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Member Update July 19, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 19, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019

July 19, 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  News & Notes 
Professional Development
  |  Value First

General Assembly Continues Work on CON Reform
On Tuesday of this week, The North Carolina Senate Committee on Health Care approved an amended version of House Bill 126 which includes an exemption from the CON review process for CCRCs wishing to provide Medicare-Certified home health. At this point, it appears that the full Senate will vote on the bill next week. In the meantime, the bill has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

While our language is included in the bill that was approved earlier this week, one major change was that the date of our exemption is eighteen months from the effective date of the legislation. Assuming that our bill passes the full Senate, makes it out of the Senate-House conference committee, passes the full House, and is signed by the Governor, we would still have eighteen months before we could apply for a license.

While the hard work and continuing diligence of those who have contacted their Senators and Representatives has gotten us this far, we still have a long way to go. As the legislation moves forward, we’ll be in touch about how you can provide valuable information to your elected officials about this important issue.

A special thank you to the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association for their advice, help, and energy!

Budget Work Continues in General Assembly
The North Carolina General Assembly is continuing its efforts to find a solution to the current budget impasse. Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget plan on June 28th. Since that time, legislators have been considering next steps, including the potential of attempting to override the Governor’s veto. Even though the state’s budget lapsed on June 30, spending continues at current levels until a new budget is approved by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

CMS Announces Major Changes in ROP 3, Issues Final Rule on Arbitration
Earlier this week, CMS announced proposed rules that would delay key components of the Phase 3 Rules of Participation. CMS proposed delaying until November 28, 2020, requirements pertaining to compliance and ethics, as well as Quality Assurance Performance Improvement plan (QAPI) stipulations. Officials said the request is intended “to avoid confusion and promote transparency” while also furthering the administration’s goal of reducing providers’ administrative burden. Other phase three requirements would remain on track for implementation on Thanksgiving Day this year. In addition to the ROP 3 delay, CMS also issued a final rule allowing pre-dispute arbitration agreements — but it comes with significant strings attached. LeadingAge is preparing a complete analysis of the proposed rule and we’ll be sharing that with members in the coming days.

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state to advocate, collaborate, and offer educational workshops. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • Beans and Dreams Roundtable - The Cypress of Charlotte, Charlotte
  • LeadingAge NC Foundation task force meeting - Sharon Towers, Charlotte
  • LeadingAge State Executive Forum meeting, Denver
  • LeadingAge Leadership Forum meeting, Denver
  • LeadingAge National board meeting, Denver
  • Value First board retreat, Denver
  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Health Services for the Deaf and Harding of Hearing - Morrisville

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It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done
July 7, 2019, The New York Times
Is perfectionism harming your productivity? It's worth considering in this advice piece by Tim Herrera, editor of "Smarter Living" for The New York Times.

When It Comes to Aging, Intersectionality Matters
July 8, 2019, Stria
The authors make the point that intergenerational and accessible movements and communities will make all of us stronger. Do your policies and plans reflect this type of forward thinking?

I’ve Been a ‘Millennial Therapist’ for More than 5 Years—and This is Their No. 1 Complaint
July 2, 2019, CNBC
This Gen-X therapist says millennials are 90% of her patients. The information she shares about their anxieties might help you work with millennial family members and employees at your community.

The Paradox of Expertise
June 27, 2019, Psychology Today
Specialization has its value. When you want a pipe fixed, you call the plumber, not a handyman. But it’s important to remember that we need to be able to see the forest through the trees if we are going to tackle big projects or forge ahead as innovators in our fields.

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Soom Launches Mobile App that Alerts Patients to Medical Device Recalls
July 15, 2019, FierceHealthcare
SoomSafety is a free mobile app that provides medical device recall information directly from the device manufacturer and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Digital Health Venture Capital Funding Reaches $5.1B in First Half of Year
July 17, 2019, HealthData Management
According to research firm Mercom Capital Group, which compiled the data in a new report, this is the highest amount raised by digital health companies in the first six months of any year.

Poll: 1 in 4 Don’t Plan to Retire Despite Realities of Aging
July 7, 2019, Associated Press
According to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 23% of workers, including nearly 2 in 10 of those over 50, don’t expect to stop working. Roughly another quarter of Americans say they will continue working beyond their 65th birthday.

Member Survey Deadline Extended to August 2nd
Please take a brief period of time out of your day to complete the national member survey if you have not already. The deadline for completion has been extended to August 2nd. For more information, visit or email Thank you for helping LeadingAge continue to be the trusted voice for aging

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read association updates from the last two weeks.

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 any of the workshop images below to learn more and register. Forward to your friends and co-workers
and register to attend together!

Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Finance Symposium  Beans and Dreams August
Management Leadership Series
  |  Dining Symposium 
Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit   Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Other Professional Opportunities

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

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

Unemployment & HR Risk Management with UST
Free Webinar
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EDT

UST has been a LeadingAge Member Solutions Partner since 2002 and is hosting a free, short webinar on August 6th, to discover some of the most common unemployment & HR risks that can cost your nonprofit thousands of dollars annually. This webinar will allow UST to share insights into their service offerings, as well as best practices that can help reduce costs and streamline workforce processes.
Whether you serve as your organization’s executive staff, financial director, or as a part of the Human Resources function, register for the August 6th webinar to take advantage of this free webinar, exclusively for LeadingAge Members, to learn more about:

  • Reducing unemployment tax liability as a 501(c)(3)
  • Self-funded reserves and insurance options
  • Ensuring compliance with state and federal law
  • Efficiently managing unemployment claims, protests, and hearings
  • Avoiding costly HR mistakes
  • Importance of onboarding and professional training
  • Enhancing goodwill by utilizing outplacement services




Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2 - 3pm

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

Value First

LeadingAge North Carolina members can enroll in Value First and participate in other Group Purchasing Organizations at the same time. The portfolio of more than 500 vendors includes food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, and construction services.

Accessing your Vizient Catalog has now also been made easier than ever! To find out how to register and access the online catalog, click on the graphic below.

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Ph. 919.571.8333 | Fax 919.869.1811 |

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