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Safe Care in the Age of COVID

On August 12, 2020 by Julie Apold

As we have pivoted in the past several months to focus on COVID-19 and put practices in place to combat this virus, we are reminded of our Safe Care for Seniors pledge for respect, safety and dignity and the shared commitment we made together to prevent harm in the course of caregiving.

Modifying Visitation Toolkit Available Now

On August 12, 2020 by Terri Foley

With the release of the Minnesota Department of Health guidance on visitation modification on Monday, you’ll find new tools in our COVID-19 Resource Library.

Metro Mobility COVID-19 Updates

On August 12, 2020 by Roni Falck

The Metropolitan Council has issued Metro Mobility COVID-19 safety measures. The safety measures cover topics including service, fare payment, riders, drivers, bus cleaning, and more.

MDH Releases Visitation Modification Guidance Effective 8/29/20

On August 12, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

This week the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released long-awaited recommendations on modifying visitation policies in aging services settings. The recommendations are effective August 29, 2020 and apply both to nursing homes and housing with services/assisted living settings.

National and State Perspectives on Financial Scenario Planning during COVID at Annual Meeting

On August 5, 2020 by Heidi Simpson

The Annual Meeting & Leadership Forum is virtual this year and much of the educational content focuses on strategic approaches related to COVID-19. Back-to-back sessions on Thursday, Sept. 17 will help leaders explore financial scenario planning in the COVID-19 world. 

Aug. 14 Webinar Gives Strategies for Diffusing Challenging Situations

On August 5, 2020 by Heidi Simpson

Strategies for Diffusing Challenging Situations, a webinar on Aug. 14, will explore practical strategies designed to help staff diffuse the highly and emotionally charged situations so that difficult conversations about what can be done occur and enable the parties to move forward together.  

Coming Soon: COVID-19 Resource Library

On August 5, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

LeadingAge MN is working on a new resource to help members plan, implement and communicate visitor modifications based on guidance the Minnesota Department of Health is the process of finalizing,

HUD Updates Multifamily Q&A

On August 5, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) updated its Q&A for Multifamily Housing programs. The July 31 Q&A document relays HUD’s guidance on operational and procedural questions related to the safe administration of HUD-assisted programs during COVID-19. In the Q&A, HUD provides clarity on mask requirements for residents, testing requirements for residents, and management and occupancy reviews. Included in the updates: 

CMP Funding Still Available to Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Technology Grants

On August 5, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is still accepting applications from Medicaid-certified nursing facilities to receive up to $3,000 in Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funds to purchase communication technology.  

Update on Nursing Homes Point of Care Antigen Testing Initiative

On July 29, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

We have gathered additional details about the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ initiative to supply rapid point-of-care antigen testing instruments and tests to nursing homes throughout the country to aid in identification and mitigation of COVID-19. 

Potential Funds Available for Private Pay Assisted Living

On July 28, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

Relief funds for private-pay assisted living providers are under consideration by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

MDH Modifies Home Care and Assisted Living Licensing, Survey and Enforcement

On July 28, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has modified certain requirements for home care licensing, survey and enforcement activities. The modifications are allowed based on Emergency Executive Order 20-32  issued on April 8. 

Nursing Homes Need CLIA Waiver to Receive COVID Testing Equipment

On July 22, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) last week announced plans to supply rapid, point-of-care testing instruments and tests to nursing homes throughout the country to aid in the fight against COVID-19.  

CARES Act Evictions Moratorium Ends; Minnesota Moratorium Continues with Modifications

On July 22, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

While the national prohibition on nonpayment evictions will lift July 25, there are still have ongoing restrictions in Minnesota. Governor Walz last week issued Executive Orders 20-79, which rescinded Executive Orders 20-14 and 20-73 and issued new guidance on eviction suspensions during the duration of the peacetime emergency. Both the rescission and the new order are effective Aug. 4.  

DHS Releases Testing Reimbursement Information for Care Centers

On July 22, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will soon post information about reimbursement of COVID-19 testing costs for employees to the nursing facility portal.  The new information includes a memo outlining the reimbursement policy and an updated “Form A” to submit for reimbursement of costs related to the Covid-19 state emergency, which now includes employee testing costs. 

Resource Round-Up: Essential Family Caregivers

On July 15, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

In this week’s COVID-19 Resource Round-Up, we feature new tools and resources to help you understand, design and implement the new Essential Caregiver designation in your community. 

MDH Releases Essential Caregiver Guidance

On July 15, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) last week released new guidance that allows the designation of an Essential Caregiver for residents of nursing homes and assisted living. This guidance represents the next interim step in encouraging safe and responsible visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Care Center Occupancy Takes Big Hit from COVID-19

On July 15, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The Long-Term Care Imperative has recently finished a special analysis of occupancy data for the first half of 2020. As anticipated, the results show that the spread of COVID-19 had a major negative impact on care center occupancy in the second quarter.  However, the impact varied by region and did not hit every provider at all. 

2020 Connect Conference Features “Hot Topic” Programs

On July 8, 2020 by Heidi Simpson

This year’s Connect Conference (Aug. 19-20) features a line-up of timely topics for assisted living, senior housing and home care providers. Join us – virtually! – to hear about the latest developments in the roll out of assisted living licensure, the path to becoming a licensed assisted living director, and how COVID-19 is changing our field. 

Resource Round-Up: Whole House Testing Decision Guide

On July 8, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

As we continue to push for a clear, cogent testing strategy and reimbursement process from the State of Minnesota, we know you are faced with many decisions when it comes testing residents and staff. Our new COVID-19 “Whole House” Testing Decision Guide is a workflow process designed to help you consider what approach is best for your setting. It includes links to key resources to guide your decision and implement your plan. Resources include:

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