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Coming Soon: Employee Retention Survey

Have 5 minutes? Want to know key insights into staff retention? Get ready to take a brief survey next week to help us and you better understand the state of employee engagement practices in our field.

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CMS Awards QIO-QIN Contract to Superior Health Quality Alliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently awarded a five-year contract to Superior Health Quality Alliance (Superior Health) to serve as a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

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New Bill Calls for Minimum Staffing Requirements in Nursing Homes

A new bill in Congress, the Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act, would revise minimum staffing requirements for skilled nursing settings that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. LeadingAge opposes the legislation as it fails to address the underlying causes and rising challenges of workforce shortages across the long-term care continuum.  

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Senior LinkAge Line Issues Advisory on Medicare Plan Finder

The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA) is advising Medicare Beneficiaries who have used the Medicare Plan Finder to call health plans and confirm costs. 

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CMS Addresses Survey Question on Refrigeration Temperature

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided clarifying guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on food safety requirements regarding refrigeration temperatures. When checking refrigeration temperatures, CMS said that the actual temperature of the food should be checked and that surveyors should not cite based just on the refrigerator thermometer readings. 

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Hospitals Now Required to Share Your Quality Data with Patients

As part of the new discharge planning rule that is effective Nov. 29, hospitals are required to provide patients preparing to transition from acute care to post-acute care with access to information about their provider choices. The information includes performance on quality and resource utilization measures, such as number of pressure ulcers, proportion of falls that lead to injury, and number of readmissions back to the hospital.  

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Coming Soon: Electronic Monitoring Templates

The new electronic monitoring requirements for nursing homes and assisted living go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. To help you prepare for the new requirements, we will soon provide you with templates you can use to develop policies and communicate the changes to residents and staff. 

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Rest in Peace: Lorry Massa

The former president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), Lawrence “Lorry” Massa passed away peacefully at his home in Alexandria on Nov. 22. 

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#DearCandidate: Pete Buttigieg Brings Long-Term Care Plan to the National Stage

One of the greatest challenges facing our field, our state and our country just hit the national stage. Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg this week introduced his Dignity and Security in Retirement proposal to ensure every American has access to affordable health care. 

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LeadingAge MN Weighs In: Licensed Assisted Living Director Rule

LeadingAge Minnesota last week submitted recommendations and guidance to the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) on several issues related to rules development of the Licensed Assisted Living Director credential. 

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Download Free Staff Behavioral Health Training

When you said one of your greatest needs for staff training is behavioral health, we listened and responded. A new video training series from LeadingAge Minnesota is now available -- and it’s free!  

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ICan? Yes, You Can: Free Video Training for Frontline Quality Improvement Projects

Looking for ways to energize frontline staff? Ask them to identify and solve problems that can save time and improve care using the free ICan: Quality & Innovation from the Front-Line program.  

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Benedictine Communities Recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes” Report

Benedictine Health System announced 14 communities were recognized in the 2019-2020 U.S. News and World Report “Best Nursing Homes” report as high-performers in overall quality in both the nursing home and short-stay rehabilitation categories.  

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Making Zero Harm Possible: St. Therese of Woodbury Safety Champions

The Safe Care Champions from St. Therese of Woodbury were recently recognized with a Make Zero Harm Possible award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes individuals and staff teams in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating the people they serve with respect and dignity – always. 

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Experience the Frontline

Are you looking for ways to connect with your staff? Do you have a goal to build relationships with your team and to improve the culture of your organizations? 

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Legal and Clinical Ethics in Serving LGBT+ Older Adults

The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has published Legal and Clinical Ethics in Serving LGBT+ Older Adults, authored by attorneys Robert Rodè and William McDonough of LeadingAge Minnesota business partner member Voigt, Rodè, Boxeth & Coffin, and Jane Danner of Volunteers of America National Services.  

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Advocates Call for Bipartisan Action on Long-Term Care Funding

Testifiers in a hearing in the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee last week called for bipartisan legislative action to address the needs of a growing aging population facing high costs of healthcare and housing. 

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GAO Calls for Better Abuse Oversight for Nursing Homes

In a report released last week, the Government Accountability Offices (GA)) alleges that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to enforce several of its recommendations after an earlier GAO report found oversight gaps in abuse reporting requirements for nursing homes. 

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CMS Updates Emergency Preparedness Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made two revisions to emergency preparedness requirements for nursing facilities under a rule taking effect Nov. 29, 2019. Read a summary of the rule’s impact prepared by LeadingAge national.  

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MDH Provides Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management

It’s now officially influenza season! The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities to help nursing homes prepare for the flu season and identify, report and manage respiratory outbreaks.  

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Elderly Waiver Rate Caps Increase Jan. 1

The customized living and overall case mix caps in the Elderly Waiver (EW) program increase effective Jan.1 because they are tied to the increase in nursing home rates. The customized living caps increase by 6.14%, which is the full amount of the 2019 nursing home increase. The overall caps are going up by only 5.39% due to some increases that did occur for home delivered meals and PCA services.  

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Employee Retention – Help Us Help You!

To help us better understand the state of employee engagement practices in senior care, we are asking for your participation in a brief survey. As a leader in senior care, you offer critical insights that will help us understand what engagement approaches are being used and discover optimal methods for improving retention and performance through engagement.  

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Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card Adds Short-Term Stay Data

The Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card has added the results of the short-term stay resident surveys to the star rating.  

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MDH Releases 2019 Home Care Bill of Rights

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued the final version of the Minnesota Home Care Bill of Rights. These changes were approved by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2019 legislative session and were effective Aug. 1, 2019. MDH worked closely with consumer and provider stakeholders on updating the versions, which enhanced the clarity of this important information. 

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Join LeadingAge Capitol Hill Insights Call on Nov. 21

Get the latest scoop on what is happening in Congress and how we can work together to accomplish our important legislative agenda. Join the LeadingAge Capitol Hill Insights call on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.  

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Assisted Living Licensure Rulemaking Update

The two rulemaking processes designed to flesh out the details related to the assisted living licensure and licensed assisted living directors under the 2019 Elder Care and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act are underway. 

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COMING SOON: 2020 Rate Notices for Care Centers

The fifth set of annual rates calculated using the new Value Based Reimbursement (VBR) system will take effect on Jan.1, 2020 and they are due to be released to providers by Nov. 15. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has indicated that as of now they expect that rate notices for most care centers will be posted on the provider portal by that deadline.  

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LeadingAge MN Members Receive Live Well at Home Grants

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:  

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New Learnings from OHFC Substantiated Report Focuses on Neglect of Care

Neglect of care continues to be among the highest category of OHFC substantiated events across care centers and assisted living/home care settings. Our latest edition of the Learnings from OHFC Substantiated Cases provides on overview of this data, emerging themes, and ideas you should consider in your internal safety and improvement efforts. 

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2 Free Staff Video Training Tools Now Available

Two new frontline staff training tools launched last week are available for free to LeadingAge Minnesota members: Behavioral Health Training Series: Improving Care with Curiosity and Empathy and ICan: Quality & Innovation from the Front-Line.   

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