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Member Update October 4, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 4, 2019
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2019

October 4, 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  |   *NEW Position Papers  |  News & Notes 
Volunteer Spotlight  |  Professional Development  |  Value First

Senate President Sets October 31 Deadline for Adjournment
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger indicated earlier this week that the Senate will be adjourning no later than October 31 (the House has not yet indicated their agreement with this timetable). Berger did leave open the possibility of a special session at some point before the holidays or even in January 2020. Passage of a budget remains the chief impediment to the General Assembly going home, with Medicaid expansion at the top of the list of reasons there’s still been no movement on the Governor’s veto of the spending blueprint. The House continues to discuss House Bill 655, their version of expanded health care coverage for uninsured North Carolinians. Berger has said that he remains opposed to any expansion but that if the House passes a bill he’ll have the Republican caucus discuss whether to bring it to the floor for a vote in the Senate. In the meantime, the General Assembly continues to pass smaller budget bills focused on individual agencies and initiatives.

New Bill Addresses CNA Lockout Issue
Representative Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) have introduced the bi-partisan Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act, House Resolution 4468. This legislation repeals the 2-year mandatory “lockout” for in-house CNA training programs based on the level of fine received by the nursing home. Instead, the bill requires the suspension to be lifted when the nursing home comes back into compliance. To address concerns about nursing homes that have a record of poor performance, CMS may provide additional oversight once the in-house training program is no longer suspended. LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said, ‘Workforce development is the number one issue facing our members throughout the country. We have advocated for changes to this aspect of federal law for many years. These bills are a critical linchpin in our continued effort to increase the number of well-trained staff available to care for aging older adults.” Members of Congress will be in their home districts and states for the next two weeks. This is an ideal time to contact them and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 4468.

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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:

  • LeadingAge NC Wellness Workshop - Carol Woods, Chapel Hill
  • Member Visit - Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem
  • NC Coalition on Aging Annual Meeting - Raleigh
  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Health Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Morrisville
  • United Church Homes and Services Foundation Julius Society Meeting - Piedmont Crossing, Thomasville

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What Could Help ‘The Forgotten Middle’ Afford Retirement Housing?
September 19, 2019; Forbes
Because of the shortage of affordable housing about 4.9 million older adults pay more than 50% of their incomes for housing, according to the Joint Center for Housing studies of Harvard University's Housing America's Older Adults 2018. What could help the "forgotten middle" afford retirement housing?

Be sure to register for the LeadingAge NC "Beans and Dreams" roundtable on this topic in Greensboro next week on Friday, October 11.

Why Asking for Advice Is More Effective Than Asking for Feedback
September 20, 2019; Harvard Business Review
Feedback is often focused on judging past performance where as advice focuses on possible future actions. Learn more by clicking here.

In a Pioneering Campaign, Boston’s New "Age Strong Commission" Takes on Ageism
September 24, 2019; Boston Globe
Boston officials are challenging ageism in a multimedia campaign that seeks to promote positive views on aging and to excise offensive adjectives — cranky, senile, frumpy, fragile — about older people. What can you take from this campaign to your own community?

What’s a ‘Good Death’? It’s Not Quite the Peaceful Drifting Off I’d Imagined for My Dad.
September 29, 2019; The Washington Post

"Dying is hard work. And it’s hard to watch." This poignant article may bring tears to your eyes for its painful yet important truths.

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Thanks to LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum business members CliftonLarsonAllen, WeaverCooke, and BB&T Capital Markets for sharing their position papers. Click on a title below to download a PDF.

These papers are also available from our website by clicking here. Or visit and under the Resources tab, select Position Papers.

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Billing for Flu Vaccine
Flu season is around the corner and CMS has released the 2019-2020 flu season billing codes. It would be a good time to familiarize yourself with the vaccine product that your community has ordered and crosscheck against the CMS publication to ensure proper reimbursement.

2019-20 LeadingAge NC Member Directory
The updated member directory is now available online! Go to and click on the Directory tab.

2020 LeadingAge NC Conference RFP Now Open!
Share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at the 2020 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference and Expo May 18-21 in Asheville, NC. Submissions are due by November 29, 2019.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Now that fall has kicked off, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date on all the latest news, research, and programs!

What Has LeadingAge National Been Up To Lately?
From promoting workforce issues, to celebrating a victory in senior housing legislation, check out what LeadingAge has been up to this September.

Drawing Students to Our Field With College Partnerships
"Humanware” is one of the biggest variables in new technical demands for older adult providers, but what is it? Learn more about how organizations are improving technology capabilities of their staff in this article by LeadingAge.

Online Member Community - New from LeadingAge National
This month, LeadingAge national launches the Online Member Community to transform the way members engage with one another. The Online Member Community makes it easier and faster to join conversations, seek answers, browse resources, locate trending topics, and manage email notifications. The personalized experience empowers you and your organization to leverage the expertise of and network with colleagues representing more than 6,000 aging services providers.

A series of communications will be shared to transition LeadingAge members from the listservs to the new Online Member Community. Please watch your inbox for future information!

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Board members of LeadingAge North Carolina volunteer their time and expertise to enrich the field of aging services. We are grateful to welcome Teresa Stephens to the board this year. Read on to learn more about Teresa, who is Affordable Communities Director at Givens in Asheville.

1. How did you get into the field of aging services and what was your first job?
My earlier career was in graphic design and marketing, but it took a drastic turn when I was hired by a church to develop a “Community Care Coordinator” position. The position’s goal was to increase the church’s connection to older church members while serving the surrounding community’s people in need. I first encountered Givens through that position. When my position at the church ended, I went to work for Givens LifeMinistries, the outreach entity for Givens Estates. My first Givens position was in a medication assistance ministry before Medicare Part D came into being. I spent my days helping low income seniors obtain prescription medications and other services. This work inspired me to get my master’s degree in Gerontology/Management of Aging Services and from there I have gone on to work in various positions at Givens Communities.

2. If you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would like to do for the population we serve?
If I could wave a magic wand, I would remove the obstacles other providers have to developing low and middle income senior housing and services to better serve all income levels. I work in senior affordable and middle income housing so I see how great the need is and how long the waiting lists are every day. My wand would embolden other providers with the courage and tools to expand their reach and impact.

3. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
I always envy the grounds staff. They get to work outdoors; planting, mowing, and blowing leaves. They create so much beauty! From my office window, that looks so much more appealing than sitting behind a desk. I love the seasonal aspect of their work and the joy they create for residents and staff.

4. What makes LeadingAge North Carolina's mission meaningful to you and what factors do you believe will affect the Association’s mission in the months and years to come?
It’s definitely the concept of “Expanding the World of Possibilities for Aging.” As the population grows older, innovative, knowledgeable leaders will be in greater demand. LeadingAge NC is working to develop and connect those who will lead us forward through education and collaboration. Things change so rapidly now and there is no sign of anything slowing down. We are better equipped as a connected body to embrace and adapt to the changes.

5. When you are not working, what do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I spend time with family (especially my grandchildren) and two dogs as much as possible. Time with family gets more important to me every day. Spending time with them brings me great joy, although I would not always call it relaxing! Walks with the dogs, reading, and watching movies are my go-to activities to regain balance and perspective.

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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

Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Night Out (Members Only)
* NEW Dining Program  |  Other Professional Opportunities

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

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Beans and Dreams Roundtable
Building and Financing for the Middle Market
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro

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Save the Date
LeadingAge NC Night Out
For Members Only
Monday, October 28
Members, RSVP at


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Senior Dining Association

One Day Experience
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plantation Estates
606 Birch View Drive
Matthews, NC 28105

Facilitated by Harris Ader, Founder of SDA

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Other Professional Opportunities

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

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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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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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222 N. Person Street, Suite 205 | Raleigh, NC  27601
Ph. 919.571.8333 | Fax 919.869.1811 |

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