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Membership Update

Posted By Friends Homes, Inc., Friday, October 5, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2018

 October 5, 2018

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Advocacy & Policy

LeadingAge and AHCA Work Together on CNA Training Lockout Issue
We’re very pleased to let you know of the introduction of legislation late last week that would repeal the “nurse aide training lockout” provisions. Working closely together, our two organizations provided the wording and leadership that made introduction of the “Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act” a reality. The bill would do two main things: (1) end the mandatory Certified Nursing Assistant training lockout…rather than an arbitrary two-year penalty, CMS and the states would have the discretion to impose a lockout under certain conditions; and (2) any lockout imposed would end once the reason for the deficiencies cited are remedied. A joint LeadingAge-AHCA press release provides additional details. How can you help? CLICK HERE for details about how you can contact your elected officials to support this important initiative.

What Your Candidate Has to Say About Nonprofits
Last month, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits asked every candidate for Congress and the state legislature to answer four questions about their experience working and volunteering with nonprofits, their policy priorities, and their positions on key policy issues affecting nonprofits. We hope you will take a few minutes to read what your local candidates have to say. If some of the candidates on your ballot have not yet responded, let them know that it is not too late to send in their questionnaire. The Center will continue to post responses they receive between now and Election Day and we’ll bring them to you here.

To learn more about election basics, click here for the LeadingAge North Carolina Election Toolkit.

CMS Proposes to Lift Unnecessary Regulations and Ease Burden on Providers
On September 17, 2018, CMS released proposed new rules to remove unnecessary Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities. A summary of the proposed changes is divided by categories, including Medicare & Medicaid, hospice, and home health. Click here for a comprehensive look at this initiative, including a Fact Sheet and the proposed rule in its entirety.

NCTracks System Updates are arriving this October 28, 2018!
Click here
to learn more about NCTracks system updates and important new features and policies.

Expanding Opportunities Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Late last week, the Department of Labor published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, "Expanding Employment, Training, and Apprenticeship Opportunities for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Health Care Occupations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act." If finalized, the rule will remove the operation of power driven patient lifts from the list of activities that DoL prohibits for 16 and 17-year-old workers. LeadingAge supports this move; many states permit individuals under the age of 18 to become certified and work as CNAs. Prohibiting them from operating lifts without another individual who is over age 18 puts both aides and residents at risk. Given the serious shortage of people to fill CNA positions, this restriction has made staffing an even greater challenge. Click here to see the proposed rule.

LeadingAge will be analyzing the proposed rule in greater detail and we will be sharing additional information about it in the coming weeks…but wanted you to have the link right away. In addition, LeadingAge will be developing comments and we welcome your input and participation. Please reach out to Ruth Katz at LeadingAge national if you have questions or want to engage on this.

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Strategic Thinking

Member Question
Members across the state weighed in on the issue of wellness equipment. Download a spreadsheet of responses here.

How do You Respond to Setbacks at Work?
When people experience a setback at work, it’s common to respond in one of two ways. Either we become defensive and blame others, or we berate ourselves. What if instead we were to treat ourselves as we would a friend in a similar situation? Read this article from Harvard Business Review for a way to learn from our experiences.

Learn to Love Being Bored
Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains in this TED Talk the connection between spacing out and creativity.

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News and Notes

AHEPA 408 in Wilmington Suffers Hurricane Damage

Deanna Hall, property manager, and Paula True, service coordinator, stand next to damage outside of AHEPA 408 affordable housing community in Wilmington during a visit from Tom Akins and LeadingAge North Carolina. AHEPA 408 is one of LeadingAge North Carolina’s affordable housing members. They have 50 residents. The property’s roof suffered major damage during Hurricane Florence and must be replaced.

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 and we 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 the expertise, integrity, and infrastructure to handle the fund in a trusted way.

2.    100% of all donations will go directly to member organizations and their staff to 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 that LeadingAge Texas member communities and their staff received $200,000 from 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.

Hurricane Florence Recovery 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.

Recognizing that many nonprofits, businesses, and individuals have had their lives severely disrupted by Hurricane Florence, several state government agencies are providing special assistance to those affected by the storm. Specifically:

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is helping eligible people in 27 counties to buy food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card to help buy food. The amount will depend on household size. Eligible individuals must apply for D-SNAP in person from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6. Wait times are anticipated at application sites due to the volume of people expected to apply.
  • DHHS is also allowing for flexibility in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program, including providing replacement benefits to individuals in 27 counties affected by the hurricane and providing temporary flexibility for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
  • DHHS experts have added flexibility to Medicaid to help patients access care and for doctors and other health providers to deliver services.
  • The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has prepared frequently asked questions to assist individuals who were displaced by the storm understand their options for registering to vote and voting in this fall's election.
  • Disaster unemployment assistance is now available for North Carolinians unable to work due to Florence through the N.C. Department of Commerce's Division of Employment Security. For more information, people can call 866-795-8877 or visit Commerce's Division of Workforce Solutions is also applying for funds from the U.S. Department of Labor to create a temporary employment program for individuals whose employment has been affected by the storm.
  • The N.C. Insurance Commissioner is educating North Carolinians on their insurance information during storm disaster and recovery. The Commissioner encourages people to visit for information on recovery and insurance coverage.

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!

Tom Akins Available to Speak with Your Constituents

Tom is adding speaking engagements to his calendar thanks to members who are calling to request him on their meeting agendas. Think about when it would make sense to ask Tom to visit your community. As a free member service, he is available to offer trend analysis presentations and other topics for your constituents. Contact Tom today to discuss your needs. Please call Jennifer Gill in our office at 919-571-8333 for more information.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Kevin Parries
Carolina Village

Thanks to Kevin Parries, executive director of Carolina Village in Hendersonville, for his service to the board since 2016. 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. Kevin serves as secretary of the board and we are so glad to get to know him better.

1.  Why did you become involved in LeadingAge North Carolina?
I attended my first LeadingAge North Carolina conference 16 years ago and fell immediately in love with the organization. I appreciate the ability to be able to reach out to peers and feel an immediate connection with each person you come in contact with. We are not competitors! We are peers and working for the same goal: working to enhance the quality of life for our seniors across our great state. I knew that I wanted to do everything within my power to take advantage of the many opportunities this organization has provided for me.

2.  What makes our mission meaningful to you?
LeadingAge North Carolina strives to ensure all of the older adults in North Carolina are treated with the highest respect and receive the highest quality of life and services our organization can provide. LeadingAge North Carolina is a catalyst for change and advocacy for seniors. I appreciate the opportunities and guidance the organization provides to me as a caregiver.

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 provide free healthcare for anyone over the age of 62 in the state of North Carolina.

4.  If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
This is a hard question, because all of our work is important and has its own meaning. While I think we should all be able to support any of our positions within our organization at any time, the position I would swap for the day would be our host in our dining room. Being able to greet our residents when they come to dine with us would be a treat.

5.  What do you do to relax, to get away, to recharge your batteries?
I like to travel to my favorite vacation spot in Mexico. I enjoy being able to turn off technology and enjoy the sounds of the ocean waves.

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Dale Melton
Covenant Village

Congratulations to LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation trustee Dale Melton on his selection as the next executive director at Covenant Village in Gastonia. Dale has served for the past five years as Director of Development at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem.

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Professional Development

State Night Out
October 29, 2018
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

Make plans now to attend the LeadingAge North Carolina State Night Out, a 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 Managers, 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 consumers 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.


Linens are an important, but often overlooked, category when LeadingAge North Carolina members think about what is available through our Value First group purchasing organization. As with every contract members have access to, the goal is to save you money. Are you interested in any of the linen contracts below? Contact your Value First representative today!


Laundry and Linen Services

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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