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Long-Term Care Imperative Shares Reform Recommendations to Address Maltreatment

On January 31, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

Two Minnesota Senate committees held a joint hearing last week regarding the state’s handling of vulnerable adult maltreatment complaints. LeadingAge Minnesota and its partner in the Long-Term Care Imperative (LTCI) testified at the hearing, and shared several recommendations for policy reforms that could be passed in the next legislative session to address ongoing concerns. 

LeadingAge Shares New Vision for Health Care System Reform

On December 20, 2017 by Kari Thurlow

Addressing the needs of a rapidly growing older population is one of the major challenges facing the United States over the next few decades and an unprecedented opportunity to redesign the current system for delivering health care and long-term services and supports. LeadingAge last week announced its proposal for reforming the American health care system in a new report, Integrated Service Delivery: A LeadingAge Vision for America's’ Aging Population.  

LeadingAge Releases A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports

On August 15, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

LeadingAge last week unveiled A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), which outlines three essential features of a universal LTSS insurance program: 

Care Center Property Appraisal Process Expected to Continue in August

On July 13, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is making progress to complete appraisals of all care centers in the state as part of its effort to develop a new property rate system. Last month, 71 care centers in the Twin Cities Metro Area had an on-site visit by one of the appraisal firms. Eight of those care centers actually had their building appraised by both firms. 

Working Group on Elderly Waiver Reform Begins Design Work

On March 30, 2016 by Kari Thurlow

One of our top policy priorities is to develop a proposal to reform the state’s Elderly Waiver program so that it more adequately covers the cost of care and incentivizes quality improvement. Our goal is to develop a proposal to discuss with legislative candidates during the election cycle later this year and to introduce a reform bill in the 2017 legislative session. 

Member Feedback Needed for DHS Study on HCBS Non-Wage Costs

On January 26, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has commissioned an independent consultant to perform a study of the non-wage costs incurred by Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers in administering Medicaid services. The study includes evaluation of existing non-wage costs and payment methodologies in order to recommend the best ways to reflect these costs within current payment frameworks.

Extensive QAPI Expectations Focus of Proposed CMS Rule Changes

On July 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

The long-awaited regulations for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) are included in the proposed Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Reform of Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) two weeks ago.

Legislative Update: 12 Days to Go!

On May 6, 2015 by Kari Thurlow

The Health & Human Services (HHS) Conference Committee was appointed last week and began meeting this week to resolve the differences between the House and Senate HHS bills and to develop one final HHS budget bill that both bodies can pass and that Governor Dayton can sign. The HHS Budget Conference Committee members are:

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