Long-Term Care Health Planning Task Force
Function: The task force shall conduct a study and report to the legislative commission on long-term care and to the legislature by January 15, 1987. The report shall: propose a statewide plan for orderly and rational development of additional long-term care facilities; examine the need to amend the moratorium law to permit replacement or reconfiguration of beds provided no new beds are added to the system unless necessary; examine current classification of the intermediate care facilities class two (ICF II) as to the possibility of reclassification or upgrading; and address the need to modernize and renovate long-term care facilities built in 1950 to 1960 to improve energy efficiency and the quality of life in those older facilities.
Concern over the inability of nursing homes to remodel, renovate, or replace outdated physical plants led the Legislature to create a nine-member Task Force on Long-Term Care during the 1986 Minnesota Legislative session. Its general purpose was to review the moratorium on nursing home beds and make recommendations for change.
The task force on long-term care health planning was set to expire January 15, 1987.
Nine members: two members from the legislative commission on long-term care; two representatives from the Minnesota nursing home trade associations; two members from long-term care consumer groups, and one representative each of the commissioners of health and human services. Membership was appointed by the governor.
The members were: Lani Kawamura (chair), Daniel J. McIerney, Maria Gomez, Sen. Linda Berglin, Rep. Tony Onnen, Hazel A. Hanson, Joan Knowlton, Ted A. Schmidt, Dale Thompson.
Lani Kawamura, Director of the State Planning Agency
A similar mandate exists in the law for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The MDH is required to report annually on the impact of the nursing home bed moratorium. The task force on Long-Term Care Health Planning and MDH agreed to produce a combined report to satisfy the legislative requirements for each.
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