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Care Centers: Give Notice of Upcoming Rate Increase to Private Pay Residents
On May 25, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
As part of a care center financial relief package approved at the end of the legislative session, a Value-Based Reimbursement (VBR) rate add-on of $12.35 per resident day was enacted. This rate add-on is effective starting July 1, 2023, and ends on Dec. 31, 2024. The rate add-on is not restricted to any particular use, so it will allow providers to address some of the impacts that inflation has had in various areas over the last couple of years.
House Human Services Committee Releases Omnibus Bill with Mixed Results for Senior Care
On March 30, 2023 by Erin Huppert
The Minnesota House Human Services Committee released its omnibus finance bill this week. The budget bill includes some priority legislation like Elderly Waiver funding and a PACE rate study but stops short of investing in skilled nursing care for older adults.
Employee Retention Credit Will Not Impact Care Center Rates
On March 16, 2023 by Jeff Bostic
Earlier this week, Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office informed LeadingAge that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will tell states with cost-based care center payment systems like Minnesota’s to treat Employee Retention Credit (ERC) funds like other federal CARES Act relief funds.
2023 Legislative Solutions: Defining Solutions that Support Seniors and their Caregivers
On January 19, 2023 by Erin Huppert
In pursuit of our advocacy efforts this year, the Long-Term Care Imperative has created a one-page handout that clearly defines aging services' challenges and outlines the legislative solutions to address them. We encourage you to download and familiarize yourself with our 2023 Legislative Handout.
2023 Legislative Session Begins
On January 5, 2023 by Kayla Khang
Earlier this week, the Minnesota Legislature gaveled in the start of this year's session. LeadingAge Minnesota and our Long-Term Care Imperative partner are prepared to advocate for our members and share our key message throughout the session, which is slated to end in May. With a $17 billion budget surplus, lawmakers must act to ensure access to care for Minnesota's seniors and that caregivers receive the wages they deserve.
Care Center Rate Notices Likely to Arrive after Jan. 1
On December 1, 2022 by Jeff Bostic
As Jan. 1 approaches, it appears likely that rate notices will not arrive for most care centers by the start of the new rate year. We expect that the rate increase for most care centers will be significant this year because the cost report being used (year-end Sept. 30, 2021) reflects a drop in occupancy and the considerable increase in costs that happened during the pandemic. Therefore, it is time for providers to consider giving notice to private pay residents about increases on Jan. 1.
DHS Releases RFP for Consultant to Advise on Case Mix Transition
On October 27, 2022 by Jeff Bostic
Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) hire a consultant who will review the RUGS-IV case mix system used in the state's Value-Based Reimbursement (VBR) care center payment system under Medicaid.
Congressman Emmer Visits Guardian Angels With Members of MN Legislature
On September 1, 2022 by Dan Nelson
Last week, Congressman Tom Emmer joined Guardian Angels CEO Traci Larson, State Rep. Paul Novotny, and State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer at Guardian Angels Care Center, a skilled nursing community in Elk River. LeadingAge Minnesota staff also attended the meeting.
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.
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.
Care Center Financial Survey Results Show Continued Improvement
On August 12, 2020 by Jeff Bostic
The results of the Long-Term Care Imperative’s annual nursing facility financial indicators survey were recently prepared by CliftonLarsonAllen. The 2019 data shows that financial performance continued a trend of improvement
Blue Ribbon Commission Issues Draft Report on HHS Cost Savings
On July 15, 2020 by Jodi Boyne
The Blue Ribbon Commission created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019 to identify recommendations that would save $100 million in state health and human services expenditures over the coming biennium is soliciting public and stakeholder input on its draft final report.
Care Center Financial Survey Results Show Slow Improvement
On July 10, 2019 by Jeff Bostic
Despite a continued trend of improved financial performance in care centers that started in 2016, new data from the Nursing Facility Financial Indicators survey makes clear that providers continue to face significant financial challenges.
Legislature Returns: House Votes on HHS Bill, AARP Holds Telephone Town Hall with Gov. Walz
On April 24, 2019 by Jodi Boyne
The Minnesota Legislature returned from its spring recess this week and wasted no time in getting down to business. Today in the Minnesota House, lawmakers will be voting on the House HHS Finance omnibus bill (HF2414). Tomorrow AARP will host a Telephone Town Hall with Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan on their key priorities for the remainder of the legislative session, which will include discussion on the protection of older adults in assisted living settings.
April 24: MN House Scheduled to Vote on HHS Finance Bill - Join Us at the State Capitol
On April 16, 2019 by Libbie Chapuran
The House is scheduled to vote on the Health and Human Services Finance Bill (HF 2414) on Wednesday, April 24. This bill would have a serious and potentially devastating impact on senior care. It’s time to have one more conversation with your lawmaker – and the best time to do that is at the State Capitol on the day of the vote.
Nursing Home Cuts – Call Your Representative Today
On April 10, 2019 by Libbie Chapuran
House File 2414, the House’s Omnibus Health and Human Services Bill, contains several sections that would have a serious and potentially devastating impact on senior care. The bill cuts nursing home funding, over-regulates assisted living, expands swing beds and fails to invest in Elderly Waiver.
Session Update: Fast Pace, Moving Parts as Legislature Moves to 2nd Deadline
On March 27, 2019 by Kari Thurlow
It has been another busy week at the State Capitol as the House and Senate push to meet its second policy deadline on Friday. Committees are working day and night to squeeze bills into hearing agendas to keep certain pieces of legislation alive. Governor Walz released his supplemental budget recommendations and is prepping for his first State of the State address on April 3. And we are deep in the trenches advocating and testifying – in favor and in opposition – on bills that have a direct impact on our field and the people we serve.
Care Center Data Shows Deteriorating Picture
On March 19, 2019 by Jeff Bostic
Care center occupancy is at an all-time low and the workforce situation is only getting more challenging, according to a new analysis we recently completed based on the 2018 occupancy survey and 2019 Long-Term Care Imperative legislative survey.
Governor’s Budget Cuts Care Center Funding, Assumes Fee-Drive Approach to Assisted Living Oversight
On February 20, 2019 by Jeff Bostic
Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan yesterday released the One Minnesota budget that proposes to spend $49 billion in the next two years on a wide range of priorities. The budget contained mixed news for older adult services. While it supports the interim work on older adult protection, the budget does not include increased Elderly Waiver funding, only partially funds the DWRS increase for adult day providers, assumes a fee-driven approach for assisted living providers and reduces Value-Based Reimbursement for care centers.
Now Posted: Care Center Rate Notices
On November 28, 2018 by Jeff Bostic
The fourth set of annual rates to be calculated using the new Value-Based Reimbursement (VBR) system will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The rates are now posted to the DHS Nursing Facility Provider Portal.