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DHS Releases Bulletin on Add-On Payments for Customized Living

On May 19, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) this week released a bulletin that describes the process for providing add-on payments to customized living providers who have confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving residents or staff. 

Rate Increase for Elderly Waiver

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced the imminent launch of a new program to pay enhanced rates to Customized Living providers who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 (residents or staff) in their setting.  

Priority EW Bill Passes Out of the House LTC Committee

On March 3, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

A bill to enhance Elderly Waiver rates to better reflect the actual cost of care passed its first hurdle on Monday in the Minnesota House Long-Term Care Committee.   

New Consumer Brochure Available on EW in Assisted Living

On January 29, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

A new brochure from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will help consumers better understand Elderly Waiver (EW) services in assisted living, including eligibility and the application process. 

Elderly Waiver Rate Caps Increase Jan. 1

On November 19, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

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.  

DHS Moving Forward with Consolidation of Disability Waivers

On July 16, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The Health and Human Services budget bill that passed during the 2019 special session includes several provisions that advance a proposal known as Waiver Reimagine. Over the next several years, Waiver Reimagine will combine the four existing disability waivers under two new waivers, one for individuals living independently or with family and one for clients in residential settings. 

Senate HHS Budget Bills: No Cuts to Nursing Homes; Rate Enhancement for Some EW Providers

On April 10, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

The two Minnesota Senate Committees that have oversight over the Health and Human Services (HHS) budgets unveiled their omnibus budget bills this week. We were very pleased that the Senate bills do not include the Governor's proposals to cut nursing home funding or create a new, but seriously flawed, property rate system for nursing homes.  

DHS Posts EW Rate Reform and Residential Services Tool Webinar

On March 6, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has posted the Jan. 24 webinar that featured Elderly Waiver (EW) rate reform, the rate study that occurred in 2018, and their recommendations to the Legislature; along with updates and training on the Residential Services Tool.  

DHS EW Rate Report Recommends Rate Increases

On January 29, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) released a final report on Elderly Waiver (EW) rates that suggests numerous changes to reflect how services are provided and what type of staff provide them. The good news for providers is the evaluation reinforces the point that current rates do not reflect the true value of the service provided. 

Question of the Week: Elderly Waiver Policies

On January 29, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

During our recent round of District Meetings, we received several questions regarding changes that were made to the Elderly Waiver policies based on our legislative efforts in 2017. We are reprinting this helpful synopsis as a quick reference guide, which many LeadingAge Minnesota members have found helpful when working with case managers. 

Dec. 11 Webinar Focuses on EW Residential Services Tool

On November 28, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Elderly Waiver providers are encouraged to participate in a Dec. 11 webinar to learn about the EW Residential Services tool. Schedule and topics include:  

EW Residential Services Tool Webinar – Dec. 11

On November 20, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Elderly Waiver providers are encouraged to participate in a Dec. 11 webinar to learn more on the EW Residential Services tool. 

Elderly Waiver Rates for Jan. 1 Released

On November 14, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) yesterday published new rates for services under the Elderly Waiver (EW) program and other waiver programs that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The new rates reflect the impact of the EW rate reform that the Long-Term Care Imperative was able to pass in 2017.    

New Study Recommends Updating Adult Day Licensure, Using Data-Based Outcomes

On November 7, 2018 by Roni Falck

The first report in the Adult Day Services studies being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been released and could provide some insight into potential legislative initiatives for the upcoming legislative session: 

DHS Offers Video Conference on Elderly Waiver Program

On October 9, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

A basic overview of the Elderly Waiver (EW) program will be offered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services via video conference on Nov. 5. 

Rate Increases for Home Delivered Meals, EW/AC and CDCS Budget Cap Effective July 1

On June 5, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature authorized a 2.61 percent rate increase for home delivered meals for the Alternative Care (AC), Elderly Waiver (EW), and Essential Community Supports (ECS) programs for services delivered on or after July 1, 2018.  

DHS Conducting Study of Elderly Waiver Provider Costs

On April 25, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Aging and Adult Services Division is about to launch a survey of wages and costs for all types of providers in the state’s Elderly Waiver (EW) program. 

Governor Dayton Announces Proposal to Address Elder Abuse

On March 14, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

Governor Mark Dayton yesterday announced a broad set of reforms and investments that strengthen the regulation of senior care providers and enhance penalties for perpetrators of elder abuse. The proposal reflects the recommendations of the Governor’s Consumer Task Force on Elder Abuse convened by AARP late last year and a recent program evaluation of Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) from Office of Legislative Auditor. 

DHS Updates MnCHOICES Fact Sheet

On March 6, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has updated the MnCHOICES Fact Sheet

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