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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, September 15, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017
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September 15, 2017

We are holding the people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey close in our hearts. To help make a difference donate now to the LeadingAge Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of all donations will go directly to LeadingAge members and their staff to cover basic supplies such as food and water. To make a secure, tax-deductible on-line donation please click here. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it payable to “LeadingAge” and send to:

2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
ATTN: Jody Moeller

Advocacy & Policy

Overview of Policy Activities this Week and What to Expect this Month

LeadingAge national's expert advocacy staff continues to work hard every day representing your interests in Washington, DC. With last week's surprising move by President Donald Trump to engage Democratic leadership in debt ceiling and hurricane relief negotiations, a lot has changed in the past ten days! CLICK HERE for a look at the latest update from national about all things advocacy.

Click here for a great overview from The Washington Post of what Congress will be working on this month. LeadingAge national is closely tracking several filed amending for the House's action on its omnibus spending bill. We will be sure to pass along information to you if important items are poised for consideration.

Access the RoP Phase 2 Facility Assessment Toolkit Today

LeadingAge national partnered with Pathway Health to develop Requirements of Participation (RoP) Phase 2 tools, resources and quickpaths. The Facility Assessment Toolkit is now available online complete with an overview and guidelines for each section. This is an in-depth toolkit with sections that will help you understand the intent of the Facility Assessment (FA) and gather the necessary information to complete the FA. Please look for the tools and resources to cover the following RoPs:

Baseline Care Plan
Antibiotic Stewardship
Self-Administration of Medications
Psychotropic Medication
Infection Control
Smoking Policy
Behavioral Health
Staff Competency
Medication Management
Emergency Preparedness
Abuse Prevention
Resident Rights

Register Today for the Annual Meeting of the NC Coalition on Aging

Last Day to Register!
NC Coalition on Aging Annual Meeting
Friday, September 22
NC State University Club
4200 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC
Keynote speaker: Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Click here
for more information and to register today. Cost is $20 for Coalition members and $30 for non-members.

Federal Judge Invalidates White Collar Overtime Rule

As expected, a Federal judge in Texas struck down a final rule promulgated by the DOL under the Obama administration that nearly doubled the salary threshold for the Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees (EAP) exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The move comes after the DOL under the Trump Administration signaled in a court filing this summer that it would no longer defend the rule.

In the most recent action, the judge, an Obama appointee, found that the increase in the salary test from $23,660 to nearly $47,476 would dilute the "duties" test which focuses on the employee's dues, functions or tasks in determining whether the exemption applies. As such, the judge concluded that the rule inappropriately negated the structure devised by Congress in enacting the FLSA.

The rule was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016; however the same Federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on November 22, 2016 that initially blocked the rule. The Obama administration, in December, 2016, appealed the injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

LeadingAge, in 2015, filed a comment letter with the DOL that opposed such a steep increase in the salary threshold.

-Thanks to Jennifer Hilliard of LeadingAge national for this update.

Professional Development

Marketing Symposium - POSTPONED due to weather
Please check back with us for a new date to be announced soon.


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

Development officers and anyone who is responsible for planned giving at your community, please join us!

How do you create a culture of giving ? How can you engage potential donors? How do you align your work with your community’s strategic plan? Experts in tax, media relations, and legal issues will answer your questions. Development officers from member communities will share their challenges and lessons learned.

Dining Symposium
with NC Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals
October 11
The Cypress of Charlotte
Click here to register now.
Click here to download the flyer for printing or distribution.

Directors of Dining, Nutritionists, other Dining Management and interested Professionals: We have planned a symposium with you in mind! $75 for members, $125 for non-members. Earn 4.0 NHA CEUs; CDM CFPP CEUs have been applied for. Join us as we discuss:

• Building and Designing Kitchens
• Industry Trends Throughout the Country
• Assessing the Dining Operation
• Innovative Programs
• From Concept to Reality: Best Practices
• Tour of The Cypress of Charlotte Dining Program

Succession Planning and Practice
FREE Webinar for LeadingAge NC Members
Presented by Walker Healthcare CPAs
October 19, 2017
Click here to register
Download flyer for printing and distribution

Succession planning is one of the board's most important oversight responsibilities, and an integrated systematic approach to the acquisition, development, and retention of key talent is integral to an organization's long-term success. There are many executive retirements in the aging services field on the near horizon, as well as normal career changes. This uptick in foreseeable changes to an organization's "C" suite positions puts real-time pressures on you to be proactive in planning for your leadership transitions.

Target Audience: HR staff, CEOs/Community Executives, CFOs, Board Members, and all others with interest in the subject matter

Learning Objectives:

• Why succession planning is important
• What succession planning "is" and "is not"
• How to get started
• Ownership and scope
• Nature and frequency of critical review
• The level of organization change required


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.

Understanding the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and Beyond:
Choose From 3 Dates

Thursday, September 28
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
2 CEUs for NHA
Register for 9/28 by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 4
Lincolnton Department of Social Services
1136 E. Main Street
Lincolnton, NC  28092
2 CEUs for NHA
Register for 10/4 by clicking here.

Thursday, October 26
Sharon Towers
5100 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC  28210
2 CEUs for NHA
Register for 10/26 by clicking here.

Register for one of these sessions 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*

Please contact Hannah Gompers with any questions at 704-579-4150.

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

Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day: Harvard Business Review

The average person checks his or her email 70 times a day! Meanwhile, email is a stressor to employees who feel overwhelmed by their inboxes. Check out this article for more control over your day and a new approach to your inbox. This is a great article to share with staff.

Providers Continue to Expand CCRC Without Walls Model: Senior Housing News

Did you know that a handful of LeadingAge North Carolina members have a CCRC (LPC) Without Walls program? This article focuses on care coordination and partnerships as keys to success and longevity for these types of programs.  Click here to read this article if you are considering such a program, or if you already have one in place and want to consider best practices.

Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader: Harvard Business Review

Even though we possess certain natural abilities, we are neither born leaders nor born followers; we can learn to be both. Whether or not you are a leader by title, click here and listen to this 26-minute podcast (over lunch in your office?) or read the transcript. The interviewee is Sue Ashford, professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She presents a more fluid definition of leadership than is traditional. You might see yourself and your team in a new light.

Surviving a Big Storm Doesn't Mean the Trauma is Over: FiveThirtyEight

This article outlines some of the emotional and social challenges of surviving a natural disaster, as well as the potential impact of such stress on long-term physical health. This is a timely read in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey especially if you have residents or staff who were affected in any way.

The Journey of Geriatric Emergency Medicine: Acceleration, Diffusion, and Collaboration as Keys to Continued Growth: HealthAffairs Blog

Written by physicians, and despite its technical sounding title, this article is very accessible to the layman and a wonderful resource. The authors, including one from North Carolina, explain what forward-thinking emergency departments are doing to support geriatric patients in their communities. You'll want to read this article, particularly if you have any kind of partnership with your local hospital.

News and Notes

RSVP for State Night Out

Planning to attend the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in New Orleans? Please join us! Community and Business Members are invited to attend State Night Out from 6:00-7:30pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Complimentary beer and wine from 6-7pm. This event is private and is only open to LeadingAge North Carolina Members. RSVP by clicking here.

Call with Your 5-Star Questions

CEOs and you ever wonder if you are fully utilizing your 5-Star report? If so, we have a resource for you. Sue Chenail (pron. Shun-eye) is an RN Senior Quality Improvement Analyst with the Technology Solutions division of LeadingAge New York. She will be available to you on Wednesday, September 20th from 2:00-2:30pm by phone to listen and answer your questions. Even if you don't have specific concerns, plan to share your observations and thoughts, or just listen and learn. We hope you'll join us:

September 20th
Call: 303-248-0285
Code: 5718333

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!


NC Chamber Conference 2017 Women: A Force in Business

Today is the last day to register for 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.

Bernard Robinson and Company CPE Symposium: Registration Now Open

With relevant information for financial executives, sessions include an economic outlook, tax strategy and updates, employment law and compliance, best practices insights for financial executives and more.

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, $80 or $60 Early Bird

Please click here to register for any of the dates and contact Andy Harding with questions.

Managing the Millennial Mindset

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

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.

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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