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Membership Update May 3, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 3, 2019
Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2019

May 3, 2019

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Advocacy & Policy

NC House Committees Release Budget Proposals
The House Appropriations subcommittees released their budgets on April 25 and 26.  The full House Appropriations committee is scheduled to review all subcommittee budgets on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (room 643 of the Legislative Office Building).  You can listen to the Appropriations committee meeting here.  The House is expected to have full floor votes on the budget on May 2 and 3 and then send it on to the Senate.  The Senate is expected to pass its budget by the end of May.  A conference committee of House and Senate members will be charged with ironing out the final budget, hopefully before the current fiscal year ends on June 30. Click here for a summary of key items in the House subcommittee budgets, prepared by the North Carolina Coalition on Aging.

Task Force on Aging Initiative Moves Forward
HB 915 (Establish Task Force on Aging) was unexpectedly heard in the House Homelessness, Foster Care, and Dependency Committee meeting this past Wednesday. Rep. Donna White did a very nice job of presenting the bill and it went through with no debate and no objection. Rep. Pat Hurley, another bill co-sponsor, was also there. The bill was referred to the House Rules Committee. As was discussed at last Friday's Coalition on Aging meeting, the bill provides a good opportunity to keep a focus on aging issues outside of when the General Assembly is in session and to make recommendations on how to address needs.

Long-Term Quality Alliance Report Reveals Long-Term Services and Supports Reduce Expenses
On Wednesday, the Long-Term Quality Alliance released the Final Report from a study on “Medical Utilization in Plans that Integrate Long-Term Services and Supports.” The study was completed with assistance from researchers at the Lipitz Center for Integrated Care at Johns Hopkins University and with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. In recent years, policymakers have focused on the small population with the most complex care needs that account for more than half of health spending, and on interventions that can address functional needs and social determinants of health. This study provides new evidence of the potential for health plans that provide high-need beneficiaries with non-medical supports and services (including LTSS) to reduce avoidable and expensive hospital and institutional utilization.

SNF Quality Reporting Program Deadline – May 15
Skilled Nursing Facilities can potentially avoid a 2% reduction on their Medicare Fee for Service rates by ensuring they have submitted all necessary MDS data for admissions and discharges between October 1 – December 31 (Q4) of calendar year 2018 as part of the required reporting for the SNF Quality Reporting Program. Four new measures pose the greatest threat to SNFs not meeting the reporting requirements for CY2018. Click here for more information you need to know about these four measures.

HUD Multifamily Income Limits Changed on April 24
On April 24th HUD released the 2019 Income Limits for Multifamily Housing. All new certifications effective April 24 or later will include the new income limits. The new tax credit income limits are available on the same site but can be implemented within the next 45 days. To access the new income limits, visit the HUD User website.

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state offering education, advocacy, networking, and collaborating with agencies that share a common vision. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • LeadingAge NC Beans and Dreams Roundtable - Abernethy Laurels
  • LeadingAge NC Foundation board of trustees meeting — Burlington
  • LeadingAge NC Management Leadership Series - Salemtowne
  • Member Community visit — Carolina Village, Hendersonville
  • Member Community visit — Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro
  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force meeting on Health Services for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Morrisville

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Strategic Thinking

How Will the Fed Fight the Next Recession?
April 30, 2019, The New York Times
In this insightful article from The Times, author Neil Irwin posits that the central bank has fewer arrows in its quiver to protect the economy from normal ups and downs. A great read for strategic planners, CFOs, and your board.

Ageism: A ‘Prevalent and Insidious’ Health Threat
April 26, 2019, The New York Times
The World Health Organization has begun four studies intended to define ageism, its health impact, ways to measure it, and ways to combat it. The results will be published in a United Nations report within a year.

AARP NC Caregiver Survey
A new survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 40 plus finds that the vast majority of respondents (83.5%) of current caregivers said that they will provide future caregiving or assistance on an unpaid basis to an adult loved one. It also found that over 95 percent think it is important to have services available in their communities to help older adults live independently. Current working caregivers are feeling stressed (59.8%), with the primary cause of their unease being balancing work and family (66.1 %). AARP North Carolina President Dr. Catherine Sevier explains, “More than half (56 %) of current and former caregivers are taking care of parents, meaning that many have to balance the demands of work, their own children and other needs.” Other than balancing work and family, the survey found that the other major sources of stress for current caregivers are getting enough rest (58%), finding time to exercise (51%) and difficulty maintaining a healthy diet (40%).

Resource for Cultural Competence in Long Term Care
Cultural competence is a key aspect of delivering person-centered long term services and supports. Find strategies for cultural competence in a new resource compendium from "Resources for Integrated Care." Valuable information with guides on training, research, and links to organizations.

Hearing Aids’ Reputation Is Lagging Behind the Technology
April 10, 2019, The Atlantic
People with hearing loss are at greater risk for a host of other problems: social isolation, abuse, depression, lower overall incomes, restricted career choices, and occupational stress. The WHO estimates that unaddressed hearing loss comes with an annual global cost of at least $750 billion. Manufacturers say the devices can benefit just about everyone, but first they have to become cool. LeadingAge North Carolina serves on the NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Health Services for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Click here to learn more about their ongoing work on behalf of this growing population in our state.

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News and Notes

Protect and Expand Affordable Housing for Older Adults
Excitement is building for the Senior Housing NOW Rally on May 8 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Senior Housing advocates from around the country will be joining together to let Congress know that we need Senior Housing NOW. Joining Katie Smith Sloan of LeadingAge national on May 8 is our own Steve Fleming (of Well-Spring in Greensboro and LeadingAge board chair), who will be the Master of Ceremonies. Also scheduled to speak is North Carolina Representative David Price.

2019 Compensation and Benefits Survey
CEOs and Human Resources professionals, the 2019 LeadingAge North Carolina Compensation and Benefits Survey is available through May 17. As in the past, please complete each position that is the closest match to a position in your organization. Only provide compensation information for positions that currently exist at your community. Submit one survey per community. A Survey Worksheet is also available in case you would like to fill out a hard copy of the survey before you complete the online version.

If you have any technical questions before or during the survey process, please contact Dr. Harold Urman at
or call him toll-free at 888-848-2511. If you have any additional questions, please contact Leslie Roseboro at 919-571-8333.

New Learning Tool - Dementia: The Lived Experience
NEW! The LeadingAge Learning Hub has posted new dementia content. Watch the latest spotlight which challenges assumptions about dementia and what it truly means to support individuals living with the disease. This spotlight aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the realities of living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. A great learning tool and a must-see for all staff!

Ever Wonder What LeadingAge National Does for You?
Here is a rundown of all of the things that LeadingAge has done recently for membership. Topics include engagement in advocacy efforts, focus on affordable housing, speaking out for nursing homes, new resources and future events.

Celebrate All Month Long in May and June
Mark your calendar for the days and weeks to celebrate in May and June!

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


LeadingAge North Carolina

We can't wait to see you in Myrtle Beach, SC next week from May 6-9 for our largest educational gathering of the year.

Great news for HR professionals! For the first time, the Annual Conference has been certified for 12 CEUs through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

Exciting news for all administrators ... the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference has been approved for 12.5 CEUs by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board!!!

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.
  • LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership 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 with new and existing product and service providers.
  • 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.

Registration is open...hope you can join us!

LeadingAge North Carolina
Maintenance Workshop
June 6
10:00am - 3:00pm
Glenaire in Cary
$125 first person/$99 additional person(s) from the same community


  • State surveys, codes and levels of concern
  • Emergency protocol and communication methods
  • Setting up door access control systems
  • Water, mold, fire and storm restoration
  • Value First program


  • Steve Lewis, Section Chief, NC Division of Health Service Regulation
  • Caleb Allen, ASSA ABLOY
  • David Hudson,  Modern Systems, Inc.
  • Bobbie Bernal, Value First
  • Steve Garner, RestorePro
  • Ross Cohen, RestorePro

Click here to register now!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Leslie Roseboro at 919-571-8333.

LeadingAge North Carolina
PDPM: Prepare. Execute. Succeed.
June 27
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem

Join us for a program facilitated by Kristy Yoskey of HealthPRO Heritage to help you transition to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Take a deep dive look into PDPM and what it will take to prepare in the last three months leading up to the PDPM transition, execution process, education and success beyond October 1, 2019. Financial impact, high level strategies and education needed to be on the winning side of PDPM will also be discussed. Register online or click here to download and mail registration form.

Members: $125 or $99 for each additional attendee
Non-Members: $175

Participants earn 3 NHA CEUs

Download flyer.
Register online now.

LeadingAge North Carolina
2019 Management Leadership Series

"Lead Your People. Manage Your Process."
August 21
Friends Homes West, Greensbor

Rich Schlentz of EXTRAordinary! Inc. is back by popular demand! Explore the tactical tools for leading and managing including: constructive coaching, influential communication, and interviewing for success. Attendees last year asked Rich to include information for new managers as well as those who would like to improve their management skills. He listened and plans to deliver on that this year!

Department directors, mid managers, team leaders, and supervisors - be sure to register today. Members: $125; Non-members: $175; 4.0 NHA CEUs.

Download the brochure.
Register online now.

Neil Medical
16th Annual Educational Summit
June 19-20
High Point

LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum member, Neil Medical, is offering an educational summit that offers 10 continuing education hours for nurses and nursing home administrators. Click here to view the list of sessions, speakers, and registration information. Registration cost is $85.

CapTel NC, Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) and AHEC are hosting the 4th Annual Hearing Loss and Accessibility Workshops for healthcare providers and consumers. Workshops will take place May 9th in Asheville, May 16th in Wilmington, and May 21st in Cary.

Morning sessions are for professionals interested in obtaining CEU credits from AHEC. Afternoon sessions are for consumers and other professionals who do not want CEUs but who work with older adults and those with hearing loss. Click here to register online. First register as an AHEC member which is just an email and password. Then go back to the link, open and register as a consumer (no fee) for the specific workshop you will attend.

Education Calendar Available
The LeadingAge North Carolina education and event calendar can be accessed by clicking here. This calendar is packed with 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 bring you a roundtable series called Beans and Dreams. Join your peers for coffee and conversation on second Fridays from June to December from 9-10:30am. This is an opportunity for members to connect regionally to discuss relevant topics. Each roundtable will be different! Topics continue to be added and updated.

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.
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