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Member Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 18, 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  |  Member Questions
News & Notes
  |  Professional Development  |  Value First

NCGA Takes Break from Work in Raleigh
The North Carolina General Assembly has been on a break this week from their work in Raleigh. This has given Senators and Representatives concentrated time in their districts to take the pulse of their constituents. Lots of moving parts with regard to healthcare bills still being negotiated and their impact on the overall budget stalemate. New to the mix in terms of discussion is a Pharmacy Benefit Manager bill now added to the mix of negotiations between the Senate and the House. We continue to hear that the Senate is holding firm to the goal of leaving no later than October 31.

Tell CMS to Stop the Consumer Alert Icon!
LeadingAge has mounted a campaign to halt the red hand icon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to attach to the Nursing Home Compare profiles of nursing homes cited for abuse. While abuse and poor quality care cannot be tolerated or excused, the icon will neither increase transparency nor help consumers pick the right nursing home for themselves or a family member.

LeadingAge has written to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, urging her not to proceed with the red icon. We have issued an action alert to LeadingAge members to contact CMS in opposition to the icon. We also have posted and distributed talking points explaining the dangers the icon poses for both consumers and providers in our field.

What is needed is true reform of the broken nursing home oversight system. The red icon is a gimmick that will do nothing to accomplish what all of us want to see - the highest quality nursing home care and sound, verifiable information on which nursing homes are providing it.

We Need Your Help: Take Action on New CNA Lockout Bill
Under federal law, nursing homes are inspected annually and fines are assessed for any deficiencies in compliance with federal regulations. If these fines exceed a certain level ($10,697 as of 2018), a nursing home automatically loses its authority to train certified nursing assistants for two years. H.R. 4468 is the second bill introduced to address this unfair penalty. It would end the mandatory 2-year lockout by authorizing that the training program be reinstated once the deficiencies for which the nursing home is cited are corrected.

Now is the time to use your voice and help us build momentum for this legislation. We need your U.S. Representative to become a cosponsor of this new legislation and show their support for nursing homes in your community.

How You Can Help:

North Carolina Department of Insurance Unveils New Website and Reference Guide
The North Carolina Department of Insurance has its new website up and running, with information about disclosure statements, a listing of all licensed CCRCs in the state, and helpful links to other stakeholders. In addition, the new website includes an updated CCRC Reference Guide, the department’s publication designed to assist prospective residents in their search for CCRCs in North Carolina.


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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 Direct Services Staff Symposium - Aldersgate, Charlotte and The Forest at Duke, Durham
  • Member Visit, Aldersgate, Charlotte
  • Member Visit, United Church Homes & Services, Newton
  • LeadingAge national alignment agreement task force meeting, Chicago
  • LeadingAge NC building task force meeting, Colfax
  • North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association annual meeting - Greensboro

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How to Deal With Constantly Feeling Overwhelmed
October 10, 2019; Harvard Business Review
When we have too many demands on our thinking over an extended period of time, cognitive fatigue can happen, making us more prone to distractions and our thinking less agile. Any of these effects, alone, can make us less effective and leave us feeling even more overwhelmed. If you are feeling constantly overwhelmed, this article offers some key strategies to try.

Study Suggests Hospitals Alter Their Approach to Fall Risks
October 14, 2019; Washington Post
To ensure that patients will never fall, hospitalized patients who could benefit from activity are told not to get up on their own — their bedbound state reinforced by bed alarms and a lack of staff to help them move. That’s especially dangerous for older patients, often weak to begin with. After just a few days of bed rest, their muscles can deteriorate enough to bring severe long-term consequences.

Drumbeat Builds For A Peace Corps Of Caregivers
October 10, 2019; Kaiser Health News
The Administration for Community Living, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking steps to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps.

How Communities are Bringing Dementia Out of the Closet
September 25, 2019; Considerable
When it comes to dementia, patients and their caretakers have remained isolated, with few facilities modified to accommodate them. That’s changing in the United States and abroad, as municipal and state governments begin to make public and private spaces accessible to people with dementia.

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Thanks to LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum business members WeaverCooke, BB&T Capital Markets, and CliftonLarsonAllen 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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Thanks to all who respond to questions from fellow members. Click on the link below to download responses to the most recent questions about core values for residents and several policy requests.

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Cyber Security Tips for Older Adults
Going online lets you keep learning, connect with friends and family and play games. Just as you fasten your seat belt before driving, take precautions before using the internet to be safer and more secure. The first step is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™: take safety measures, think about the consequences of your actions and connect knowing you have taken steps to safeguard yourself when online. Read the entire article. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has excellent resources around internet crime, including an Internet Crime Complaint form.

How do Younger Generation Baby Boomers Differ from their Older Cohort?
A timely survey produced in partnership with LeadingAge and AmeriSpeaks uncovers the key differences between younger generation baby boomers that are starting to retire and leave the workforce, from their older cohort. Not only does this have important implications for the senior living field, but the results call to mind necessary conversations that need to be had across the entire continuum.

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 next month on 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!

In Case You Missed It

Online Member Community - New from LeadingAge National
This month, LeadingAge national is launching 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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Click on any of the workshop images below to learn more and register.

Night Out (Members Only)
* NEW Dining Program  |  Other Professional Opportunities

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

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