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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, March 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

Advocacy & Policy

Update on the Petition to the State re: Medicare-certified Home Health

Last week, LeadingAge North Carolina submitted a petition to the State Health Coordinating Council asking for an exception for CCRCs/LPCs to the need determination process for Medicare-certified Home Health. In short, while communities wishing to provide Medicare-certified home health services (to individuals they have under contract) would still need to apply for a home health license, if our petition is successful they would not be bound by the current need determination process that has kept our residents on the sidelines. In presenting our case to the Council, Lee Syria (CEO of United Church Homes and Services) and Tom Akins (CEO of LeadingAge North Carolina) made the case that home health, along with Home and Community Based Services, will be much more prevalent in the future. It is a forward-thinking idea that is cost effective and provides savings to the Medicare Program. They also detailed CCRCs/LPCs ability to follow their residents through the post-acute episode within the community in a way that outside home health agencies can’t and expanded on the reality of our current conformity and expertise with Medicare regulations. In the final analysis, CCRCs/LPCs that would be allowed to provide Medicare-certified home health services could provide greater continuity of care with potential cost savings to the state…all without sacrificing quality. Public comments on LeadingAge North Carolina’s petition can be made online before 5 pm on Thursday, March 22nd by sending emailing them to You can view a copy of the petition and Lee and Tom’s testimonies by clicking here.

Washington's attempt to pass a long-term care tax failed. Here's why, and what's next.
March 13, 2018, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

A bipartisan effort to help seniors pay for nursing home care died last week when Washington’s state Legislature ended its 2018 session. A bill would have collected a payroll tax to establish a long-term care fund, eventually providing $100 per day for up to 365 days to eligible adults in nursing homes, their residences or other community settings. While not successful this session, advocates promise to come back next year with another attempt at putting a state spin on the challenge of financing long term care in the future.

Draft Recommendations for Consideration by the
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Joint Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services earlier this week approved a series of recommendations, including one that will allow the Subcommittee on Aging to continue its study of the State’s delivery of services for older adults during the interim period following the 2018 Regular Session. The move is a victory for LeadingAge North Carolina and other aging services providers in their work to focus more attention on the state’s need to adopt a comprehensive strategy for aging.

Register Today for a Nonprofit Town Hall Meeting

Join the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and their partners across the state for the 2018 Nonprofit Town Hall series. These town halls will include briefings on nonprofit sector public policy issues and trends in North Carolina's nonprofit sector. They will also offer nonprofit board and staff an opportunity to discuss hot topics in the nonprofit sector and talk about ways that we can all work together on public policy issues affecting our communities. Register for the Town Hall in your region:

Triangle: March 22 from 1:30-3:30 pm.
Winston-Salem: March 23 from 10 a.m.-12 noon
Charlotte: April 18 from 2-4 p.m.
Fayetteville: April 20 from 10 a.m.-12 noon
High Point: April 27 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Washington: May 7 from 2-4 p.m.
Wilmington: Date and location to be announced soon

Reminder: Encourage Your Employees to Use the New IRS Withholding Calculator and W-4 Form

The tax law changes that were signed into law at the end of 2017 mean that many nonprofit employees will need to have less federal income taxes withheld from their paychecks and some will need to have more taxes withheld. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service released a new income tax withholding calculator to help your employees better assess their tax withholdings for 2018. For employees who need to change their withholdings, the IRS also has released a new Form W-4. Nonprofits are encouraged to share these resources with their employees so they can make necessary adjustments to the amount of taxes withheld from their paychecks. The IRS also published a new set of frequently asked questions on tax withholding.

Professional Development

Register Today!
Management Leadership Series 2018

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - do you have all the tools you need to engage your team? Could you use a fresh perspective and new ideas? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team. Sessions will be highly interactive. We encourage you to register for the entire series for maximum benefit. However, individual session registrations are welcome. Register onlineDownload brochure.

Create a Highly Engaged Effective Team
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Part 1: April 11 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
Part 2: August 15 at WhiteStone in Greensboro

$200 for series and $125 per session
Non-member: $300 for series and $175 per session
4.0 NHA CEUs per session

Registration Opens this Month!
2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show

May 14-17, 2018

The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

Registration will open later this month! Look for announcements by email, social media, and on our website. Preview conference schedule here. General conference information.

Download 2018 Event and Education Calendar

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

Certified Eden at Home Associate Training
April 24-26, 2018
Carol Woods Retirement Community
Chapel Hill

This 3-day training empowers participants to serve as change agents, prepared to infuse person-directed practices into the daily operations of their organizations. Participants learn how to apply the Eden Alternative Ten Principles across all settings to create a life worth living for all members of the care partner team.

Register Online
More Information

Communities may register up to 2 participants, space is very limited.
Questions? Call 585-461-3951

Are We Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap?
Wednesday, March 21
$35, members
$50, non-members
Register Now

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is hosting the third webinar of its "Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in North Carolina Nonprofits" series. Building Movement Project (BMP) co-director Frances Kunreuther will discuss Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, the first report in BMP’s Race to Lead series that explores why there are so few leaders of color in the nonprofit sector. Based on results from a national survey of over 4,000 nonprofit staff members, the report finds that people of color and white respondents are equally qualified, and that people of color are more likely to be interested in becoming a nonprofit leader. The discussion will also include a report on the LGBTQ subsample, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap.

Register Now for Infection Control Program Offered in March

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
Another program is scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2018.
Registration for this program will open in July.
William and Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Click Here to Register
Get a Course Quote by clicking here

Advance Care Planning Workshops
For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina, click here.

Northwest Region:
20 – 1pm Trinity Oaks – Salisbury, NC
27 – 1pm King Senior Center – King, NC

Register here. 
East Region:
19 – 5pm Vidant Wellness Center, Greenville, NC
20 – 2pm Edenton House: Affinity Living ALF, Edenton NC
20 – 11:30am Vidant Wellness Center, Washington, NC
21 – 5:30pm Dare County Center, Manteo NC

28 – 9am Pitt Council on Aging, Greenville, NC
28 – 10am Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library, Edenton, NC

Register here.


Strategic Thinking

Uber, but for Getting to the Hospital
March 1, 2018, The Atlantic

Uber is officially launching a new app, Uber Health, that allows a healthcare worker to book a ride on demand or schedule a future ride for a patient. The passenger is alerted by text or phone call with trip details. The product has been tested by about 100 hospitals and doctor's offices so far. Read more.

Choices for End-of-Life Require Conversation, Paperwork
March 12, 2018, NC Health News

Advance care planning documents help your loved ones and caregivers know what healthcare interventions you would want if you became unable to communicate your wishes. Too many of us do not plan for this possibility the way that we plan for childbirth, marriage, and other major life events. Read more about where and how to start for yourself and your loved ones. And check out the section above this one for a list of advance care planning workshops offered across the state this month.

Gender and Age: A Focus on Women
Winter 2018, American Society on Aging

Martha Holstein is the guest editor of this publication featuring stories and research on the contemporary aging experience for women. Clinical and social work staff in your community might find this information particularly useful in their work with residents. Read more.

Can't Find Your Keys? Don't Panic
March 5, 2018, BU Today

A neurologist who specializes in treating memory disorders is interviewed about the differences between normal memory lapses and warning signs of something more concerning. He also suggests diet and exercise routines that might help cognitive health. Read more.

The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen
March 13, 2018, The New York Times

Password protecting your laptop isn't enough to stop thieves from accessing your personal information, including finances, health records, and more. Encrypting your hard drive is the best way to protect your laptop. The good news is that anyone can do it on his or her computer at home, and it should take only a few minutes to get up and running. Read more about how to encrypt your laptop in this important article.

News and Notes

Advance Your Leadership Capacity

The LeadingAge national Larry Minnix Leadership Academy is a leadership development program designed to strengthen the core competencies of nonprofit leaders in aging services, at all levels and across the spectrum of providers within the LeadingAge membership. The year-long, graduate-level program consists of 5 face-to-face meetings, monthly virtual gatherings, and project-based learning during which fellows will:

  • Study leadership theory and practice.
  • Explore gaps in care and service delivery.
  • Engage in shared learning with a richly diverse group of aging services professionals.
  • Visit innovative member organizations across the country and interact with seasoned leaders in the field.

Take the first step in discovering your fullest leadership potential and be part of this transformative experience.

Learn more and apply today.

LeadingAge National Awards

The 2018 national LeadingAge Awards Call for Submissions is now open. The LeadingAge Annual Awards honor LeadingAge member organizations and individuals that embody excellence in nonprofit aging services. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018.

50 percent

That’s the percentage of Americans who are going with cremation after death, up from less than 5 percent of Americans in 1980. That growth is due to a number of factors — one being the high cost of burial, another being increased societal and religious tolerance for cremation. In some areas like California, South Florida and Oregon that number is as high as 60 to 80 percent.

Dementia, Caregiving, and Transportation

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center's newest publication, Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation— highlights a range of transportation resources and provides recommendations for various community sectors to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. The publication also includes dementia friendly tips for transit drivers, items to include in a travel kit for a loved one living with dementia and more.

Long Term and Post Acute Health IT Summit

LeadingAge CAST is convening this year's long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) Health IT Summit, themed Technology Connecting the Healthcare Eco-System. The event will bring LTPAC providers together with acute care providers, payers, health IT vendors, health information exchange intermediaries, consultants, system integrators, and solution providers with a shared goal—to discuss how technology is connecting the healthcare ecosystem in the era of health and payment reforms. LeadingAge North Carolina members can use Coupon Code LA_CAST18 to get $100 off the registration fee. To learn more please click here. Join us.

Volunteer Spotlight

Ursula Robinson
LeadingAge NC Board Member

Board members of LeadingAge North Carolina are leaders of our nonprofit membership and volunteers who offer their time and expertise with the sole purpose of enriching the field of aging services. This Volunteer Spotlight is the first of a new monthly feature that will highlight an individual board member. It's National Social Work Month! So we thought it appropriate to feature a board member who is also a social worker. Thanks to Ursula Robinson for her service to the board since 2017 and for her willingness to be interviewed for this newsletter. We are so glad to get to know you better!

1. Why did you become involved in LeadingAge North Carolina?
Joining LeadingAge was a natural progression for me. I was raised by grandparents and my first professional job was Social Work Director at a skilled nursing community. The core values of LeadingAge North Carolina speak to my passion for leadership, collaboration, service to others and commitment to older adults, their families and the network which serves them.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
I have spent the majority of my professional career advocating for older adults and their families. Additionally my program (PACE of the Triad) is the product of a collaboration between four leading non-profit health care organizations in Greensboro committed to innovation in the field of aging.

3. If you had unlimited resources, what is the one thing you as a board member would like to do for the population we serve?
I would create a center for workforce excellence. The center would provide the technologies, competencies and skills necessary for the workforce to exceed expectations of residents, family and community. The Center would have innovative programming for professional and personal development.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
I would want to be a Recreational Therapist/Activities or Fitness Director. I enjoy interacting with older adults. In my previous community, I was impressed with the different methods this group of staff were able to reach residents regardless of cognitive and physical abilities.

5. What do you do to relax, to get away, and to recharge your batteries?
I have two favorite things to recharge: dancing with my church ministry and going to the beach with family.

Social Media

What Book Do You Love?  #LANCBooks

Visit our Facebook page and Twitter pages and post the title of a book that has been inspirational to you professionally and why (briefly). When you post please use the hashtag #LANCBooks and be sure to like and follow us. We'll compile the book titles and share the list with everyone after the close of the campaign, April 13. At press time, 11 folks have posted to #LANCBooks, let's keep growing that number and get a great list of books going!

Everyone who submits a post will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $200 Barnes and Noble gift certificates. Three lucky winners' names will be drawn at our Spring Conference this May in Asheville, but you do not have to be present to win. One winner will be from a member community and another from a member business...a third certificate will be presented to an individual who is not a staff person of a member community or business. Let's build our reading list together!


It's official! LeadingAge North Carolina members can now buy from US Foods through Value First GPO (group purchasing organization). Contact your representative Vanessa Ceasar for additional information about the new US Foods contract at 404-421-3956.


Eligible Plans: Voice plans $39 and above. Data Plans $50 and above.
Discounts: Corporate and Individual Employees 25% off recurring monthly charges for eligible plans.

Eligible Plans: Calling plans $34.99 or higher. Data features $24.99 or higher.
Corporate Discount: 22% off recurring monthly charges
Individual Employee Discount: 22% (19% plus 3% with electronic bill pay)

Looking for savings? Now is a good time to compare what you are currently paying for housekeeping and janitorial supplies to pricing available through Value First GPO.

Call or send an email to Vanessa Ceasar to schedule a housekeeping supplies cost study for your community, and to sign up for AT&T or Verizon employee cellular discounts at 404-421-3956.

Value First, an affiliate of Vizient/Provista, is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina. Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services.


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