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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, September 21, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2018

 September 21, 2018

Support Disaster Relief for LeadingAge NC Members

LeadingAge national has sent a fundraising appeal for its Disaster Relief Fund. Information about the fund – and how donations can be made – can be found by CLICKING HERE.

We have received a number of calls and emails from individuals AND businesses asking how they can contribute andwe think LeadingAge national’s Disaster Relief Fund is a great answer.


1.    LeadingAge national has been through this before, helping members respond to disasters from numerous hurricanes – most recently, Hurricane Harvey in Texas. They have theexpertise, integrity, and infrastructureto handle the fund in a trusted way.

2.    100% of all donations will go directly to member organizations and their staffto cover a range of needs including basics supplies such as food and water. All donations are tax-deductible.

3.    In talking with LeadingAge Texas about their experience with the fund after Hurricane Harvey, member communities’ staff received the vast majority of disbursements from the fund. We’ll be sharing the process for making requests from the fund with our member community CEOs later today…in the meantime, it might be helpful to know thatLeadingAge Texas member communities and their staff received $200,000from LeadingAge national’s Disaster Relief Fund after Harvey struck in 2016.

We can tell you that there has been a tremendous outpouring of offers from across the country to assist LeadingAge North Carolina member communities. Earlier this afternoon, information was sent to each LeadingAge state affiliate with details on how to contribute, and how to encourage their members and others to do the same.

We are extremely grateful for LeadingAge national’s leadership with the fund and humbled by the compassion they are showing.

For a staff member who is facing the unthinkable – a car swept away by flood waters, a home that is underwater, a roof that is missing, children’s clothing destroyed, and more – contributions to the fund will make all the difference.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the LeadingAge national Disaster Relief Fund. We’ll keep you updated about contributions, disbursements, and the process for seeking help. And, as always, thank you for your continuing commitment to those in need.

LeadingAge NC Members Demonstrate Commitment,
Dedication to their Communities and Each Other


With a moment’s notice, a Lutheran Services Carolinas relief column loaded up and arrived late Monday night at Trinity Grove in Wilmington with resident medications, community water donated by Hotwire Communications, and 200 gallons of desperately needed gas. After several hours and lots of help, everything was unloaded. Trinity Grove’s Bonnie Skobel, John Frye, and Pete Nero and their team haven't stopped serving Trinity Grove since Thursday morning last week!

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Advocacy & Policy

Disaster Resources
LeadingAge North Carolina has created a page on our website dedicated to disaster resources: preparedness, response and recovery. Please visit the page regularly as we will add resources as we become aware of them. A host of federal and state agencies have also established webpages dedicated to providing information and resources related to Hurricane Florence. Here are three helpful sites:

  1. US Department of Health and Human Services
  2. Federal Emergency Management Agency
  3. North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Election Toolkit Now Available for You and Your Community
We recently released our 2018 Election Toolkit, a practical guide to all aspects of this fall’s contests. We encourage you to share it with your residents, staff, board, and friends…and let us know if you have any questions about it or the information it contains.

Not Just Nursing Homes’ Problem
September 12, 2018, The Hill
"No question: nursing home operation is complicated. It is important to recognize that nursing homes generally [...] work hard to provide the highest quality of care and services to their residents." Read Katie Smith Sloan's blog post in The Hill.

Purposeful Preparation for Phase 3
The new Phase 3 Requirements for Participation are scheduled to take effect November 28, 2019. While it may seem that the first two phases included the most work, Phase 3 includes a variety of programmatic changes that will require extensive training for staff, including comprehensive person-centered care planning. Join other LeadingAge members for a valuable webinar packed with information you can put to use today. Here are the details:

Thursday, September 27
2-3 p.m. ET
Discounted Rate: $69

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Phase 3 required elements and how they will impact current policies and practices.
  • Analyze the components of the regulations that are new in Phase 3 and those that are additions to what is already in place.
  • Discuss important timelines for compliance and action items your staff should prioritize to address in the immediate future.

To register for the webinar, CLICK HERE. Questions? Contact or 1-866-898-2624 option 1.

CMS Proposed New Rules
On September 17, 2018, CMS released “proposed” new rules to remove unnecessary Medicare Compliance requirements for healthcare facilities; they are expected to save providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually. The new changes will reduce the amount of time and resources providers spend on CMS-mandated compliance activities and focus on quality of care. LeadingAge national’s staff are examining the relevant rules to comprehend the effect of it on our members. We will have details by our next Member Update on October 4. CLICK HERE for a CMS Fact Sheet on the proposed rules.

LeadingAge National's Advocacy Accomplishments
Click here
for a comprehensive look at recent legislative, regulatory, and policy accomplishments. As American’s trusted voice for aging – and LeadingAge North Carolina’s valued partner – we hope you’ll take a moment to see your national association at work!

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Strategic Thinking

Member Questions
Members across the state weighed in on the issue of dog leashes. Download a spreadsheet of responses here.

Too Many Projects
September-October 2018, Harvard Business Review
This insightful article from Harvard Business Review talks about “initiative overload” and how it can lead to severe stress at levels below your senior management team.

The Loneliness Effect
September 6, 2018, U.S. News & World Report
Is it possible that residents in your community feel isolated despite all of the activities provided? What initiatives are in place to prevent and respond to loneliness among residents on your campus? "Researchers now contend that social isolation and loneliness may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity or a near pack-a-day smoking habit." Read more.

A Health Care Policy that Puts the Ending First
September 12, 2018, Politico
After a personal experience with end of life care issues, a physician leader attempts to document patients' wishes in a systematic way. His goal is to provide better care while also working with Medicare to keep costs affordable. Doing so is often an uphill battle among his colleagues whose do not always feel comfortable talking about death instead of cure. Read more.

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News and Notes

Conference 2019 RFP Open
We want to hear from you! Submit your RFP to be a presenter at the 2019 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference May 6-9 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The application is submitted online and is available by clicking here. Submissions are due by November 30th, plenty of time to organize your thoughts. Based on 2018 conference evaluations, attendees are interested in learning about:

  • finance/accounting
  • technology
  • public policy and regulations
  • workforce issues, successful retention and recruitment programs
  • communicating with family members
  • diversity of staff, board and residents
  • HIPAA compliance

We are seeking a variety of topics relevant to the field. Formats that include multi-disciplinary panels and member communities are encouraged. Submit your RFP today!

New Medicare Cards: Progress Update
As of August 31, CMS had mailed nearly 35 million new Medicare cards and continues to mail more every day. CMS is processing claims and eligibility requests with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), showing that providers are successfully using the new number. CLICK HERE for more details.

L.A. Wants To Be The Age-Friendliest U.S. City: How's It Going?
September 13, 2018, Forbes
Between 2010-2030, the Los Angeles region's over 65 population is expected to nearly double from 1.1 million to 2.1 million. Purposeful Aging Los Angeles, the name of LA's project to become the most age-friendly city in the world, is still in its infancy. Read on for a progress report, early surprise findings, and how your community could become more aging friendly.

Resources for "Dress Like a 100-Year Old Day" at Elementary Schools
LeadingAge has scribed, in collaboration with Pioneer Network and Eden, about an ageist activity in some schools on the 100th day of school. Please feel free to share this article with your school boards, superintendents and local elementary schools. The article contains positive, concrete activities that schools can choose to do on the 100th day of school that incorporate our member communities, their residents, and staff.

More Seniors Age in Place Thanks to Growth of ‘Villages’
September 13, 2018, Home Health Care News
According to this article, there are nearly 240 active villages and 150 in development across 45 states and Washington, D.C., according to Village to Village Network. Read more about this growing phenomenon and how it might affect your community.

Tom Akins Available to Speak with Your Constituents

Enhance your next board, resident, or staff meeting with a presentation by Tom Akins of LeadingAge North Carolina. As a free member service, Tom is available to offer trend analysis presentations and other topics for your constituents. Contact Tom today to discuss your needs. If you have ever heard Tom speak, you know his enthusiasm for the field is infectious. Please call Jennifer Gill in our office at 919-571-8333 for more information.

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Tom Akins & Arnie Thompson,
executive director of Friends Homes

Tom Akins & Steve Fleming,
CEO of Well-Spring

Friends Homes in Greensboro celebrated its 60th anniversary this week.

Congratulations on six decades of serving residents and the community! The photos are from the anniversary celebration dinner held earlier this week in Greensboro.

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Professional Development

Many of our members are dealing with the continuing effects
of Hurricane Florence.

  • Because we know that minds and hearts are focused on cleanup and relief efforts, the maintenance symposium and the caregiver support seminar will be rescheduled.
  • We will provide an opportunity for maintenance staff and other interested staff to call in on September 27 from 10-11 am to connect with their peers and gain professional disaster recovery advice.
  • Representatives from RestorePro, Modern Systems and Shaw Industries will be available during that time, as well as staff from LeadingAge North Carolina.
  • To access the call, dial (303) 248-0285 and, when prompted, enter the passcode of 5718333. 

State Night Out
October 29, 2018
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

A LeadingAge North Carolina members only social event that is held each year in conjunction with LeadingAge national's Annual Meeting & Expo.

RSVP Online Today
More Information

NEW!!! Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
Moving Mountains
: SNF Provider Training, Tools, and Insight to Conquer 2019 Industry Changes

Webinar Series
All sessions held the first Wednesday of each month from November 2018 to November 2019 at 2pm eastern time (except Jan. 2019)

Series: $800 members / $1,600 non-members
Individual session: $75 members / $125 non-members

NAB Approved Contact Hours: 1.25 each session

This webinar series will guide providers in implementing a step-wise action plan to manage the industry changes taking effect in 2019 including Phase 3 RoP (Requirements of Participation) and preparing for the reimbursement transition from Medicare PPS RUGs IV to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Additional sessions may be added in the fall of 2019 based on member feedback and CMS updates.

Target Audience: Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Manages, Nursing Home Administrators, Nursing Staff & Leaders, RAI Coordinator, QA Director, Social Services, Staff Development Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services, Board Members

Register online today.
Download flyer.

Navigating the Future by Planning for the Unexpected

November 14, 2018 • 9:00am ~ 3:15pm
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Conference Center • Winston-Salem, NC

The Carolinas Center has partnered with North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care to provide Navigating the Future by Planning for the Unexpected. This conference is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, healthcare managers, administrators and consumer to discover best practices and learn about the updates regarding end of life issues, as well as explore the National POLST Care Continuum Toolkit and the MOST Form.

For more information, visit:

2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar. Register today! Get inspired and stay on top of trends. We look forward to seeing you.

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A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge North Carolina.

Medical Supplies and Equipment

  • Abbott Nutrition
  • ArjoHuntleigh
  • Bard Medical
  • Becton, Dickinson
  • Convatec
  • Covidien
  • Essity/SCA Tena
  • First Quality
  • Sage Products
  • Smith & Nephew

(This list is a small sample of GPO manufacturer contracts
in the med-surg spend category.)

When was the last time your community analyzed medical supplies costs? Can’t remember? Let Value First do a cost study for you. A cost study is a detailed, line-item analysis of what your community is currently paying compared to pricing available through Value First group purchasing organization. Whether your distributor is McKesson, Medline, Neil Medical, Holladay (or a different company) we can do an analysis for you. This is a free service available to LeadingAge/Value First members.

Request a Cost Study Today!

  • To submit your cost study request click here.
  • For additional information contact Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at (404) 421-3956.

Value First group purchasing organization is owned by LeadingAge. The GPO is designed to leverage the buying power of LeadingAge members across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services.
This is your GPO!

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