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Membership Update May 17, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 17, 2019
Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 17, 2019

63rd Annual Conference Draws Rave Reviews!

More than 500 attendees, speakers, and business partners attended the 63rd annual LeadingAge North Carolina annual conference last week. Be on the lookout for an email next week with links to session presentations.

In addition to outstanding educational sessions, a packed trade show floor, the renewal of friendships with colleagues and the introduction to first-time attendees, the LeadingAge NC board of directors welcomed new members. Congratulations to each of our new and returning board members!

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Advocacy & Policy

Long Term Care Financing Reform is Happening in the States
A 2018 survey that showed support for a government-administered long-term care insurance program similar to Medicare soared from 51% in 2013 to 70% last year. The aging of boomers is a strong reason why political action to address long-term care is on the rise. Resources required to provide even the current level of inadequate long-term care services are projected to triple by 2030, partly because of the rapid growth in the 85 and older population. This informative article from Forbes details new efforts underway around the country at the state level to proactively look for solutions.

New Optimism for Hearing on ‘Observation Status’ Bill
Industry advocates are praising proposed bipartisan legislation that says patients under “observation status” at a hospital would be eligible to satisfy Medicare’s three-day requirement necessary for skilled nursing coverage. Read more about the bills introduced in the Senate and House to breathe new life into this effort.

State Revenue Surplus Now Tagged $700 Million Higher Than Forecast
The NC General Assembly announced last week that state tax collections will be about $700 million higher than expected for the current fiscal year. State economists are still analyzing how much of this revenue surplus is likely to be repeated in future years. The surplus revenue is much larger than the $151 million in excess revenue that the NC House of Representatives included in its version of the state budget, which passed its Chamber two weeks ago. The NC Senate is likely to put most of the additional revenue into savings or use some of it to pay for additional tax cuts.

Report Explores Financing Options for Housing Plus Services Models
A new report from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston explores how Medicare and Medicaid funds might be used to finance delivery models that use affordable senior housing as a platform for coordinating health and supportive services to help older adults remain healthy and independent and reduce their use of costly health care services. Exploring Financing Options for Services in Affordable Senior Housing Communities is based on a yearlong exploration conducted by staff from the LTSS Center, the National Well Home Network, and the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy. A detailed description of the findings is included in a 35-page full report. An 8-page research snapshot provides an overview of the exploration and its findings.

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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:

  • NC Institute of Medicine Serious Illness Care Task Force, Morrisville
  • 63rd annual LeadingAge North Carolina conference, Myrtle Beach
  • LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy, Myrtle Beach
  • Coalition on Aging meeting, Raleigh

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Strategic Thinking

Managing Burnout
This recent episode from Harvard Business Review’s “Women at Work” podcast focuses in on stress and how it can enhance performance at work — but not if it leads to burnout. Listen to an expert on workplace well-being talk about how women experience burnout and how to manage its causes, symptoms, and repercussions.

Preparing for Work in the Aging Economy: Colleges Adapt to Attract More Students
May 13, 2019, Stria
As colleges adapt to attract and prepare more students for a career in aging, the pipeline for graduates improves. But it is still lagging. How could communities partner with local educators to attract more students to the field?

How North Carolina is Preparing its Future Healthcare Workforce
The new issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, underwritten in part by LeadingAge North Carolina, reflects on North Carolina’s health workforce, describes new health professions and educational programs, and provides examples for effective healthcare pipeline initiatives in the state. Read it here.

Newly-Signed Law Will Help Washington Residents Pay for Long-Term Care
May 13, 2019, The New York Times
Washington is the first state in the nation to establish a program to help offset the costs of long-term care, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee. Starting in 2025, the program promises a benefit for those who pay into the program, with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 per person, indexed to inflation, paid for by an employee payroll premium.

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News and Notes

*DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2019 Compensation and Benefits Survey
CEOs and Human Resources professionals, the 2019 LeadingAge North Carolina Compensation and Benefits Survey is available through the end of business Friday, May 24. 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.

New Monthly Update from LeadingAge National
LeadingAge is excited to introduce a new monthly update, Workforce Matters. Stay up-to-date on the workforce news and trends that matter most. Subscribe to Workforce Matters by managing your subscription at

Recognize an Outstanding Nurse at Your Community
Looking for a way to acknowledge an outstanding Director of Nursing or Assistant Director of Nursing in your organization? Nominate him or her for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. Read more.

New Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing
A new toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Generations United provides practical information, guidance, and templates to help your community implement high-quality intergenerational programs. It offers:

  • Tools to start intergenerational programs, including organizational assessments and survey templates to assess resident interests.
  • Tools for designing high-quality programs, including concrete planning and implementation strategies and tips, ideas for short- and long-term activities, and examples of promising practices.
  • Tools to measure program success, including sample evaluation forms to help organizers determine whether a program is fulfilling its goals and understand its impact.

To get more information and download a copy of the toolkit, click here.

2019 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications for Older Adults
The American Geriatrics Society “Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Use in Older Adults” is widely used by clinicians, educators, researchers, healthcare administrators, and regulators. The 2019 update is a must have resource for all geriatric nurses and prescribers.

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

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Click here to view the entire Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Maintenance Workshop
June 6
10:00am - 3:00pm
Glenaire in Cary

PDPM Intensive
June 27
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
July 12
9 - 10:30am
The Cypress of Charlotte in Charlotte

Finance Symposium
July 25
WindsorMeade in Williamsburg, VA


Beans and Dreams Roundtable
August 9
9 - 10:30am
Givens Estates, Asheville

Management Leadership Series
August 21
Friends Homes West, Greensbor

Dining Symposium
August 22
Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro

Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA

Workforce Summit
September 19
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro

Wellness Workshop
September 26
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro

Other Professional Opportunities

LeadingAge National Webinar
RoPs Overview: Compliance and Ethics Enforcement

Tuesday, June 18
2-3 p.m. ET

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

CapTel NC
Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
4th Annual Hearing Loss and Accessibility Workshops
May 21st in Cary

Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST

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