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Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 4, 2017
Updated: Thursday, August 3, 2017
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August 4, 2017

Advocacy & Policy

August 3rd Legislative Session Update

The North Carolina General Assembly yesterday returned to the state capital for the legislative session scheduled in their previous June 30 adjournment resolution. Since June 30, Gov. Roy Cooper has signed 105 bills into law and vetoed four. As a result of the vetoed bills, the Governor issued a proclamation reconvening the NCGA yesterday to consider the vetoes. Four additional bills became law without his signature on July 31 because his time to act on them expired. The General Assembly will return August 18 for consideration of redistricting bills that will include newly drawn legislative maps.

Great News for Affordable Housing

In great news for affordable housing providers (and all of us!), the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee included sufficient funding for all Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance renewals for fiscal year 2018 (FY18), as well as authority and funding to expand HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration for Section 202 PRAC communities in its FY18 bill, S. 1655. Click here for a look at the specific budget numbers.

CMS Clarifies Annual Inspection and Fire Door Testing Requirements

In Survey and Certification Letter No. S&C 17-38-LSC dated July 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided clarification regarding the requirement for annual inspection and testing of fire doors. It also announced that it would extend the deadline for compliance with the requirements by six months from July 6, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Key points covered in the letter include the following:

  • In health care occupancies, fire door assemblies are required to be annually inspected and tested in accordance with the 2010 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 80.
  • In health care occupancies, non-rated doors assemblies including corridor doors to patient care rooms and smoke barrier doors are not subject to the annual inspection and testing requirements of either NFPA 80 or NFPA 105.
  • Non-rated doors should be routinely inspected as part of the facility maintenance program.
  • Full compliance with the annual fire door assembly inspection and testing in accordance with 2010 NFPA 80 is required by January 1, 2018.
  • Life Safety Code (LSC) deficiencies associated with the annual inspection and testing of fire doors should be cited under K211 – Means of Egress - General.

Professional Development

Save the date for these additions to the 2017 calendar:

Marketing Symposium
September 12
With LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
More information coming soon!

Development Roundtable - Registration Now Open!


September 28
Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point
Register Now
Click here to download flyer for printing and distribution.

Dining Symposium
with NC Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals
October 11
The Cypress of Charlotte
More information coming soon!

This Month!

Management Leadership Series - Part 2


August 17 at The Cypress of Charlotte

Target audience: Department Directors, Mid Managers, Team Leaders, Supervisors

This session is open to everyone whether or not you attended the first session. If you want engaged employees, more effective communication is key. Walk away from this interactive session with a better understanding of how to create a culture of service and communication.

Click here to download the brochure for printing and distribution.

Click here to register today.  

4.5 CEUs
Facilitated by Donna Cutting of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc.

Understanding the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and Beyond

FREE Long-Term Care Workshop
Thursday, August 31
Sharon Towers
5100 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
2 CEUs for NHA
Contact Hannah Gompers with any questions at 704-579-4150.

Click here to register and learn about the four key elements of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and how to implement them in your community.

  • Emergency Plan: Develop an emergency plan based on an “all hazards” approach using a risk assessment
  • Policies and Procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment
  • Communications Plan: Develop and maintain an emergency preparedness communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law.
  • A Training and Testing Program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial training and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises *Two per year required*

Planning Ahead for November

The Joy of the Job: Workshop for Direct Service Professionals


I love my job; it's the people I can't stand

November 7 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
November 8 at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem

Choose the date that works best for your community.
10am-2:30pm at each location.

Target audience: CNAs, Dining Services Staff, Housekeeping, Facility Services, Grounds, Resident Services, all Direct Care and Service Providers

Is job stress and burnout getting you down? Learn how to adopt a humorous and fun approach to the challenges of the daily grind. Do you feel tired emotionally and drained by conflict? Learn how to handle the most stressful situations and the most challenging people. Click here for registration and information. Facilitated by Jody Urquhart, known for her humorous and compassionate motivational sessions.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

Looking ahead at your professional development this year, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs. Click here for the 2017 Calendar. 

Strategic Thinking

A CEO Who Writes 7,400 Employee Birthday Cards a Year Explains the Value of Gratitude: Business Insider

Read more about one CEO's simple act that has nurtured a culture of compassion for more than 30 years. How will you be inspired to create a more gracious workplace at your community?

If We Can't Call Old People 'Old,' What's the Right Word?

Is it our language that needs adjustment or our attitude about aging, or both? How does one impact the other? Read this article for insights into why it's so hard to find the right word. And click here to download a presentation on reframing our language by the FrameWorks Institute from this year's LeadingAge North Carolina Spring Conference and Trade Show.

Fighting for L.G.B.T. Rights in Retirement Communities: The New York Times

When many LGBT older adults move to a retirement community they struggle to be their full selves as they face subtle and not so subtle discrimination at their new home. Many do not have children and are aging alone. Are the employees in your community sensitive to their needs? This article explores some of the complexities of being an LGBT resident of a retirement community. The author mentions SAGE, an organization that provides advocacy and services to LGBT elders. North Carolina has two SAGE affiliates: in Raleigh and in Wilmington that may serve as a resource to your community of staff and residents.

News and Notes

LeadingAge National Annual Meeting & Expo

October 29 - November 1, 2017
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Register today for LeadingAge national's annual meeting. Reenergize your commitment, refresh your knowledge and renew your passion. Join your colleagues from across the country to share victories, exchange ideas, renew inspiration and build relationships. We hope to see you there!

2017 Women: A Force in Business Conference


Join LeadingAge North Carolina staff at the NC Chamber's 2017 Women: A Force in Business conference in Raleigh on September 21, 2017. LeadingAge North Carolina is a sponsoring organization so our members may register at the Chamber member rate. Choose your own breakout sessions throughout the day including "The Art of Emotional lntelligence,""Leading When You're Not In Charge," "The Cross-Generational Workplace," along with many others. During breaks, enjoy brief Pop-Up Learning Sessions that focus on wealth management, digital branding, revitalization and other self-development topics.

Click here
for the NC Chamber's event flyer.
Click here to register
and select Individual Member Ticket. Be sure to share this information with colleagues and plan to attend.

Bernard Robinson and Company Annual Series of Symposiums

November 1 in Raleigh at North Hills Country Club
November 3 in Winston-Salem at Forsyth Country Club
November 7 in Greensboro at Starmount Forest Country Club
8 hours CPE

Contact Andy Harding with questions at Registration will open soon.

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Accountable Care Communities for a Healthier North Carolina
September 25, 2017
McKimmon Conference Center at the NCSU Campus
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC

NCIOM's 2017 Annual Meeting will explore opportunities to develop Accountable Care Communities in North Carolina, featuring both state and national examples.

We now understand that the health outcomes of individuals often have more to do with the conditions in which they live, learn, work and age than by the medical care they receive. Research has shown that an individual’s zip code is a stronger predictor of their health and longevity than their genetics and other factors. However, traditional health care is not designed to address the social, behavioral and economic factors (e.g. housing, transportation, access to healthy food, education, and health behaviors) that impact health outcomes. Accountable care communities are.

Keynote speaker: Jennifer DeCubellis, Deputy County Administrator, Hennepin County Health and Social Services
Featured speaker: Mandy Cohen, Secretary, DHHS
Please click here to learn more about this event.

Managing the Millennial Mindset

Offered by Crescendo Strategies
Rates starting at $99 with Promo Code LANCIND

Are you shocked by how today’s new hires think, dress, talk and behave at work? Are you frustrated that your younger workforce doesn’t work the same way as your seasoned staff?

Crescendo Strategies’ video-based online course, “Managing the Millennial Mindset,” showcases first-hand stories about the real generational issues on the T.A.B.L.E. (differing opinions about technology, authority, balance, loyalty, and entitlement). No PowerPoint slides with recorded video. This course is NOT a live or recorded webinar, and it is NOT intended for group viewing. It was designed for individual managers to complete at their own pace. Ready to preview the course now? Click here and then select the arrow on the video preview image.

Complete this course at your own pace by watching 15 short videos that share the backstory of why Millennials work differently than previous generations, and provide strategies for bridging today’s widening generational gaps.

Managers will learn critical insights about leading today’s diverse workforce that will help reduce unnecessary employee turnover costing your organization precious time and money. Click here to download and print the flyer.

Click here to register today.



Most Admired CEO Awards

Tim Webster
The Presbyterian Homes
Steve Fleming
The Well-Spring Group

Congratulations to two member CEOs who were both named a "Most Admired CEO" by the Triad Business Journal. Tim Webster of The Presbyterian Homes in Colfax and Steven Fleming of The Well-Spring Group in Greensboro were selected by a panel of judges as "outstanding business leaders" who have demonstrated "vital leadership and a customer service philosophy, outstanding employee relationships, contributions to the community and evidence that they have shaped their company's products or services to help lead their business to success." Tim and Steve were honored with 16 other top executives from the Triad region. Steve will be installed as Chair of LeadingAge National this fall at the Annual Meeting and Expo.

The Cedars Hot Dog Fundraiser


The Cedars of Chapel Hill was proud to host its 10th Annual Casual for a Cause Hot Dog Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s on Friday, July 28th. Thank you to all who came out to support the 10th annual event which raised nearly $4,000 for  Alzheimer’s North Carolina. The funds will support education and services to individuals with dementia, their families, health care professionals and the general public.

Medical-Surgical Products Savings

■ Attends              ■ Abbot
■ Covidien            ■ Bard Medical
■ First Quality      ■ Convatec
■ SCA/Tena          ■ Smith & Nephew

From incontinence products to nutritional supplements, your community can achieve savings through Value First, LeadingAge’s group purchasing organization (GPO). The list above is just a sample of the manufacturer contracts in the med-surg spend category.

When was the last time your community analyzed costs in this area? Would you like to find out if you can save money on medical supplies? Let Value First do a cost study to compare what you are currently paying vs. pricing available through Value First.

Cost Studies are a free service for LeadingAge/Value First members. Request yours today!

►Contact your Value First representative

Contact Value First Representative, Vanessa Ceasar at (404) 421-3956 for additional information. Vanessa will work with you on the data and format required from your medical supplies distributor to do the cost study.

►Meet with your Value First representative

Schedule a meeting with your Value First rep to review cost study results and to get additional information about the GPO and how Value First can best serve you.

►Stay in Touch

Whether you are interested in doing a cost study or need help with quotes on big-ticket items such as computers, kitchen and laundry equipment, patient room furniture, exercise equipment, etc. your Value First representative can assist you. Tell us what you need.

Value First group purchasing organization is owned by LeadingAge. The GPO is designed to leverage the buying power of LeadingAge members across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services.
This is your GPO!

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