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COVID-19 Communicative Technology Grant Opportunity

On January 27, 2021 by Lori Meyer

The deadline is fast approaching for nursing facilities that have not already applied for the COVID-19 Communicative Technology Grants available through the Minnesota Department of Human Services utilizing Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funding. Facilities have until March 1, 2021 to submit an application.

Grant Applications for Technology to Ease Isolation coming in January

On December 9, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Home Care and Assisted Living Advisory Council announced their first project utilizing funds from the special revenue account established from fines related to home care survey findings. The Commissioner has approved an expenditure of $100,000 with a maximum per provider of $2500 to be granted for the purchase of technology and for training of staff to use devices to ease isolation for individuals served in assisted living and through home care agencies. More information and an application will be issued soon with an application period expected in January.

CMP Funding Still Available to Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Technology Grants

On August 5, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is still accepting applications from Medicaid-certified nursing facilities to receive up to $3,000 in Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funds to purchase communication technology.  

Telehealth: COVID-19 Open the Floodgates but Barriers Remain

On June 30, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Telehealth has been embraced by senior living providers during COVID-19 and changes in federal policy and flexibilities from insurance have made it easier to implement and pay for it. Accompanying this positive progression is the operational demands it has placed on providers and the continued lack of reimbursement.

How COVID-19 and Technology Would Reshape our Future

On June 23, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

During COVID-19, we have witnessed some needed and long-awaited changes that have been accelerated as a byproduct of our response to this global pandemic. Some of these changes, especially with respect to the use of technology, will most likely reshape our future.  

CMP Funding Still Available for COVID-19 Technology Grants

On June 23, 2020 by Julie Apold

Applications are still being accepted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) from Medicaid-certified nursing facilities to receive up to $3,000 in Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funds to purchase communication technology. 

New CMS Toolkit Helps Advance Telehealth

On May 19, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

In response to the COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and nursing home residents. A new toolkit from CMS can help states identify which aspects of their statutory and regulatory infrastructure may impede the rapid deployment of telehealth capabilities in their Medicaid program.  

Nursing Homes: COVID-19 Communicative Technology Grants

On May 5, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that, with State approval, Medicaid-certified nursing facilities are eligible to receive up to $3,000 to purchase communication technology that will enable residents to conduct virtual visits with family and friends and to participate in telehealth visits.  

Is Your Website Accessible to Everyone?

On December 10, 2019 by Guest Contributor

The accessibility of your website could lead to legal challenges. Consider the case of Guillermo Robles, a blind man who wanted to order a pizza from Domino’s using their website and mobile app. Despite having screen-reading software, Robles couldn’t place an order as the Domino’s website wasn’t built to be accessible to blind people. Robles sued Domino’s, alleging that their website violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Could this happen to you?  

6 Tech Themes to Help You Choose Your Next Tech Step

On November 26, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Technology is transforming senior living, from helping older adults stay connected, receive care and services at home, and stimulate physical and cognitive abilities to positively contributing to workforce recruitment and retention. What are the six themes helping providers choose their next tech steps?   

LeadingAge MN Members Receive Live Well at Home Grants

On November 12, 2019 by Lori Meyer

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has announced the newest grant recipients for the Live Well at Home Program. In total, 45 organizations received funding to help older adults maintain their health, independence and community involvement. Among them are five LeadingAge Minnesota members:  

Best Buy Poised to Lead Senior Care

On October 23, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

As Best Buy continues its push into healthcare, senior care remains a strong focus—and could make the company the leader in the space. Key to this expansion will be Best Buy’s ability to strike strategic partnerships with payers like Medicare Advantage and Managed Care Plans; but what shouldn't be lost in this push for a competitive advantage is the relationship with senior care providers.  

MedFuse Conference Brings Providers and Technologists Together to Innovate

On September 24, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

You’re invited to attend the second annual MedFuse Conference on Oct. 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration is FREE for LeadingAge Minnesota members. Select the Medical Practitioner Ticket upon registration.   

Use Technology to Engage Staff

On September 24, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Did you know that 91% of Millennial and Gen Z new hires say that a company’s technological sophistication weighs into their decision to accept a new job? It is time to embrace and invest in technology to improve staff efficiency and engagement. Need some ideas? LeadingAge Minnesota members are implementing some great solutions: 

2 New Products Added to CAST Medication Management Technology Portfolio

On September 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

CAST has updated its Medication Management Selection Tool with two new products CuePath Innovation and Nexusera. The tool also includes an updated Product Matrix and Online Selection Tool.   

AI Solutions Reduce Falls

On September 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Virtual reality, predictive analytics, sensors, and other artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are helping keep older adults from falling, according to a recent HealthTech article.  

True Innovation is Needed in Senior Living

On August 20, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A recent article in Senior Housing News highlights that the “dots aren’t being connected” in senior living to get innovation past the pilot stage to make a true impact. 

LeadingAge Recommends Medicare Changes to Congressional Telehealth Caucus

On April 10, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Responding to the Congressional Telehealth Caucus's request for information, LeadingAge recommended several changes in Medicare policy to expand access to telehealth services and remote monitoring, improve patient outcomes, and control health care costs.  

CMS Pushes to Improve Information Sharing Between Hospitals and Post-Acute Care

On February 13, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed policy changes supporting its MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the healthcare system. 

New HHS Resource Helps SNFs Increase Cybersecurity

On January 22, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Get equipped to battle the threat of cyber breaches with a new resource from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources (HHS) that showcases the five biggest threats and the 10 best practices for aging services providers. 

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