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Membership Update March 1, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, March 1, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2019

March 1, 2019


We can't wait to see you in Myrtle Beach, SC for our largest educational gathering of the year. Be sure to register today and reserve your hotel with the conference rate. More information is available here. And...

We've got exciting news for all administrators..the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference has been approved by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board and is now offering NAB CEUs!!!

This year's conference includes:

  • An art-related opening session to tap into your creativity. Yes ... you are creative!
  • Return of the very important Town Hall Conversation - please be sure to attend. Not sure about policy? That's okay, listen and learn.
  • State Academy Alumni and Coaches - a super fun and special Shared Learning session just for you.
  • Another sold-out Expo to explore new technologies and meet up with new and existing product and service providers.
  • State and national administrator CEUs now available to help keep your state and national administrator's license current - all at one conference!
  • An awards ceremony that always lifts the spirit by honoring the field.
  • Plus all of the fellowship, networking, and learning you have come to enjoy and expect from your state association.

More information.
Register here.

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Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina Revenue Surplus on Track to Exceed Expectations
North Carolina state government is on track to have a $150.8 million revenue surplus for the current fiscal year, about 0.6 percent more than the expected number in this year's state budget. The estimate is part of the latest consensus revenue forecast released by the legislature's Fiscal Research Division and the Office of State Budget and Management.

Support Grows for Legislative Action to Adequately Fund Adult Protective Services
The North Carolina Coalition on Aging is calling on the General Assembly to invest state dollars in adult protective services (APS) that are mandated core services provided by county departments of social services. Despite a continuing increase in APS complaints – 30,128 reported cases in fiscal year 2017-2018 – the state only provided 0.01% of the $26.2 million expended on APS. Counties picked up the lion’s share of the cost – 82% - and the federal Social Services Block Grant covered 18%. Of the reported cases in SFY 17-18, 15,563 were “screened in” by county departments of social services and abuse, neglect, or exploitation was found in 6,066 cases, many of which were very complex in nature. The current level of funding does not provide adequate resources for staffing and for providing services to address substantiated abuse, neglect, or exploitation. In addition to funding for staffing and service delivery, there is a need to modernize the state APS statute which has not been examined in decades. Tommy Goldsmith with NC Health News did a recent article about the need for more funding for APS and the growing support for this.

Bill Filed to Amend State Constitution to End Gerrymandering
House Bill 140 has been introduced in the NC House of Representatives that would amend the North Carolina Constitution to require that the state's congressional and state legislative districts be drawn in a nonpartisan manner. The bill would establish standards that nonpartisan legislative staff would use to develop redistricting plans.

Subsequently, 67 of the 120 House members co-sponsored House Bill 69 that would create a nonpartisan commission to draw the state's congressional and legislative districts every 10 years. The commission would have a transparent process for seeking public input and developing maps that are compact, contiguous, and follow state and federal law.

LeadingAge Supports Bipartisan HCBS Bill Introduced by Key Lawmakers
Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Fred Upton (R-MI) have reintroduced legislation that permanently protects Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment (H.R. 1343). Currently, spousal impoverishment protections in Medicaid prevent unnecessary financial harm in cases where one spouse needs long-term services and supports in a nursing home or an institutional care facility. A provision of the Affordable Care Act that required state Medicaid programs to apply these rules to HCBS long-term care settings expired on December 31, 2018. The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, enacted in January, included a 3-month extension to protect Medicaid HCBS recipients against spousal impoverishment, through March 31, 2019.

LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state offering education and advocacy, networking, and collaborating with agencies that share a common vision. Here’s a look at our recent itinerary:

  • Meetings at General Assembly - Raleigh
  • LeadingAge North Carolina Board Meeting - River Landing, Colfax
  • LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting - River Landing, Colfax
  • Business member meeting - BB&T Capital Markets
  • Phone Meeting with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
  • Business member meeting - McGriff Insurance Services
  • Business member meeting - Morrison Community Living

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Strategic Thinking

How Much a Dementia Patient Needs to Know
March 4, 2019, The New Yorker
What is the most dignified and fulfilling way to live with a diagnosis that leads, in many ways, to loss of self?

Tips for Ensuring a New Hire Feels Included from Day One
February 22, 2019, Harvard Business Review
If adding one new team member creates an entirely new team, how do you ensure success for the new team as well as the individual? This author offers important insights whether your perspective is team leader or new hire.

The Medical Tech that Helps You When Your Doctor Can’t
February 20, 2019, The New York Times
Hearing aids may be the next big thing in tech. Here's who's working on making them more affordable and accessible to the 48 million of us who suffer from some form of hearing loss. Remember, insurance does not usually cover the cost of these devices even though they are linked to helping achieve mental and physical well-being.

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News and Notes



2019 Leadership Academy Applications DUE in 1 WEEK!
Applications for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy class of 2019-2020 are due one week from today on Friday, March 8th.

Join a growing network of skilled contributors and thought leaders in our field and apply on behalf of your community today. Remember to coordinate with your CEO. Each community may have one applicant, and the application requires a letter of commitment signed by the CEO. Applications are due March 8, 2019. Begin the online application here.

Academy fellows will:

  • learn about leadership through reading, reflection, and discussion
  • engage with emerging leaders across the state
  • gain confidence
  • question established thinking
  • present an action learning project
  • visit the General Assembly and the Department of Insurance
  • meet leaders in the field
  • tour other communities

In short, fellows grow into even more valued contributors of their communities and become members of the growing Academy alumni network in North Carolina.

Academy fellows meet four times a year, starting and ending with the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference. Kick off for the 2019-20 class will be this May in Myrtle Beach, SC. Thanks to major underwriting by Ziegler, tuition for the program is a value at $1,700, and includes conference registration for both 2019 and 2020. The full schedule and more details are available by clicking here.

2019 Awards Submissions DUE in 1 WEEK!
Have you heard? The 2019 online awards submissions are due one week from today on March 8th! Awards season is your chance to tell us about the fantastic people and programs at your community. Toot your own horn! Let us know how great you are! Check out the award categories and submit your nomination(s) online today.

Medicare Launches New Coverage App
CMS has launched a new “What’s Covered” app that lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers, and others use their mobile device to check whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. The app is part of a broader eMedicare initiative using technology to inform and empower beneficiaries. Learn how to download the app.

County Housing Profiles Released
The North Carolina Housing Coalition’s 2019 County Profiles
provide a snapshot of housing needs for each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. They provide data on cost-burdened households paying at least 30% of their income for housing, a comparison of what different jobs pay and changes in home prices, foreclosures, and rental options in our communities. The County Profiles are designed to be used by advocates in their communities and with their local and state elected officials as an education tool around the housing issues in our cities and towns. In addition to the individual county profiles, a comparative tool depicting the comprehensive underlying data is available here.

February Was a Busy Month!
Click here
for a comprehensive look at LeadingAge national’s work on your behalf during February.

New Research: 7.8 Million Direct Care Jobs Will Need to Be Filled by 2026
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 7.8 million direct care job openings from 2016 to 2026: 3.6 million workers will leave the labor force, 2.8 million workers will leave the field for other occupations, and 1.4 million new positions will be created due to rising demand. A new report shows that the direct care workforce will grow more than any single occupation in the country. Drilling down even further, from 2016 to 2026, the direct care workforce will add the greatest number of new jobs (as compared to other occupations) in 38 states.

2019 Nonprofit Town Halls
Join the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and organizations across the state for a Nonprofit Town Hall meeting in your area this month or in April. Discussion will include briefings on the top federal and state issues affecting nonprofits in North Carolina. Cost of attendance is $25 for Center Members and Sustainers, and $35 for all others. Pre-registration is required.
Click here to learn more and register for a meeting in Raleigh, Charlotte, Kernersville, Durham, or Wilmington.

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).

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Professional Development


2019 Management Leadership Series - Registration Now Open by Fax and U.S. Mail
(Online registration coming soon)

Lead Your People. Manage Your Process.
Facilitated by Rich Schlentz
April 18 at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem
August 21 at Friends Homes West in Greensboro

Rich Schlentz is back by popular demand! And he can't wait to visit with you again and explore the tactical tools for leading and managing including: constructive coaching, influential communication, and interviewing for success. Department directors, mid managers, team leaders, and supervisors - be sure to register today. Members: $200 for the series or $125 per session; Non-members: $300 for the series or $175 per session; 4.0 NHA CEUs.

Download the brochure for more information and register by fax or U.S. mail.

2019 Education Calendar Released
The LeadingAge North Carolina education and event calendar for 2019 is now available by clicking here. This year we have more than 25 offerings across the state with something for everyone including maintenance, dining, wellness, marketing, finance, human resources, direct care staff, and more.

We are particularly pleased to announce a round table series called Beans and Dreams. Join your peers for coffee and conversation on second Fridays in April, and June-December from 9-10:30am. This is an opportunity for members to connect regionally to discuss relevant topics. Each round table will be different! Keep an eye out for more information in the near future.

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 through November this year at 2pm eastern time.

Individual session: $75 members / $125 non-members

NAB Approved Contact Hours: 1.25 each session

This webinar series guides providers in implementing a step-wise action plan to manage the industry changes taking effect this year 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.

** New - “Staying Alive!”
North Carolina Culture Change Coalition
In Greenville, Thomasville, and Black Mountain
Dates in March and April

Please mark your calendars in March and April for the North Carolina Culture Change Coalition's "Staying Alive." The symposium will feature guest speaker Susan Gilster, PhD, RN who has presented more than 150 national and international talks on Alzheimer’s care and treatment, organizational change, leadership, and employee satisfaction and retention. Click here to register.


  • Sustaining culture change through leadership
  • Panel will discuss culture change in their facilities
  • Just culture
  • Regulatory perspective on culture change from Cindy Deporter, Division of Health Service Regulation

CEUs: LNHA, Assisted Living Administrators, and Nursing

March 26th
Cypress Glen Retirement Community
100 Hickory Street
Greenville, NC 27858

April 9th
Davidson Community College
297 DCC Road
Thomasville, NC 27360

April 10th
Givens Highland Farms
200 Tabernacle Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Click here to register.

Reducing Readmissions
“Go to the Hospital or Stay Here?"
A Decision Guide
In Rocky Mount, Thomasville, and Cullowhee
Three dates in April

Be a part of the Medicare Region IV research initiative to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.  Click here to register for a CMS and State of North Carolina-endorsed no-cost workshop that will explain how the Resident and Family Guide can be used to reduce hospital readmissions. Target audiences for the sessions are Administrators, Directors of Nursing, Medical Directors, NPs, PAs and Department Heads and Staff. The session will be offered April 23rd in Rocky Mount, April 24th in Thomasville and April 25th in Cullowhee. During the session, participants will be provided with an overview of the Decision Guide content, learning videos and techniques to introduce the information to staff, residents and family. Best practices on how to hardwire “The Guide” into your organization’s admission process as well as highlights from the pilot project will be discussed. For more information, contact: Frank Tappen.

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