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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 LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey or email membersurvey@leadingage.org. 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
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

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

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Advocacy in Action July 12, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 12, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2019
July 12, 2019

Senate and House Continue Work; CON Reform Moves Ahead
Both the Senate and the House had busy weeks as the two chambers continued work on a number of issues. They will return on Monday, July 15 and, among other items, consider a joint resolution (SJR 688) that calls on them to adjourn on Monday, July 22 and reconvene on Tuesday, August 27. Next week will continue the General Assembly’s focus on resolving the budget stalemate. At this point, neither chamber has taken a vote to override the Governor’s veto of the budget, in all probability because the votes do not exist on the House side to make that happen.

Because of the lack of movement on the override issue, a number of issues remain in limbo, including H 126 concerning the CON exemption for Medicare-certified home health for CCRCs. Also, caught up in the budget impasse is H 655, NC Health Care for Working Families, the House’s version of Medicaid Expansion “Lite." The House did pass its “mini-budget” bill, H 111, Supplemental Appropriations Act, which keeps the state’s bills being paid and programs eligible for federal monies, even though the state has been operating without an official budget since July 1.

The CON exemption bill has been removed from the Senate’s calendar and referred back to the Senate Health Committee. The leadership of that committee are sponsors and firm supporters of the legislation. Our understanding is that the bill was re-referred to committee to work out some details on thresholds that concern other items in the bill (not ours). It is very important that we not let up now on our efforts to provide information on this bill! We are coordinating with the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association and they have been extremely helpful.


What Does the EPA Pharmaceutical Rule Mean For You?
Effective Aug. 22, 2019, providers of aging services with hospice and nursing home settings will no longer be allowed to dispose of pharmaceuticals by flushing them down a toilet or sink drain. The prohibition is part of a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

All health care settings, including the hospice and nursing home settings mentioned above, will be prohibited from “sewering” pharmaceuticals classified as “hazardous waste.”

The list of pharmaceuticals covered by the rule includes, but is not limited to:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter drugs
  • Compounded drugs
  • Drugs remaining in a non-empty container
  • Clean-up materials from spills of pharmaceuticals
  • Homeopathic drugs
  • Dietary supplements

LeadingAge members that have an existing disposal process for pharmaceuticals, typically through a third party, will not be impacted by the rule. If a member still disposes of pharmaceuticals by sewering, however, it will have to plan for proper disposal by August of this year.

For additional information check out the Final Rule and the webinar from LeadingAge National.


“Surprise” Medical Bills Federal Legislation Begins to Face Headwinds
Kaiser Health News reports that “major health care players have a large interest in the outcome of any legislation on surprise medical bills, and they’re making their voices heard to lawmakers. The rumbles are creating fault lines for senators, who are all largely in favor of acting in some way to address the issue.” An AP story dives deeper into how the issue is playing out in individual states.

 

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




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Professional Development Update July 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, July 11, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2019
July 11, 2019

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


Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Beans and Dreams July  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


July's 90-minute roundtable in Charlotte is for anyone who participates
in your community's regulatory surveys. There is still time to register!

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
TOMORROW! July 12 - There is still time to register.
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

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


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


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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
o




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




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Advocacy in Action June 28, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    
June 28, 2019


CON Exemption for CCRCs Reemerges in New Bill
The North Carolina Senate Health Care committee yesterday resurrected an exemption from CON need determination for CCRCs wishing to provide Medicare-certified home health. The exemption, contained in House Bill 126, is in response to efforts by opponents of the exemption in gutting Senate Bill 361 and the removal of CON language from the consensus state budget plan released late Tuesday (see article below). With passage by the Senate Health Care committee, the bill now goes to the Rules and Operations of the Senate committee. Thanks to all who reached out to their elected officials to breathe life back into this exemption…and there’s still plenty of work ahead. Stay tuned!


Consensus State Budget Plan Released
House and Senate Republican leaders released their consensus state budget on Tuesday afternoon.  LeadingAge North Carolina is a proud member of the North Carolina Coalition on Aging, which provided a summary of key items in the budget related to aging interests.  When viewed in total, this budget plan provides the most support for aging related programs and services in over a decade. The budget does not include Medicaid expansion, which is the top priority of Governor Roy Cooper.  There is speculation that the Governor will veto the budget for that reason which could result in no approved spending plan by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.  If things drag out past July 1, state government will not shut down as funding stays as it is until a new budget is approved.


Amendment to Extend 7.5% Federal Medical Expense Deduction Defeated
The US House of Representatives Ways and Means committee met earlier this week to markup legislation related to a number of tax “extenders.” Among these was an amendment by Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), which would permanently lower the threshold for an itemized medical expense deduction from 10 percent of adjusted gross income to 7.5 percent. While there are bills in the House and Senate on this topic, separate from this tax bill that was marked up last week, it is unlikely at this point that they will gain traction, particularly not in the Senate.

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Member Update June 21, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 21, 2019
Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2019


June 21, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Click on the section you would like to view.

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



 


Surprise Move Removes CON Language from Senate Bill

Senate Bill 361, the CON Reform bill that included a provision exempting CCRCs from CON review for Medicare-certified home health, was presented in the Rules and Operations Committee of the Senate yesterday where major, unexpected changes were made. All language in the legislation referencing CON rules was removed and then the bill was reported out favorably. The bill has been calendared for a full Senate hearing June 24. We’ll be sending additional information about the hearing over the weekend. We’ll also be providing additional information on House Bill 966, the budget bill…it appears that both chambers are very close on a compromise that can be sent to the Governor.

LeadingAge National Policy Update
Back in session following the Memorial Day recess, the House is pushing forward with appropriations measures for fiscal year 2020, which begins on October 1. There still is no agreement, however, among the U.S. House, the Senate, and the White House on raising caps on discretionary spending that were imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Meanwhile, draft legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act is circulating in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, bills have been introduced to expand and make a wide range of improvements in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and the Senate Finance Committee leadership continues moving forward on legislation to continue the income tax medical expense deduction’s 7.5% adjusted gross income threshold. The update provides information on the following items:

  • Nursing home regulation
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities: Proposed Fiscal 2020 Medicare Rule
  • Reduction in Regulatory Burden: Patients Over Paperwork
  • Workforce
  • Immigration
  • Medicare Observation Days legislation
  • Hospice: Proposed Fiscal 2020 Medicare Rule
  • PACE Final Rule for 2020
  • Tools and Resources
  • And MUCH More

Efforts Build to End Lockouts of In-House CNA Training
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported earlier this week on the growing number of co-sponsors of legislation to end the 32 year-old rule prohibiting penalized skilled nursing facilities from providing in-house CNA training. LeadingAge supports House Bill 1265, which now has 13 co-sponsors. Civil monetary penalties can often be unrelated to improvement efforts and the current law makes it more difficult for nursing homes to recruit and retain direct care staff.

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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:

  • Business Member Meeting with Marsh & McLennan Agency - Raleigh
  • General Assembly Senate Health Care Committee - Raleigh
  • LeadingAge Professional Development Network meeting - San Diego
  • Meeting with NorCCRA’s Sindy Barker - Chapel Hill
  • Member Community visit - Aldersgate, Charlotte
  • Member Community visit - Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro
  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Health Services for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Morrisville

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Microsoft's Peter Lee, Greg Moore on the Role of Tech Giants in Healthcare

May 31, 2019, Fierce Healthcare
Peter Lee is Microsoft Healthcare's corporate vice president and Greg Moore, M.D. is Microsoft's new corporate vice president for health technology and a neuroradiologist by training. In this interview they discuss technology's growing footprint in healthcare.

The Globe Is Going Gray Fast, U.N. Says in New Forecast
June 17, 2019, The New York Times
According to projections by the United Nations, the world’s population may stop growing completely by 2100. The 2019 projection cited declining fertility as an underlying trend. It also said people 65 or older were the fastest-growing segments of the global population.

Move-in Crucial Time to Support Resident Mental Health, Suicide Study Suggests
June 17, 2019, McKnight's Senior Living
New research suggests retirement communities could play a role in supporting the mental health of its residents, particularly when new residents are transitioning into the community. Please share this article with your wellness and marketing staff. Included are links to two toolkits they may find helpful, one from the the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the other from LeadingAge national.

The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.
June 7, 2019, The New York Times
Surgical complication rates are high among the oldest patients. Now a surgeons’ group will propose standards for hospitals operating on the elderly. Those standards may include geriatric-friendly physical spaces, patient pre-habilitation prior to surgery, intensive communication efforts, and more. The medical staff at your community may want to consider these findings when consulting with residents about surgery.

5 Articles for June
The LTSS Center @UMass Boston recommends these five articles for your June reading list.

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Complete the Member Survey Today

Earlier this month, LeadingAge National launched a member survey. Please check your inboxes! The survey is designed to produce an array of meaningful data that will help LeadingAge National and LeadingAge North Carolina conduct data-driven planning and decision making. Please take 10-12 minutes out of your day to complete this important survey. Each individual who completes the survey by 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. A detailed email was sent to CEOs Wednesday. Please act now to update your community's data by sharing that email with the most appropriate staff person. If you have any questions about accessing your profile, feel free to contact Jennifer Gill or Leslie Roseboro at (919) 571-8333.

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read newsletters from the past 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!

Celebrate All Month Long in June
Mark your calendar for the days and weeks to celebrate in June!

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Trustees of the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation volunteer their time and expertise to enrich the field of aging services. We are grateful for Dale Melton's four years of service to the Foundation board. Read on to learn a little more about Dale, who recently became executive director of Covenant Village in Gastonia.

1. Why did you become involved in Leading Age NC?
In my earlier career in higher education fundraising and advancement I depended upon the high value and strong professional development resources provided by quality professional associations. As a leader in the senior living industry over the past seven years, I have continued this practice in order to strengthen my leadership and guide our community to provide resident care that is on the leading edge of service and quality.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
One of life’s grace-filled, but hardest lessons is that the best results are accomplished together—and few, if any, are accomplished alone!! At Covenant Village, our motto is Living Longer Better—and we have added Together.

As someone committed fully to lifelong learning and continuous improvement, the educational aspect of our collective work is deeply meaningful. The annual conference and continuing education offerings throughout the year are vital resources to our community. Additionally, I have found that interactions with LeadingAge NC colleagues offer vital learning experiences. As a new executive, I have been blessed by countless emails and phone calls to colleagues throughout the state and at the NC LeadingAge office that provide just the right guidance and insight I have needed.

I have also relied upon the LeadingAge role of Advocacy. I have leaned upon this benefit with recent issues regarding state vs. federal regulations for our uncertified health centers.

3. If you had unlimited resources, what is the one thing you as a board member would like to do for the population we serve?
Ensure that every senior adult, no matter their income or zip code, has access to the qualitative impact and holistic wellness aspects that our communities currently provide to a limited population.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
I would overwhelmingly want to trade places with a frontline, heart-of-the-house service position—particularly a CNA!! These vital positions are the touchpoint where we truly impact and enhance life lived in community. These are the relationships and presence in our communities that incarnate who we are and why we exist. Our frontline, heart-of-house staff are LeadingAge NC!!

5. What do you do to relax, to get away, to recharge your batteries?
I recharge with quiet time. So, I read. I particularly love books about leadership and emotional intelligence. One that I would currently recommend is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

When I want to be inspired, I connect with family. Time with family is a high value for Michelle and me! Our daughter recently shared with us—unsolicited—that she is done accumulating in life (and she is really young!). All that matters now is quality time with family and friends. Amen. I feel very blessed when we seek out good conversation and life-sharing experiences over great food and engaged table fellowship.

Now … Throw in a couple of rounds of golf, a trip to an art gallery, or watching a college sports event. . . then Life is golden, and all things are possible!!

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


PDPM Intensive
June 27
10am-2pm
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem



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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Advocacy in Action June 14, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 14, 2019
Updated: Friday, June 14, 2019

    
June 14, 2019


Senate Health Care, Finance Committees Move Forward with CON Exemption for CCRCs

Earlier this week, the Senate Health Care and Senate Finance committees each passed Senate Bill 361. Included in the bill is a provision exempting CCRCs from CON review for Medicare-certified home health. The bill now goes to the Rules and Operations Committee of the Senate. During Wednesday’s Senate Health Care Committee hearing, Sen. Joyce Krawieck (the bill’s primary sponsor and co-chair of the Health Care committee) indicated that she had heard from “so many staff and residents of continuing care retirement communities over the past several days.” At the same time that the Senate is hearing Senate Bill 361, a conference committee made up of a select group of Representatives and Senators has been meeting to hammer out a compromise on the budget. Contained in the budget bill (House Bill 966) is a provision that mirrors the language in Senate Bill 361 on our exemption from CON for Medicare-certified home health (included on page 144 of the bill that was available at press time).


General Assembly in Final Negotiations Over State Budget
The North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate have formed a conference committee to negotiate a final version of the state’s two-year budget. Once the two chambers have reached agreement, their version of the budget will go to Governor Roy Cooper. It is widely believed that Cooper will veto the budget if it does not contain Medicaid expansion. The budget continues to honor the state’s longstanding tax policy provisions affecting nonprofits, including the property tax exemption and the sales tax refund. While the Senate Health Care committee has approved a bill (Senate Bill 361) exempting CCRCs from the CON need determination process for Medicare-certified home health (see article above), the Senate’s budget proposal also includes the language. The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has prepared a helpful comparison chart highlighting many key nonprofit provisions in the House and Senate versions of the budget.


LeadingAge NC Participates in PACE Final Rule Information Sharing
Earlier this week, LeadingAge NC participated in a call with LeadingAge national and PACE sites from around the country to discuss the impact of the final rule for PACE recently announced by CMS. Brendan Flinn, Director of Home and Community-Based Services for LeadingAge national, provided information and context for those participating. As a reminder, late last month CMS announced a new final rule for PACE programs. The final rule increases flexibility for PACE programs and may have the effect of expanding access to PACE among consumers. LeadingAge has prepared a summary analysis of the final rule (also in PDF). Members with questions or comments about the Final Rule are encouraged to reach out to Brendan.


Hill Action on Spending, Medical Expense Deduction, and Housing Credit
Congress is abuzz with activity. The House is considering a package of spending bills, including its fiscal year 2020 (FY20) HHS appropriations bill. Next week, the week of June 17, the House will consider its FY20 HUD appropriations bill as part of another spending package. In addition to these appropriations measures, three non-appropriations issues are also in motion.

First, LeadingAge national is supporting H.R. 2073 and S. 110, bi-partisan legislation to make permanent the 7.5% threshold for the medical expense deduction. LeadingAge national has joined over 50 other consumer and aging services organizations in a letter supporting these bills. Second, national is pouring over the Senate Health, Education and Labor (HELP) Committee's bipartisan discussion draft to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). Of note, the draft does not address any changes to Title V, the SCSEP Programs, that are a priority for LeadingAge and were included in the recommendations of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to the HELP Committee. Third, we were thrilled to see the June 4 introduction of Senate and House bills to expand and strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The bills would expand state Housing Credit allocations by 50% and make several improvements, including clarifying some year-15 issues to help nonprofits attain communities after investors absorb their tax benefits and a basis boost for communities serving extremely low-income households.


New Edition of Research Update Now Online
The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston just released the latest edition of Research Update, their regular online newsletter about recent developments in the long-term services and supports world. Check out articles on what we can learn from state efforts to finance LTSS, family caregiving from a distance, and the home-care workforce.



LeadingAge National Webinar
RoPs Overview: Compliance and Ethics Enforcement

Tuesday, June 18
2-3 p.m. ET


How did you become involved in LeadingAge North Carolina?
I met the previous executive director down in New Bern as we were both sailors. I was fortunate when Tom Akins came on board that we hit it off and have had a great working relationship ever since.

What makes our mission meaningful to you?
The options that our community residents (and not quite residents) have in choosing how they want to spend their later years, knowing that the CCRC/LPC staff will be there in good times and trying times. That has to be such a gift of peace of mind.


If you had a magic wand, what is the one thing you as our lobbyist would like to do for the population we serve?

CON REFORM!!!

If you could share one gold nugget of information with the LeadingAge North Carolina membership, what would you want them to know?
Although, I am at the legislative building everyday they are in session and a lot of days they are out, the LeadingAge NC membership has a more powerful voice collectively than I do. They should use it more often.


What do you do to relax, to get away, to recharge your batteries?
Ride my horse, sailing, hiking and a really good glass of Bourbon, Pinot Noir or Cabernet.

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



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Professional Development Update June 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, June 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    
June 13, 2019


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

PDPM Intensive
June 27
10am-2pm
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem



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

LeadingAge National Webinar
RoPs Overview: Compliance and Ethics Enforcement

Tuesday, June 18
2-3 p.m. ET


Neil Medical
16th Annual Educational Summit
June 19-20
High Point


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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Raleigh, NC  27601
Ph. 919.571.8333 | Fax 919.869.1811
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Membership Update June 7, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 7, 2019
Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2019


June 7, 2019

Contents
Click on the section you would like to view.
Advocacy & Policy
On the Road for You

Strategic Thinking
Member Questions
News & Notes
Volunteer Spotlight

Professional Development
Value First



Advocacy & Policy

Medicare Observation Stays and Surprise Medical Billing
When the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing May 21 on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills, LeadingAge joined a coalition of other stakeholders in telling the subcommittee that the Medicare "observation stays" issue is a big part of the problem that needs to be resolved. LeadingAge’s statement for the hearing record pointed out that Medicare beneficiaries whose hospital stays are designated as outpatient/observation are "surprised" when confronted with bills for post-acute care not covered by Medicare because of the beneficiary's failure to meet the three-day inpatient stay requirement. In this situation, Medicare beneficiaries are hit with the same high out-of-pocket spending that confronts other patients encountering surprise medical bills. LeadingAge urged the committee to take the action necessary to prevent surprise billing of Medicare beneficiaries who have been hospitalized on an outpatient basis for observation. The remedy supported by LeadingAge is H.R. 1682/S. 753, the "Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act." This legislation would count all time a Medicare beneficiary spends in a hospital bed, whether as an inpatient or an outpatient, toward satisfaction of the three-day stay requirement. The legislation is a simple, straightforward means of eliminating the observation stays problem and has bipartisan cosponsorship.

CMS Announces PACE Final Rule
On May 28, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a new final rule for PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) programs. The final rule increases flexibility for PACE programs and may have the effect of expanding access to PACE among consumers. LeadingAge is hosting a briefing on the Final Rule for members on June 11 at 4pm EST. Email Brendan Flinn of the LeadingAge staff if you are interested in participating in the call. LeadingAge has prepared a summary analysis of the final rule (also in PDF). Members with questions or comments about the Final Rule are encouraged to reach out to Brendan Flinn of the LeadingAge staff.

CMS 2020 SNF Policy Rule Comment Deadline Approaching
June 18 marks the deadline for making comments to CMS on the recently released 2020 SNF policy rule. Click here for a detailed summary of the proposed rule from our friends at CliftonLarsonAllen.

A Closer Look at the North Carolina Medicaid Program
Founded in November 2011 as a North Carolina nonprofit, North Carolina Health News is an independent news organization devoted to covering health care in the state. Their most recent edition included an excellent piece about what you need to know about North Carolina Medicaid, a big sprawling program that looms large in the state budget and will be in the news in coming months.

Senate Aging Committee Seeks Recommendations
LeadingAge national will be submitting comments to the U.S. Senate Aging Committee, which is producing a report focused on the prevention and management of falls and fall-related injuries. Click here to view a letter from Chairman Susan Collins and Ranking Member Bob Casey inviting stakeholders to provide recommendations that will inform their work. Members are invited and encouraged to submit recommendations to the committee. Responses are due on June 26th and all written comments to the Special Committee on Aging should be submitted via email to AnnualReport@aging.senate.gov.

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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:

  • LeadingAge NC Maintenance Workshop - Glenaire, Cary
  • Member Community visit - The Cedars of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
  • Member Community visit - Aldersgate, Charlotte
  • LeadingAge National Alignment Agreement Meeting - Chicago
  • Member Community visit - River Landing at Sandy Ridge, Colfax
  • The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. Board Retreat - Colfax
  • Member Community visit - LIFE/PACE St. Joseph of the Pines, Fayetteville
  • Member Community visit - United Church Homes and Services, Newton
  • Member Community visit - Piedmont Crossing, Thomasville

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Strategic Thinking

The Bond Market is Trying to Tell Us Something (Worry)
May 30, 2019, The New York Times
The bond market is full of important clues about the economy. Here's what to make of it.

Middle-Income Seniors Risk Falling Through Cracks in Housing Market
May 28, 2019, The Washington Post
In the next decade, the number of seniors who are middle income is projected to soar, and a large share of them will be unable to afford housing and care, according to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs. Over the past 40 years, the housing market for seniors has expanded widely, but new development has focused largely on higher-end facilities.

Is the Sandwich Generation Financially Sound?
PNC
The sandwich generation is defined as those who are simultaneously caring for their children and elderly family members. PNC surveyed members of this group to gauge the generation’s financial stressors and preparedness.

Study: Immigrants Account for 25.7% of Workforce in Long-Term Care Sector (Includes Senior Living)
June 4, 2019, McKnight's Senior Living
According to a study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs, immigrants accounted for 25.7% of the workforce in the nonformal long-term care sector in 2017, including senior living. Theirs is the first study to examine the role of immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, directly hired by private households and nonmedical facilities, such as senior housing and independent living sections of continuing care retirement communities, to assist older adults and disabled people.

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It
May 27, 2019, Wired
Set aside a few minutes to consider what you want to allow Google to track about you, and what you'd like to block. This article will show you how.

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Thanks to everyone who keeps the member questions going strong by responding. Click on the links below to view redacted disaster plans submitted in response to the member question on that topic.

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News and Notes

Complete the Member Survey Today
Yesterday, LeadingAge National launched a member survey. Please check your inboxes! The survey is designed to produce an array of meaningful data that will help LeadingAge National and LeadingAge North Carolina conduct data-driven planning and decision making. Please take 10-12 minutes out of your day to complete this important survey. Each individual who completes the survey by 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. A detailed email will be sent to CEOs soon. Please act now by asking the most appropriate staff person to update your community's data. If you have any questions about accessing your profile, feel free to contact Jennifer Gill or Leslie Roseboro at (919) 571-8333.

Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them.
June 4, 2019, The New York Times
The rate of deaths after falls is rising for people over 75, a new study shows. But falls are avoidable for most seniors. This article offers some tips.

Deadline Extended to June 14: LeadingAge Annual Awards
The 2019 LeadingAge National Awards deadline has been extended to Friday, June 14. If you'd like to submit a nomination for the Award of Honor, the RWJF Health Equity Award, or the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing please do so here.

The Unpaid Cost of Long-Term Care
June 4, 2019, Axios
Family members, especially spouses, are providing a lot of end-of-life care right now, with little or no support, per Health Affairs. By the numbers: Nearly 15 million Americans (often family) act as unpaid caregivers for older people, often family — and spouses, especially, often have to go it alone.

  • 55% of spouses who are married to someone with a disability and who’s not living in a nursing home serve as solo caregivers.
  • Among those who had help, most got it from their children, rather than trained professionals.
  • Looking after an older family member is a full-time job — solo caregivers averaged more than 40 hours a week.

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read newsletters from the past 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!

Celebrate All Month Long in June
Mark your calendar for the days and weeks to celebrate in June!

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Volunteer Spotlight


Jane Baker
Executive Director
NC Board of Examiners
  for Nursing Home Administrators

Trustees of the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation volunteer their time and expertise to enrich the field of aging services. If you hold a nursing home administrator license in North Carolina you may already know Foundation trustee Jane Baker. We are grateful for her four years of service to the Foundation board. Read on to learn a little more about Jane.

1. Why did you become involved in Leading Age NC?
As Executive Director of the NC State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, I try to be involved as much as I can with both Associations in order to spend time with my AITs and Administrators to learn their personalities and their career goals. Therefore, when I was asked to serve on the Foundation Board, I was honored and thought this would enhance my knowledge further about Continuing Care Retirement Communities. By attending, I witness the education, policy making and advocacy for your members that LeadingAge provides on a regular basis.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
The mission is meaningful to me because I see how all the communities work together to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the seniors of our state who deserve the very best.

3. If you had unlimited resources, what is the one thing you as a board member would like to do for the population we serve?
I see senior living in both the for-profit facilities and the not-for-profit communities and my wish would be for all seniors to live in a beautiful environment and be cared for by quality staff who take a special interest in their residents and show them love and respect.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
I would like to be a resident in a facility and/or community so that I could share that experience with my AITs. It would also be valuable knowledge when creating model curricula for our interns in this ever-changing profession.

5. What do you do to relax, to get away, to recharge your batteries?
I love to cook and entertain; people say I am crazy, but I find it relaxing to have family and friends around the table. I also find reading very relaxing. My husband and I both enjoy time at the beach and the mountains to get away and recharge.

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Professional Development

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


PDPM Intensive
June 27
10am-2pm
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem



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
o




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

LeadingAge National Webinar
RoPs Overview: Compliance and Ethics Enforcement

Tuesday, June 18
2-3 p.m. ET


Neil Medical
16th Annual Educational Summit
June 19-20
High Point


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




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Inclusion Insights May 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 31, 2019
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019


May 31, 2019

Welcome to the twelfth edition of Inclusion Insights, a regular publication of LeadingAge North Carolina highlighting trends, practices, and news related to inclusion and diversity issues in aging services. We welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas.


Research

CCRC Diversity Studies from UNC's Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Click on the titles below to view studies conducted by James Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. who led LeadingAge North Carolina's recent diversity research.

The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace is Now Overwhelming
April 29, 2019, World Economic Forum
Bookmark this article for a resource packed with links to research on a variety of diversity and inclusion issues including its impact on innovation and performance, as well as the impact of millennials, the state of women in the workforce, and more.

Why Hasn't Mentoring Brought More Diversity to Senior Management?
April 16, 2019, Fortune
A recent survey of more than 3,000 full-time white-collar employees and executives nationwide found that 71% of self-described sponsors (mentors) say their top protégé is the same race or sex as they are. Read this article to learn how to avoid the "mini-me" mentoring syndrome - especially if the goal of your mentoring program is to increase diversity.



Leadership

Fast-Tracking Board Diversity: New Report Defines Strategic Approach to Changing Board Composition
May 21, 2019, Diversity Best Practices
A new report from WomenCorporateDirectors with audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP's Board Leadership Center shows specific steps organizations can take to increase diversity at the board level – and how this effort can drive change deeper in the organization. The full report, Diversity in the Boardroom: Pushing Forward, Reaching Back, is available from this article, along with overall recommendations and a video.

Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One
March 29, 2019, Harvard Business Review
Inclusive leadership assures that all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued and sense that they belong, and are confident and inspired. What specific actions can leaders take to be more inclusive? The authors have researched and identified 17 behaviors that are equally important and mutually reinforcing.

Breaking Bias: Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare Cannot be Left to Chance
May 18, 2019, Modern Healthcare
The president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic shares specific initiatives taken to increase the clinic's cultural competence including a Time's Up Healthcare pledge, Hispanic clinic, LGBT clinic, and the strategic leadership of its Office for Diversity and Inclusion and more.

 


Workforce

Recruiting, Empowering, Developing and Retaining Diverse Talent
April 23, 2019, Diversity Best Practices
Two years ago Fifth Third Bank launched an initiative to establish key relationships with and recruit from historically black colleges and universities. Hosetta Coleman is Senior Vice President, University Relations at Fifth Third Bank and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Read her first hand account of the program development and evolution. And please note that North Carolina is home to ten four-year historically black colleges and universities.

Employers Incorporate Diversity and Inclusion into Healthcare, Benefits and Perks
April 9, 2019, HR Dive
To attract and retain talent, and to drive employee engagement, employers are expanding the concept of diversity and inclusion by incorporating it into workplace culture, benefits and perks, compensation and well-being programs. This, according to a Willis Towers Watson report entitled 2019 Emerging Trends in Health Care Survey which polled 535 employers.

Inclusion Is Invisible: How To Measure It
April 21, 2019, Forbes
Whereas diversity is relatively easy to measure, inclusion is typically described in qualitative, often subjective terms. Using a healthcare metaphor, the author helps us reconcile the importance of creating an inclusive organization with the difficulty of defining and measuring inclusion.


Upcoming Events

NC Chamber
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference

June 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703

SAGE: Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders

Help preserve the stories of LGBTQ elders. During the month of June 2019, SAGE is asking people across America to pick up their mobile devices and use the StoryCorps App to record the personal stories of people within the LGBT community, particularly those who were born before the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Each of these interviews will become a permanent part of American history at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Diversity and HR Solutions
The 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Reimagine Diversity: Driving Cultural Intelligence
August 7, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brier Creek Country Club
Raleigh, NC


Resources


Diversity Holidays

June

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

June 3-4 (sundown to sundown): Eid al-Fitr, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutuba (sermon), and give Zakat al-Fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.

June 8-10 (sundown to sundown): Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that has double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai.

June 9: Pentecost, the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.

June 14: Flag Day in the United States, observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.

June 15: St. Vladimir Day, a Roman Catholic feast celebrating St. Vladimir.

June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.

June 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.

June 16: Trinity Sunday, observed in the Western Christian faith as a feast in honor of the Holy Trinity.

June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War.

June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.

June 19: New Church Day, according to Christian belief, on this day the Lord called together the 12 disciples who had followed him on earth, instructed them in the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem, and sent them out to teach that “the Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages and ages.” This was the beginning of the New Christian Church.

June 20: Corpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrating the presence of the body and blood of Christ, in the Eucharist.

June 21: Litha, the summer solstice celebrated by the Wiccans and Pagans. It is the longest day of the year, representing the sun’s “annual retreat.”

June 21: First Nations Day, a day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.

June 23: All Saints’ Day, celebrated by many Eastern Christian churches on this day in June, in recognition of all known and unknown saints.

June 28: Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church

.June 29: Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome for the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Last Sunday in June: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.


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