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New U.S. Senate Bill Includes Liability Protections

On July 28, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

A Republican proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the HEALS Act (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act) includes measures that address liability protections.  

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: 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:

Legislature is Back in Special Session

On June 17, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

For the ninth time in 10 years, there is a legislative special session. It began on June 12 and we do not yet know the length of this special session nor is there any agreement on what issues will be resolved during it. Where do our key issues stand in terms of special session priorities?

Nursing Homes: CDC Releases Updated Consolidated Testing Guidelines

On June 16, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

Testing a nursing home resident for COVID-19 more than once in a 24-hour period is not being encouraged, according to consolidated recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) over the weekend. The updated guidance includes: 

Resource Round-Up: Testing, Advance Care Planning, and Grief and Bereavement Resources

On June 2, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Testing continues to be a focus of our resource development over the past week, and we have also developed resources to help you facilitate discussions that may involve in advanced care planning, grief and bereavement. 

Tell Lawmakers to Prioritize Seniors in the COVID-19 Response

On June 2, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

Senior services providers are called to join in advocacy for priority personal protective equipment and testing, and the financial support to continue caring for our nation’s seniors now and after the pandemic recedes.  

President Trump Calls for Testing of All Nursing Home Residents and Staff

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

President Trump yesterday called upon states to universally test all nursing home residents and staff within the next two weeks. The announcement, however, did not provide details or support for how states would complete this widespread testing. 

Walz Announces 5-Point Battle Plan

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Governor Walz last week announced a 5-Point Battle Plan to Protect the Most Vulnerable, which is targeted at seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living.  

Inspections, Testing Top Long-Term Care Priorities of House Task Force

On May 5, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

A new blueprint introduced by the U.S> House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families on will make long-term care and affordable seniors housing a priority for future pandemic relief. The blueprint includes:  

Push for Transparency in Assisted Living is Met with Request to Prioritize PPE & Testing

On May 5, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Three members of Congress recently asked 11 assisted living companies to detail their case counts and strategies related to COVID-19, including their use of personal protective equipment, testing, visitation polices, and sick leave, family leave, medical leave and hazard pay offered to employees. LeadingAge and Argentum used this call for information as an opportunity to push the federal government to prioritize assisted living operators for PPE and other resources to combat COVID-19. 

House Task Force Presses for $100 Million in Long Term Care Funding

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

A newly-formed Democratic task force in the U.S. House is pushing Congress to immediately distribute $100 million in funding to aid infection control efforts in senior care settings. Among the priorities:  

FAQ: Employer COVID-19 Testing Requirements, Workers’ Comp & Return to Work

On April 28, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

As testing COVID-19 testing ramps up in Minnesota, many providers have requested guidance about when and how employers can require their employees to undergo testing. 

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