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Power of Purpose was Unquestionable at Institute

Never underestimate the power of purpose, or the spirit of optimism that fills the air when you gather thousands of older adult services professionals in one locatio -- the 2017 Institute & Expo.  

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HSS Apprentices Take Next Step in Career Pathway

During last week's Institute, we recognized 13 individuals who are changing the world of older adult services by transforming the world of the direct caregiver. Our graduating class of apprentices through the Health Support Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program completed rigorous coursework and on-the-job training to become a deeper and better prepared caregiver.

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Legislative Deadlines Set; Provides Opportunities for In-District Lawmaker Meetings

Minnesotans have a clearer picture of how the rest of the 2017 legislative session will look after committee deadlines and the Easter/Passover break were announced. Now that the calendar has been set, it is the perfect time to invite your lawmaker to visit your site. 

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Legislative Leaders Discuss Aging Issues at Institute

Legislative leaders on aging issues took the stage on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the LeadingAge Minnesota Opinion Leaders forum to address the ways in which our state plans to meet the needs of aging Minnesotans. 

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Stars Among Us Awards Presented at Institute

The Power of Purpose, our 2017 Institute & Expo theme, was on full display during the Stars Among Us award presentation last week. This year we were motivated and inspired by the dedicated and committed people who practice their power of purpose every day to make a positive difference in the lives of aging Minnesotans.

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Star of the Week: Caregiver of the Year Joanie Lennick-Goulart, Ebenezer Tower

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, when the challenges of working in aging services seem to outweigh the benefits, we come across one individual who reminds us of the joy, the value and the power of purpose in caregiving. Meet Joanie Lennick-Goulart, Executive Director at Ebenezer Tower Apartments in Minneapolis, and our 2017 Stars Among Us Caregiver of the Year. 

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OIG Exclusions Update Available

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has posted its January 2017 update to the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities. An archive of updates from the past 12 months is also available on-line. 

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2017 Leadership Academy Applications Due March 3

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Leadership Academy, LeadingAge Minnesota’s year-long leadership development program. “Life changing”, “Empowering,” “Best investment I have ever made in myself” are just some of the comments from this year’s graduating fellows.

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CEUs for Institute Available Next Week

CEUs from last week’s Institute & Expo will be available after Feb. 21. Conference attendees will receive an email next week with instructions on how to access CEUs via www.LeadingAgeMN.org

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Survey Shows Nearly All Care Centers Have Implemented EHR

Ninety-five percent of Minnesota care centers that responded to a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) survey have implemented electronic health records (EHR), an increase from sixty-nine percent in 2011. PointClickCare (65 percent) and MatrixCare (25 percent) are the vendors most commonly used. 

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Ida Sass, Good Shepherd Community, Receives Spirit of Aging Award

Ida Sass, a resident and active volunteer at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, was honored during last week’s Institute & Expo with the Spirit of Aging Award. 

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Mark Your Calendars Now for 2017 Conferences and Signature Events

2017 will be chock full of great educational conferences, networking events and learning for aging services professionals: 

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CMS Publishes Conditions of Participation for Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies

The first major overhaul of rules governing home health agencies in almost 30 years have been published and are set to go into effect in July. The requirements do not apply to state-only licensed home care agencies, but do apply to any Medicare-certified agencies. 

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As NetStudy Transition Period Ends, Member Feedback is Needed

This is a reminder for all members that background study requests must be submitted through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) NETStudy 2.0 system beginning March 1. DHS will transition access to the original NETStudy portal to “view only” for all providers effective Feb. 28. Entities will continue to be able to see the results of background studies submitted in the original NETStudy system for 60 days. 

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Olmstead Plan Annual Quality of Life Survey Underway

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan requires the completion of an annual survey of people with disabilities who receive state-funded services to learn about their quality of life. If you are a service provider for individuals receive funding for services through CADI, CAC, BI or DD, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), on behalf of the Olmstead Implementation Office, might invite people you serve to participate in the survey. 

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Member Participation Requested in State of Seniors Housing 2017 Survey

Members are encouraged to participate in the State of Seniors Housing 2017 Survey. The survey captures financial performance data for senior housing communities. All organizations that complete the survey will receive a complimentary copy of State of Seniors Housing 2017, which compiles the results for comparisons with your own operations. 

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MDH Bill of Rights Form for Care Centers Includes an Error

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued a notice on Feb. 1 saying it found an error in its approved form of Combined Federal and State Bill of Rights for nursing facility residents, and directing care centers to take action to provide residents with corrected information. Because the LeadingAge Minnesota federal-state Bill of Rights booklet is based on the state-approved form, we have developed a solution for updating existing inventories of those booklets. 

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DHS Issues RFP for Nursing Facility PIPP Programs

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Nursing Facility Performance-Based Incentive Payments (PIPP). Approximately $1.5 million in state funding is available for PIPP projects in this round of funding. 

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Time Out: What One Assisted Living Home Care Tag is Cited 72% of the Time?

It has been two years since the new comprehensive home care regulations were implemented. Current survey results indicate that some of the very detailed expectations of the regulations are not being met. This is especially true for one tag: service plan content.   

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Capitol Hill Visits Take Place March 21

Members planning to attend the PEAK Leadership Summit, March 19 – 22 in Washington, DC should take note of a scheduling change. Visits with our state congressional delegation will take place on Tuesday, March 21.

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Return to Community Recognized as Bright Idea in Government

Return to Community has been recognized as a 2017 Bright Ideas in Government by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

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All Eyes on Institute: The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose. These are simple, yet profound words when we think of the thousands of people our members serve on a daily and annual basis. In every corner of the state, from large to small, LeadingAge Minnesota members carry out an important purpose – our individual quest to do meaningful work, and our collective quest to transform the aging experience. 

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2017 Leadership Academy Applications Available Now

Applications are open for the Leadership Academy, LeadingAge Minnesota’s year-long leadership development program. 

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Star of the Week: Jenny Parsons, Northfield Retirement Community

Biking nine miles a day at age 15 to volunteer at a local care center was the start of Jenny Parsons’ caregiving career, and the memories of one resident continue to shape her purpose in her work as a Health Unit Coordinator with Northfield Retirement Community. 

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HCBS Settings Rule News and Timeline Update

At its first meeting of 2017, the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule Advisory Group began a review of the Attestation forms and accompanying guides and received an update on the state HCBS Settings Rule Transition Plan. 

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MDH Updates List of Information Surveyors May Request from Care Centers

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated its list of list of information providers may be requested to provide for surveyors as a result of implementation of the Phase 1 (effective Nov. 28, 2016) revised Requirements of Participation for nursing facilities. This list may not be all inclusive, but sets a basic expectation for providers. 

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CMS Webinar Will Provide IMPACT Act Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a free webinar, Looking Ahead: The IMPACT Act in 2017, on Feb. 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Top 2017 Predictions for Senior Housing

Senior housing executives were recently asked by Senior Housing News to share their predictions and outlook for the year ahead. Familiar themes of continued collaboration, occupancy pressures and labor challenges were top of mind. Rebranding of senior living, impact of technology on everything from marketing to transportation, and a mixed outlook on new development also made the list. 

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MDH Still Reviewing Transfer and Discharge Notice Requirement

In an update from a story we first covered last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) informed us that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide no further guidance at this time related to transfer/discharge notices under the revised Requirements of Participation for nursing facilities. 

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CMS Updates PBJ Technical Manual

Feb. 14 is the due date for care centers to submit Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) staffing and census data for the period Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016. CMS recently updated its technical User’s Guide, which covers the functionality found within the PBJ System as well as information regarding how to access the system via the CMSNet Secure Access Service. 

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