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Renewals Begin May 1, 2014



Renewals for Minnesota’s Licensed Nursing Home Administrators begin MAY 1.

The Minnesota LNHA continuing education year runs May 1 through April 30, now is the time to review accumulated hours to confirm that the 20 clock hours that are required for renewal have been completed. If you were licensed after July 2013, your hours were prorated. The letter sent with your original certificate will outline the number of hours required to renew.  See the instructions for recording CE when you renew online or by paper or visit the Continuing Education FAQs.

If you have questions regarding LNHA approved CEUs, please visit our Continuing Education FAQs or the License Renewal pages! A complete listing of pre-approved CE programs is available on the BENHA homepage. If you have had a change to your mailing information or email since last renewal, please log-in at the BENHA website to make changes to your personal information so you will receive your renewal notice in the mail the last week of April.

 

Online renewal will open on May 1, 2014 at 12:01AM, and will close at 11:59pm on June 30, 2014. Online payment can be made using VISA or Mastercard.  For more information, please click the BENHA online image above.



Federal Anti-Kickback Law and the Minnesota Licensed Administrator


At the January 22, 2014 Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators meeting, the Board discussed a recent issue presented to the board as to whether a company can charge a referral fee for placing a resident in a nursing home.  The Federal Anti-Kickback law clearly prohibits this type of arrangement where the resident is receiving any type of federal aid such as Medicare or Medicaid.  Minnesota law also prohibits this type of arrangement even when the resident is private pay

Minnesota Rules 6400.6900, subpart 1 O states,                                                                               

The board may impose disciplinary action…when the board determines…that the…licensee has paid, given, has caused to be paid or given, or offered to pay or give to any person, a commission or other consideration for solicitation or procurement either directly or indirectly for nursing home patronage. Nothing in this item shall be construed to limit or restrict commercial advertisement.

Therefore, Licensed Nursing Home Administrators must be mindful of solicitations they receive that they are not entering into a contract for illegal referral fees or a fee splitting incentive when fees are paid to the organization without a recognized service directly provided to the client.  You are advised to seek legal consultation in any situation in which you may be considering such an option.    



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The mission of the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators is to promote the public's interest in quality care and effective services for residents of nursing facilities by ensuring that licensed administrators are qualified to perform their administrative duties.


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