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Updated Survey Guidance Webinar Series Begins Sept. 29

On September 8, 2022 by Sharon Hollister

A webinar series beginning on Sept. 29 covers the CMS guidance updates on minimum health and safety standards in long-term care facilities and what care centers need to do to be ready for a survey.

Side-Rail Assessments in Assisted Living

On April 7, 2022 by Kari Everson

During in-person assisted living surveys, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has increased its focus on side rails and other bed-attached assistive devices, often known as bedside rails, safety rails, grab bars, or assist bars.

MDH ALL Together Newsletter Conveys Top Ten Survey Citations

On February 3, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

In their second ALL Together newsletter, the Health Regulation Division of MDH shared the top ten tags in assisted living and assisted living with dementia care licensed settings.

CMS Announces Plans to Enforce Staff Vaccination Mandate in Minnesota and Other States

On December 30, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

CMS announced on Dec. 28 that it will begin enforcing its Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination mandate for facilities located in all states where the rule is not currently blocked by a legal injunction, including Minnesota.

MDH Engineering Provides Survey Checklist for Assisted Living

On December 9, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shared a checklist to help guide assisted living providers in self-auditing compliance with physical environment requirements. The checklist covers the details from 144G that surveyors are looking for in the areas of:

Staffing Plans a Focus in Assisted Living Surveys

On November 18, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The assisted living rule contains specificity regarding several requirements of the assisted living statute, including staffing plans. The rule requires the Clinical Nurse Supervisor (CNS) to develop a staffing plan that considers several vital elements.

Understanding and Responding to Immediate Jeopardy Citations

On November 4, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As members are acutely aware, Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) citations for nursing homes have increased significantly compared to prior years, and 2021 is proving to be no exception.

Assisted Living Surveys – Food Code and More

On November 4, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

In a meeting with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week, staff from the Environmental Health Division provided information on early findings regarding the food code during assisted living surveys. Most findings are in basic food handling safety measures.

Focus Areas in Early AL Surveys: Postings, Plans, Procedures, Training, and Infection Control

On October 28, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

Findings during initial surveys of assisted living settings show a range of compliance with most providers well underway with incorporating new requirements. Several themes are evident in these initial findings. Learning more about these themes can assist providers in auditing their facilities for compliance. 

ALL Together: New Assisted Living Newsletter Available from MDH

On October 21, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health's Health Regulation Division (HRD) will provide information, news, updates and links to assisted living providers, residents, resident families, and the public through a new weekly newsletter, ALL Together. To subscribe, enter your email address and click submit

Assisted Living Licensees come in all Sizes and Locations

On September 30, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

This week’s report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on the status of current assisted living licensees provides a glimpse at the composition of assisted living around the state. Of the currently licensed 1973 assisted living facilities, 1337 of those are in the seven-county metro area, leaving 636 throughout the rest of the state.

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. 

Assisted Living Survey Observations Offer Helpful Reminders

On September 15, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

At a meeting last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shared initial findings from assisted living surveys that have been conducted.

August 31 Webinar - Effective Strategies for SNF Survey Preparation

On August 18, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

With COVID-19 rates lower than the pandemic's peak, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is resuming usual survey activities. This Aug. 31 webinar is designed to provide skilled nursing communities with information and practices to prepare for licensing and certification surveys.

Aug. 31 Webinar - Effective Strategies for SNF Survey Preparation

On August 11, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

With COVID-19 rates lower than the pandemic's peak, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is resuming usual survey activities. This webinar is designed to provide skilled nursing communities with information and practices to prepare for licensing and certification surveys.

Effective Strategies for SNF Survey Preparation – Aug. 31 Webinar

On August 4, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

With COVID-19 rates lower than at the pandemic's peak, the Minnesota Department of Health is resuming usual survey activities. This webinar provides skilled nursing communities with information and practices to prepare for licensing and certification surveys.

Webinar Effective Strategies for SNF Survey Preparation Scheduled for Aug. 31

On July 28, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

With COVID-19 rates lower than the peak of the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health is starting to resume usual survey activities. This webinar is designed to provide skilled nursing communities with information and practices to prepare for licensing and certification surveys.

Survey Forms posted for Assisted Living Licensed Settings

On July 21, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) posted the forms staff will use to conduct a survey under the new assisted living licensure laws.

Seeking LGBTQ Needs Assessment Survey Participants

On March 24, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

Since 2002, there has been a Needs Assessment Survey every ten years to better understand social determinants of health and individual health outcomes for aging LGBTQ Minnesotans. The 2022 Survey is getting underway, and JustUs Health and the University of Minnesota are joining together in a community-wide effort to provide actionable insight into the health needs of aging LGBTQ Minnesotans. They seek survey participation from LGBTQA Minnesotans 50 years and older to help inform policy and funding decisions at a state level for the estimated 48,000+ LGBTQ seniors living in our state.

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.

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