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This is my third update to the original post about the 2022 DWRS rate increase. I think you'll like this one! To recap, we know that the Legislature passed a schedule of bi-annual rate increases in 2019, beginning in 2022, that will affect wage values and inflationary increases for a few other component ...
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Questions continue to come in regarding the COVID Emergency Temporary Standard and whether it applies to settings that support people with disabilities. According to our contact from MN-OSHA, the rule is based on the services delivered at a particular setting. They offer free consultations to help you ...
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Today, DHS released their guidance for the 2022 rate increase encumbrance report. We have been eagerly waiting for this bulletin to give providers clarity about how they can reward care staff in the last half of 2021 and whether those investments could count towards the encumbrance. The news is good! ...
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On June 21, I posted to this blog to describe what we knew about the 2022 DWRS rate increases that were passed by the Legislature, as well as the 80% encumbrance requirement. DHS hasn't officially released any new information since then, but we understand they are getting close to sending out guidance ...
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On June 25, I posted to this blog about the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare around COVID-19 released by OSHA. We just learned a few days ago that the Minnesota OSHA adopted the standard in full on July 19, as posted in the State Register . Unfortunately, there is no information ...
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Over the weekend, the House and Senate passed the agreed upon Health and Human Service Omnibus bill and sent it to Governor Walz for his approval. This bill contains significant funding from the federal government that was allocated to states this last April through the American Rescue Plan Act. This ...
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The 2021 regular legislative session ended this last Monday, May 17 th without the passage of a final state budget. Legislative leaders including Governor Walz, House Speaker Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Gazelka reached a broad budget deal on Sunday evening and announced budget targets on Monday ...
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Last week saw both the House and Senate take formal floor action on their Health and Human Service Omnibus bill. The House passed their version on party line vote, while the Senate proceeded with a bit more “across-the-aisle” backing, gaining votes from all three caucuses (GOP, DFL, and independents). ...
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You may remember that I reported at the end of January that ARRM and other interested parties had testified before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on changes to the rule on random sample extrapolation in monetary recovery proposed by the Department of Human Services (DHS). This rule applies to ...
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March Legislative Update

Overview: Where are we today? Second Committee Deadline and Halfway Point: The second committee deadline was Friday, March 19 th . This is the deadline where policy bills must have been heard and acted upon in both the House and Senate. The Session is half over. Budget Targets: The Senate has ...
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