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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 23, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017
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June 23, 2017

Advocacy & Policy

Compromise Budget on its Way to the Governor

The North Carolina General Assembly has approved and forwarded to Governor Roy Cooper a compromise state budget plan, Senate Bill 257. An accompanying conference committee report can be viewed by clicking here.

LeadingAge North Carolina is pleased that two key parts of its legislative agenda were treated favorably in the compromise budget. First, both the property tax exemption and the sales tax refund benefitting all nonprofits in North Carolina remain unchanged. Second, provisions were included for appointment of a special subcommittee on aging (more information on that below).

LeadingAge North Carolina remains a key part of the statewide Coalition on Aging. In terms of the Coalition’s priorities, we are pleased that the budget includes:

  • $967,549 in non-recurring funding for each year of the biennium for the Home and Community Care Block Grant.
  • A special provision that calls on the co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services to consider appointing a subcommittee on aging to examine the state’s delivery of services for older adults in order to determine their needs and make recommendations on how to address these needs.
  • $1,279,339 in recurring funding for FY 17-18 and $2,738,419 in recurring funding for FY 18-19 to increase the Medicaid personal care services hourly rate as well as the CAP-Children hourly rate to $15.52 per hour for services occurring after December 31, 2017.

Although these are significant positive steps forward, we need to continue to be vigilant in our efforts to achieve positive outcomes relative to all our priority issues. With the assistance of the Coalition on Aging, we have reviewed both the Budget Bill and the money report and have compiled a summary of key provisions related to aging in both documents. You will note that page numbers for provisions cited in the Budget Bill are provided and that items listed in the conference committee report retain their reference numbers. Hopefully, this will assist in locating the provision/items in the documents.



Professional Development

Save the date for these additions to the 2017 calendar!

Development Roundtable
September 28
Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point
More information coming soon!

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


Finance Symposium - Register Now
July 27, 2017
8:00am-5:00pm
Lakewood, a Lifespire Community of Virginia
1900 Lauderdale Drive
Richmond, VA

Finance professionals at all levels, please join us for an informative and interactive day designed with you in mind. Be sure to arrive in time to visit with colleagues at dinner the night before. Offered in partnership with LeadingAge Virginia, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Crisis Response Planning
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Developing a Financial Model as part of Strategic Expansion
  • Compensation, Retention, and Incentive Compensation
  • Financing Moderately Priced Housing
  • Mergers and Affiliations

$150 first person
$100 second person
$225 non-members

Continuing education credit available: 8 CPEs and 7 NHA Hours
Click here to download flyer for printing and distribution.
A list of hotels within a 5-mile radius of Lakewood is available here.


In August:

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.


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 - Date and Location Change
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

Combating Ageism So We Can Age Out Loud

Sena Quist, Executive Director at The Cypress of Charlotte, shares her personal experience and thoughts on ageism in this article from LeadingAge national that examines perspectives on this timely topic.

ReadyNC Provides the Latest in Hurricane Preparedness Info - and an App!

With the appearance of Tropical Storm Cindy, we’re reminded that hurricane season is up and running. The state of North Carolina’s ReadyNC website provides tons of information to get you prepared and keep you safe. In addition, the Ready NC app gives you instant access from your phone or portable device to critical information.

Seven Practical Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Process: Harvard Business Review

We all have unconscious biases. This article offers practical ways to remove those from the hiring process. Suggestions are offered for job descriptions, resume review, the interview process, and more. Read and learn from this article to make sure you are getting the best person for the job.

Managing Multicultural Teams: Harvard Business Review

This video shares the four most common challenges to leading a multicultural team along with four strategies to overcome those obstacles. A worthwhile 2 minute 17 second video to watch and use in a staff meeting or presentation.



News and Notes

LeadingAge Launches New Center for Workforce Solutions Website

LeadingAge national has launched its new “Center for Workforce Solutions” website. The initiative is a brand-new center featuring workforce resources and contains promising practices, ideas for key partnerships, tools to calculate turnover, presentation materials, fact sheets, LeadingAge member testimonials, podcasts, policy news, and other relevant articles. We hope you’ll check it out and provide us with feedback.

Back by Popular Demand: 2017 TREND Survey Now Available

LeadingAge North Carolina is once again partnering with CliftonLarsonAllen to bring CCRC/LPC members an analysis of operations and compensation information. CEOs and CFOs were emailed earlier this week with information on deadlines, cost, and accessing the survey. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Tom Akins at 919-571-8333.

5-Star Report Call-In Times

CEOs and Administrators, remember to call in with questions about navigating your 5-star report. LeadingAge North Carolina is partnering with LeadingAge New York to help you get the most out of your 5-Star reports. Please note the dates and times below when you are invited to call us with your 5-Star report questions. Every inquiry is welcome! Be sure to canvass your leadership team and pose their questions as well. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, June 27 from 10:30 to 11am
Thursday, June 29 from 2:30 to 3pm

Call Conference Line: 303-248-0285
Participant Code: 5718333

Remember, an instructional video and PowerPoint prepared just for you are available on our homepage under the Resource tab.

Facial Fractures Increase: How Older Adults Hurt Themselves Exercising: Live Science

In adults age 55 and older, facial injuries are on the rise. This article explains what kind of exercise is causing the injuries. Wellness professionals might want to read this article as they consider guidelines for suggested recreational activities for residents.

New Blog by Steve Fleming

Steve Fleming, President and CEO of The Well-Spring Group in Greensboro, has launched a new blog! "News & Views on Aging" spotlights his thoughts on issues facing older adults, caregivers, and our field. To begin reading Steve's blog, visit www.stevefleming.net -- where you also may sign up to subscribe to the blog and ask Steve questions. Steve is chair-elect of the LeadingAge Board of Directors and past chair of LeadingAge North Carolina.

2017 Women: A Force in Business Conference

LeadingAge North Carolina is a sponsoring organization of the NC Chamber's 2017 Women: A Force in Business conference September 21, 2017. The inaugural conference last year sold out in three weeks. This year the venue has quadrupled in size at the Raleigh Convention Center. Choose your own breakout sessions throughout the day. These sessions will span numerous topics, 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. Be sure to share this information with colleagues and plan to attend together.

LeadingAge North Carolina members will receive a discount on registration. Once that information is available we will pass it along to you. Please keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Accountable Care Communities for a Healthier North Carolina
September 25, 2017
8am-4pm
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.

You Won't Want to Miss:

First North American Dementia Conference
See Me, Not My Dementia
June 25-27, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Westin Buckhead Hotel

The conference is very driven by people living with dementia. Its opening session will feature five individuals with different types of dementia talking about their experiences. An international dementia expert/author/physician will facilitate. There will be a Technology Showcase and more. Conference information, registration, and other materials including some awesome white papers may be found here.




Congratulations

Salemtowne Dedicates Health Care Center

 

Salemtowne in Winston-Salem dedicated its Babcock Health Care Center earlier this month. The $42 million Center contains a 40-room transitional rehabilitation center, three long-term care households featuring 60 private residences with full baths, and will offer an assisted living memory household. Each of the households at the Babcock Health Care Center is designed around a central courtyard, a sunroom, a large living room, and a dining area. The Babcock Health Care Center also offers on-site physician services from Wake Forest Baptist Health. The Center was designed by business member CJMW Architecture and built by business member Frank L. Blum Construction Company.

Two Leaders Join The Village at Brookwood


The Well-Spring Group in Greensboro has hired two new members of the management team at The Village at Brookwood, a life plan community in Burlington owned by Cone Health and now managed by Well-Spring. Please join us in welcoming them both.

Michael D. Walsh will start July 17 as Executive Director. Mike currently serves as Executive Director of Trinity Oaks Retirement Community in Salisbury, a part of Lutheran Services Carolinas, Inc. Prior to that, he was Director of Operations for Lutheran Services. In 2002 he was Executive Director of River Landing in Colfax, after having served in the same role at Scotia Village, both continuing care retirement communities and part of The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. From 1995-97, Mike led different entities of Southern Assisted Living, Inc., based in Chapel Hill. He served as a peer surveyor for CARF-CCAC and is a past board member of LeadingAge North Carolina. Mike is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Garland will join the Village on June 28 as Nursing Home Administrator-Director of Health Care Services. Since 2014, he has worked as Nursing Home Administrator at Genesis HealthCare in Asheboro, following two years as Training Manager at Healthcare Services Group, Inc., also in Asheboro. Mike is a graduate of East Carolina University.



Value First is the group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge North Carolina and 24 other LeadingAge state affiliates bringing you better value every day. Click here for a detailed look at LeadingAge North Carolina Bronze member HD Supply and the ways they can save your organization money.

Contact your representative, Vanessa Ceasar, at 404-421-3956 for additional information.

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Budget Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 16, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017


From the Desk of Tom Akins
June 16, 2017


This week, state legislative leaders have been in the final stages of negotiating the state budget for FY2017-19 (S.257). The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has prepared an updated chart comparing how the House and Senate budgets address a variety of issues and spending decisions affecting nonprofits.

We anticipate that legislators will send a final version of the budget to Governor Roy Cooper next week. We’ll provide a full update on the final budget in next Friday’s Member Update. Until then, as always, please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Warm regards,

Tom Akins
President and CEO
LeadingAge North Carolina

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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 9, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 8, 2017


June 9, 2017

House, Senate Rebuke Cooper's Call for Special Session

The North Carolina House and Senate voted yesterday to cancel Governor Roy Cooper's call for a special session. Cooper, in an effort to get lawmakers to redraw state House and Senate election maps within the next two weeks, had called for a 14-day special session of the legislature. The session would have run concurrently with the ongoing “long” session. Cooper’s move was in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week that affirmed a lower court ruling that found 28 legislative districts to be illegal racial gerrymanders that diluted the overall impact of black voters.

House and Senate Continue to Work on Budget

The fallout from Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for a special session has put a bit of a kink in plans to adjourn. It was anticipated that the two chambers would settle on a compromise budget and send it to the Governor late next week. With the likelihood that the Governor will veto the budget bill (and has ten days after receiving the budget to do so), the House and Senate most probably would then override the veto and adjourn the session, all in time for the 4th of July holiday. It’s unknown how the turmoil over the call for a special session will impact that rumored timeline.

Special Care Unit Moratorium Up for Discussion

We continue to monitor progress on the budget with relation to our top three priorities and other policy positions important to our membership. An extension of the moratorium on special care units appears in the Senate’s version of the budget (with the moratorium extended to 2019) but is not in the House version. Resolution of this issue – and other items that separate the two chambers) has been the focus this week of a special conference committee formed to hash out the differences.

Homeowners and Businesses May Receive More Cost-Effective Options for Solar Energy

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that North Carolina homeowners and businesses could soon be able to install rooftop solar panels without prohibitive upfront costs under a sweeping energy proposal moving through the state legislature this week. The bill would let residents lease solar panels on their rooftops rather than owning them outright, a financing arrangement popular in other states but long considered a nonstarter here. The leasing arrangement would remove a major financial barrier to solar energy by eliminating the down payment for homeowners – typically ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. The 20-page bill (House Bill 589) is the first comprehensive overhaul of North Carolina’s energy laws since 2007, when the legislature passed Senate Bill 3, known as the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, requiring electric utilities to sell power derived from solar energy and other renewables. The House passed the bill earlier this week and it now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

Affordable Housing Under Attack

Housing is a basic human need that growing numbers of elders and people with disabilities cannot afford. LeadingAge and its members are the chief advocates for a strong federal role in affordable senior housing – development, preservation, and management including housing with supportive services. The programs for which we have worked over several decades face a number of challenges. We continue to advocate for creative solutions to ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for our nation’s elders. Click here for the latest on what you can do to add your voice to this vital issue.

New Survey and Certification Letter from CMS

A new Survey and Certification letter provides clarification about sending out notices to the state’s ombudsmen. Here is the direct language out of the transmittal letter from CMS:

A. Resident-Initiated Transfers and Discharges
A resident-initiated transfer or discharge means the resident or, if appropriate, the resident representative has provided verbal or written notice of intent to leave the facility. The medical record must contain documentation or evidence of the resident’s or resident representative’s verbal or written notice of intent to leave the facility. A resident’s expression of a general desire or goal to return home or to the community or elopement of a resident who is cognitively impaired should not be taken as notice of intent to leave the facility. For resident-initiated transfers or discharges, sending a copy of the notice to the ombudsman is not required. The transmittal also addresses Substandard Quality of Care.


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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 2, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 2, 2017
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June 2, 2017


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina House Approves Spending Blueprint

Shortly after midnight earlier this morning, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a $22.9 billion spending blueprint for the upcoming budget year. Their vote sets up a series of meetings next week between House and Senate conferees to hammer out a compromise budget to send to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature. Both the House and Senate agree on how much to spend – roughly 2.5% more than current spending levels. While LeadingAge North Carolina and other organizations are still analyzing the House language, here’s what we know so far about our top three public policy priorities:

  • It does not appear that the property tax exemption or sales tax refund process for nonprofits was changed in either the House or Senate version.
  • The House included a special provision to stipulate that the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services may consider appointing a subcommittee on aging to examine the State’s delivery of services for older adults in order to determine their service needs and to make recommendations to the Oversight Committee on how to address these needs.
  • The House plan does not address changes in the certificate of need program. The Senate budget would eliminate the state’s certificate of need laws by 2025 (this would include Medicare-certified Home Health CON need determination).

Other key elements of the budget plan include:

  • Both the House and Senate plans lower taxes and provide increases for state employees, state retirees, and teachers. The Senate budget includes larger increases to the standard deduction than the House budget and also cuts individual and corporate income tax rates (which remain unchanged in the House budget).
  • The House plan includes $600,000 in recurring funding each year of the biennium to support the development of an Alzheimer’s Registry through the Institute of Medicine.
  • The House plan increases the Special Assistance rate for residents for adult care homes by $34 per month (the Senate also proposed an increase but handled it differently in its budget).
  • The House plan provides money ($119,927 in recurring funding for FY 17-18 and $128,493 in recurring funding for FY 18-19) for an automated background check management system used by long term care providers to fund background checks on non-licensed staff providing hands-on care to patients/residents as required by general statute.
  • A special provision found only in the House plan directs the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance, to study the efficacy of the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). A report is due to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice no later than March 1, 2018.
  • Unlike the Senate plan, the House did not cut food stamp eligibility and contains no reference to developing a plan for regional social service departments.


LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Meets with NC Insurance Commissioner

Nonprofit CCRC leadership from across the state met this past Tuesday with North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. The meeting, which also included Chief Deputy Commissioner Michelle Osborne, provided an opportunity to share priorities and bring the Commissioner up to speed on a number of issues. Of particular import was a conversation around the potential to streamline the current annual disclosure statement in a way that would make the documents more usable for consumers. The Insurance Department’s CCRC Advisory Committee is slated to meet in July and we expect this topic to be a part of the agenda. A special thanks to those who traveled to Raleigh to attend the meeting, including Jonathan Erickson with United Methodist Retirement Homes, Ted Goins with Lutheran Services Carolinas, David Lacy with Southminster, Kevin McLeod with Carolina Meadows, and Steve Fleming with The Well-Spring Group. We particularly appreciated the efforts of Lu-Ann Perryman, our lobbyist, in helping to arrange the meeting and attend.

Senate Committee Approves Nonprofit Annual Report Legislation

The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved a bill (S.114) that would create a new annual filing requirement for nonprofits that are incorporated in North Carolina. The annual filing would be done online, and nonprofits would not be charged a fee. An amendment in the committee clarified the process by which the N.C. Department of Revenue would check nonprofits' corporate status before issuing sales tax refunds.

The annual reporting would help protect the integrity of the nonprofit sector and could help preserve nonprofit tax exemption. Unlike virtually every other state, nonprofits incorporated in North Carolina don't file basic annual reports. This means that many defunct nonprofits continue to be incorporated in North Carolina, which could create fraud that would jeopardize the integrity of all nonprofits. The potential for abuse in the current system has led some elected officials to question the merits of nonprofit tax exemption. Currently, more than 120,000 nonprofits are incorporated in North Carolina, but only about 36,000 tax-exempt organizations file some variation of the Form 990 with the IRS.

CBO Estimates that AHCA Would Add 23 Million More Uninsured Americans

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed last month. The CBO cost estimate projects that the AHCA would reduce government spending enough to cut the federal deficit by about $119 billion over the next decade, but that it would mean that 23 million more Americans would be uninsured in a decade, mostly because of reductions to Medicaid. The increase in the number of North Carolinians lacking health insurance could put significant new burdens on many nonprofits. It will be difficult for the Senate to pass the AHCA without significant changes.

Trump Budget Chops Geriatric Training: McKnight's

This article is follow-up to the May 26 Advocacy in Action on the impact of Trump's budget blueprint on older adults. LeadingAge national is quoted in McKnight's as expressing concern about the proposed elimination of $403 million to primary care training programs including the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). Click here to read more.



Professional Development

Finance Symposium - Register Now
July 27, 2017
8:00am-5:00pm
Lakewood, a Lifespire Community of Virginia
1900 Lauderdale Drive
Richmond, VA

Finance professionals at all levels, please join us for an informative and interactive day designed with you in mind. Be sure to arrive in time to visit with colleagues at dinner the night before. Offered in partnership with LeadingAge Virginia, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Crisis Response Planning
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Developing a Financial Model as part of Strategic Expansion
  • Compensation, Retention, and Incentive Compensation
  • Financing Moderately Priced Housing
  • Mergers and Affiliations

$150 first person
$100 second person
$225 non-members

Continuing education credit available: 8 CPEs and 7 NHA Hours
Click here to download flyer for printing and distribution.
A list of hotels within a 5-mile radius of Lakewood is available here.


Understanding the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule - Register Now
Free Workshop
June 6, 2017
9:30-11:30am
Foothills Higher Education Center
2128 South Sterling Street
Morganton, NC
2 CEUs for NHA

Click here to view the flyer with more details about this event.


In August:

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.


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 - Date and Location Change
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

Unique Challenges Men Face as Caregivers for People Who Have Alzheimer's: HuffPost

Teepa Snow co-authored this helpful article that appeared originally on the Alzheimer's Reading Room and was reprinted in HuffPost. Five of the most important challenges are described along with ways to approach them. Be sure to read this article to help male family members who find themselves in this position.

Why More Hospitals Should Prioritize Cultural Competency: Harvard Business Review

The author suggests several ways in which hospitals can bridge the cultural gap between doctors and patients which, she posits, will bridge the gap in health outcomes for underserved populations. While this article focuses on hospitals, there are lessons to be learned for our field as well.

UCLA Alzheimer's Awareness Group Takes on Loneliness in Seniors: Home Health Care News

A free on-campus day program at UCLA connects college students with older adults living in their homes with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Already replicated in 33 chapters in colleges and high schools across the country, TimeOut@UCLA is a partnership between the UCLA Division of Geriatrics and Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's. Read this article if you are in need of inspiration, hope for the future, and a reminder of the power of partnerships.


News and Notes

Your Biases are Holding You Back

North Carolina Chamber
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sheraton Imperial, Durham
4700 Emperor Boulevard

LeadingAge North Carolina is a Supporting Organization of the North Carolina Chamber's inaugural Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This information packed program will cover many of the important issues you ahve told us you are tackling: recruiting for diversity, fostering a culture of inclusion, evaluating diversity and inclusion initiatives using proper metrics, understanding unconscious bias and more. Association members will receive a discount on registration. Our staff will be in attendance and we hope to see you there.

Registration Information: First click on this link, then click on ‘Register or Sponsor,’ which will take you to the registration page. If you are a LeadingAge North Carolina member, you qualify for a special rate. If you select ‘Supporting Organization Member Ticket, Diversity & Inclusion (2017)’, you will receive the reduced registration (Chamber member) rate. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Geriatric Deprescribing and Care Transitions Motivate Talks: Medscape

At the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting earlier this month, top abstracts featured the deprescribing of benzodiazepines in older adult patients, safe transitions between health care and home settings, and a video-based advance care planning service compared to advance directive alone. Be sure your clinical staff reads this article for current research information.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI MLN Connects Call

Thursday, June 15 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET
To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects® Event Registration.

During this call, learn about appropriate assessment and evaluation for the accurate diagnosis of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Also, find out about the work of the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and how their efforts align with the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). Additionally, CMS experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership and QAPI. A question and answer session follows the presentations.

Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups, nursing home providers, surveyor community, prescribers, professional associations, and other interested stakeholders.

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Accountable Care Communities for a Healthier North Carolina
September 25, 2017
8am-4pm
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.

You Won't Want to Miss:

First North American Dementia Conference
See Me, Not My Dementia
June 25-27, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Westin Buckhead Hotel

The conference is very driven by people living with dementia. Its opening session will feature five individuals with different types of dementia talking about their experiences. An international dementia expert/author/physician will facilitate. There will be a Technology Showcase and more. Conference information, registration, and other materials including some awesome white papers may be found here.




Congratulations

Syria Celebrates 20 Years with UCHS

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) recently recognized Lee Syria, President/CEO United Church Homes and Services, for twenty years of service to the organization earlier this spring.

Syria, Chair-Elect of LeadingAge North Carolina, began her career with Abernethy Laurels, a senior living community of UCHS, in 1997 as Personnel Manager. In 2000 she became Vice President of Human Resources for UCHS and in 2008 she was selected Senior Vice President of Operations for the organization. Syria was named the first female President and CEO of UCHS in 2012. Through Syria’s leadership and guidance, UCHS has been listed in the LeadingAge Ziegler 150 Report of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senor living organization and also labeled as a game changer in the industry. UCHS serves over 2,300 senior adults annually and employs approximately 850 team members at 11 locations across NC and VA. “Caring for seniors is part of Lee’s DNA,” shared UCHS Board Chairman, Ray Deal. Congratulations, Lee!

UBS Financial Services Ranked #2 in the Nation

Congratulations to UBS Financial Services! Managers of LeadingAge North Carolina’s investment portfolio, UBS was recently ranked #2 in the nation for institutional consulting by Barron’s, a nationally recognized and widely distributed financial publication. To produce the ranking, Barron’s uses an array of criteria, including the amount of institutional investments managed, the revenue those assets generate, the size of client rosters, and the number of team members. We are particularly fortunate to have Allen Wright and Kristi Thelen, part of the UBS Institutional Consulting Group in Atlanta, as managers of our portfolio and long time friends of our member communities in North Carolina.

 

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Inclusion Insights May 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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May 31, 2017

Can You Teach Diversity and Inclusion?

The short answer is yes, but training alone is not enough. Kellye Whitney writes in this Chief Learning Officer article that creating a diverse and inclusive organization is a culture transformation project requiring a growth mindset. But don’t get overwhelmed; read this article for ideas and inspiration on tackling this multidimensional issue in your community.

Foundation Board of Trustees Commissions Groundbreaking Diversity Study

This is an exciting time for the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, as a re-energized board of trustees looks at the things that can be truly important for our field and marshals resources to come up with solutions. We’re happy to announce that the Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business to do a national study of why diverse populations choose to move to CCRCs – or choose not to.
Our field THINKS we know why diverse populations don’t come to our communities in any significant numbers. What we’ve found out is that our thinking is purely anecdotal…and there is no research out there that can inform our attempt to reach out.

The diversity study represents our first attempt at being a transformational leader within the field by choosing a topic that’s important not just to our members but to aging services providers across the nation.

A little about the study itself. The overarching purpose of the proposed study is to gather strategic information which potentially can be used in advertising and marketing to attract more African Americans to CCRCs. The primary goal is to better understand African American perceptions, opinions, and knowledge about living options and the range of services that CCRCs offer. We will do this by conducting six focus groups with a purposeful sample of African American professionals. In addition, we will conduct structured interviews with eight African American couples and individuals currently living in CCRCs in North Carolina. It’s the first step in what will be a comprehensive look at the topic that will hopefully lead us to development of a specific tool kit for member communities. We’re involving a number of people in the design and execution including the Medical Care Commission, LeadingAge national, and other states for feedback, comment and participation. We hope to complete the study by year-end.

Your Biases are Holding You Back

This North Carolina Chamber newsletter article cites research about the impact of our biases on how we work and learn. Click here to read these articles and for information on the NC Chamber’s first ever Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This important event will take place June 15 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham. This conference will cover many of the important issues you have told us you are tackling: recruiting for diversity, fostering a culture of inclusion, evaluating diversity and inclusion initiatives using proper metrics, understanding unconscious bias and more. Our staff will be in attendance and we hope to see you there.

 

Registration Information: First click on this link, then click on ‘Register or Sponsor,’ which will take you to the registration page. If you are a LeadingAge North Carolina member, you qualify for a special rate. If you select ‘Supporting Organization Member Ticket, Diversity & Inclusion (2017)’, you will receive the reduced registration (Chamber member) rate. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Making Elder Homes More LGBT Friendly

This article was authored by Beth Baker for Next Avenue, and shared by LeadingAge national. Understanding what to do to make your community inclusive for LGBT residents may take time. Read this article to learn more about the two-year journey of a community in New York to become more culturally competent for its LGBT residents. After initial resistance among some staff and residents, the training is resulting in slow progress for a more inclusive community.

We’ve Gotten Better at Diversity. Now the Challenge is Inclusion.: Washington Post

The dean of Harvard Business School humbly admits that, despite being a member of a racial minority, he has inadvertently behaved in ways that made other people feel unwelcome. This article encourages us to open our eyes to our own blind spots and take small steps toward inclusivity.

Apple Hires First VP of Diversity: Fortune

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace is a challenge for all kinds of organizations. This brief article highlights a recent move by Apple to alter the reporting structure for its newly hired Inclusion and Diversity officer. Be sure to check out the link to Apple’s diversity page that may be food for thought for your own website.

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Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 26, 2017
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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 26, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017


May 26, 2017


General Assembly Update

  • The House budget was unveiled yesterday during House budget subcommittee meetings. Each subcommittee presented their respective spending items and allowed amendments from their members. The full appropriations committee will meet next Wednesday which is when we will see the meat of the bill. The full House plans to hold second and third readings on the entire budget next Thursday and Friday. We’re working on a summary of the House version and will email it to you next Tuesday.
  • The House pulled a number of policy items out of the Senate version. Short story: certificate of need repeal is out of the House budget, at least for now. The CON language in the Senate budget was stripped from the House version presented in the HHS subcommittee yesterday. The issue, as with a number of other policies contained in the Senate version, will now play out in the conference committee. The conferees will be appointed after the House budget is passed.
  • The 2 chambers agree on the total budget amount – but their priorities are different. The House agrees with the Senate on the total spend - $22.9 billion. That is lower than Governor Roy Cooper's spend of $23.5 billion. The difference between the chambers is in the way they spend it. We expect the conferees to have a lot of negotiating to do.
  • The Tax Reform package will be different. The House has voiced concern that the Senate Tax Reform proposal is unsustainable - relying on too much non-recurring dollars. The House version could be released later today. This will be another item for the conference committee to handle.
  • It’s important to keep in mind that the General Assembly has an incentive to go home. With the recent Supreme Court ruling on district mapping, legislators have to deal with redistricting – again. They have started the process in committee yesterday, but could come back for a special redistricting session later. There is a sense that they could go home before July 1.

New Annual Filing Requirement Continues Journey

Yesterday the North Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved a bill (S.114) that would create a new annual filing requirement for nonprofits that are incorporated in North Carolina. Main requirements of the bill include:

  1. Every North Carolina nonprofit would be required to file an annual report with the N.C. Secretary of State that includes its name, address, and email address, as well as the names, addresses (which can be the nonprofit's address), and titles of its officers, plus a brief description of its activities and whether it has members.
  2. All reports would be filed online.
  3. All reports would be due on November 15 of every year, beginning in 2019.
  4. Nonprofits would be administratively dissolved if they don't file reports within 60 days of the due date.
  5. Nonprofits that don't file reports would also lose the right to receive semiannual sales tax refunds.
  6. There would be no filing fee for nonprofits.

The bill now awaits further action from the full Senate.

President Trump Unveils Budget Blueprint

Copied below is an excellent blog post done earlier this week by Howard Bedlin, Vice-President for Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), which highlights ten ways President Trump’s budget proposal for FY18 would impact programs for older adults. Congress will develop its own budget now and members from both parties have indicated that the cuts may be too deep. Please also note the link in the blog post for the table that lists the proposed funding for all aging services programs.

Straight Talk for Seniors®: 10 Ways the Administration’s Budget Would Impact Senior Programs
The White House released its first full budget proposal today, and it includes historic cuts—and even elimination—of programs that older adults and their families have relied on for more than 50 years. Congress has indicated that it will develop its own FY18 budget, so the Administration’s proposal is just that—an outline of its funding priorities. However, it does set up the debate for the coming fiscal year. Here are 10 ways the Administration’s budget—if enacted—would impact senior programs:

  1. Medicaid: Cut by $627 billion
    The budget cuts Medicaid by $627 billion over 10 years. This is on top of the $839 billion proposed cut in the House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Taken together, this would mean almost $1.3 trillion in Medicaid cuts over 10 years, an estimated 45% reduction in 2026. Nearly 7 million low-income seniors rely on Medicaid for their health and long-term care.
  2. Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): Eliminated
    The budget eliminates the nation’s only job training and placement program specifically for older adults. Last year under SCSEP, 70,000 older adults received on-the-job training while providing nearly 36 million hours of staff support to 30,000 organizations.
  3. Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP): Eliminated
    The budget eliminates this program that each year supports 15,000+ counselors who provide free, state-specific assistance to over 6 million beneficiaries.
  4. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Eliminated
    The budget eliminates this program that helps low-income individuals pay for their heating and cooling costs. About a third of the 6.8 million households receiving LIHEAP benefits include an older adult aged 60+.
  5. Block Grants (SSBG, CSBG, CDBG): Eliminated
    The budget eliminates the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). These programs provide states and localities with funding to improve economic security and independence for low-income families and seniors through services like home care, congregate and home-delivered meals, and transportation. SSBG is the only source of federal funding for Adult Protective Services. An estimated 4.4 million older adults receive services under SSBG and CSBG.
  6. Senior Corps & AmeriCorps: Eliminated
    The budget eliminates both of these national service programs that enlist older adults in volunteerism and serve seniors in communities nationwide. Last year, 245,000 Senior Corps volunteers provided 74.6 million hours of service.
  7. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Cut by $194 billion
    Federal SNAP funding would be cut by $194 billion over 10 years. The budget also shifts more funding responsibilities to the states and erodes polices that streamline access for seniors and people with disabilities. Almost 5 million seniors rely on SNAP benefits to afford food.
  8. CDC Falls Prevention: Eliminated
    The budget eliminates $2 million in falls prevention funding in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) budget. However, it retains $5 million in falls prevention funding in the Administration for Community Living budget. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall; every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury.
  9. Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME): Cut by $3 million
    The budget cuts federal funding for community-based workshops for people with chronic conditions from $8 million to $5 million, or 37.5%. Over 90% of older adults have at least one chronic disease and two-thirds have two or more.
  10. Older Americans Act (OAA) and Elder Justice Act (EJA): Increases reversed
    The budget reverses the modest FY17 increases for Supportive Services, Senior Nutrition, Caregiver Support, Native American programs, and the Elder Justice Act.

Download our funding table for a complete list of aging services programs. What happens next? Congress takes the budget from here. The House will write its own version, which may include some of these proposals or scale them back. Members of both parties have indicated that the cuts the Administration is proposing may be too deep. The FY17 budget expires on Sept. 30, so the clock is ticking for Congress to adopt a new budget by then.

For LeadingAge national’s official statement on the President’s budget proposal, please click here.

Congressional Budget Office “Scores” New ACA Repeal Bill

In a report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, twenty-three million fewer Americans would have insurance under legislation that House Republicans narrowly passed last month. The report also predicted that the nation’s deficit would be $119 billion less over the next ten years and that premiums for people buying insurance on their own would generally be lower for younger consumers and higher for older and sicker people than premiums charged under the existing Affordable Care Act. And the House-passed legislation would cut $1.1 trillion from programs that help people get covered, including $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade. The ball is now in the Senate’s court, where they will consider, modify or rewrite the legislation.

Sign On Now to a Letter Supporting Nursing Home Regulatory Reform

The present system of nursing home oversight is often burdensome and counterproductive to high quality nursing home care. This Action Alert from LeadingAge National supports effort to stop onerous regulations. Rep. Glenn Grothman from Wisconsin is asking his colleagues in the House of Representatives to join him in signing a letter to CMS supporting regulatory reform for nursing homes. Specifically, his letter asks CMS to suspend implementation and enforcement of Phases II and III of the final Requirements of Participation rule issued in September 2016. The letter also asks that CMS give nursing homes adequate time to prepare for whatever parts of the Rule are ultimately implemented. This issue is vitally important to all of our members and is a key priority for LeadingAge.

June 1 Deadline for SNF Quality Reporting Program Nears; Webinar just made available.

Skilled Nursing Facilities must have all their MDS forms for admissions/discharges between October 1 and December 31, 2016 completed and corrected by June 1, 2017 to comply with the SNF Quality Reporting Deadline or risk losing 2% of their Medicare fee-for-service rate starting October 1, 2017.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a training May 2 to help Skilled Nursing Facility providers understand the Review and Correct process for the SNF QRP related to making any corrections to the MDS information submitted between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. CMS just made this recorded webinar available on the CMS YouTube channel at: http://bit.ly/2qjtwGV. Members who attended the webinar felt it was helpful in understanding where to find the necessary reports within the CASPER system.

CMS has also posted the corresponding Questions and Answers from that webinar: http://go.cms.gov/2s3eNMN. Reviewing these materials maybe helpful to members as they strive to meet the June 1 reporting deadline for making corrections.

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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 19, 2017
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May 19, 2017

 

What a week! LeadingAge North Carolina's 61st annual conference and trade show marked a chance for members and business partners to renew old friendships and start new ones.


Nestled deep within the pines of Moore County, the historic Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst was the setting for four days of learning and laughter. More than 500 attendees soaked up information at nearly 30 educational sessions, and a sold-out trade show featured more than 60 business partners.

Highlights of the week included:

  • Amanda Messer from because I said I would opened Monday's general session challenging attendees to honor the promises they make.
  • Jennifer Nichols from the FrameWorks Institute energized Tuesday's general session with specific strategies participants can use to make their messages more effective.
  • Ron Meritt and John Hernandez from Critical Point Communications closed Thursday's general session with concrete ways for conferences goers to protect their community's reputation and manage risk during times of crisis.
  • Monday's golf scramble - LeadingAge North Carolina's inaugural golf event - saw eight foursomes battle it out over Pinehurst's historic course number five.
  • Wednesday's Awards Luncheon - easily the conference's feel-good event every year - witnessed seventeen different individuals and communities receive recognition from their peers. Included among award winners was Chan Chandler (Chief Financial Officer at Twin Lakes Community) who received the Career Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement, LeadingAge North Carolina's highest honor. Congratulations to all award recipients! Please click here to view a map of all honorees, their awards, and links to their communities.
  • Tuesday's trade show was packed, with 61 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. Thank you to our Platinum level business partners for their ongoing support.
  • The second LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy kicked off, with 16 Fellows beginning a year-long journey of self-reflection and personal growth. Congratulations on a great start. Please click here to view a map of Academy Fellows with links to their communities. Our deepest appreciation to our friends at Ziegler for their generous underwriting of the Leadership Academy.

Many thanks to all who attended! Mark your calendars now for next year's LeadingAge North Carolina annual conference and trade show, slated for May 14-17, 2018 at Asheville's venerable Grove Park Inn.

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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Steve Jewell, Friday, May 12, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017


May 12, 2017


Senate Advances Budget Proposal

Earlier this morning (around 3 am), the North Carolina Senate approved its 2-year budget blueprint. You can find a helpful summary of Senate’s budget (prepared by our friends at the North Carolina Coalition on Aging) by clicking here. Included in the Senate’s legislation is a complete repeal of all certificate of need requirements by 2025. LeadingAge North Carolina’s two other public policy priorities – tax policy and a comprehensive aging plan for the state – are both looking good. The state earlier this week announced a $553 million surplus that takes pressure off both the property tax exemption and the sales tax refund. Click here for an excellent analysis from The News & Observer about key features in the Senate’s budget. Next up: the House puts forward its financial plan for the next two years.

Medicare-Certified Home Health CON Exemption for CCRCs Awaits Hearing

A bill exempting CCRCs from the need to receive a certificate of need for Medicare-certified home health still sits in the House Health Committee and we are awaiting news on whether it will receive a hearing. In a recent development, a new 501(c)(4) group has been formed to fight certificate of need repeal efforts. The Carolina Journal featured an interesting article on the new group's plans.

DoI Moves Into New Digs

The Department of Insurance has completed their move to the Albemarle building (about three blocks west of our office in downtown Raleigh). With that done, the Department is working on scheduling the next meeting of its CCRC Advisory Committee. Meetings of the Advisory Committee are open to the public and we’ll keep you apprised of the next meeting date.

American Health Care Act – What’s In It

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has issued a summary of key provisions of the latest version of the Act that would particularly impact older adults. Click here to see the summary.

FY 2017 Federal Budget Update

Key provisions related to aging in the budget deal reached last week in Congress to fund the government through September 30 are as follows:

• Modest increases to Older Americans Act nutrition services ($3 million total, split $2 million to congregate and $1 million to home-delivered meals);
• $2 million increase to Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services activities at the Administration for Community Living;
• $34 million cut to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP/Older Americans Act Title VII); and
• $5 million cut to the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
For more information, see the budget tables prepared by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) that outline the FY2017 appropriations bill released by Congress.

Elimination of Federal Deduction for Medical Expenses Proposed

As many of you know, President’s Trump’s proposed budget and tax reform plan included elimination of the federal deduction for medical expenses. We’re not sure how much traction that particular part of his proposal will have.

New Polling Data Released

The latest Elon University poll has found that 48% of North Carolina voters believe first-term Governor Roy Cooper is doing a good job and 29% approve of the way the state legislature is performing its duties. The poll also found that 74.6% of voters do not approve of the manner in which the U.S. Congress is handling its job.

Non-Revenue and Non-Appropriations Bills Crossover List

The NC General Assembly website has a list of bills that made the April 27 crossover deadline and are still eligible for consideration this session. Of course, no bill is really dead until the final gavel sounds adjourning the legislative session. Key bills which met the crossover deadline that we are monitoring include the following (note: several of these bills were incorporated in the Senate budget proposal).

• H0024/S0022 Study Unfunded Liability/Retiree Health Fund
• H0036 NC IOM Study of Eye Care Access
• H0084 Driver’s License/Deaf or Hard of Hearing Designation
• H0115 Retirement Technical Corrections Act of 2017
• H0156 Eyeglasses Exemption From Medicaid Capitation
• H0176 Pensions Integrity Act of 2017
• H0183 Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017
• H0206/S0152 NC Cancer Treatment Fairness
• H0248 Support for Older Adults & DHHS Study
• H0283 DHHS Recommend Telemedicine Policy
• H0299/S0218 State Health Plan Administrative Changes
• H0399/S0255 Stop Images Taken Without Consent From Dissemination
• H0466/S0384 The Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act
• H0550/H0338 Establish New Nurse Licensure Compact
• H0591 Study/Law Enforcement Officer Interaction With Disabled Drivers
• H0657 Improve Adult Care Home Regulation
• H0702 Seniors Community College Tuition Waiver
• S0160 Handicap Parking Privilege Certification
• S0368 Notice of Medicaid SPA Submissions
• S0451 Joint Survivorship Clarifications
• S0486 Uniform Voting Hours Act
• S0569 Uniform Power of Attorney Act

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Membership Update May 5, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017
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May 5, 2017

Announcing the Winner
of the Value First Cost Study Drawing
for a Free Conference Registration... Pennybyrn at Maryfield!


Thank you, Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point, for participating in the free Value First Cost Study program. And thank you, Value First, for making it your singular goal to help our members save money. Please read more about how your community can benefit from a cost study through Value First, your group purchasing organization. Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to learn more.



Advocacy & Policy

Medicare-Certified Home Health Legislation Introduced

Bipartisan legislation that would exempt CCRCs from obtaining a certificate of need before applying for a Medicare-certified home health license was introduced last week in the North Carolina General Assembly. You can read a copy of the legislation by clicking here and see the talking points we've developed to support our efforts by clicking here. The legislation will begin its journey in the House of Representatives, and will be considered first by the House Health Committee. Increased choice and better continuity of care for our residents means that this bill is the right idea at the right time for the citizens of North Carolina. In addition, with an annual economic impact on the state of North Carolina of nearly $2 billion from our member communities, the ability to provide Medicare-certified home health to our own residents would mean more jobs for the state and an expanded tax base. Watch your email next week for a message from us about how you can help inform your elected officials about this important issue.

General Assembly Update

With last week's "crossover" deadline now in the rear view mirror, we have a better sense of the bills remaining during this legislative session that impact our residents and our communities. The best guess (and that's all it is - a guess) is that the General Assembly will adjourn in late June or early July. Keeping that in mind, here are several bills still alive that we're tracking (among others).

  • House Bill 84: This bill would authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to develop a designation for driver licenses upon request by a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. This bill has passed the House and is awaiting referral to a committee of the Senate.
  • House Bill 283: This bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to study and recommend a telemedicine policy on or before October 1, 2017. This bill has passed the House and is awaiting referral to a committee of the Senate.
  • House Bill 702: This bill would require that the State Board of Community College shall waive tuition and registration fees for up to six hours of credit per academic semester for senior citizens. This bill has passed the House and is awaiting referral to a committee of the Senate.

2017 HUD Income Limits Released

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including the Public Housing, Section 8 project-based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 housing for the elderly, and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities programs. HUD develops income limits based on Median Family Income estimates and Fair Market Rent area definitions for each metropolitan area, parts of some metropolitan areas, and each non-metropolitan county.


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Today is the deadline to register! If you haven't already, please register now for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61st Spring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. We look forward to seeing you! Register here. Download brochure here.

A block of rooms is being held for conference participants at the Pinehurst Resort. The deadline to reserve a room at the conference rate of $185 has passed. If you still need a room please call Pinehurst Resort at 1-855-843-8015.  Be sure to watch your email and check our website for updates. You can also stay up-to-date if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter


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. 


Save the Date! Finance Symposium: July 27 in Richmond, VA. Networking dinner July 26 for community members and dinner sponsors. More information coming soon.


Coming up in August!

Management Leadership Series - Part 2
August 17 at The Cypress of Charlotte

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

Attendance at Part 1 was not mandatory. Anyone may attend! 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.


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 - Date and Location Change
November 8 at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem

Choose the date that works best for your community.
Both sessions from 10am-2:30pm

Target audience: CNAs, Wait Staff, Housekeeping, Facility Service, Grounds, Resident Service, 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.



Strategic Thinking

Simple Steps to Help People with Dementia Live Better Lives: CNN

A great article for staff or family who are struggling to understand how to support someone living with dementia. Focus is on physical health and social connections, how to communicate, how to support autonomy, and meeting unmet needs. Click here to download this useful article.

The Disabled and the Elderly are Facing a Big Problem: Not Enough Aides: The Washington Post

A solid explanation of the C.N.A. workforce crisis useful for board members and other leadership and stakeholders of your community. Click here to read this article.

Why Many People Abandon Friends and Family with Dementia - and Shouldn't: The Wall Street Journal

A geriatric psychiatrist contrasts the typical person's response to a breast cancer diagnosis with the response to an Alzheimer's diagnosis. Click here to read this author's plea for compassion and learn ways to reach out when a diagnosis of dementia touches your life.

To Be an Effective Leader Keep a Leadership Journal: Forbes

According to this author the benefits of journaling include expanding self-awareness and managing stress. If you are committed to improving as a leader, click here to read this article that provides several prompts for starting your journal. Fifteen minutes a day could make a significant difference.

How to Work with Someone Who Isn't a Team Player: Harvard Business Review

If you're mired in frustration and other emotions about working with someone who doesn't seem to be a team player, this article provides practical advice about what to do. Click here to read more do's and don't's in this situation and two case examples.



News and Notes

North Carolina Chamber
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sheraton Imperial, Durham
4700 Emperor Boulevard

LeadingAge North Carolina is a Supporting Organization of the North Carolina Chamber's inaugural Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This information packed program will cover recruiting for diversity, fostering a culture of inclusion, evaluating diversity and inclusion initiatives using proper metrics, understanding unconscious bias and more. This event offers something for everyone, from young professionals to seasoned executives, those with fledgling diversity and inclusion programs, to those with established initiatives. Seats are expected to sell out quickly for this event. Association members will receive a discount on registration and that information will be passed along to members as soon as it is available. Click here to learn more.

Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Study Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2017-18 LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefits study has been extended to May 15 (from May 8). Questionnaires are available online by clicking here. The national study is conducted by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), in cooperation with LeadingAge. LeadingAge member participants may purchase the 250-page Report for the reduced rate of $165. The results will be published in July. Any questions about the study may be directed to Rosanne Zabka at HCS 201-405-0075 x 11.

New CDC Guidelines on Flu Pandemic

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy reports that new guidelines from the CDC reflect lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

You Won't Want to Miss:
First North American Dementia Conference
See Me, Not My Dementia
June 25-27, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Westin Buckhead Hotel

The conference is very driven by people living with dementia. Its opening session will feature five individuals with different types of dementia talking about their experiences. An international dementia expert/author/physician will facilitate. There will be a Technology Showcase and more. Conference information, registration, and other materials including some awesome white papers may be found here.

North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Accountable Care Communities for a Healthier North Carolina

September 25, 2017
8am-4pm
McKimmon Conference Center at the NCSU Campus
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC

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.



Congratulations

Aldersgate Hosts Thousands for International Sandwich Festival

Aldersgate in Charlotte once again hosted the International Sandwich Festival on its expansive lawns on April 29. The free festival that celebrates food and provides quality local entertainment is attended by about 2,000 people. The event is part of a larger commitment by Aldersgate to open its doors in meaningful ways to the east Charlotte neighborhood that houses them. Click here to read the article that appeared in CharlotteFive.

Well-Spring Rebranding

The parent entity of Greensboro retirement community, Well-Spring, as well as home and community-based resources including the Adult Center for Enrichment, announced an update of its brand architecture and a new awareness campaign to highlight the expanding direction of its mission. Click here to read the media release that explains the changes.


Dear Big Spender,

When was the last time you performed a thorough, detailed cost analysis of products and services in the areas where your community's operations spends the most money? Last month, last year, three years ago, can't remember?

Did you know you can have cost studies done - free of charge in as many spending categories as you choose - while you are away on vacation!

A cost study is a comparison of what you are currently paying vs. Value First GPO pricing. Key spending categories for cost studies are:

  • Food
  • Medical Supplies
  • Janitorial/Housekeeping Supplies
  • Office Supplies

Does your community need assistance with quotes for big-ticket items such as appliances, vehicles, furniture, lighting? Value First can help identify vendors to compete for your business. Your staff does not have to go it alone in the bidding process.

Cost Study Easy 3-Step Process

  1. To submit your cost study request click here. Include any special instructions, such as whom to contact while you are on the golf course or at the beach.
  2. Communicate. Inform the appropriate department head or staff person of your intention to have a couple of cost studies done while you are away.
  3. Be Proactive. Let staff know that they will need to provide purchasing data for a specific time period (depending upon the spend category) and that they should call Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 for details and assistance.

Please send your cost study request to Vanessa Ceasar by email, fax to 404-872-177 or click here to submit your request online.

ENJOY YOUR VACATION!

Value First group purchasing organization is owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina. This is your GPO!

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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