – Free Webinar on Nov. 18

On October 21, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

Receiving a better-than-average 5-star rating has never been more important to nursing homes. Consumers, regulators, insurers, and other payers and provider networks increasingly use these ratings to determine which providers they will have relationships with.

MDH Engages Contractors to Conduct Nursing Home Surveys

On September 23, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

Beginning this week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is utilizing contractors from an agency called Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) to conduct nursing home recertification surveys, which are currently backlogged at the Department. 

MDH May Soon Resume Standard Nursing Home Surveys

On January 13, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As we noted in last week’s newsletter, new CMS criteria for what triggers focused infection control (FIC) surveys in nursing homes will have the effect of reducing the volume and frequency of FIC surveys for many care centers. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) signaled this week that these changes may free up enough time for surveyors to resume standard recertification surveys. MDH did not say definitively that it plans to do this, or identify any concrete timeline, but they told us they are exploring it.

DHS Conducting Review of Quality Measurement and Value-Based Reimbursement

On October 14, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

DHS has contracted with a research team at Purdue University to conduct an evaluation of the value-based reimbursement (VBR) payment system as well as the quality measurement efforts of the department.

CMS Updates Emergency Preparedness Requirements

On November 19, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made two revisions to emergency preparedness requirements for nursing facilities under a rule taking effect Nov. 29, 2019. Read a summary of the rule’s impact prepared by LeadingAge national.  

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