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REMINDER: Capitol Hill Insights Call on Thursday, Oct. 24

Get the latest news on federal regulation and legislation on this week’s Capitol Insights Call hosted by LeadingAge. Sign up here for the Thursday, Oct. 24 call that begins a 1 p.m. 

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Adult Day: November Webinars Focus on Client Care Plans and Vulnerable Adult Act

Adult Day Services providers will soon benefit from two new webinars that take place in November – Writing Person-Centered, Measurable Goals for Client Care Plans and Protecting Clients and Maintaining Compliance with the Vulnerable Adult Act. 

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Matt Johnson & Rob Hendrickson, Perham Living

Matt Johnson, Physical Therapist, and Rob Hendrickson, Occupational Therapist, were recently awarded the Make Zero Harm Possible Award. The award recognizes staff in older adult service 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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Best Buy Poised to Lead Senior Care

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.  

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CMS Seeks to Improve Performance of State Survey Agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a pair of administrative memos related to State Survey Agencies’ performance in the survey process: Admin Info: 20-01-ALL details results from the State Performance Standards System (SPSS) for FY 2016 – 2018, and Admin Info: 20-02-ALL announces revisions to the FY 2020 SPSS Guidance.  

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Consolidated RMS Worksheet for Day and Employment-Related Services

In response to feedback from partners who requested a simplified process, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has consolidated all Rate Management System (RMS) worksheets for day and employment services into a single form. 

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Welcome to My.LeadingAgeMN.Org: Community Hub is Now Open!

We have launched our new membership database, and are excited to introduce you to a new feature that gives you more control over your user account, event registration, ordering from our online store and more! Meet My.LeadingAgeMN.org. Our new Community Hub is a member-facing online portal that allows you to:  

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CMS Unresponsive on Consumer Alert Icon, Silent on Phase 3 Implementation

Despite advocacy from LeadingAge, its members and other stakeholders (see McKnight’s Long-Term Care News for reporting on recent efforts and this opinion piece from LeadingAge CEO Katie Sloan), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will proceed with its plan to use a Consumer Alert Icon on Nursing Home Compare beginning Oct. 23 to identify settings with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, neglect and exploitation. It will also cap the Health Inspections rating under the Five-Star Quality Rating System at two stars for settings that receive the icon.  

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Why is Staff Recognition Important?

Staff recognition builds morale and increases retention. Research shows it doesn’t have to take a big investment of time, effort or money to recognize team member contributions in a meaningful way. One of the most impactful, low-cost or no-cost strategies is meaningful, personal recognition.   

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Workforce Shortages: Bold Solutions from LeadingAge

LeadingAge has just released the IMAGINE Initiative – a bold set of proposals to increase the number of foreign-born aging services workers available in the United States. 

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Care Centers: Voice Your Concern About CMS Consumer Alert Icon

As we featured in this week’s Advantage, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will begin issuing a Consumer Alert Icon on the Nursing Home Compare website to identify nursing homes with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, neglect and exploitation and will cap the Health Inspections rating under the Five-Star Quality Rating System at two stars for facilities that receive the icon shown below: 

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Cultural Competence: Person-Centered Thinking, Planning & Practice Webinar

Learned how to develop a framework for culture competence at all levels of your organization and explore the integral link to person-centered, thinking, planning and practice in an Oct. 29 webinar.   

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Are you Listening? Workforce Podcasts available

The Workforce Innovators Podcasts from the LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions brings you interviews with various leaders in our field focused on programs to help address workforce challenges.  

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Medicare Advantage: 5 Notable Numbers for Senior Living Providers

Interested in the growing Medicare Advantage opportunity? Here are five numbers you need to know: 14, 3-5, 4, $218,000 and 300.  

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2019 Compensation Reports Available for Purchase

LeadingAge Minnesota recently mailed out complimentary copies of the 2019 compensation reports for care centers and senior housing providers to members who participated in those surveys. Copies of those reports are now available for purchase by members who did not participate.   

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Amanda Wik, Ecumen Detroit Lakes

Amanda Wik, Licensed Social Worker at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, recently received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes staff in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating people with respect and dignity – always.  

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Federal Policy Update; Capitol Hill Insights Call on Oct. 24

In late September, Congress passed a continuing resolution that funds federal programs through Nov. 21. This means there is much work to be done when Congress returns from recess this month. LeadingAge has provided a Federal Policy Update on issues that matter most to you and will cover key issues on its Capitol Hill Insights call on Oct. 24.  

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Federal Judge Blocks Public Charge Rule

A federal judge last week issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Public Charge final rule that would have allowed the government to base green card decisions on whether an immigrant could be later seen as a financial burden on taxpayers.  

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Senior Linkage Line: Support for Residents & Clients During Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. The Senior LinkAge Line can help your residents and clients on Medicare navigate changes and ensure they have a plan Jan. 1 that meets their needs. 

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Are You Listed on the Safe Care for Seniors Committed Organization List?

More than 425 LeadingAge Minnesota member sites have made the Safe Care for Seniors Pledge and the commitment to implement a 5-Step Action Plan that will help create safe, trusted and inclusive environments and prevent harm that can occur in the course of caregiving. We will soon release our Safe Care for Seniors Committed Organization list. Are you on it?  

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Care Centers: Negative Trend in Financial Results Continues; State-Specific Analysis Available

The 34th Annual Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison and Industry Trends Report released by CliftonLarsonAllen last week shows the median operating margin in care centers has dipped below zero. 

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CMS Will Issue Consumer Alert Icon to Highlight Abuse Citations on Nursing Home Compare & Penalize Care Centers through 5-Star System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it will use a Consumer Alert Icon on the Nursing Home Compare website to identify nursing homes with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, neglect and exploitation and will penalize these settings under the Five-Star Quality Rating System.  

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Care Centers Must Continue to Prepare for Phase 3

With seven weeks to go until the effective date of the Phase 3 requirements for care centers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not finalized its proposed rule (“Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency”) published July 18 that would delay implementation of certain Phase 3 requirements and lighten other existing regulatory burdens for settings.  

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CMS Removes Two Quality Measures Relating to Pain

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to remove two quality measures relating to pain from the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Quality Rating System.   

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Infection Prevention & Control: It’s Everybody’s Job

Join our Oct. 25 webinar, The Important Role of Environmental Services in Infection Prevention and Control, for practical guidance on minimizing infection risks in your community.  

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What’s New in Assisted Living Surveys? Oct. 31 Webinar

Surveyors are now looking at new areas based on 2019 legislative changes to the Comprehensive Licensure statutes. Learn what these new changes are and how MDH surveyors are incorporating them into assisted living surveys now by attending the Oct. 31 webinar Maintaining Compliance with Today’s Assisted Living Licensure Requirements. Register here

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Registration Instructions During System Upgrade (Oct. 8-15)

Due to a system upgrade, LeadingAge Minnesota online registration will be unavailable Oct. 8 – Oct. 15. Please click here to register for any of our educational programs. 

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Senior LinkAge Line Reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 15

LeadingAge MN members are encouraged to share the following information with their residents: Medicare Open Enrollment will begin on Oct. 15 and run through Dec. 7. Senior LinkAge Line®, the state’s designated State Health Insurance & Assistance Program (SHIP), provides unbiased counseling and support to Medicare beneficiaries who would like to review their plan options. As a result, the Senior LinkAge Line’s call volume and wait time may be longer than usual during this busy time of the year.  

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Last Call: Register for October ALNET Meetings

Nurse Leaders -- Don’t let the month of October slip by and miss your chance to attend the final 2019 Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) meetings.  

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Genevive, Medica and 10 Senior Care Organizations Partner to Offer Innovative Medicare Advantage Plans

Seniors living in 78 Twin Cities-area long-term care and assisted living communities will have a new Medicare Advantage health coverage option to select for 2020 coverage if they qualify for its coverage requirements.  

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