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Member Update July 5, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 5, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2019
July 5, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Please click on one of the headers below to view that section.

Advocacy & Policy  |  On the Road  |  Strategic Thinking
Member Questions  |  News & Notes 
Professional Development
  |  Value First

Full Senate to Consider CON Reform Bill
On Monday of next week, the North Carolina Senate will consider legislation that would reform a small but important piece of the state’s current certificate of need regulatory scheme. Monday’s consideration by the entire body is the result of action taken earlier this week by the Senate Rules committee recommending approval of the bill. Included in the legislation is a provision that would exempt CCRCs from the need determination portion of the CON process for Medicare-certified home health. Passage of the legislation would then send the matter to a conference committee comprised of Senate and House negotiators. This is an issue vital to many CCRC residents.

Take Action NOW on Extending the Current Medical Expense Deduction Rate
As we reported last week, Congress has been considering extending the current 7.5% threshold for the medical expense deduction associated with federal tax returns. The threshold will move to 10% unless Congress “extends” the current lower rate. While the House Ways and Means committee recently brushed back attempts to extend the current rate, efforts continue to convince Congress of the need to maintain the lower rate. Clicking on this link will take you to more information about the issue, as well as an online form you can complete that will automatically email your elected representatives. We’re continuing to work in concert with the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association on this very important issue.

Home Care Moratorium Lapses
North Carolina’s moratorium on applying for a home care license was allowed to lapse as final negotiations on approval of a budget occurred. Language that was contained in the budget legislation extending the moratorium for another two years (to June 30, 2021) was stripped out of the bill late in the process. As a result, home care licenses can again be applied for through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

July 2019 Medicaid Bulletin Now Available
The July 2019 Medicaid Bulletin is now available. Some articles that may be of interest include:

  • Updates to NC Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
  • Clinical Coverage Policy Update
  • NCTracks Provider Training Available in July 2019
  • Updates to Clinical Coverage Policy 10B: Independent Practitioners

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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:

  • Member Community Visit - Glenaire, Cary
  • Member Community Visit - Sharon Towers, Charlotte
  • North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association Meeting - Raleigh
  • LeadingAge NC PDPM Intensive - Salemtowne, Winston-Salem
  • Member Community Visit - Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem

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When a Colleague Is Grieving
July-August 2019, Harvard Business Review
When a colleague is grieving, what is the role of the workplace, manager, or co-worker? Explore the topic in this sensitive and informative article, and be sure to share it with your team.

The Gap Between Rich And Poor Americans' Health Is Widening
June 28, 2019, NPR
Researchers compared Americans' health status today with that of 25 years ago and found that health is worsening among lower-income Americans.

NC Brain Health Registry Goes Live
Last week the NC Institute of Medicine launched North Carolina's new Brain Health registry. Read more here about how recommendations from NCIOM’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia helped in the creation of this new resource. LeadingAge North Carolina was a proud financial supporter and steering committee member of the Task Force.

In a Medical Emergency, Who In Your Social Network Will Call for Help Quickest?
June 25, 2019, STAT News
Getting to the hospital quickly is essential for treating heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies. You might guess that spouses or family members would be best at reacting quickly. Recent research suggests you’d be wrong.

How Telemedicine Helped this Health System’s Patients Avoid the ED
June 19, 2019, American Medical Association
A new study adds to growing evidence that telemedicine can save money, resolve most health concerns in a single visit, and do so without significantly creating new utilization of health care services. The modest increase in cost from this new utilization “might actually prevent more costly care down the line,” the study’s authors suggested.

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Thanks to everyone who continues to support the member question service. Click on a link below to download a spreadsheet on that topic.

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Complete the Member Survey Today
Please take 10-12 minutes out of your day to complete the national member survey if you have not already. Remember that each individual who completes the survey by today (July 5) will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and will be entered in a raffle to win free registration and lodging at the host hotel for the 2019 Annual Meeting and EXPO. For more information, visit LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey or email membersurvey@leadingage.org. Thank you for helping LeadingAge continue to be the trusted voice for aging.

Your Member Directory Update
At this time every year we ask for your help updating our member directory. All directory changes are due today (July 5) by 5pm. Please act now if you have not already. If you have any questions about accessing your profile, feel free to contact Jennifer Gill or Leslie Roseboro at (919) 571-8333.

Intent to Apply for JFNA trauma-informed services grant due July 10
The Jewish Federations of North America’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care seeks applications to expand Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed services for Holocaust survivors throughout the United States. In order to reach more local agencies, the Center is only accepting applications from organizations that have never previously received direct funding from JFNA’s federal grant program. The Application, as well as the RFP and Program Guidelines, can be found at www.holocaustsurvivorcare.org. An Intent to Apply is due July 10, 2019 and the Application is due August 20, 2019.

In Case You Missed It
Click here to read last week's Advocacy in Action newsletter dated June 28, 2019.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Before you leave on vacation this summer, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date when you return!

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Click on the images below to learn more and register.
Click here to view the Catalogue of all 2019 Events



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



Finance Symposium
July 25
9am-3pm
WindsorMeade in Williamsburg, VA


 

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




Management Leadership Series
August 21
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
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Dining Symposium
August 22
10am-3pm
Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem




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


Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA



Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro



Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill



Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm


 



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


Other Professional Opportunities




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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