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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, December 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2018

 December 7, 2018

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Advocacy & Policy

Feds Order More Weekend Inspections Of Nursing Homes To Catch Understaffing
In late November CMS announced plans to focus on potential violations of weekend staffing requirements by conducting more surprise inspections on weekends in conjunction with standard annual reviews. Katie Smith Sloan is quoted in the article as saying that some homes are still struggling to adapt to the new data collection rules. "We've been voicing our concerns to CMS and will continue to do so."

Poor-Quality Caregiving Must Never Be Tolerated
This letter to the editor by Katie Smith Sloan in support of quality improvement measures, not additional regulation, was written in response to a November 25th investigative article from The Washington Post. That article, entitled, "Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones: What happened when a private-equity firm sought to care for society's most vulnerable," reported on abysmal caretaking by a for-profit skilled nursing facility in Pennsylvania.

Prospective Payment System Calculator Tool Updated
LeadingAge has updated Medicare Part-A Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (PPS) calculator and the Medicare Part B therapy rate calculator to help members assess and estimate the impact of final payment changes for FY 2019, which begins on Oct. 1, 2018. Additionally, the Medicare Part-A SNF PPS and Medicare Part B therapy rate calculators for FY 2018 are available. Access to these tools requires login via My.LeadingAge.

How California Is Changing Palliative Care
In 2019 California will become the first state in the nation to mandate home-based palliative care for people enrolled in its Medicaid program called Medi-Cal. The new mandatory home-based program will help patients manage the symptoms of their life threatening illness as well as help them and their families navigate each of the additional profound challenges they face such as homelessness, food insecurity, mental illness, and substance abuse. Palliative care experts hope California will begin a national move to provide home-based palliative care not only to Medicaid patients but to those on Medicare and private pay insurance.

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Strategic Thinking

Set the Conditions for Anyone on your Team to be Creative
December 5, 2018, Harvard Business Review
This author believes anyone can be creative, which is great news if you're in a creative rut. Check out this article for more details on these ways to get your creative juices flowing: cultivating expertise, exploring, using technology, and being persistent.

As Work Gets More Complex, Six Rules to Simplify
October 2013, TED Talk by Yves Morieux
More than ever employees are on their own to navigate their increasingly complex work places, leaving them disengaged or miserable. In this energetic 12-minute talk, Yves Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." Rule one: Understand what your colleagues actually do.

9 Ways to Improve Employee Retention With 'Stay Interviews'
December 6, 2018, CMS Wire
Nine excellent suggestions are provided in this helpful article on employee retention. The concept of a 'Stay Interview' may be new to your HR department. Details on what to ask during such an interview, what to call it (A Stay Experience), and how to use the information are also included in this useful read. Learn more.

Six Months in, Alzheimer's Response Team Shows Promising Results
December 5, 2018, The San Diego Union-Tribune
This innovative idea might work in your community-at-large to become an aging-friendly environment. The team featured in the article is comprised of deputy sheriffs, firefighters and other first responders. They are linked with social workers, clinicians and other dementia experts with the county’s department on aging. Only six months in the team reports 50 referrals and 22 assistance cases keeping people living with dementia out of jail, out of the emergency room, and receiving appropriate community response and support instead. To help make the case for the importance of such a response team, check out this December 2018 article on the number of Alzheimer's cases projected to triple by 2060.

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News and Notes

LeadingAge Prepares for 2019 Member Survey
In Spring 2019, LeadingAge national will be conducting a survey of provider members to help describe nonprofit members accurately, design meaningful advocacy efforts that meet member needs and develop relevant programs and services. By identifying trends that affect your organization, documenting workforce turnover rates, learning best practices of LeadingAge members, and more, LeadingAge national and LeadingAge North Carolina will be better positioned to advocate for important policy issues facing our field. More information about the member survey will be coming in early 2019.

LZ-200 Report: The Largest Nonprofit Multi-Site Aging Services Organizations
Since its inception in 2004, this publication has become an eagerly anticipated annual report of the largest and most complex not-for-profit senior living organizations. The 2018 report demonstrates the significant role that LeadingAge member not-for-profit organizations play in the aging services field. From the oldest to the newest, the largest to the smallest, each organization has a unique story that includes commitment, community support, stewardship, resilience, and a reputation for going above-and-beyond.

New LeadingAge CAST Safety Technology Tool Featured
McKnight's Senior Living recently featured the new Safety Technology Selection Tool by LeadingAge CAST. "New toolkit focuses on falls detection and prevention" includes links to the white paper, online product selection tool and product selection matrix that now compares 35 products from 19 vendors and provider case studies. The article notes that the white paper includes a section for providers on Medicaid waiver coverage of safety technologies. It also addresses ways to incorporate these technologies into business and care delivery models, and to calculate their return on investment.

Data Available on Aging Services Across the States
A recent report, Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports, by the AARP Public Policy Institute, provides valuable data on the population receiving aging services and the ways in which these services are provided, broken out by state. The report discusses demographics, social indicators, income levels, costs of care, insurance coverage and Medicaid participation, and other factors relevant to our field. This kind of data can be useful in ascertaining trends in our field and planning our organizations' futures. We will also use this data in our advocacy on issues affecting older people and their families. Among the report's findings:

  • The population aged 85 and over will triple by the year 2050;
  • Ethnic diversity within this population is increasing; and
  • States are devoting more of their Medicaid long-term services and supports budgets to home- and community-based services.

Please Keep Us Up to Date on Your Major Staffing Changes
In an effort to keep our contact information current with our members and their staff, we request that you notify Jennifer Gill as soon as possible when you have significant staffing changes (i.e. staff leave or new staff arrive).

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. 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 or please contact Jennifer Gill in our office at 919-571-8333 for more information.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Anita Holt
President and CEO
The Forest at Duke

Thank you to Anita Holt, President and CEO of The Forest at Duke in Durham, for her 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. Anita serves on the board as Treasurer and we are so glad to share more about her.

1. Why did you become involved with LeadingAge NC?

Throughout my career, I have always actively participated in the state associations. North Carolina is no exception. I believe in their role of support and advocacy on behalf of our industry, best practices and elevating the quality and scope of services available to older adults and that the association provides proactive attention to our regulatory and legislative environment. LeadingAge North Carolina is particularly collegial and supportive in its leadership and membership which makes it very easy to become involved.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
The opportunity to collectively serve in a value laden, principled way.

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 like to ensure that we explore and deliver flexible, quality care and services across the economic continuum. I would like to see us do so by serving as facilitators, collaborators and partners for innovation and creative access for older adults, their families and caregivers.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you try?
If I were swapping jobs for a day it would probably be in the memory support or dementia care areas with activities, programs and socialization.

5. What do you do to relax, get away, to recharge your batteries?
The best relaxation is travel, particularly where phone service and email coverage are sketchy! Absent that a great book and a glass of wine will do!

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Professional Development

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.
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