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Addressing Elder Abuse

Tuesday, February 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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RCTC Announces New Notification System recently launched a new notification system. They will periodically be sending out notifications to users regarding new or updated courses, new RCTCLEARN user features, and more. Whenever you login to RCTCLEARN and see the little red bubble appear on the Notification Bell (located at the top of the My Homepage), simply click on the Notification Bell to view the message.


Mobility Functional Ability in OASIS - GG0170c

The main goal for home health care service providers, is to assist individuals to improve function and live with greater independence; to promote and improve optimal level of well-being; and to assist the patient to remain at home, avoiding hospitalization or admission to a long-term care facility. Specific interventions are used to promote the overall patient safety and quality care and assist the patient to meet their goals. Even with a clinician’s best effort to provide the patient with education, many times patients choose to act in ways that are inconsistent with the current recommendations to get the desired outcomes. READ MORE

Rehab Corner

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Addressing Elder Abuse in Minnesota Long-Term Care Settings: Public Policy Actions Necessary to Prevent and Deter Abuse

AARP Minnesota released their final recommendations on steps the state should take to improve the health and safety of Minnesota seniors and vulnerable adults. Although the Star Tribune series focused primarily on assisted livings, many of the recommendations would impact home care provided in single family homes also. Some of those recommendations include altering the Bill of Rights, annual surveys and criminal and civil enforcement for abuse cases. The full report can be found here.

MHCA is participating in discussions and following this closely. It is expected that elder abuse will dominate the upcoming, short legislative session and may include debate around stricter licensing for assisted living settings. Watch the Informer for updates as this unfolds.

New Commissioner of Health Appointed

Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Jan Malcolm to lead the state Health Department. Malcolm previously led the department under Governor Jesse Ventura from 1999 to 2003 and succeeds Acting Commissioner Dan Pollock, who has served in the role since Dec. 19. READ MORE


Predictions for Legislation and Regulation in 2018

Article courtesy of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC).

The year 2018 projects to be an interesting one in the halls of the United States Congress. As the majority party in both chambers, Republicans will continue to work to carry out President Trump's agenda, including a broad infrastructure plan, immigration reform, and border security. Lawmakers will also work towards passing a budget resolution funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, as opposed to short-term continuing resolutions that maintain current spending levels, and lifting caps on allotments for the military. READ MORE

Patients Rights Notice Update

CMS has confirmed that the new Patient Rights Notice as described in §484 50(a) must only be provided to patients admitted onto service on or after January 13, 2018. However, the transfer/ discharge policy and the administrator contact information must be provided to current patents. CMS’ rationale is that the contact information and discharge/transfer policies are completely new requirements, and providing them to patients would not be a duplication of efforts already completed.

RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) to Begin a Home Health Complex Review

By Vickie Brand, MHCA Nurse Consultant

In 2016, CMS awarded Performant Recovery, Inc. to be the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for Region 5. The Region 5 RAC is dedicated to the post payment reviews of DMEPOS and Home Health/Hospice claims nationally. Performant has been focused primarily on DMEPOS reviews, however, on 1-10-18, they received approval from CMS to begin a home health complex review for documentation and medical necessity with affected revenue codes of: 027X, 042X, 043X, 044X, 055X, 056X, 057X. Claims submitted in the past 3 years can be chosen for this review. If your agency is selected for a review, Performant will send the ADR request via first class mail. Once a provider receives an ADR from Performant, they will have 45 calendar days to submit the medical records.

Additional information can be found here.

Help Us Help You!

We need your help! As the Conditions of Participation are written, ALL home health aides (current and new) must show competency in a tub bath and shampooing in bed and a tub before they can be given any assignment in the field, and these must be evaluated by observing an aide’s performance of the task with a patient. We are trying to understand the impact of these competency requirements and are very concerned that many home care aides may not be available to provide services with revisions to the HHCoPs and the requirement for certain competencies to be observed on a patient. Please take 1 minute to complete this survey. Thank you for your feedback!

Payroll Records: How Long Should You Keep Them?

Many wage and hour compliance issues begin with recordkeeping missteps. How long are employers required to maintain time and payroll records under federal law? What type of information must be kept? Educate yourself and avoid recordkeeping compliance issues. A great place to start is right here with the Department of Labor/Wage-Hour Division’s Recordkeeping Fact Sheet!


Upcoming MHCA Events - Register Today

Jennifer Warfield returns to MN for two February workshops:
Feb. 20 - Improve your Star Rating with OASIS C2: Mastering M-items for Improving Patient Outcomes and Reimbursement Accuracy (Beginner OASIS)– St. Cloud
Feb. 21 - Understanding the New Conditions of Participation in Home Health – Maple Grove

Coming up in March:
March 6 – MHCA Day at the Capitol – St. Paul
March 14 – Region Meetings: Wound Care, Statewide

On-Demand Training

We know it is difficult to attend every session live, so here you can sort through the education that you need, and watch on your time! Click here to learn more.

Featured Listings:

Upcoming Webinars:
Feb 8 – Diabetic Foot Care, Part 1 – Prevention of Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Amputation
Feb 13 – Hospice Outcomes: A Focus on the Future
Feb 14 – The Penalty Box Compliance Series: Part 5: Scribing – A Care Team Approach for Real Time QA
Feb 20 – Social Worker Documentation: The Route to Quality Assessments
Feb 22 – Transitional Care Management- What is Your Practice Missing?


April 11, 2018 – Medication Management Workshop, Bloomington, MN
May 16-17, 2018 – 48th Annual Meeting & Expo, Duluth, MN


March 14, 2018 - RSVP NOW

Meeting agendas will be sent out one week prior to each meeting.

Region 1 Bagley 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Kay Toczek
Region 2 Duluth 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stephanie Keppers-Anderson
Region 3 Fergus Falls 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Alyssa Rohloff
Region 4 Sauk Rapids 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Michelle Enger
Region 5 St. Paul 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Yinka Ajose
Region 6 New Ulm 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Stacy Johansen
Region 7 Rochester 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Tanya Hall

IMPORTANT NOTE: To view upcoming Region Meetings on the MHCA calendar, you must be a current member and login. Please contact Annie at for your log-in information or to create a new account.


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