Archive May 2022

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Time is Running Out for Future Leader’s Nominations

Maine Health Care Association is accepting nominations for individuals interested in the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders of Long Term Care in American Program. The nominations deadline is June 1st.

This professional training and mentorship program begins September 13-15th with a symposium in Washington DC. Nominees for the 2022/2023 class should be owners and operators who are up and coming leaders. Future leaders are expected to:
  • Attend a three-day training session, which will be held in Washington, DC  on September 13 - 15;
  • Complete any assigned reading – typically 4 or 5 books during the year – and be prepared to discuss on conference calls;
  • Participate in most of the scheduled quarterly conference calls and activities, including a graduation event hosted by AHCA/NCAL leadership at the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo, which will be held October 1 - 4, 2023 in Denver, CO; 
  • Demonstrate an interest in working on LTC issues at the national level, which may include participating on AHCA/NCAL workgroups or committees; and
  • Consider active participation in the AHCA PAC and promoting its importance to other members.
Any MHCA member interested in being considered for this program should submit a letter of interest and a copy of your resume/CV to Angela Westhoff, President/ CEO no later than June 1, 2022. MHCA will nominate one individual to participate in this leadership program.

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Panelists Wanted for Caring for ME Healthcare Recruitment Events & Direct Care Workers Needed to Tell their Stories

Maine Health Care Association is assisting the Caring for ME healthcare worker recruitment campaign by identifying volunteers who might be willing to share their experiences in long term care. The campaign’s goal is to recruit more entry-level direct care employees in Maine into healthcare fields.
In addition to the newly launched website Caring for ME, the marketing campaign is seeking three panelists for some virtual conversations around career pathways. MHCA is really hoping that long term care will be represented during some of these events. The campaign is looking for:  
  • Someone who has experience with the overview of multiple career pathways in direct care and behavioral health;
  • Someone who has experience on the training side of the field, and 
  • Someone who has direct experience in the field and can provide a relatable story. 
They are also seeking a moderator to facilitate the event and ask panelists questions to help guide the conversation. It is anticipated that these will be one-hour conversations held virtually at some point in June.
In addition, the campaign is looking for direct care workers and their clients/ residents who might be willing to tell their story together as part of a video testimonial project for the new website.
If interested in volunteering on the panel or for the video project, please contact Angela Westhoff at
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New LPN Program Coming to SMCC: Attend an Upcoming Info Session to Learn More!

Learn about the new LPN program being established at SMCC to support Maine Health Care Association members! SMCC will be hosting three separate information sessions, please choose one that best fits your schedule.

During the information session, you will learn about the program, curriculum, admissions process, and timeline for this exciting opportunity. This program is tuition and fee free! Books and supplies are covered for qualified students. The LPN program is funded in part by the Maine Jobs and Recovery Fund and private philanthropy. 

Information Sessions will be held virtually on:
  • Thursday, May 26th at 1:00- 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 31st at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Click here for more information or to register.

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Two new loan repayment programs benefit health care professionals in Maine

The following are two recently approved loan repayment programs administered by FAME-Maine that may be helpful to your staff. Both program application cycles open on June 1, 2022 with a deadline of September 1, 2022.

Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Pilot Program
This program provides one-time funds to support rebuilding Maine’s health care industry workforce, which has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program will attract and retain health care professionals in Maine by repaying outstanding student loans of selected participants who commit to living and working in Maine for at least three years. FAME will pay up to $25,000 per year and, in aggregate, the lesser of $75,000 and 50% of the recipient’s outstanding loan balance. 

Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
This program will repay over time the student loans of selected participants to support rebuilding Maine’s nursing workforce as an industry negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program will attract and retain nursing educators by repaying outstanding student loans of selected participants who commit to living and working in Maine for at least three years. The program will repay over time the loans of selected participants who meet program criteria in the total amount of up to $20,000 for participants with a master’s degree and up to $40,000 for participants with a doctoral degree. 

For more information, please visit: Repaying Student Loans - FAME Maine.

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Join the Maine Dementia Care Partnership to reduce A/P utilization in your home

With its latest toolkit, Is it for me, or for you? Dementia Care Change Package, the Maine Dementia Care Partnership is reinvigorating its efforts to support providers in decreasing Maine's A/P prevalence. In addition to members' interest in the topic, CMS recently issued a new directive to State Survey Agencies to target this quality area during surveys. For these reasons and most importantly, quality of resident life, we invite you to engage in this important work.
For more information about the scope of work and benefits to your residents and staff, please see Maine Dementia Care Partnership Change Package FAQs
Join other homes across the state who have signed up to participate. Complete the electronic Participation Agreement today!
We hope you will consider engaging in this effort with the Partnership. Together, we can affect positive changes while empowering staff to provide quality, person-centered dementia care.
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Updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file, which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in April 2022.
This new file replaces the updated LEIE database file available for download last month. Individuals and entities that have been reinstated to the federal health care programs are not included in this file.
The updated files are posted on OIG's website, and healthcare providers have an “affirmative duty" to check to ensure that excluded individuals are not working in their facilities or face significant fines.
Instructional videos explaining how to use the online database and the downloadable files are available.
As a best practice, long term care providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis. 

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2022 MHCA Virtual Assisted Living Conference to launch next week

MHCA is looking forward to kicking off the 2022 Virtual Assisted Living Conference on Tuesday, May 24th. Email confirmations containing Zoom access links have been sent to registered members. Please reach out to me in the association office if you did not receive yours. If you have not yet registered, there is still time to do so. Please click here to review the Conference Brochure and online registration form.

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Waivers: What is and is not in effect

Certain 1135 waivers have or are about to expire at the beginning of June 2022. MHCA has created a helpful list of the 1135 waivers that were enacted during the public health emergency (PHE) with relevant expirations. In addition, for any home that would like to request an additional waiver CMS has established an electronic process for requests which can be sought by visiting CMS Quality Support Services

Of Note: The 3-day hospital stay waiver IS STILL IN EFFECT and does not have an identified expiration at this time.

MHCA encourages members to closely review the approaching waiver end dates to ensure compliance. 

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AHRQ Seeks Nursing Homes for Pilot Study: Up to $1500 Offered for participation!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking nursing homes to participate in a pilot study of Workplace Safety Supplemental Items for the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Nursing Home Survey. This survey focuses on the extent to which nursing homes’ organizational culture supports the safety of staff in the workplace.
  • The survey will take participants roughly 15 minutes and Westat will administer the SOPS Nursing Home and Workplace Safety Supplemental Item Set to all providers and staff in your nursing home(s), free of charge in June/July 2022. 
  • Participating nursing homes will receive $1,000 and an additional $500 if a 50% response rate for the nursing home is achieved.
  • Your nursing home(s) will receive a free feedback report comparing its results to all other pilot study nursing homes.
  • The option to have your findings included in the next SOPS Nursing Home Database this coming Fall.
  • The results from the pilot test will help AHRQ create a new workplace safety supplemental item set for users of the SOPS Nursing Home Survey. The items are designed to help nursing homes assess workplace safety culture in their institutions. These tools will eventually be free and publicly available on the AHRQ website.
  • The data and results will be aggregated so that responses cannot be traced to individual nursing homes or individual respondents. It is completely confidential.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact Westat directly at (1-855-390-2448), or reach out to MHCA and we will help point you in the right direction! 

MHCA would like to thank the Cutler Institute of the University of Southern Maine for bringing forward this opportunity to our Maine homes!

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Maine LTCOP Seeks Your Feedback

The Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman is seeking your input regarding vaccine beliefs and hesitancies.

Thank you for your work and dedication to providing care and support to some of Maine’s most vulnerable people. As advocates for individuals who need care, LTCOP hopes to learn from you about your beliefs regarding vaccinations for COVID-19 and influenza. Your opinions matter. Please take a moment to answer this
brief survey. Your answers will be kept confidential.

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