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Referrals to the Senior LinkAge Line

Providers and other partners can use the Senior LinkAge Line referral website to submit the types of referrals described below.
Please be sure to bookmark the direct URL for the referral website for easy access:

Help for older adults

The Senior LinkAge Line provides free help to older adults who may need support remaining in or returning to their home. Providers can submit a referral or a person can self-refer for help. When we receive the referral, we will work with the person and/or caregiver to understand the person’s needs and preferences, help connect them with services in their community and follow-up to support long-term success.

This is the referral option nursing facilities should select when making an MDS Section Q referral for a resident who would like to talk to someone about returning to a community setting.

Preadmission screening

Preadmission screening (PAS) is for anyone planning to be admitted into a nursing facility. It is legally required to measure a person’s need for nursing facility level of care and to connect them with supportive services. Health care providers submit a PAS to the Senior LinkAge Line, which manages PAS in Minnesota. Depending on a person’s results, they could receive an in-person assessment from their county or a call from the Senior LinkAge Line make sure they have what they need.

Level of care redetermination

Nursing facilities (NF) need to reassess a person’s level of care periodically for the purposes of Medical Assistance (MA) payment. This is primarily done through the use of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) quarterly assessment and resulting Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) classification. If a resident is on MA, and is classified as a PA1 or PA2 on the first quarterly MDS assessment (90 days after NF admission), or if the resident is applying for MA and is a PA1 or PA2 on the last MDS quarterly assessment prior to MA eligibility start date, they will need to have their NF LOC re-established within three days of receiving that classification. To do so, the nursing facility must submit a level of care redetermination referral. We will then process or triage the referral to a lead agency as appropriate, and provide the documentation to the nursing facility.

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