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Membership Update

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

As the holidays approach, please note that the LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on December 25-26, 2017 and January 1-2, 2018. We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and warm holiday season with loved ones. Happy New Year!

Advocacy & Policy

Update on Tax Reform

At press time, our elected officials in Washington, DC were still working on a final tax reform measure that could be voted on by both the House and the Senate. It appears a vote will occur early next week with the goal of having legislation on President Donald Trump’s Oval Office desk before the end of the year. At this point – and we emphasize at this point – it appears that your good work will pay huge dividends if both chambers pass – and the President signs – the final version. Early indications are that the final version retains both the medical expense deduction AND the private activity bond provision. We are convinced that your calls and emails and social media posts led to what appears to be a major victory on these two issues.

That said, we continue to encourage you to reach out to your Representative and your Senators and urge them to oppose the legislation because of its all-but-certain draconian impact on our country’s safety net moving forward. LeadingAge national has been at the forefront of efforts to highlight the impact that the legislation’s exponential increase in the deficit would have on Medicare, Medicaid, and other safety net programs.

Center for Domestic Preparedness Offers Emergency Preparedness Program

The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama has developed a one day (8 hour) course that is intended to help providers understand the CMS emergency preparedness rule and to assist them to working towards satisfactory completion. The course is free and instructors are provided by CDP.

Click here to view the syllabus overview and please note that the upcoming offerings will be offered across the state.

1. Jan. 17th: MAHPC Warehouse, Flat Rock
2. Jan. 19th: CMPD & CFD Training Academy, Charlotte
3. Jan. 22nd: JFHQ/SEOC, Raleigh
4. Jan. 23rd: Wake County Commons, Raleigh

Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology Offers January Program

S.P.I.C.E. offers this three day program every spring and fall. It is designed to provide participants with current and practical information for the recognition and management of common infection prevention issues in non-acute care facilities, with an emphasis on long term care. Basic statistics for surveillance and antibiotic stewardship are new additions to the course.

Infection Control in Long Term Care Facilities
March 26-28, 2018
William and Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Registration opens on January 15, 2018
Please see the new registration policy
Get a Course Quote by clicking here

Professional Development

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. RFPs due by December 31, 2017.

2018 Event and Education Calendar Now Available

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar for yourself and your staff. We hope you'll mark your calendar for several programs. Be sure to look out for registration announcements by email, social media, and our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Awards Nominations Will Open Next Week

Please be thinking about outstanding people and programs in our field as the LeadingAge North Carolina 2018 awards nominations will open for submission next week. Be on the lookout in your inbox, and on our website and social media pages for that announcement. Award nominations will be due January 31, 2018.

Trade Show Registration Opens in January

Business members please note that registration for the 2018 Trade Show will open in January. Watch your inbox for more information. Announcements will also be made on our website and social media pages.

Strategic Thinking

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs
Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2017

According to this article, researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46 percent for those between 70 and 79. Have you heard of deprescribing? It's a growing movement in medicine to systematically discontinue medicines that are unnecessary for any reason. Check out this article for resources for learning how to deprescribe that your clinical staff might use to better care for residents. This information might also help residents advocate for themselves at the doctor's office.

How to Improve the Engagement and Retention of Young Hourly Workers
Harvard Business Review, December 6, 2017

To understand how employers can improve engagement and retention, FSG, a consulting firm, worked with Hart Research Associates to survey over 1,200 entry-level, hourly workers between the ages of 17 and 24. They also interviewed dozens of companies to find out how they have improved retention. The young people surveyed worked in a wide variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality. In this article they share five key insights for employers looking to improve retention and engagement, including how to improve manager training, diversity and inclusion, and scheduling. The information might be helpful to folks who manage hourly workers in the dining room and elsewhere.

Doctors Often Don't Ask Older Patients About the Nagging Problems of Aging
The Washington Post, November 26, 2017

The author suggests questions to ask, assessments to request, and ways to build trust with a medical team when the patient is an older adult. Check out this article for more ideas on advocating for an older adult at the doctor's office. Please consider sharing this article with residents and their families who want to make the most of doctor visits in an increasingly complex and technology-based healthcare system.

DHHS Campaign - Lock Your Meds: Be Aware. Don't Share. Take the Pledge

Did you know 1,000 North Carolinians die every year due to prescription medication overdose? For every one overdose death, there are 17 emergency department visits and more than 9 hospitalizations due to overdose.

67% of people who abuse prescription medications get them from family and friends. They think these medications are safe. But in the wrong hands, they’re not.

Find out who your county campaign director is and learn more about this problem by clicking here. You may request educational materials to post in your community and in your HR office by clicking here. Please contact the LeadingAge North Carolina office at 919-571-8333 for assistance obtaining materials.

View Responses to Recent Member Question re: On-Site Bank

Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent member question regarding on-site banks. Please click here to download and view a spreadsheet of all of the responses received.

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 will take place 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.

Love & Company Conducts Diversity Study

Love & Company is conducting a study on diversity in Life Plan Communities. Their goals are to 1) gather data to provide insights on what levels of diversity currently are in Life Plan Communities across the country, and 2) identify strategies that have been used-either successfully or unsuccessfully-in efforts to increase diversity of Life Plan Community residents. The findings will be made available (free) to all LeadingAge members.

To help gather background information needed to complete the survey, you can download a survey guide at this link. To complete the survey itself, please click here.

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

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 $580,000 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:

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

Final 2017 Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar

Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, invites community members to participate in their free Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series. The last webinar this year will be held December 21 from 2pm-3pm EST. The topic will be a review of the Affordable Care Act and other benefits-related guidance released in 2017 and discussion of what employers need to do to remain in compliance in 2018. Click here to download the brochure. Click here to register.


Marketing Symposium at Covenant Woods
in Mechanicsville, VA.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who attended the Marketing Symposium in Virginia this month. Seventy marketing professionals from North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland gathered to share ideas and learn from experts in the field. We look forward to another great Marketing Symposium in September 2018! Please send any ideas and suggestions for our next program to Leslie Roseboro. Be on the lookout for registration opening next fall.

Thank You from Value First

Thank You LeadingAge North Carolina! Adjusting to the new Vizient/Provista arrangement, updating Value First participation agreements, and maintaining the high level of support we strive to provide has made 2017 a productive though challenging year. Through it all LeadingAge North Carolina members have been gracious and cooperative while continuing to capitalize on the savings available through Value First GPO. We are grateful for your trust and loyalty. Thank you!

Our goal is to continue serving you in the best way possible in 2018 and beyond. Whether you are planning major renovations, in the market for a new passenger van, trying to drive down day-to-day operating costs, or just need someone to work with staff on identifying vendors to compete for your business, we can help. Contact your representative Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

Owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations including LeadingAge North Carolina, Value First is your GPO.

Free Membership Benefits

Cost Studies: A cost study is a comparison of what your community is spending versus pricing available through Value First. You can have cost studies done in one or more of the following categories: food, medical supplies, janitorial and housekeeping supplies and office supplies.

Even if you are currently purchasing through a different GPO, Value First can do a free, no obligation cost study for you. Our primary goal is to work with LeadingAge members to make sure they are getting the best pricing—with Value First or through other sources.

Renovations and Project Support: When it is time to replace flooring, buy new furniture, convert to LED Lighting, buy new appliances for unit-turns or some other project, Value First can identify companies to compete for your business and assist with the quote review process.

Construction Services Program: You control the project. We help reduce the cost of material and equipment. Many of the architects and designers you do business with are market leaders who are part of the Value First Construction Services Program. 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% to 12% project savings.

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