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CMS Issues Blanket Regulatory Waivers to Support COVID-19 Response

On April 1, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 30 issued several regulatory waivers to equip long-term care providers, hospitals and others with flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The waivers address some critical needs where our members have been asking for help, and this news from CMS was a great way for all of us to start the week!  

Department of Labor Defines “Health Care Provider” Exempted Under Families First Act

On April 1, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

While the Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA) requires private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave and paid expanded FMLA leave to employees unable to work or telework for several specific COVID-19 reasons, it allows employers to exclude “health care providers” from receiving the paid leave and paid expanded FMLA leave. 

MN COVIDSitters Resource

On April 1, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

Students from the University of Minnesota have banned together to offer support to healthcare workers during COVID-19. They are serving both the metro area and central Minnesota, with a toolkit provided to teach students in other areas of the state to start a similar program. Support can be accessed via their website:

Supporting the Basic Needs of Staff in a Time of Crisis

On April 1, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

With the challenges facing our economy and public assistance programs during COVID-19, it is important to ensure that staff are receiving the support they need to stay safe in terms of housing, food, financial and childcare security. Here are some resources to make sure staff can access as needed: 

CARES Act Expands Federal Small Business Loans, Can Support Aging Services

On April 1, 2020 by Roni Falck

About $350 billion of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package signed into law last week are directed to provide loans to small businesses, with the opportunity for loan recipients to receive forgiveness and not have to repay the amount borrowed. On April 3, smaller 501c(3) organizations will be able to access these funds. This article provides a summary of the provisions and guidance for borrowers and lenders. 

$2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package Supports Aging Services Providers

On April 1, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

final package includes many of the priorities we have been advocating for, including an emergency fund to support health care providers that include aging services and temporarily suspending sequestration reductions to all free-for-service Medicare claims. 

MDH Guidance on Administering Nebulized Medications

On April 1, 2020 by Kari Everson

Nebulized medications are currently not defined or classified as an aerosol generating procedure, according to guidance recently released by MDH. However, since there is a possibility of transmission with nebulizer use, MDH is recommending the following steps to minimize risk to health care providers when administering nebulized medications: 

BENHA Provides Guidance on Continuing Education During COVID-19

On March 25, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

While the license renewal cycle for nursing home administrators historically activates in May, the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) recognizes that these are unprecedented times. In a news release distributed this week, BENHA provided the following counsel regarding continuing education or clock hours to renew your license:  

Links to Governor’s Executive Orders

On March 25, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

In response to COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz has released a series of Executive Orders. We have provided summaries of these via our daily update emails. Below you will find links to the Executive Orders that affect you and your staff: 

CMS Will Limit and Prioritize Survey Activity for Next Three Weeks

On March 25, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has directed state agencies to suspend standard surveys for long term care facilities (nursing homes), hospitals, home health agencies, ICFs, and hospices during a 3-week prioritization period from March 20–April 10.  

National Health Plan Association Indicates Plans Will Follow CMS SNF Policies During Emergency

On March 25, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The American Association of Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which include many plans that offer Medicare Advantage plans to Minnesota consumers, recently announced that they are going to be matching the recent “blanket” CMS waivers on the three day stay and benefit period requirements. 

Emergency Funding: MDH Grant Deadline is Today; New Details for Nursing Homes

On March 25, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The deadline to apply for the first round of emergency assistance funding from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), a total of $50 million for health care provider, is midnight TODAY.  

CMS Waives Three Day Stay Requirement during National Emergency

On March 18, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

As part of the national emergency declaration in response to COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that they are waiving the three-day hospital stay requirement before a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medicare A stay. 

COVID-19: Resource Round-Up

On March 17, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

We know guidance, recommendations and resources on COVID-19 are coming at you from a multitude of directions and that you are being flooded with minute-by-minute news updates on this virus. What follows is a quick recap of information you may find helpful this week as you combat COVID-19: 

Affordable Housing: HUD Postpones REAC Inspections, Provides COVID-19 Guidance

On March 17, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

HUD announced last week that the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) is postponing all property inspections on all public housing, multi-family housing, and servicing mortgagee properties. This includes senior housing. 

Adult Day: COVID-19 Communication Tools

On March 17, 2020 by Roni Falck

At this time, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has not mandated closure for adult day centers. It is up to each provider to determine whether it will continue to stay open or temporarily close. The following is guidance and communications tools you can use: 

COVID-19: Limiting Access to Visitors

On March 10, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

On the heels of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releasing new guidance on visitation in nursing homes, LeadingAge Minnesota urged members to restrict all non-essential visits in nursing homes and adopt the limitation suggestions for other settings such as assisted living and adult day.  

MDH Releases Coronavirus Guidance for Adult Day Providers

On March 10, 2020 by Roni Falck

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released interim guidance for Adult Day Services and Senior Day Center settings to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).  

Legislators Advance Bills in Preparation for COVID-19

On March 10, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

There are multiple bills are moving through the Legislature in order to prepare the state for a public health response to COVID-19. The House and Senate fast-tracked nearly $21 million for a contingency fund and are now considering legislation on a health care response loan program and a peacetime public health emergency.  

COVID-19: Response and Readiness Resources

On March 3, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge Minnesota has been working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and others to help inform our work on response and readiness resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for aging services providers. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is estimating that US risks for the virus are low, those we serve in senior living appear to be disproportionately at risk for the most serious respiratory infections associated with COVID-19. We encourage members to take advantage of these new opportunities and resources:  

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