Featured News

Got 2 Minutes? Check Out Advantage – in Audio!

Don’t have time to read the entire Advantage newsletter? Prefer to listen to the latest headlines and news? Check out the new 2-Minute News, an audio recap of the most important news you need to know each week. 

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President’s Message: Embrace Change - New Year. New Opportunity.

There has never been a more dynamic and exciting time in the field of aging services. Together we are shaping the next generation of older adult services and, for all the challenges that will entail, it will be an amazing era of creativity – one fueled by the power of the professional and personal relationships we build with one another.  

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Care Center Employee Retention Improved in 2018

There’s good news in the area of employee retention for care centers. Our recent analysis of the employee retention data reported by care centers on the 2018 cost reports found that rates returned to the relatively high levels of the early part of the decade.  

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State News

Members Must Issue Certificate of Rent Paid by Jan. 31

All rental property owners, managers or operators must provide a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) to each person who rented from them during the previous year by Friday, Jan. 31 unless the property is tax-exempt or if the resident's entire care is paid under certain goverment assistance programs. 

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Now Available: Electronic Monitoring Consent Forms

The Minnesota Department of Health has released an Informational Bulletin and Consent forms for the Electronic Monitoring law that went into effect on Jan. 1.  

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Governor Walz Commits to Making Minnesota an Age-Friendly State

Governor Tim Walz last week committed to making Minnesota an Age-Friendly State during the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging Summit and indicated support for increased, stable funding for programs and services that help Minnesotans age in place. 

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Federal News

CMS Proposes to Revise Mandatory Remedies Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to revise its policies regarding mandatory immediate imposition of federal remedies, and there are positive changes for care centers. 

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Appropriations Bill Funds Key Priorities

The 2020 appropriations package that was signed into law in late December features key initiatives and funding for workforce, dementia, veterans and potential transportation solutions for rural and underserved communities.   

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Hazardous Drug Management Rules Now in Effect for Health Care Centers and Assisted Living

While the new standards for handling hazardous drugs in health care facilities went into effect for skilled nursing, long-term care and assisted living in December, there are many questions on who the rules apply to, who is enforcing the rule and how to be compliant in the various care centers. The following information answers some frequently asked questions:  

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Notable News

Bring Generations Together at Your Community

Need help in starting or enhancing intergenerational programs in your community? A new toolkit helps you plan, implement and evaluate programs and activities that connect older housing residents with young people in your community. The toolkit provides practical tools and tips to: 

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What’s the Greatest Challenge in Senior Living?

The challenges faced by senior living providers are plentiful – oversupply pressures, broken capital structures, obsolete properties and inadequate payment models. But the greatest challenge continues to be workforce.  

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Top Trends in Aging Services: Preparing for Historic Changes

Senior living and care organizations are facing a time of great uncertainty, and the speed and diversity of change seems unparalleled. Health Dimensions Group (HDG) recently published its Top Trends in Aging Services: Preparing for Historic Changes list for 2020.

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Member News

Donate to the Institute Silent Auction

One highlight of the Institute & Expo is the LeadingAge MN Foundation Silent Auction. The incredible donations from our members spurs a competitive spirit from our attendees. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 to support caregiver and leadership scholarships and workforce tools and resources to help you address your greatest challenge. Can we count on you to help us achieve our goal by donating an item to this fun and meaningful event?  

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Advocacy: Bring Our Issues to Life through Storytelling

Sometimes data just isn’t enough. Storytelling is the most powerful tool to affect change. We need your help to bring the issues we advocate for on behalf of the people you serve to life. Help us tell the story:  

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Sue Kiel, Dietary Cook at North Share Health, Makes Zero Harm Possible

Sue Kiel truly embodies the mission of providing community access to compassionate care each day in her work and is a tremendous team member who all who live and work at North Shore Health in Grand Marais.  For her commitment to safety, respect and dignity, Sue Kiel is the most recent recipient of the Make Zero Harm Possible award from LeadingAge Minnesota.  

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