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Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2018

July 6, 2018

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Advocacy & Policy

Legislative Session Adjourns

The 2018 short legislative session ended last Friday with approximately $1 million appropriated to support services to keep seniors in their homes and communities (Home and Community Block Grant) and another $1 million to support adult guardianship. In addition, the Budget Technical Corrections Bill appropriated $5.5 million to increase the rate for the Medicaid Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP-DA). To get a complete list of bills passed this legislative session (except bills of local impact only and bills pertaining to constitutional amendments which do not go to the Governor) click on the following links:

State Legislature to Return for Another Session in November

The North Carolina General Assembly will return for another session beginning on November 27. Legislators will have broad authority to take up a variety of legislation during that post-election session.

Nursing Home Rules on Hearings, Transfers, and Discharges Set for Review

The North Carolina Medical Care Commission is proposing to readopt rules for nursing home hearings, transfers, and discharges. A public hearing is scheduled for August 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 104, Brown Building, 801 Biggs Drive, in Raleigh. The building is located in the Dorothea Dix Park. Ms. Nadine Pfeiffer, DHSR Rule Review Manager, is accepting public comments on these rules and fiscal analysis from June 15, 2018 – August 14, 2018. Comments will also be accepted in person at the public hearing. The proposed effective date of these rules is January 1, 2019. A copy of the proposed rules, fiscal analysis, and instructions for submitting comment can be found at the Division of Health Service Regulation website.

Legislators Approve Constitutional Amendment to Cap State Income Tax Rate at 7%

On Wednesday of last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill (S.75) that will place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in the November elections to lower the North Carolina constitution's cap on the state income tax rate from 10% to 7%. The Senate gave final approval after the House action. The House bill was a modification of legislation that the Senate passed last year to lower the income tax cap in the state's constitution to 5.5%.

CMS Releases Medicaid Scorecard

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its first-ever Medicaid Scorecard intended to advance a longer-term goal to improve understanding of Medicaid performance nationally. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement in support of this effort. North Carolina scored in the top tier of states for managing adults on persistent medications and monitoring individuals on anti-psychotic medications. The report noted the state still has work to do to improve other key health performance indicators, including timely access and follow-up to mental health services. To learn more about this, click here.

Strategic Thinking

New Policy Paper Outlines Medicaid Managed Care Transition Specifics

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has released a policy paper with information for health care providers regarding the transition to Medicaid managed care, expected to launch in 2019. The policy paper "Supporting Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care" describes what Medicaid providers should expect during their transition to managed care, including guidance on enrolling and credentialing, contracting with health plans and meeting Advanced Medical Home requirements. Providers must participate in managed care to continue receiving reimbursement for serving Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care plans.

The Other Diversity: Harnessing the Power of Personality Differences in the C-Suite
March 26, 2018, Russell Reynolds Associates

Read this article to understand the psychological diversity that might exist on your team, and learn five suggestions for how to use that diversity to create cohesion.

Dealing With an Aging Parent's Alcohol Problem
June 23, 2018, The Wall Street Journal

Approaching a parent about coping with his or her addiction is a complicated and sensitive task. This article may be a helpful resource to social workers, clinicians, and others in your community who provide mental health support to residents. Read more.

The Many Benefits of Meditation for Older Adults
June 22, 2018, U.S. News & World Report

Does your community offer meditation for residents? Research shows that meditation has myriad positive mental and physical health benefits. Read more.

Professional Development

In Three Weeks!
Finance & Strategy Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
Springmoor in Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA

CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, registration is now open for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Register here.
Download brochure here.

Reserve your seat for next month!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStone in Greensboro
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session. Register online. Download brochure.


Workforce Summit

August 22, 2018
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Colfax, NC

Topics will include best practices with regard to:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention and response

Speakers panel includes representatives from:

  • Appalachian State University
  • BB&T Insurance
  • Kitch
  • Givens Estates
  • Penick Village

Register Now
Download Flyer


Marketing and Communications Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
September 19, 2018
Covenant Woods Retirement Community
Mechanicsville, VA
More details to come!

Maintenance Forum
September 27, 2018
More details to come!

2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar. We have more events this year where you may learn, get inspired and refreshed. We look forward to seeing you!

Advance Care Planning Workshops in July

The NC Partnership for Compassionate Care provides tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here.

July 26, 2018
Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

This seminar is for development professionals, executive directors or gift officers engaged in non-profit settings in North Carolina that would like to raise more money by beginning or running a planned giving program in a small shop. You will learn the basics on how to get started along with information on the three simple planned gifts that make up 85% of all planned gifts. There will be a basic overview of charitable gift annuities and other gift vehicles by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

The program is eligible for 3 hours of CFRE credit.

Register here.

News and Notes

Fall Prevention Guide Released

The National Alliance for Caregiving has partnered with the National Council on Aging to create a Fall Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers. The Guide highlights fall risk factors and ways that caregivers can work with loved ones to develop a falls prevention action plan. This resource provides a guide for starting conversations about falls with loved ones. It also outlines specific falls prevention action steps and highlights additional resources which may be helpful. Click here to read more.

New Shingles Infographic Available

About one in three people will develop shingles, a disease that causes a painful skin rash. Although there is no cure, shingles can be prevented and treated. The National Institute on Aging has an infographic highlighting five facts about shingles. This information might be posted in your clinic or other places where staff and residents frequent.

Easy Link to Stay Connected with National Listservs

There is a new link on LeadingAge national's website for anyone who wishes to get more involved and connected with the LeadingAge community! The new link allows for members to join LeadingAge national's listservs and advisory groups as well as express interest in serving LeadingAge in a more official capacity (ie. committees, task forces, etc.) We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to get connected!

Newly-Released LeadingAge Member Resources

  • The Regulatory Round Up: This suite of three products is designed to provide LeadingAge members with valuable information about federal regulatory initiatives and developments;
  • The 2030 Aging Services Scenario Toolkit: This strategic planning toolkit explores the future need for and delivery of aging services in the context of expectable, challenging, and visionary futures. The toolkit includes a report and video presentation detailing the scenarios, and a discussion guide and PowerPoint presentation to use in your internal discussions;
  • LeadingAge Magazine: The magazine’s March/April issue examines how LeadingAge members are putting their best foot forward by learning about the changing landscape they face, examining how they communicate with their communities, asking how well their services correspond with what consumers want, and adapting to better serve older adults;
  • Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Online Selection Tool: The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) released an updated version of this tool in March; and
  • Issue Brief for Affordable, Service-Enriched Senior Housing: The issue brief requests $600 million in new Section 202 construction funding, increased funding for service coordinators and increased funding for Older Americans Act programs.


New State Aging Director Named

Joyce Massey-Smith has been named as the Director of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) effective June 29.  Joyce is no stranger to the aging network. She has worked at DAAS since March 1996, first as an Adult Program Representative and most recently as Section Chief for Adult Services. She also worked previously as the Area Agency on Aging Administrator at the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments in Winston-Salem (now merged with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council) for a number of years. In making the announcement, Michael A. Becketts, Assistant Secretary for Human Services with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, noted that Joyce brings to her new position experience in the two primary areas DAAS serves; aging and services to adults. He notes that Joyce is passionate about her work and supports innovative ways to improve how the Department supports county departments of social services, Area Agencies on Aging, and community stakeholders. Joyce may be reached at 919-733-4534.

Deerfield Earns Upgraded Fitch Rating

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Deerfield's outstanding debt to 'A' from 'A-' and the Rating Outlook is Stable. Congratulations to Deerfield, located in Asheville, for this significant achievement.

A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge North Carolina.

Sysco and US Foods for Thought

LeadingAge North Carolina members can now buy from Sysco and US Foods through the Value First group purchasing organization.

Value First understands that food and dining expenses are often second only to salaries—which is why we encourage members to have cost studies done in this very important spend category. A cost study is a comparison of what you are currently paying, retail or through a different GPO, to Value First GPO pricing. This is a free membership benefit.

Food cost studies include line-item price comparisons, drop-size discounts, rebates, and other data to let members see if there are potential savings by purchasing through Value First.

If you'd like to request a food cost study for your community, simply click this link to submit your request. For more details contact Vanessa Ceasar 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. This is your GPO.


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