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Minnesota Assisted Living Regulations and Records

By Sho LyMay 5, 2020
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When choosing an assisted living community, it is important to understand Minnesota state regulations for assisted living facilities and know how to look up assisted living license information. But public access to assisted living records varies greatly by state.

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy – or difficult – it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Minnesota assisted living records: Exceptional

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Minnesota is exceptional. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • Minnesota’s records are generally transparent but the state slipped somewhat in our rankings because some information about communities is limited. (For example, community capacity is not available.)
  • Information about providers on the Department of Health website is refreshed daily, although a comprehensive list of licensed providers is only published annually.
State provides exceptional access to assisted living records and licensing

How to look up Minnesota assisted living licenses and records

How we arrived at our Minnesota rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? Yes
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Capacity shown? No
  10. Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]? No
  11. Administrator / Contact name shown? Yes
  12. State may fine facility? No
  13. Frequency of inspections? Every 12 months
  14. Website includes pricing of facility? No

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Sho Ly