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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, November 17, 2017
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017
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November 17, 2017

 

Advocacy & Policy

Legislative Update

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed major tax reform legislation. Attention on efforts to make the first major changes to the federal tax code in decades now turns to the U.S. Senate, where a vote is expected as early as next week. See this article from The Hill which provides a good overview of the current developments relative to reform legislation. In addition, this article provides a good comparison of the House and Senate tax reform proposals.

The House bill contains two provisions that will have significant detrimental effects on our member communities and their residents. First, it eliminates the Medical Expense Deduction which would impose significant additional costs on approximately five million taxpayers over 65 who use the deduction to offset large medical expenses (this article from AARP details the medical deduction issue). Second, it eliminates the ability of nonprofits (including CCRCs/LPCs and affordable housing properties) to utilize tax-exempt financing for renovation and new construction. Our member communities rely on this type of financing and without it, our residents and our state’s economy will be severely impacted.

While the Senate’s tax reform proposal restores the medical expense deduction and restores most of the tax-exempt financing language, it’s vitally important that your elected officials hear from you TODAY. As you contact your Senators, thank them for keeping the medical expense deduction and tax-exempt financing provisions. For your House member, urge them to restore these two provisions if and when the two chambers meet to resolve individual differences between their proposals.

It’s critical for you to remind your elected officials of the major economic impact our member communities have on North Carolina’s economy. At local, county, and statewide levels, we employ thousands of staff, buy millions of dollars worth of supplies, and give back to countless charities and individuals. Click here for a one-page infographic that details our nearly $2 billion annual economic impact.

With the pending vote in the Senate on reform legislation, NOW is the time to reach out. You can find the phone number and office number of your U.S. Representative on the House website. You can browse by state and district and by last name. There are links to the individual Representative's sites where you can find more ways to contact them, including their email, social media, and scheduling a meeting. The Senate website contains an alphabetical list of all Senators, with their Capitol addresses and a link to their Senate website, which will have information about state offices and telephone numbers. It also has a link to the Senate's web/form mail for each Senator.

CMS Rule on Emergency Preparedness Now in Effect

The CMS rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers went into effect yesterday. The purpose of the new requirements is to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. LeadingAge has an entire suite of resources, including toolkits, resources, and templates available by CLICKING HERE.

Choose Technology to Reduce Social Isolation with the Latest CAST Tool

Choosing technology to help older adults connect and engage with others? LeadingAge CAST has released a new Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Selection Tool to help you plan for, select, and implement the best solution for your organization. This tool is the latest in the series of LeadingAge CAST Technology Selection Tools. Each portfolio includes a white paper, interactive guide, selection matrix, online selection tool, and provider case studies.

New From CMS Regarding PRN Psychotropic and Antipsychotic Medications

Thank you to Cindy Deporter with DHHS for providing information regarding new requirements related to use of PRN psychotropic and antipsychotic medications. New requirements were added to address the concern that some residents may have PRN orders for psychotropic and antipsychotic medications for extended periods of time without evaluation of the appropriateness of these medications. For more information about these new requirements please CLICK HERE.

From CMS Regarding Crushing Medications


Cindy Deporter has also provided information regarding crushing meds for oral administration. Her office has received questions on the draft guidance at F759/F760.  For clarification with regard to crushing meds for oral administration, please CLICK HERE.



Professional Development

Marketing Symposium - NEW DATE
Tuesday, December 5th
8:30am-3:00pm
Covenant Woods
Mechanicsville, VA
Register Now
Download brochure

Target audience: Marketing professionals and interested professionals.

We are partnering with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland to host our first Marketing Symposium! Topics include: reframing aging; budgeting for marketing as an investment rather than an expense; choosing a new CRM; digital and integrated marketing strategies; diversity and inclusion and research on how consumers use the internet. Don't miss it! Register now and join your colleagues for a lively discussion.


 

Save the Date!

2018 LeadingAge North Carolina Spring Conference and Trade Show

The Omni Grove Park Inn
May 14-17, 2018
Asheville, NC

Click here to submit a proposal to present.



Strategic Thinking

Leaders Aren’t Great at Judging How Inclusive They Are
Harvard Business Review, October 26, 2017

How can you tell if leaders in your organization are genuinely welcoming? Do leaders know if they are as welcoming as they think they are? To explore this question, the authors analyzed one large organization with an excellent track record of hiring and promoting diverse candidates and a reputation for inclusion. An organization hired to administer 360-degree feedback assessments for roughly 4,000 leaders and agreed to the use of its data for this analysis. Click here to find out if senior or junior managers are more inclusive, and how inclusive behaviors correlate with overall leadership effectiveness.

New Report Highlights Gender and Racial Disparities in the Direct Care Workforce
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, November 2017

This November 2017 research brief examines racial and gender disparities among the 4.5 million personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants in this country. Special emphasis is placed on two questions: 1) how has the racial and gender composition of this workforce changed over the past 10 years? and 2) how do race and gender shape the demographic, employment, and economic characteristics of the direct care workforce? This brief is a wonderful resource that addresses two important issues in our field.

V.A. Wants to Reduce High U.S. Veteran Suicide Rate
North Carolina Health News, November 8, 2017

Every day, 20 veterans take their own lives somewhere in the United States. In North Carolina, five veterans die by suicide each week. Since 2001, the rate of suicide among veterans has increased by 32 percent, according the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The number of veteran suicides is the top priority at the VA, said Harold Kudler, acting assistant deputy under secretary for patient care services at the VA central office. Kudler spent decades working as a psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center, where he focused on post-traumatic stress disorder.

How Health Care Providers Can Ensure Patients' End-of-Life Wishes are Known

Harvard Business Review, November 2, 2017

It’s widely recognized that advance care planning (ACP) should be a central element of the way that patients, their physicians, and their families decide which end-of-life care to provide. Efforts to boost participation in these conversations include the introduction of new billing codes to financially incentivize primary care physicians to discuss ACP, as well as grassroots advocacy efforts to highlight the importance of discussing end-of-life wishes. And yet these efforts to popularize the creation of advance care documents do not address an important issue: access to them.

The North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care offers end-of-life planning resources for individuals, health care professionals, and communities around the state. Check out their website today for downloadable resources as well as advance care planning workshops around the state. Please call our office with any questions at 919.571.8333.


News and Notes

Submit Your RFP for Spring Conference 2018 Today!

LeadingAge North Carolina invites you to share your expertise in the field of aging services. Submit a proposal to be a presenter at our largest event of the year, the Spring Conference and Trade Show May 14-17, 2018 at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. We seek proposals that demonstrate best practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. Submissions may be made online by December 31, 2017

Can You Quantify the Benefits of Living in Your Life Plan Community?

Mather LifeWays and Northwestern University are conducting a landmark study that will determine the impact of living in a Life Plan Community on residents’ long-term health and wellness. The Age Well Study will measure residents’ self-reported health and wellness metrics through a convenient survey taken annually for five years. In return for participating, your organization will receive an annual report on key findings, such as quality of life, self-reported health, and other health-related measures.

This study is being conducted in partnership with ASHA, LeadingAge, Ziegler, National Investment Center, Life Care Services, and Novare. To learn more or to enroll your community in the study, visit the Age Well Study web page or email agewellstudy@matherlifeways.com.

People on Social Security Will See Their Checks Go Up in 2018

The cost of living increase is the largest since 2012, and amounts to about $25 per month more for the average beneficiary. Click on this link to read more about how this increase compares to other costs of living.

Give to the LeadingAge Disaster Relief Fund

To mitigate the impact of recent fires in California, as well as the destruction that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused, LeadingAge established a Disaster Relief Fund. The LeadingAge community has rallied to support our
peers and we have raised more than $544,000 toward a goal of $1 Million. If you haven't already, please consider giving today.

100% of your donation will go directly to members and their staff to cover a range of needs including basic supplies such as food and water. We are working with the management of these communities to help serve resident and staff needs. Please give now to the LeadingAge Disaster Relief Fund. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it payable to “LeadingAge” and send to:


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

2017 Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series

Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, invites community members to participate in their free Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series. The webinars will be held on the third Thursdays of each month from 2pm-3pm EST. Click here to download the brochure. Click here to register.




Congratulations

Springmoor Wins Employer of the Year from The Arc of the Triangle

Springmoor
in Raleigh is the proud recipient of the 2017 Employer of the Year Award from The Arc of the Triangle. This prestigious award is given to only one of 70 employers around the Triangle. Tamela Haywood of The Arc of the Triangle says, “From the beginning the staff at Springmoor saw the person, not the disability. Angel and Jeremiah are treated as family, not simply employees, which sets Springmoor apart.”

“Not only do The Arc participants add value to our dining room with their dedication and hard work but their fellow employees and the residents greatly appreciate their tremendous enthusiasm,” says Demi Tucker, Springmoor’s Dining Room Manager. Congratulations to Springmoor! Congratulations also goes out to Sally, one of Springmoor's employees in the program. She recently celebrated 29 years of service.


CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

"You control the project. We help reduce the cost of material and equipment."


Major Renovations and Construction Projects

■Whether your project is under $1 million or over $500 million Value First can help your community achieve savings on major renovations and construction projects.

■Many of the vendors, architects and designers you do business with are market leaders that are also part of the Value First Construction Services program.

■Value First works with the architects, designers, and general contractors you choose.

■We serve as your cost savings advocate and consult with your architect to develop a vendor line-up to the basis of design (spec alignment). Value First can help you save on:

Fire alarm systems
Building controls
Roofing systems
Drywall and wall components
Doors and hardware
Flooring
Mechanical
Electrical
Plumbing
Elevators
Chillers
Generators
Custom wood products
Furniture, beds, lifts and more…

■ Connect Value First with your architects, project managers and key staff as early in the process as possible. Higher savings result from early engagement.

Program Benefits

♦Transparency in construction pricing.
♦Assistance with planning and procurement of materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
♦Aggregate of purchases across multiple projects to ensure cost containment.
♦3% to12% project savings.

Step 1. Consultation
Consult with Brian Smidt, Director of Construction Services, to discuss type of construction project (new building/campus, addition or renovation); number of units/beds being added; phase of construction you are currently in; your chosen architect, engineer, interior designers, etc.
bsmidt@valuefirstonline.com
(651) 659-1418

Step 2. Collaboration
After consultation, if you decide to use Value First as your cost savings advocate a Construction Services Participation Agreement and Statement of Work are signed to make us an official part of your strategic team.
We will assign a project manager to guide you through cost savings, and we can begin to work with designers and contractors that may already be a part of the project.

Step 3. Completion
As your trusted partner and cost savings advocate, Value First will be involved in the bidding process to make sure you are getting the best possible price and quality in your material purchases.


LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org


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