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Oct. 26 Quality Management Workshop for Assisted Living

On October 6, 2022 by Sharon Hollister

Quality Management Workshop for Assisted Living Providers is a half-day in-person workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to help refine your quality management plan and identify quality improvement opportunities. Find details and register here.

Coming Soon – Federal Quality Programs Deep Dive Webinar Series

On October 6, 2022 by Sharon Hollister

Understanding Nursing Home Quality Measures and Programs – A Deep Dive for Quality Leads is a three-part webinar series on Oct. 29, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10. Understand each of the federal quality programs and the critical information required to report data effectively, access and interpret reports, and use data to improve. Details and registration coming soon.

Quality Management Workshop for Assisted Living, Oct. 26

On September 29, 2022 by Sharon Hollister

Quality Management Workshop for Assisted Living Providers is a half-day in person workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 26 to help refine your quality management plan and identify quality improvement opportunities.

Care Centers to Select New QIIP Goals

On September 29, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

DHS announced in August that they had opened the selection process for all care centers in the Medical Assistance program to select a new goal to work on for another round of the Quality Improvement Incentive Payment Program (QIIP). Each year, based on their progress toward the goal they select, care centers receive a rate increase of $0 to $3.50 per resident day for QIIP. 

New – Quality Management Workshop for Assisted Living, Oct. 26

On September 22, 2022 by Sharon Hollister

Quality Management Workshop for Assisted Living Providers is a half-day in-person workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to help refine your quality management plan and identify quality improvement opportunities.

Resident and Family Satisfaction Surveys to Inform Assisted Living Report Card

On September 22, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

In partnership with Vital Research, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Board on Aging are preparing for data collection for the Assisted Living Report Card. Assisted living directors will be informed by letter of the plans for this year's statewide assisted living resident quality of life and family satisfaction surveys in early October.

Registration Open for Steps to Excellence Training

On September 15, 2022 by Julie Apold

Registration is open to register for one of two Steps to Excellence virtual training options:

  1. Oct. 5; 9 a.m. – noon
  2. Oct. 25; 9 a.m. – noon

Select a training option, and we will do the rest to register you.

New Five-Star Reports Available with Staffing Domain Changes

On September 15, 2022 by Julie Apold

New Five-Star Reports that reflect recent changes to the Five-Star Staffing Domain are ready to view in the LeadingAge Minnesota Data Portal. Primary contacts have access to the portal to view these reports. 

Preventing Ingestion-Related Adverse Events

On September 15, 2022 by Julie Apold

LeadingAge Minnesota has recently updated a Property/Grounds Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Tool as a guide to conduct regular safety checks to ensure that your property and grounds are maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.

Updated SNF QRP User’s Manual Now Available

On September 8, 2022 by Julie Apold

The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quality Measures Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 4.0 is now available. Changes go into effect on Oct. 1.

New SNF QRP Measure Begins Oct. 1

On August 25, 2022 by Julie Apold

Care centers must track and report flu vaccination information to the CDC this fall.

The reporting period for the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measure "Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel" (HCP) begins Oct. 1.

Free Webinar to Understand the CMS Five-Star Staffing Rating Changes

On August 18, 2022 by Julie Apold

LeadingAge New York is holding one-hour training sessions next week to review the Five-Star Quality Rating System changes. The training will focus on changes to the Staffing Domain, the impact on the staffing and overall ratings, and how these changes will be reflected in the Five-Star reports.

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.

MDH Invites LTC Providers to Learn from Closed Correction Orders at Collaborative Safety Reviews

On August 11, 2022 by Julie Apold

Over the next few weeks, the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Collaborative Safety steering team members will begin inviting providers with closed Tuberculous and Individual Abuse Prevention Plan correction orders to collaborate, review and map these issues with the goal of learning and improving these systems.

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.

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.

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.

MDH Safety Science Orientation Session Registration

On June 23, 2022 by Julie Apold

The Health Regulation Division (HRD) of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is holding a virtual Safety Science Orientation session on July 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Providers and stakeholders who attend will learn more about a new method HRD will use to evaluate past critical incidents at a deeper level to discover issues, gaps and opportunities to improve systems and outcomes.

New Dietary Safety Video Available

On June 16, 2022 by Julie Apold

Are you interested in improving your mealtime safety practices but don't know where to start? LeadingAge Minnesota, as part of Safe Care, has developed a new video demonstrating two essential dietary safety practices – Pre-Meal Huddles and Dietary Safety Pauses.

Care Centers: Submit Comments to CMS by June 10 to Impact SNF PPS Proposed Rule

On June 9, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

Comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) rule are due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by the end of the day Friday, June 10.

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