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Member Update June 26, 2020

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Wednesday, July 8, 2020



June 26, 2020

Advocacy & Policy | Strategic Thinking | News & Notes
Professional Development | Platinum Member Spotlight

General Assembly Adjourns Until September; No Action on Sales Tax
The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned at 3 am this morning, scheduling a return to Raleigh on September 2 for focused work on the budget. LeadingAge North Carolina has been working around the clock to convince legislators in Raleigh to provide a pause in current efforts by the North Carolina Department of Revenue to apply the sales tax to independent living monthly fees. At this point, Senate Bill 395 (the bill containing the sales tax language) remains in the House Rules committee and was not considered before the body adjourned. The bill containing the sales tax language will be alive for consideration in September. We’ll be working on providing information to legislators between now and September about why a sales tax on IL fees is bad for residents, bad for communities, and bad for the state.

State Issues New Executive Order, Extends Phase 2 for an Additional Three Weeks
Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen on Wednesday announced that North Carolina will remain in “Safer at Home Phase 2” for three more weeks. Cooper also announced that face coverings must be worn when people are in public places as officials seek to stabilize concerning trends of increasing viral spread. Of particular interest to our members is the Governor’s announcement that visitation in skilled nursing facilities and combination homes is still restricted solely to compassionate care situations. We continue our work on DHHS task force looking at visitation. The Governor did provide a Frequently Asked Questions document that explains his most recent Executive Order.

Medicare Coverage of Testing for Beneficiaries
Medicare will cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing of residents in nursing homes. This directive will be effective July 6 through the duration of the public health emergency and will cover the following:
• Viral testing of residents for SARS-CoV-2
• Initial viral testing in response to an outbreak
• Recommended testing to determine resolution of infection with SARS-CoV-2
• Public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2
This change was announced in this MLN Matters article: and this CMS press release:

Nursing Home Visitation FAQ from CMS
CMS issued an FAQ on nursing home visitation on Wednesday of this week. CMS clarifies that visitation in “compassionate care situations” does not refer only to end-of-life situations. As you read this document, remember this is only guidance to individual states…North Carolina is in the process of looking at a number of visitation issues.

COVID-19 Research Highlights Disparities
Why do some nursing homes experience higher rates of COVID-19, more spread, and more deaths? Here’s an article summarizing some recent research on the subject. While the answers are far from conclusive, one thing is tragically clear – COVID-19 exploits longstanding health disparities and we are a long way from racial and economic justice in this country.

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Managing When the Future is Unclear
Harvard Business Review; Summer 2020
When the strategy is uncertain, the best managers acknowledge what’s unknown, but also look ahead to what is know.

Reimagining the Office and Work Life After COVID-19
McKinsey and Company; June 2020
The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working. Organizations must reimagine their work the role of offices in creating safe, productive, and enjoyable jobs and lives for employees.

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LeadingAge NC Compensation and Benefit Survey
In recognition of the many countless hours staff at member communities are committing to the care of their residents, we have decided to not conduct our annual salary survey this year. However, we will provide the CEO of each member community with a courtesy copy of the 2019 Compensation and Benefit Report. Special thanks to members who participated in the study. We will partner with LeadingAge Virginia next year to conduct a survey that will include data from both states. We ask that members plan to participate next year in order for us to be able to provide a comprehensive report.

Membership Directory
Thank you for updating your community/business member profile. Community CEOs and business member key contacts will have another opportunity to review the company profile prior to publication.

Value First Update
Phoenix Textile is currently taking orders for reusable isolation gowns. Orders placed this week will be shipped in August. If you have additional questions on these gowns please contact

With the increase in virtual meetings, Facetime with families, and telehealth appointments, providers are looking for options to update their Wifi and IT capabilities. Inviacom is a contracted vendor through Vizient/Value First that has solutions for senior living communities which include blanket Wifi, TV, Phone and IT Services. Inviacom currently serves senior living communities in 31 states. Click here for more details.

If you have questions on additional contracted vendors or are searching for any products or services, please contact Bobby Bernal at or call at 850.509.8112.

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More details to come!

We are excited to provide the following distance learning opportunities:

  • July 19: Identifying and Preventing Functional Decline in the Growing Acuity of AL/IL Communities
  • July 21: Using a Positive Approach to Dementia Care by Teepa Snow
  • July 28: Interventions to Support Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, Grief) During a Pandemic
  • August 5 and August 12: 2020 Finance Symposium
  • September 24: 2020 Fall Conference

Click here for additional distance learning opportunities.

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Platinum Member Spotlight

Thank you platinum members for your continued support!

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