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Independence Day Holiday Office Closure

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Monday, July 4, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016
The staff of LeadingAge North Carolina wishes everyone a safe and relaxing holiday!  Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the holiday.  

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Membership Update July 1, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016
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July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day!


The staff of LeadingAge North Carolina wishes everyone a safe and relaxing Independence Day holiday weekend!  Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in honor of the holiday.  The Member Update will return on Friday, July 15.



LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Membership Update June 17, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 17, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2016
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June 17, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

State Budget Negotiations Begin

The General Assembly is trying to reach agreement on a final version of the state budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. While the House and Senate have competing versions, a conference committee has been appointed to try and hammer out differences, all with the hope of having a compromise spending plan on Governor Pat McCrory’s desk by early July (some legislators are even hoping to have the session finished by Independence Day). The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has prepared a handy guide outlining key differences in the House and Senate proposals. 

Certificate of Need Bill

The North Carolina Senate Health Care committee met earlier this week to discuss a bill that would phase out the state's certificate of need process over a five-year period. House Bill 161, which as originally drafted and passed by the House of Representatives would have named a state cat, was instead gutted by the Senate Rules committee and replaced with wording that would repeal the state’s certificate of need process by January 1, 2021. The committee heard testimony but took no vote. It is unclear what action, if any, will occur before the end of the current legislative session. The LeadingAge North Carolina board of directors earlier this year adopted a set of public policy priorities for the current session. The priorities include encouraging the General Assembly to "work to permit nonprofit continuing care retirement communities to provide Medicare-certified home health services to their residents and exempt them from the necessity of obtaining a certificate of need."

Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 - 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan

The CMS Survey and Certification Group 2016/2017 Nursing Home Action Plan is located on the CMS website in the download section. A summary by LeadingAge can be found here.

Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) - DRAFT

CMS released SC 16-25-NH - Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) that has information related to the DRAFT RAI Manual. The DRAFT RAI Manual v1.14 was posted to the Nursing Home Quality Initiative web page. The manual is located in the "downloads" section of the web page so users can preview significant changes before the effective date of October 1, 2016.



Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download).  If you weren't able to attend the first session, the learning style makes attending one or both of the remaining sessions possible. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Finance Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia
(Formerly entitled CFO Workshop)

Click Here to Register Now!

Date & LocationRegistrationCredits
July 14$150 for Members8.0 CPE
8am - 5pm$100 for add'l person from same community7.0 NHA
Springmoor$225 Non-Members
Raleigh, NC

Join us for this first-ever collaborative venture between LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Virginia finance professionals, including CFOs.

Topics include:

  • Medicare Advantage: Denials, billing, insurance update, bundled payments, developing data driven culture/cost reporting
  • Pricing strategies and trends, specifically as it relates to entry fees
  • Investment policies
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Social accountability/community benefit reporting: standardized format and definitions
  • Financing moderately-priced senior housing 

Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Click Here to Register Now!
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                                               -LeadingAge Connecticut President

Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 

Customer Service Seminar
(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
Registration Now Open!
Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 15

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 16 

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff from any department will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


Strategic Thinking 

How to Evaluate, Manage, and Strengthen Your Resilience

A great Harvard Business Review article looks at a few fundamental things you can do to actually evaluate, manage, and strengthen your own resilience.

Long-Term Services and Supports Costs Continue to Rise

According to a recent survey by Genworth Financial, the costs of long-term services and supports continued to climb in 2016 as they have for the past 13 years. Costs of nursing home care and assisted living increased more rapidly than the cost of homemaker and home health care, according to the survey. The survey breaks down average costs by state as well as nationwide.

 


News and Notes

LeadingAge Washington Update

Barbara Gay, LeadingAge Vice President of Public Policy Communication, took advantage of the Congressional recess to update LeadingAge’s fact sheet on where member issues stand on Capitol Hill.

Save the Date: NC CCC Diversity Workshop

The North Carolina Culture Change Coalition presents a workshop on Embracing Diversity. With 4 dates in October in Rocky Mount, Hickory, Matthews, and Wilmington you will not want to miss this important event. Please click here for more information. 

Nominate Your Best for the McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing by June 30

June 30, 2016 is the application deadline for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and will receive a $1,000 cash award, airfare, lodging and registration for the meeting. CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a deserving individual.

Innovation Master Class Registration Now Open

The Innovation Master Class, an exciting new offering from LeadingAge national, debuts in late July. Information about this groundbreaking program, including registration details, is available by CLICKING HERE. 

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to Suzanne Pugh and her team at Aldersgate who were featured in a recent Charlotte Observer article for their work helping to transform east Charlotte. As part of their latest initiative, a Center for Health, Education, and Opportunity, they will partner with Johnston YMCA, UNC Charlotte and Windsor Park Elementary for a series of planned initiatives aimed at improving the overall health of east Charlotte, including a summer reading program for students in the neighborhoods around Aldersgate. Some officials are calling the Center, the "ideal training ground for the next generation of health and human services professionals.” Click here to read more.



LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Membership Update June 3, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 3, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2016
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June 3, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina Senate Unveils Budget Plan

Senate leaders Tuesday afternoon provided details of the chamber's budget for 2016-17, saying their budget cuts taxes for the middle class, controls state spending growth to about 2.3%, puts $583 million into the state's rainy day fund and increases teacher pay more than the House budget. Unlike the House budget, the Senate plan doesn't provide across-the-board raises for state employees but instead includes more than $180 million for performance-based raises or bonuses. The Senate also doesn't offer cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, as chamber leaders said the long-term financial liabilities are too great. The House plan includes 1.6 percent COLAs, costing more than $700 million over time. In tax changes, the Senate budget includes an increase in the standard deduction, bringing it to $17,500 in $1,000 increments over two years for married taxpayers filing jointly. The House plan would phase in the increases over four years. It does not appear that the Senate plan makes any changes to the sales tax refund process. Senate leaders hope to have their version of the budget passed by the weekend, setting up a conference committee process next week to iron out differences between its spending blueprint and the one previously approved by the House. A copy of the Senate plan can be found by clicking here.

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to wellness programs offered by employers that request health information from employees and their spouses. The two rules provide guidance to both employers and employees about how workplace wellness programs can comply with the ADA and GINA consistent with provisions governing wellness programs in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act). Here is a link to a Kaiser Health Article on this rule.

OSHA Releases New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Requirement

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses. The rule will impact SNFs.

Senate Bill Includes RAD for PRAC Eligibility, Funding

After months of advocacy by LeadingAge members, the Senate HUD appropriations committee has included eligibility for HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration to include Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) and provided $4 million to assist in these conversions in its fiscal year 2017 bill. This is great news and the first step in what will be a long fiscal year 2017 appropriations season. There are 2,900 Section 202 communities with PRACs; many of them could decide that participating in RAD will help them preserve their affordable properties. For more information about the bill, go here.


Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download).  If you weren't able to attend the first session, the learning style makes attending one or both of the remaining sessions possible. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Finance Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia
(Formerly entitled CFO Workshop)

Click Here to Register Now!

Date & LocationRegistrationCredits
July 14$150 for Members8.0 CPE
8am - 5pm$100 for add'l person from same community7.0 NHA
Springmoor$225 Non-Members
Raleigh, NC

Join us for this first-ever collaborative venture between LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Virginia finance professionals, including CFOs.

Topics include:

  • Medicare Advantage: Denials, billing, insurance update, bundled payments, developing data driven culture/cost reporting
  • Pricing strategies and trends, specifically as it relates to entry fees
  • Investment policies
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Social accountability/community benefit reporting: standardized format and definitions
  • Financing moderately-priced senior housing 

Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Click Here to Register Now!
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                             -LeadingAge Connecticut President

Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 

Customer Service Seminar
(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
Registration Now Open!
Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 15

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 16 

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff from any department will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


Strategic Thinking 


Boomer Expectations Outlined in New Report

The Insured Retirement Institute, the leading association for the retirement income industry, is out with their latest update to "Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2016." It’s a fascinating look at the coming demographic and full of information you can use in your planning and positioning efforts. Special thanks to Tad Melton with Ziegler for sharing this report.

The Roles and Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards

This Education Spotlight provides LeadingAge members with information and resources on how board members can effectively fulfill their ethical, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

When Should You Take a Break from Caregiving?

If you are caring for an older loved one, you may need respite care to keep from getting burned out. This article featured in Forbes magazine is part of the Next Avenue "When Should You…” series on aging milestones for parents or loved ones, addressing common caregiving concerns. 


News and Notes

Updated Electronic Health Records White Paper Now Available from LeadingAge

An updated white paper on "Electronic Health Records for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care: A Primer on Planning and Vendor Selection” is now available. It guides organizations through an interdisciplinary planning for EHR, including defining the needed specifications.
 

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

LeadingAge National is a member of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and is addressing the eldercare crisis from a national perspective. The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 31 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America.

To address our nation's worsening eldercare crisis, the Alliance will build a caring and competent eldercare workforce, joining in partnership with older adults, their families and other unpaid caregivers to provide high-quality, culturally-sensitive, person-directed, family-focused care and improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. Learn more about the Alliance here.

Nominate Your Best for the McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing by June 30

June 30, 2016 is the application deadline for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and will receive a $1,000 cash award, airfare, lodging and registration for the meeting. CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a deserving individual.

Innovation Master Class Registration Now Open

The Innovation Master Class, an exciting new offering from LeadingAge national, debuts in late July. Information about this groundbreaking program, including registration details, is available by CLICKING HERE.


Voter ID Laws: Residents of Healthcare Facilities

If you are unsure what your residents (or you) need to bring to vote in the primary this Tuesday, June 7 and the general election on November 8, please reference this helpful information from the NC Board of Elections. Please also consider posting the information on your resident portal, closed circuit tv, and bulletin boards. Sherry McLamb and Ted Fitzgerald are voter outreach specialists with the NC Board of Elections and are available to visit your resident association meeting or any other forum at your community to explain the voter ID laws and to answer questions so that your residents are prepared. Please feel free to contact them directly. Sherry may be reached at 919-857-4668. Ted is available at 919-715-7480. 


Congratulations


Pat Sprigg Shares Lessons Learned


Congratulations to Pat Sprigg, President and CEO of Carol Woods Retirement Community, for her feature in LeadingAge national’s new column, "This I Have Learned,” a new recurring column in their online magazine featuring not-for-profit leaders’ lessons learned. To read the article click here. Thank you for sharing words of wisdom, Pat!  


 

Select Rehabilitation is a LeadingAge North Carolina member and a Value First vendor. Did you stop by their booth at the Trade Show in Myrtle Beach? Amy Jones was there! Click here to learn more about how to contact Amy and about Select Rehab’s therapy services.

Value First is a group purchasing organization (GPO) owned by LeadingAge North Carolina and 24 state affiliates from across the country and provides discounts on a comprehensive range of products and services including construction services, food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, vehicle purchases and more.

Whether you are buying retail or purchasing through a group purchasing organization, Value First GPO can do a cost study to compare what you are currently paying against pricing available through Value First.

Cost studies are a free membership benefit! Click here to submit your Cost Study Request. Or fill out and return the attached request sheet via email or fax.

Do you have questions and would like additional information? Feel free to contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar, at 404-421-3956. 



LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Memorial Day Observance

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, May 26, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day as we honor those who have died in active military service.

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Membership Update May 20, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016
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May 20, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

General Assembly Update

The General Assembly this past week concentrated on budget issues. Included in that work was a House proposal released earlier this week that would give raises to state workers and teachers. The proposal – which is more generous than that originally proposed by Governor Pat McCrory – would give teachers a pay raise of up to 5 percent and most other state workers a 2 percent raise. The House Republican proposal, approved and forwarded to the Senate yesterday, also included a tax cut (first proposed by Senate leaders) that would increase the standard deduction for personal income taxes by up to $2,000. The increase would be phased in over a four-year period. The Senate is in the process of developing its own version of the budget. We continue to monitor – in collaboration with a number of other organizations – any potential changes to the sales tax refund cap.
 

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities

CMS announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals, Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities, critical access hospitals, inpatient hospice facilities, programs for all-inclusive care for the elderly, religious non-medical healthcare institutions, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID). This rule adopts updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, as well as provisions of the NFPA’s 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code.

Medicare Part-A SNF Rate Calculator Update for 2017

This tool calculates the SNF Medicare Part-A proposed rates for FY 2017, to be effective October 1, 2016. Please note: The 2017 copay is not yet available as of this posting and the 2016 copay ($161) has been used as an estimate and placeholder for 2017. The calculator will be updated and revised when the 2017 copay is available.

Lab and Radiology Declared Optional for PBJ Purposes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made someimportant updates to the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Policy Manual. Members are encouraged to access the manual and review the changes marked in red.

New Nursing Home Compare Quality Measures Officially in Place

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website.

 


Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

We encourage you to register your managers for the upcoming three part mid managers series. While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download). While we do encourage participants to attend all three sessions, it is not required so join us for the second and/or third session. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


CFO Workshop with LeadingAge Virginia
Registration Opens Next Week

Date & LocationRegistrationCredits
July 14$150 for Members7.0 CPE
8am - 5pm$100 for add'l person from same community6.0 NHA
Springmoor$225 Non-Members
Raleigh, NC

Topics include:

  • Medicare Advantage: Denials, billing, insurance update, bundled payments, developing data driven culture/cost reporting
  • Pricing strategies and trends, specifically as it relates to entry fees
  • Investment policies
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Social accountability/community benefit reporting: standardized format and definitions
  • Financing moderately-priced senior housing 


Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Registration Opens Next Week
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                              -LeadingAge Connecticut President


Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 


Workshop for Frontline Staff
Registration Opens Next Week

Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


Strategic Thinking 

What is the Economic Impact of Life Plan Communities?

LeadingAge national recently highlighted the Economic Impact Study commissioned by LeadingAge North Carolina and conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. The article from national summarizes the content of the study and provides key talking points that might help you have conversations with your local and state leaders as well as with your board about the economic impact of your community.

What's So Great About Good Data?

Steve Maag, Director of Residential Communities with LeadingAge national, underscores the usefulness of data about our field in this article.

Aging Issues that Need Addressing at Election Time

In this Los Angeles Daily News article the author highlights several issues related to aging that should be addressed by political candidates from either side: ageism, poverty, Alzheimer’s, Medicare, and creating a place for mature adults. How well are your officials representing aging issues? Click here to determine who your elected officials are.

How to Raise Money with Facebook

Are you using your Facebook page wisely? Are you wondering why your community needs a Facebook page at all? Read this article to learn more about what a social media presence can do for your organization. The nonprofit featured in this article held a wildly successful fundraising campaign using social media.

 


News and Notes

New Directors and Trustees Elected

The annual business meeting of LeadingAge North Carolina, held in conjunction with last Thursday morning’s general session at the annual conference, featured election of officers and directors. Elected to two-year officer terms: Chair – Bob Wernet (Deerfield), Chair Elect – David Kidder (Pisgah Valley), Treasurer – Lee Syria (United Church Homes and Services), Secretary – Suzanne Pugh (Aldersgate), Past Chair – Kevin McLeod (Carolina Meadows. Elected to two-year director terms: Pam Fox (Twin Lakes Community), Anita Holt (The Forest at Duke), Mark Kolada (WhiteStone), Kevin Parries (Carolina Village), Mark Steele (Salemtowne). The board of directors also elected Sindy Barker, a resident at Carol Woods, to a one-year term as a resident director. In addition, the board of directors elected eight new trustees to the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, including Jane Baker (North Carolina Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators), Jeff Hutchins (Penick Village), David Lacy (Southminster), Hector McEachern (The McEachern Group), Dale Melton (Salemtowne), Anne Moffat (Sharon Towers), Lee Syria (United Church Homes and Services), and Tim Webster (The Presbyterian Homes, Inc.).

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Announces a Change in Terminology

The NPUAP has announced a change in terminology from "pressure ulcer” to "pressure injury.” Pressure injuries are staged to indicate the extent of tissue damage. The stages were revised based on questions received by NPUAP from clinicians attempting to diagnose and identify the stage of pressure injuries. Schematic artwork for each of the stages of pressure injury was also revised and are available at no cost through the NPUAP website.
 

Nominate Your Best for the McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing by June 30

June 30, 2016 is the application deadline for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and will receive a $1,000 cash award, airfare, lodging and registration for the meeting. CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a deserving individual.
 

Innovation Master Class Registration Now Open

The Innovation Master Class, an exciting new offering from LeadingAge national, debuts in late July. Information about this groundbreaking program, including registration details, is available by CLICKING HERE.

Nominate a Volunteer for Salemtowne’s Shining Light Award

The Salemtowne Shining Light Award (sponsored by member community Salemtowne in Winston-Salem) honors individuals who reflect Salemtowne’s commitment to support the wellbeing of others. Nominations for Salemtowne’s Shining Light Award, which is open to volunteers anywhere in North Carolina age 62 and older, will be accepted through May 27. The winner will be announced in June. 

Applications are available in-person at Salemtowne, online at salemtowne.org or requested via email: marketing@salemtowne.org. Applications may also be sent to marketing@salemtowne.org or Salemtowne Retirement Community, Attn: Nikki Burris, 1000 Salemtowne Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to The Forest at Duke that recently received a Fitch BBB+ Stable rating!


Congratulations to the inaugural LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Class of 2016 that graduated last week at the 60th Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show. After presenting their action learning projects, graduates were honored at a special reception where they received their diplomas in the company of colleagues, family and friends. Special thanks to Ziegler for its major underwriting support of the Academy this year. 

The 2016 graduates are:

Dustin Bonecutter
Penick Village
Gabriel Iorga
Carmel Hills

Kathlene Hendrick
Aldersgate
Dee James
Tryon Estates

Sena Quist
The Cypress of Raleigh
Jay Matthews
Salemtowne

Ann Chamberlin
Carol Woods
Matthew Sharpe
Deerfield

Rick Dobrowski
Arbor Acres
Adria Smith
Well-Spring

Michelle Grandy
Pisgah Valley

 


 

 

Free Cost Studies

Are you interested in making sure you are getting the best cost savings on your community’s purchases for food, medical supplies, janitorial supplies and office supplies? Whether you are buying retail or purchasing through a group purchasing organization, Value First GPO (owned by LeadingAge North Carolina and 25 other LeadingAge state associations) can do cost studies to compare what you are currently paying to pricing available through Value First.
 
Cost studies are a free membership benefit! Click here to submit your Cost Study Request.  Or fill out and return the attached request sheet via email or fax. 
 
Do you have questions and would like additional information? Feel free to contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar, at 404-421-3956.



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Membership Update May 6, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 6, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2016
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May 6, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina General Assembly Finishes Second Week of Work

The North Carolina General Assembly finished their second week of work in what is expected to be about a 90-day "short” session. After the public demonstrations over House Bill 2 that kicked off the first week’s debates, the second week was a bit more sedate. The Senate has two finance bills among its list of proposals, including one that would model the state’s tax code in a number of areas to mirror the federal code and a separate bill concerning miscellaneous tax pieces from last year’s long session. Our sense is that the House is standing firm in its opposition to any tinkering with the sales tax exemption for nonprofits; the topic has not come up in public dialogue so far. It is possible that an effort may be made to reduce the sales tax refund cap (currently pegged at $45 million) but we probably won’t know anything on that front until later in the session. LeadingAge North Carolina remains fully engaged as a steering committee member of the Alliance for North Carolina Nonprofits.

CMS Announces 2.1 Percent Rate Increase for SNFs for 2017

CMS announced that skilled nursing facilities will see a 2.1 percent rate hike under Medicare for 2017 starting on Oct. 1, 2016. This amounts to an overall $800 million increase. The rule will also lay out the requirements for the pay for performance program, scheduled to go into effect in 2019. The proposed rule has not been officially published at the time this Member Update was written, but CMS has made a pdf version available here.

Nonprofit Organizations to Receive Unemployment Charges Quarterly Instead of Annually

Our good friends at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits (of which LeadingAge NC is a member) provided us with a great update about the state’s unemployment insurance (UI). Due to a 2015 legislative change to the UI system, the Division of Employment Security (DES) of the N.C. Department of Commerce is charging benefits paid to employers' UI accounts quarterly instead of annually. This change took effect for UI benefit claims filed on or after January 3, 2016. DES mailed the first quarterly charges to employers last week, so your organization should receive a statement next week. The impact on your organization will depend on how you opt to pay UI to the state:

• If your organization pays UI tax, benefits will be applied to your account quarterly instead of annually, but your UI tax rate will still be calculated annually. If your organization has had high employee turnover, it is possible that you could see higher taxes during the transition period when some benefits will be charged annually and some will be charged quarterly.

• If your organization has elected to reimburse rather than pay UI taxes, reconciliation of your account will still be done annually. However, you will receive a quarterly list of charges to help budget better for UI charges on your account.

For more, check out the DES FAQs on UI quarterly benefit charging.

Overtime Rule Change Update...

The Department of Labor has proposed the White Collar exemption salary threshold of $23,660 be increased to $50,440 per year. The Department of Labor (DOL) has forwarded its final overtime rule with the proposed increase in the guaranteed salary basis to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review on March 17. This completes the last mandatory step that the DOL has to take before issuing the final regulations. Based upon this action, it’s possible that the overtime rules could come sooner than the expected date of July/August of 2016, with a release in April or May followed by a 60 or 90-day implementation period. The final rule may also include changes to the "duties test" that define the types of positions who must be paid overtime.

...With a North Carolina Twist.

If the proposed regulations take effect without modification, many nonprofits will need to begin paying time-and-a-half when employees who are paid less than $50,440 a year work more than 40 hours per week.

DOL has issued a fact sheet explaining that the rules won't apply to nonprofit employers if they are not engaged in interstate commerce through either "enterprise coverage" (which applies to nonprofit hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, and other nonprofits with $500,000 or more in commercial sales) or "individual coverage" (which applies to individual employees whose job functions include interstate commercial transactions). Because of a unique feature of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act, the final DOL regulations will apply to virtually every nonprofit in North Carolina, regardless of whether the organization is engaged in interstate commerce. If the General Assembly were to amend this state law, the DOL overtime rule changes would not affect North Carolina nonprofits if their employees are not covered by either "enterprise coverage" or individual coverage." Based on this description, let the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits know if the state overtime rules -- rather than the federal rules -- apply to your nonprofit.

President Signs Older Americans Act

President Barack Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2015, after it passed both chambers of Congress with unanimous support. LeadingAge commends the President for signing the OAA, which was five years overdue for reauthorization. For more information, go here.

Disparate Impact and Criminal Records: Things Every Housing Provider Should Know

HUD's Office of General Counsel (OGC) issued new guidance on criminal records and fair housing act standards in housing that applies not just to subsidized housing, but also to all housing providers nationwide. Every housing provider (not just HUD subsidized) needs to be aware policies that exclude persons based on criminal history must be tailored to address such factors as the type of the crime and the length of time since conviction. For the guidance and more information, go here.

Bills to Appropriate Funds for Dementia Caregiver Programs Introduced

Our good friends at the Coalition on Aging (of which LeadingAge North Carolina is a member) report that companion bills, Senate Bill 735 and House Bill 1001 which originated from the Joint Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services have been introduced. These bills would appropriate funds in the amount of $500,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services to support Project CARE (Caregiver Alternatives to Running onEmpty) and the No Wrong Door to accessing benefits initiative. In addition, the bills would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to explore and report on possible expansion of North Carolina’s Medicaid home and community based services waiver programs.


 
Professional Development

60th Anniversary Spring Conference and Trade Show

May 10-13, 2016
Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, SC

We look forward to seeing everyone who registered for the LeadingAge North Carolina 60th Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show May 10-13 at Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you still haven’t registered, you may still do so. Click here to register online and remember to log in to receive the member rate. Or print the registration form and fax to (919) 869-1811. Conference registration will close on Friday, May 6. However, you are welcome to register onsite!

Hotel


The Marriott Resort is currently sold out. There may be cancellations as the conference gets closer so be sure to continue to check. Click here to reserve online or call the Marriott directly at 843-449-8880. Room cancellation note: If you are holding rooms you no longer need, please contact Leslie Roseboro directly to cancel. We have several people who have registered to attend and would like to receive the conference rate.

Pre-Conference Diversity Seminar
Don’t miss the pre-conference Diversity Seminar with Hector McEachern scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 1-4pm. This event is designed to prepare your community to create a diversity plan. Select the Pre-Con Diversity Seminar under the Single Event Ticket section when you check out or on your registration form.

Continuing Education Credit
New this year…all sessions are eligible for CPE and NHA credit! We will also provide CNE credit for nurses for specific sessions. Those sessions will be marked accordingly in the onsite brochure.

Mid Managers Series

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

July 27 at Aldersgate in Charlotte
October 19 at Twin Lakes Community in Burlington

How many of your mid managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. We encourage you to register your mid managers for the upcoming three part mid managers series. While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download). While we do encourage participants to attend all three sessions, it is not required so join us for the second and/or third session. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss.Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.

Save the Date

CFO Workshop with LeadingAge Virginia
July 14
Springmoor in Raleigh

Long Term Care Workforce Summit
August 17
Salemtowne in Winston-Salem

Workshop for Frontline Staff

November 15    November 16
WhiteStone in Greensboro    Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro



 
Strategic Thinking

5 Ways Meetings Get Off Track, And How To Prevent Each One

This excellent article from Harvard Business Review details how to make meetings more productive – and focused – in your community.
 

Disrupt Aging: Fighting the Ageism Battle.

This thought-provoking article from Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO, details three specific areas where society and individuals most need changing: health, wealth, and self.



News & Notes

No More Skin Tears

A skin tear is a traumatic wound caused by shear, friction or blunt-force trauma that results in a partial- or full-thickness injury. A reported 1.5 million skin tears occur in institutional adults each year. The problem isn’t going away any time soon. This article discusses how we can better prevent and treat them.

New THRIVE QuickCast Now Available

Member Relations VP Nancy Hooks narrates this 6-minute video featuring our Thrive initiative. This is a terrific member resource that provides a framework to explore 7 essential topics, including Community Involvement and Engagement, Governance, Philanthropy, Quality, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Planning and Workforce and Leadership Development. Each of these topic areas includes generative questions and a wide array of tools and resources.


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Membership Update April 15, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, April 15, 2016
Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016


April 15, 2016

 
Advocacy & Policy

Short Session Begins April 25th

The General Assembly’s "short session” begins April 25th in Raleigh as legislators meet to consider adjustments to the two-year budget passed in 2015. Leadership of both the House and the Senate anticipate about eight weeks of policy debates, with the hope that adjournment will occur around Father’s Day. Earlier this week, Governor Pat McCrory previewed his health spending priorities, including $30 million aimed at helping people with mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders, $3 million for a Medicaid program that will allow people with Alzheimer’s to stay in their homes, and $2.5 million for the addition of 250 slots for a Medicaid program for people with development disabilities that will allow them to live in their communities.


Public Policy Priorities

The LeadingAge North Carolina board of directors approved a recommendation from their public policy committee outlining the organization’s priorities for the upcoming session. Click here to see a complete listing of the priorities. At the top of the list is continued vigilance around property and sales tax issues, informing key stakeholders of the social accountability initiatives of our member communities, working to permit nonprofit CCRCs/LPCs to provide Medicare-certified home health services to residents and exempt them from the necessity of obtaining a certificate of need, working closely with the Department of Insurance, and working at the federal level to support passage of legislation to correct the problem of Medicare beneficiaries being kept in the hospital for extended periods "under observation” without being admitted as inpatients. With the push to complete work by mid-June, it is doubtful that a major overhaul of Certificate of Need laws will take place. 
 

New CMS Guidance on Exit Conferences

CMS has issued a new Survey and Certification letter related to Exit Conferences which provides some clarification on the nebulous issues of such events, discussing "...the degree of specificity surveyors should provide during the Exit Conference to Medicare/Medicaid providers regarding deficiencies found during the conduct of federal surveys..." 
 

SNF Value Based Purchasing Resources

The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program will begin in FY 2019. Visit the updated SNF VBP webpage for information on laws and regulations, Technical Measure Specifications, Quarterly Reporting Feedback Cycle, upcoming calls and events, and resources for SNFs.
 

OSCAR Reports Available

LeadingAge Survey and Certification Reports, now part of LeadingAge Insights, for quarter one 2016 are available for download. The quarterly reports include two additional tables: i) Table 15: Average Number of Citations at G or Higher by State and Class of Ownership; and, ii) Table 16: Percentage-based Measures of Quality by State and Class of Ownership. Here is the link to 2016 Quarter 1 report

The individualized Survey and Certification reports, a one-page summary statement of the facility’s specific data on staffing levels, inspection results, and other statistics compared to that of their state, region, and the country, have also been posted.

LeadingAge National Legislative Update 

Click here to view an update on federal legislative activities (provided by LeadingAge’s national office) including the Older Americans Act, the Senate Aging Committee hearing on ending Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Regional Elder Justice Task Force. 
 

Nonprofits Become Tax Targets for Strapped Cities, States

This article from Politico Pro highlights the increased targeting of nonprofits – specifically hospitals and universities – by legislators across the country looking for new sources of revenue. 

  

Professional Development 



Register Now!
2016 Mid Managers Series
April 28 at Penick Village, Southern Pines
July 27 at Aldersgate, Charlotte
October 19 at Twin Lakes Community, Burlington

How many of your mid managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. We encourage you to register your mid managers for the upcoming three part mid managers series. While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download). While we do encourage participants to attend all three sessions, it is not required. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.





Register Now!

60th Anniversary Spring Conference and Trade Show
May 10-13, 2016
Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, SC

Registration

Register now to join us at the LeadingAge North Carolina 60thAnnual Spring Conference and Trade Show May 10-13 at Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. Click here to register online and remember to log in to receive the member rate. Or print the registration form and fax to (919) 869-1811 or mail to LeadingAge NC, 222 N. Person Street, Suite 205, Raleigh, NC, 27601. The registration deadline is May 1, 2016.

Hotel

Overnight accommodations are available at the Marriott Resort at the conference rate of $169/night for reservations made by todayClick here to reserve online or call the Marriott directly at 843-449-8880. Room cancellation note: As you make plans to attend the conference, we ask that you be mindful of the number of rooms you reserve. The hotel is filling up quickly. If you are holding rooms you no longer need, please contact Leslie Roseboro directly to cancel. We have several people who have registered to attend and would like to receive the conference rate. 

Pre-Conference Diversity Seminar

Don’t miss the pre-conference Diversity Seminar with Hector McEachern scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 1-4pm. This event is designed to prepare your community to create a diversity plan. Select the Pre-Con Diversity Seminar under the Single Event Ticket section when you check out or on your registration form.

Continuing Education Credit

New this year…all sessions are eligible for CPE and NHA credit! We will also provide CNE credit for nurses for specific sessions. Those sessions will be marked accordingly in the onsite brochure.

 



Strategic Thinking

White Papers Now Available on LeadingAge NC Website

LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum and Silver level business members have provided white papers to serve as a resource to you and the community you serve. Current subject areas include DiningFacilities Management,FinancialsLeadershipMarketing, and Trend Analysis. We hope you find the information useful and welcome you to suggest topics for future papers. Click here for a link to the complete set of papers.


CAST Releases Update
 


CAST (Center for Aging Services Technologies) has just released an update of its Functional Assessment & Activity Monitoring portfolio of tools to help providers better understand, plan for, select, and implement functional assessment and activity monitoring technologies. The portfolio includes a whitepaper, a selection matrix comparing 20 products from 19 vendors across 320 functionalities and features, an easy-to-use online selection tool, an interactive guide for the whitepaper and 2 provider case studies.

A New Take on Performance Appraisals

Rarely do managers or employees look forward to annual evaluations or performance appraisals. And after several years of using the same form and process, the entire effort can become stale. It doesn’t have to be that way. In the recent edition of LeadingAge Magazine, Christian Living Ventures in Greenwood Village, Colorado, shared its transformation of their employee evaluation program. Click on this link to read about their success story. 


New Housing Plus Services Case Study

A new case study from the LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services explores how Eliza Jennings in Lakewood, OH, is operating wellness clinics at 5 affordable senior housing properties in Ohio to reduce hospital readmissions. The Eliza Jennings case study was part of a larger research initiative conducted by CFAR (Center for Applied Research) and the Lewin Group. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supported the research, which was designed to assess the value of senior housing plus services. For more information about the Eliza Jennings wellness clinics, read the full Eliza Jennings case study or a brief snapshot.

Feds Increase Push to Keep Seniors Out of Nursing Homes

This article notes that as the demand for long-term care is rising, the federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and in home and community-based programs. A concern for senior advocates is where to obtain sustainable funding for such programs that often wind up on the chopping block at budget time. 

 



News and Notes 
 

New Address Reminder

Now that we have moved into our new office in Raleigh, please be sure that your contact list and files reflect LeadingAge North Carolina’s new address:

222 N. Person Street
Suite 205
Raleigh, NC 27601


Nursing Home Deficiencies, Substandard Care Declining, Federal Regulators Say

The percentage of nursing homes that received deficiency-free surveys is steadily increasing, according to a new data report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This article also shares a link to the 2015 Nursing Home Data Compendium.

Hospice Utilization Declines for First Time in Ten Years

Given the country’s aging baby boomer population, as well as the growing awareness and universal availability of hospice services it may be surprising that hospice utilization across the country has fallen for the first time in ten years according to this article in Home Health Care News.


Relatively Low Percentage of U.S. Residents in Long-Term Care: Report

The U.S. Census Bureau released "An Aging World: 2015” late last month which uses data from several sources to examine health, economic and demographic characteristics of the older population throughout the world. In this article the U.S. ranks seventh lowest in the world for the percentage of it 65+ population living in residential care settings or receiving home health care.

AFP Ready Reference Series Now Available to LeadingAge Philanthropy Members

LeadingAge is pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), LeadingAge members now have free access to AFP’s Ready Reference Series of fundraising tutorials. Housed in the Philanthropy section of the THRIVE website, the Ready Reference Series features a wealth of in-depth information both for those thinking about establishing a philanthropy program at their community and those with established programs. Sign in to the THRIVE page to make use of this valuable resource.


FY2016 HUD Program Income Limits Released

HUD has released its FY2016 Median Family Income estimates and FY2016 Income Limits. The FY2016 Income Limits have been published and became effective March 28, 2016. The income limits can be found here.

Nominations Now Open for the 2016 LeadingAge National Awards

Applications for the 2016 LeadingAge national awards are now being accepted at https://my.leadingage.org/awards. Winners in 10 award categories will receive free registration to the national LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO in Indianapolis, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2016, where they will be honored. 

It’s easy to apply. Just fill out the online entry form and answer a few questions about the person or organization being nominated and why they deserve the award. 

Award categories include:

· Award of Honor (Note the new, 2-step process for this award with March 20 and April 30 due dates.)

· Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award

· Excellence in the Workplace Award

· Innovation Award

· Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award

· Dr. Herbert Shore Outstanding Mentor Award

· Excellence in Research and Education Award

· Public Trust Award

· Outstanding Advocacy Award

· Older Adult of Distinction Award

Nominate an individual or organization that is making a difference. The deadline to enter is April 30, 2016.  If you have questions, please contact Deborah Cloud at dcloud@leadingage.org or 202-508-9458.

 



Congratulations 

Congratulations to United Methodist Homes and Services for their recent Fitch BBB credit rating.


Distance Learning Opportunities from LeadingAge National


Check out these great new webinars and QuickCasts for members that have been created with the help of staff experts at national.

QuickCast: Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation

During this 12 minute educational video, Naomi Karp from the Office for Older Americans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) explains what elder financial exploitation is, how to identify and report it, as well as tools and resources LeadingAge members can use to help protect their residents/clients from financial exploitation and scams.

What Members Need to Know about LGBT Aging – A 13-minute video featuring Tim R. Johnston with SAGE, who discusses the terms and historical context for why LGBT inclusion is important as well as best practices, training opportunities and resources so that LeadingAge members can create an inclusive environment for their residents, clients, participants and staff.

Trends in Medicare Certified Home Health – A 14-minute video featuring Peter Notarstefano, director of home and community-based services at LeadingAge. Peter discusses trends in the field that will help members better understand the current competitive and dynamic environment that not-for-profit home health agencies need to confront in order to succeed.

Best Practices in Non-Medical Home Care Services – a one-hour webinar from our 2015 PEAK conference now available in pay-per-view. 


QuickCast Video on Readmissions – In this 14-minute educational video, Holly Wittenberg, director at Avalere Health, discusses the Readmission Report available to LeadingAge members.She explains ways in which post-acute care providers can leverage their readmission data to create partnership opportunities.

QuickCast now available – Why Home Health Workers Leave their Jobs. LeadingAge managing director and senior research associate Natasha Bryant has studied the home health workforce, and in this 12-minute video, she discusses key predictors, underlying factors, and the direct and indirect effects of job satisfaction and other variables on a home health worker’s intention to leave their job.

Free Webinar Sponsored by LeadingAge DC

Title: Payroll Based Journal – What you need know!
Date: April 19 at 2:00 pm EDT
Speakers: Chip Burns, The Asbury Group – IT and Stephanie Kessler, RKL Consulting.  Register Here


How Providers use Operational Reviews to Improve Quality and Finances

In an environment where increasing regulation and shrinking reimbursements make it challenging to deliver on your mission, an operational review can help find efficiencies and enhance services for your residents. This practice allows aging services communities to attain their strategic goals by achieving financial stability. An operational review brings a "fresh set of eyes" to problem solving.

LCS will be presenting a webinar on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on assessing operational challenges and applying solutions:

* Hear how two communities used operational reviews to improve the quality of care and services while improving financial results.

* Explore solutions to address increasing health center occupancy while demonstrating to ACOs how your quality care metrics meet the resident and ACOs needs

* Learn where you can find resources and tools to conduct an operational review.

Click here to sign up for this free webinar.

 


Value First

If you are considering new flooring in your community, Forbo Flooring is a Value First vendor and a LeadingAge North Carolina member that manufactures textile and linoleum floor coverings that are engineered for a lifetime of use.  Click here to learn more. 

 

 

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Membership Update March 18, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, March 18, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016


March 18, 2016

 
Advocacy & Policy

Capitol Hill Visits

LeadingAge North Carolina was well represented in visits to Capitol Hill earlier this week during the LeadingAge PEAK conference in Washington, DC. Visits to the offices of Senators Burr and Tillis, as well as Representatives Adams, Foxx, Ellmers, McHenry, Meadows, Price, Pittenger, and Walker, emphasized key federal issues for our members, including observation status, affordable housing, and financing. A special thanks to those who participated in the Hill visits, including Nikki Cooper (Carol Woods), Steve Fleming (Well-Spring), Kathlene Hendrick (Aldersgate), Caroline Hendricks (St. Joseph of the Pines), Jeff Hutchins (Penick Village), Dale Melton (Salemtowne), Suzanne Pugh (Aldersgate), Aimee Reimann (United Church Homes and Services), Ursula Robinson (PACE of the Triad), Tim Rogers (Aldersgate), Leslie Roseboro (LeadingAge North Carolina), Mark Steele (Salemtowne), Mike Sulhan (Aldersgate), Lee Syria (United Church Homes and Services), Amanda Teugeman (Aldersgate), Brenda Tremoulet (Deerfield), Paul Tremoulet (Deerfield), Alex Tucker (Carolina Village), Jeff Weatherhead (Aldersgate), and Tom Akins (LeadingAge North Carolina).


Members of the LeadingAge NC delegation meet with Matt Flynn, health care staffer for United States Senator Thom Tillis. 
 

What would a dementia capable NC look like?

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services presented the recommendations of the Task Force for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia in Raleigh on Tuesday, March 8 to the Joint HHS Oversight Committee. At the event, Dr. Linnea Smith discussed caring for her husband, the late Dean Smith, during his struggle with dementia. Task Force member Nacy Washington, who cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease for 14 years before her death in 2003, also provided remarks. Task Force co-chairs, Dr. Goldie Byrd, NC A&T State University; Doug Dickerson, AARP NC; and Lisa Gwyther, Duke University Medical Center, provided opening remarks. Closing remarks were provided by Deputy Secretary Sherry Bradsher (Department of Health and Human Services). Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, presented the recommendations of the Task Force. Click here to view the Media Advisory prepared for the occasion. Here are the Task Force's recommendations and the full Task Force membership.

In photo: Tom Akins is far right. Carol Woods President and CEO, Pat Sprigg, is 5th from the left. Pam Fox, President and CEO at Twin Lakes and Chip Cromartie of Well-Spring were also on the Task Force. Southminster, Carolina Meadows, Carol Woods, and LeadingAge NC also provided funding for the work of the Task Force.

CMS Open Door Call – Six New Quality Measures Announced

In the CMS Open Door call March 3, they announced the addition of six new quality measures to Nursing Home Compare. Here is a summary of the call.


CMS Revalidation Alert

The Affordable Care Act established a requirement for all enrolled providers/suppliers to revalidate their Medicare enrollment information under new enrollment screening criteria. CMS recently released a Medicare Learning Network Matters alert with instructions about this process that can be found here.

  

Professional Development 



Register Now!
2016 Mid Managers Series
April 28 at Penick Village, Southern Pines
July 27 at Aldersgate, Charlotte
October 19 at Twin Lakes Community, Burlington

Join us for an exciting series geared towards mid managers. Are you new to management? Been a manager for a long time, but feel your skills need a refresher? This program is for you! All three sessions will be facilitated by Christopher Ridenhour, LeadingAge's highest rated speaker/trainer. Sessions will be highly interactive with core competency-based curriculum to include assignments and projects designed to reinforce classroom learning. We encourage you to register for the entire series! Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.





Spring Conference Registration Opens March 23!
60th Anniversary Spring Conference and Trade Show
May 10-13, 2016
Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, SC

View the Calendar of Events Here

Book Your Hotel Now by calling 843-449-8880 to request the $169/night special conference rate or click here to book online. Reservations must be booked no later than April 15 to receive the group rate.


Register Now! MDS 3.0 Webinar Series 

Sleep Hygiene and Reducing Falls
March 24, 2016
1-2:30PM
1 CEU
 

Can I Skill this Resident?
March 31, 2016
1-2:30pm
1 CEU


System Improvement Webinar Series

LeadingAge North Carolina, in partnership with LeadingAge Iowa, is offering a webinar series entitled, "System Improvement Webinars.” The first in the series will be offered April 14 at 3pm on the topic of F-tags related to resident abuse, which are cited more and more frequently. The intent of these requirements is to ensure that all residents are free from all types of abuse and that members take the appropriate steps to develop policies and procedures, prohibit abuse from occurring, and investigate and report such allegations. During this webinar, participants will take a closer look at the regulatory language included in F223-226 and review actual citations to help leverage a better understanding of how to maintain compliance with this key system. Registrants will be given the opportunity to submit questions on the topic in advance of the program. The fee is $80 for members; please register by April 8. Click here for more information on this webinar as well as topics for other webinars in this series.  Register here.

 



Strategic Thinking

Thrive Update

The LeadingAge Thrive initiative is approaching its one-year anniversary in March. At the end of 2015, the Thrive webpages had been searched nearly 16,000 times, with the term "Quality” leading as most viewed, followed by "Workforce” and "Leadership.” The Thrive webpages are packed with information, tools, white papers and more onCommunity Involvement and Engagement, Governance, Philanthropy, Quality, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Planning and Workforce and Leadership Development. This is a great resource for LeadingAge members! Look for a Thrive Quick Cast coming soon! Find more info here.


Stable Outlook for Not-for-Profit CCRCs

Fitch Ratings released its 2016 Outlook for Nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Communities in January 2016. Consistent with the 2015 Outlook, Fitch assigned a stable outlook for 2016. The sector continues to see gradually improving occupancy levels, stable financial ratios, and a favorable capital markets environment. Uncertainties include the dynamic healthcare environment and changing reimbursement levels, along with the expected rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve. For the analysis provided by LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum member Ziegler, click here.

CDC Report Tracks Providers and Users of Long Term Care

new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides insights into characteristics of residents in the five sectors of senior living. The report, Long Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data from the National Study of Long Term Care Providers, 2013-14, provides an overview of the types of services required by seniors in assisted living, adult day centers, home health agencies, hospices and nursing homes. The CDC National Center for Health Statistics plans to conduct this study every two years to monitor national and state trends.

 



News and Notes 
 

Stress of Caring for Sick Spouse May Raise Stroke Risk

Furthering the importance of studying the health effects of caregiving, this study examined 6,000 male and female caregivers and non-caregivers aged 45 or older. 


Increased Mumps Activity

Please read this update from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, for information regarding increased mumps activity particularly in the Charlotte area. Clinicians are encouraged to promptly report suspected mumps cases. The memo outlines mumps diagnosis, management, prevention, and reporting.

What if everything we think know about aging is wrong?

The Age of Disruption 2016 Tour is a modern day American Chautauqua movement barnstorming the country in a rock n’ roll tour bus to bring communities a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Join Dr. Bill Thomas and crew in Charlotte on April 20 for a day of education, entertainment and inspiration. Professional and Family Caregivers, and people living with dementia are invited to come to a special Disrupt Dementia workshop on the afternoon of April 20 as part of the #AgeOfDisruption tour. This event will premier an exclusive documentary by the director of Alive Inside, followed by a community engagement workshop designed for people living with dementia and caregivers. (CEU/CNA credits are available). LeadingAge North Carolina members Southminster and Aldersgate are partial sponsors of Dr. Thomas’ visit in Charlotte. For more information click here and visit: https://drbillthomas.org/local/charlotte-nc

New Pressure on Social Media Abuses

This article from McKnight’s details growing pressure at the federal level on the need for stepped-up enforcement of policies related to social media posts of residents by employees.




2016 Awards Program 

2016 Awards Nominations Due March 31!

Shine a light on the innovative programs and people that make your community a wonderful place. Nominate someone for a LeadingAge North Carolina Award today! Nominating someone is easier than ever. For the first time we are accepting nominations online only. To access the awards submission page from our website click here or, visit our home page and hover over the "Recognition” tab and select "Awards Program” from the drop down box. A description of the awards can be viewed here

Nominations must be received ONLINE by 5:00 PM, March 31. Please do not fax or email submissions. If you have any questions during the online process please contact our office at (919) 571-8333. Winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon at our Spring Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 12.

 

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Membership Update March 4, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, March 4, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016


March 4, 2016

 
Advocacy & Policy

Early Voting Starts for North Carolina Primary Elections

Early voting in North Carolina’s primary elections began yesterday and will last until March 12. The primary itself, for all races except the congressional seats, will be held March 15. The March primary will decide who makes it to the Nov. 8 general election in races for president, governor, U.S. Senate, General Assembly, attorney general, lieutenant governor and other state and local contests. Voters will also cast ballots in the primary in a $2 billion bond referendum. For residents and staff needing to find their polling place, they can check by clicking here

 

North Carolina Heads for Capitol Hill 

LeadingAge’s PEAK conference in Washington, DC is right around the corner and 17 of your North Carolina colleagues will be storming Capitol Hill to visit their elected representatives. Individual issue briefs will be provided to those involved with the Congressional visits, as well as a one-pager that lists key LeadingAge priorities.

 

Aging Services in the President's 2017 Budget Proposal

President Obama kicked off the 2017 federal budget and spending cycle with the budget he submitted to the U.S. Congress last month. Like most presidential budgets, it had good news and bad news for providers of long-term services and supports. The President’s proposals are the first step in the budget process for the next fiscal year. Most of his proposals will go into effect only if Congress passes legislation to implement them. And Congress has never enacted any presidential budget in its entirety. In fact, the House Budget Committee did not even offer an opportunity for the administration to present the budget. Click here for details about what is in the proposed budget.

 


Professional Development 


Register Now!
  
2016 Mid Managers Series

  • April 28 at Penick Village, Southern Pines
  • July 27 at Aldersgate, Charlotte
  • October 19 at Twin Lakes Community, Burlington
Join us for an exciting series geared towards mid managers. Are you new to management? Been a manager for a long time, but feel your skills need a refresher? This program is for you! All three sessions will be facilitated by Christopher Ridenhour, LeadingAge's highest rated speaker/trainer. Sessions will be highly interactive with competency-based curriculum to include assignments and projects designed to reinforce classroom learning. We encourage you to register for the entire series! Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Mark Your Calendars!
60th Anniversary Spring Conference and Trade Show
May 10-13, 2016
Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, SC

Registration Opens March 23, 2016
View the Schedule of Events Here

Book Your Hotel Now by calling 843-449-8880 to request the $169/night special conference rate or click here to book online. Reservations must be booked no later than April 15 to receive group rate.


Register Now! MDS 3.0 Webinar Series
Breaking Down the MDS: Sections, V, Z and Working the CAAs
March 10, 2016
1-2:30PM
1 CEU

What You Need to Know Regarding New Dementia, MDS 3.0 Focused and Medication Focused Surveys
March 17, 2016
1-2:30pm
1 CEU

 



Strategic Thinking


Pew Research: Fewer Female Seniors Living Alone for First Time in Nearly a Century 

The number of seniors who live alone at home has risen steadily for almost 100 years, but the number of women age 65-84 living alone has dropped significantly between 1990 and 2014, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.


Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facility Prices Jump to New Record

Skilled nursing facility bed prices increased 12% last year, hitting new high.

 



News and Notes 

ICD-10 Next Steps Toolkit for Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Next Steps Toolkit to help providers track and improve ICD-10 progress. This new, in-depth toolkit includes information and resources on how to:

• Assess ICD-10 progress using key performance indicators to identify potential productivity or cash flow issues
• Address opportunities for improvement
• Maintain progress and keep up-to-date on ICD-10

In the coming weeks, CMS will also release a companion infographic with simple steps from the Next Steps Toolkit. Stay tuned for more information.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI-MLN Connects® National Provider Call 

Thursday, April 28; 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. To Register: Visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, so register early. This call will focus on infection control, highlighting Antibiotic Stewardship and community-wide efforts, including a presentation from a nursing home administrator. Common concerns related to the clash between individualized, person-centered care and the medical model of controlling infections will also be addressed.

New CPR Guidelines 

The American Heart Association's "Guidelines Updates for CPR" summarize the key issues and changes from the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).


NC Triangle Coalition Healthcare Preparedness Presents
Free Continuing Care Workshops

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Education for Licensed Care Administrators

  • May 3rd 10am-4pm in Raleigh at Williams F. Andrew Center on WakeMed Campus
  • May 4th 10am-4pm in Raeford at FirstHealth Hoke Hospital 


From Creative Aging Network NC
7th Annual Creative Aging Symposium
Move and Be Moved
Friday, May 6, 2016
Southminster in Charlotte
Save the Date – Registration Opens March 7th

Register Now!
Benefit Strategies to Maximize Cost Containment
A Marsh and McLennan Seminar

2.5 HRCI Credits or 2.5 SHRM Credits




2016 Awards Program 

We want to shine a light on the innovative programs and people that make your community a wonderful place. Nominate someone for a LeadingAge North Carolina Award today! Nominating someone is easier than ever. For the first time we are accepting nominations online only. To access the awards submission page from our website click here or, visit our home page and hover over the "Recognition” tab and select "Awards Program” from the drop down box. A description of the awards can be viewed here

Nominations must be received ONLINE by 5:00 PM, March 31.  Please do not email or fax submissions. If you have any questions during the online process please contact our office at (919) 571-8333. Winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon at our Spring Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 12.

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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