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Membership Update January 20, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017
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January 20, 2017

Apply for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Today

We are excited to announce that our Leadership Academy is back and looking for Fellows for its second class! The LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership program designed to develop nonprofit aging services leaders statewide. During the year, participants examine the traits of successful leaders, work on their own leadership development, learn more about the field of aging services, and establish strong bonds with their peers from other LeadingAge NC organizations. The program is available to anyone who works for a LeadingAge North Carolina member community irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Special thanks to our platinum business member, Ziegler, for providing major underwriting support. Application deadline is February 28. Click here to download brochure. Click here when you are ready to apply.



Advocacy & Policy

General Assembly Set to Begin Work January 25

Legislators in Raleigh settle in to start on the “long session” next Wednesday, January 25. North Carolina is on a two-year budgeting cycle, with development of the financial blueprint occurring in odd-number years during a session that typically runs through the summer. LeadingAge North Carolina’s 2017 Public Policy Priorities, developed by our public policy committee and approved by our board of directors, forms the basis of our upcoming work with policymakers.

CMS Highlights Cyber Security Concerns in New Memo

CMS is reminding providers to keep current with best practices regarding mitigation of cyber security attacks.This CMS memorandum outlines resources to assist facilities in their reviews of their cyber security and IT programs.

Employers Face New Jan. 31 W-2 Filing Deadline; Some Refunds Delayed Until Feb. 15

A new federal law, aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, will accelerate the W-2 filing deadline for employers to Jan. 31. For similar reasons, the new law also requires the IRS to hold refunds involving two key refundable tax credits until at least Feb. 15. Here are details on each of these key dates.

PACE Issues Previewed for Upcoming General Assembly Session

This informative article from North Carolina Health News outlines issues facing legislators and policymakers concerning the state’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Mark your calendar for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61stSpring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Trade Show booth reservations are being made and registration will open soon. Be sure to watch your email and check our website for an announcement. You can also stay up to date if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Registration Now Open for:

Workforce Solutions for Long Term Care
March 29 at Southminster in Charlotte
Click here to download thebrochure for printing and distribution.
Register Now!

Topics at this session include:

  • Defining employee loyalty
  • Expanding your pool of workers
  • Building trust through transparency
  • Implementing stay interviews
  • Compensation and advancement models that motivate
  • Transitioning from a punitive to an incentive culture
  • HR legal update

Target audience:

  • HR Department Directors
  • Managers
  • Administrators
  • CEOs
  • CFOs

6.0 PHR and SPHR, 6.0 NHA CEUs
Facilitated by Leah Brown of Crescendo Strategies

Management Leadership Series
April 12 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
August 17 at The Cypress of Charlotte
Click here to download the brochure for printing and distribution.
Online registration will open soon. Fax or mail your registration today.

If you want engaged employees, more effective communication is key!
Walk away from these 2 interactive sessions with a better understanding of how to create a culture of service and communication.

Target audience:

  • Department Directors
  • Mid Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Supervisors

9.0 NHA CEUs for the series, 4.5 CEUs per session
Facilitated by Donna Cutting of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

As you make plans for your professional development this year, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs.Click here to view the 2017 calendar now.

Continuing Care Workshop:Developing Emergency Plans & Recognizing Hazards
March 15, 2017
Location TBD
(Free of charge)

Our partnership with the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition will continue this year. This workshop will focus on different types of emergency operations plans and how to create a plan that meets the new CMS guidelines.Hazard vulnerability will also be discussed. More details will be made available soon.



Strategic Thinking

How to Be Calm Under Pressure: 3 Secrets From a Bomb Disposal Expert

We’d all like to know how to stay calm under pressure.So, who really knows about being cool as a cucumber under the most intense pressure imaginable? CLICK HERE for a fascinating take from a Navy explosives expert.

Will Grandma Want a Robot Seal?

This article from Politico takes a look at the new tech ideas that could help ease the pain of aging—if we’re willing to live with the tradeoffs.

A Way to Save Money when Half of all Health Costs is Spent on a Fraction of Patients

Health care “super-utilizers” make up just 5 percent of the U.S. population but they account for 50 percent of health care spending. As health care costs continue to rise, providers are trying to figure out how to find these patients and get to the root of their problems. Watch this PBS NewsHour segment for an in-depth look on this important topic.

How to Deliver Criticism So Employees Will Pay Attention

How can you increase the likelihood that your employees will perceive the criticism you offer them as helpful and well-intended and be more willing to act on it? This article from the Harvard Business Review provides some answers.

What Matters More to Your Workforce than Money

Economists have long argued that money doesn’t buy happiness. But compensationis still a major factorfor uswhen we’re considering where to work. What do we know about how more pay influencesemployees’ motivations? This article from the Harvard Business Review encapsulates the latest thinking.



News & Notes

LeadingAge North Carolina Awards Program

Don’t forget about awards!!!! Community members are invited to identify and honor individuals, organizations, and initiatives through whom or through which the member’s mission and that of the Association’s are advanced. The awards affirm excellence, innovation, leadership, service, and collaboration, values cherished by LeadingAge North Carolina. Member organizations are invited to submit as many nominations as they deem appropriate, and to nominate themselves and/or those associated with them for achievements they judge to be outstanding. Awards are intended to shine light on accomplishments and to celebrate models of excellence that can serve as inspiration for even greater accomplishment. Online submittal is open. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 31! Click here for more information. We are accepting nominations online only. Please do not fax or email submissions.

The Dwindling Female Labor Force

From 1975 to 2000, the labor force participation rate -- the percentage of the population that is either employed or unemployed and actively seeking work -- among U.S. women rose dramatically. But at the turn of the millennium, it began to decline and has been falling ever since. Read this article from Gallup that has major implications for our field.

PEAK Leadership Summit scheduled for March 19-22

The LeadingAge national PEAK Leadership Summit is your professional community’s meeting place—where like minds and divergent thinkers come together to explore the strategies and best practices needed to respond with quality to the ever-changing needs of the aging population. Ask questions, address issues, tackle challenges, and harness the opportunities of a fast-growing field—all in three thought-provoking days of personal interaction and high-level idea exchange. Join the country’s top aging services business leaders, experts, and advocates in Washington, D.C., March 19 - 22, 2017. For more information and to register, visit the PEAK page.

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. CLICK HERE for a helpful fact sheet from the IRS.

National Study of Long Term Care Providers Needs Your Participation

As of January 13th, NSLTCP has received completed questionnaires from 51% of the residential care providers invited to participate. North Carolina is at risk of being left out of 2016 NSLTCP residential care profiles because of low participation. They need your help!If you received a 2016 NSLTCP Residential Care Community Questionnaire please submit and complete it by web or by mail by early February. Make your voices heard! NSLTCP will also be calling providers to give them the option to complete over the telephone.

If you have questions about completing the questionnaire by web or by mail or would like to complete it over the telephone, or you received a questionnaire packet in the mail but no longer have it,please contact the NSLTCP Help Desk today at 1-866-245-8078. For more information about the survey, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp/rcc_participants.htm


Congratulations


Congratulations and welcome to Lori Portfleet who has just been named the new President and CEO at Saint Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines. Lori has been the interim president since August. Prior to joining Saint Joseph of the Pines, she was regional vice president of operations for Trinity Health Senior Communities in Michigan. Please join us in welcoming Lori!



 

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Membership Update January 6, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017
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January 6, 2017

Advocacy & Policy

2016 Federal Wrap-up and a Look Forward to the New Year

With Congress gaveling into session earlier this week and President-elect Donald Trump set to be inaugurated on January 20, the advocacy staff at LeadingAge national have prepared an excellent summary of action in 2016 and a look ahead at what to expect in the New Year.

CMS Guidance on Residents Who Wander

CMS released a very important "Frequently Asked Questions" notice concerning Medicaid Beneficiaries in Home and Community-Based Settings who Exhibit Unsafe Wandering or Exit-Seeking Behavior on December 15, 2016. State officials, adult day and assisted living providers, beneficiaries and other stakeholders have concerns on how to adhere to the HCBS settings rule in relation to service provision for individuals with dementia or other conditions in which unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior is exhibited.

CMS Will Not Enforce Arbitration Ban While Injunction Remains in Place

CMS confirmed in a December 9 Survey & Certification Letter that it will not enforce the provision in the revised Requirements of Participation that prohibits nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements, so long as there is a court-ordered injunction.

CMS Releases Final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

CMS released the finalized Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). Beginning March 8, hospitals and critical access hospitals must provide the standard notice to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours.

Clarification of Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Installation Requirement in Attic Space

CMS has received several requests for clarification concerning the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in concealed or attic spaces of health care facilities, specifically where Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) has been installed in attic spaces or used in construction of roofs. CLICK HERE for the clarification memo issued by CMS.

Use of the Fire Safety Evaluation, National Fire Protection Association 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, 2013 Edition by Health Care Occupancies and Board and Care Occupancies.

CMSwill be using NFPA 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, 2013 Edition (2013 FSES), as one method for determining life safety code equivalencies. The 2013 FSES will be used in place of the 2001 FSES which was previously approved for use with the 2000 Life Safety Code. The 2013 FSES has been updated by the NFPA and is calibrated to the requirements found in the recently adopted 2012 Life Safety Code. This will allow for a more accurate determination of Life Safety Code equivalencies. Additional information is available in SC 17-15-LSC Use of the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety. 2013 Edition by Health Care Occupancies and Board and Care Occupancies.

Quality Scorecard

LeadingAge national has released the first version of the LeadingAge Quality Score Card. This tool was developed by the Public Policy Congress and the LeadingAge Quality and Risk Management Advisory Council. It basically lists various quality measures that nursing homes, home health agencies, adult day centers, assisted living residences, and senior housing providers can use for internal quality improvement efforts as well as to market to other payers and providers in the health care arena.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Mark your calendar for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61stSpring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Trade Show booth reservations are being made and registration will open soon. Be sure to watch your email and check our website for an announcement. You can also stay up to date if you follow us onFacebook and Twitter.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

Happy New Year! As you populate your 2017 calendar, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs. Click here for the 2017 Calendar.

 


Strategic Thinking

One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die

An insightful and moving article fromThe New York Times Magazinefocusing on a doctor (and triple amputee) pioneering a new model of care.

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job You’re More Likely to be Happy at Work

This article asserts that bosses with technical competence may be more likely to retain employees. The authors selected 35,000 random workplaces and employees in the U.S. and Great Britain to measure three types of supervisor competence. The results add a new dimension to the old saying that “People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses.”

This is What Millennials Want from a Mentor

Millennials are now the majority of the workforce. Understanding how to mentor employees in this generation might include new twists on traditional mentoring concepts. Read this article to learn 4 simple ways to encourage a strong relationship with your Millennial employees.



News & Notes

OSHA – Electronic Submissions

The new OHSA rule on reporting injuries and illnesses went into effect January 1. The rule calls for electronic submission of injury and illness reports, and states that reports will be posted on a publicly accessible website.

The rule impacts commonly used incentive programs (e.g. rewarding employees for going a certain period of time without an injury or illness) which may deter reporting illnesses or injuries, and affects employers' ability to perform post-accident and post-injury drug and alcohol testing. The following are tools to use for implementation of the OHSA rule:

Here is an OHSA Fact Sheet about the Final Rule.

Here is an overview from the US Department of Labor.

Antibiotic Stewardship Program Materials Now Available from UNC-Chapel Hill

CMS has mandated that by this November every nursing home must establish an antibiotic stewardship program. To help prepare, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is making evidence-based materials available for nursing homes at a new reduced rate.For details, CLICK HERE.

Free Toolkit to Reduce Antipsychotic Use

Denise Boudreau-Scott and Sonya Barsness have developed a new resource designed to help reduce antipsychotics through a person-centered approach. The toolkit summarizes the processes, tools and lessons learned throughout the More than Meds Project. It focuses on becoming a better place to live and work through person-centered care.

10 Ways to Reduce UTIs

Urinary tract infections are widely acknowledged as the No. 1 infection in long-term care. Therefore, it’s not surprising that multiple initiatives across CMS and other federal agencies converging to make UTI prevention a high priority for Nursing homes nationwide.

Managing Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers-What’s the Latest Evidence

Chronic venous leg ulcers are not only challenging and costly to treat, but the associated morbidity significantly reduces quality of life. That makes it critical for clinicians to choose evidence–based treatment strategies to achieve maximum healing outcomes and minimize recurrence rates of those common debilitating conditions.

 


Congratulations

Southminster’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease January 12

Members of the Charlotte Ballet and the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas are teaming up with Southminster on January 12thfrom 6:00-7:30pm at Southminster in Charlotte for a free information session about Dance for PD, an uplifting dance-class movement where “There are no patients. Only dancers.”Contact Tracy McGinnis at Southminster for more information on this innovative program at 704.551.7129 ext. 6129.


Increase Your Savings In 2017 With Value First. Happy New Year!
January Vendor Spotlight

•Abbot Nutrition
•ArjoHuntleigh
•Direct Supply
•Forbo Flooring
•Ford (passenger vans)
•HD Supply
•Hill-Rom
•Konica Minolta
•Kwalu
•Nations Roof
•Nestle Healthcare Nutrition
•Office Depot
•Otis Elevator
•PPG Architectural Group
•Sears Commercial
•Select Rehabilitation
•Sherwin Williams
•Verizon Wireless (employee discounts)

If you are a current customer or considering a purchase from any of the companies listed above, contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 to make sure your community is set up to receive Value First GPO pricing.

 

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

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Office Closures on December 26th and January 2nd

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Monday, December 19, 2016
Best wishes from all of us at LeadingAge North Carolina for a restful and warm holiday season. The LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd in observance of Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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Membership Update December 16, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, December 16, 2016
Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016
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December 16, 2016

Best wishes from all of us at LeadingAge North Carolina for a restful and warm holiday season. The LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd in observance of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Member Update will resume January 6th.



Advocacy & Policy

Governor-elect Roy Cooper to be Sworn In on January 1st

Governor-elect Roy Cooper becomes the state’s 75thgovernor on January 1st. Even though inauguration festivities are not slated until January 7th, Cooper will continue a recent tradition of being officially sworn in on the first day of the new year. With the results of the statewide and General Assembly races now final, LeadingAge North Carolina (in conjunction with its Public Policy committee) is putting the final touches on a packet for each member community with information on their elected representatives and outreach recommendations.

IRS Extends Deadlines for Certain ACA Reporting Requirements

The deadline that Applicable Large Employers must furnish their applicable employees with 2016 Forms 1095-C has been extended by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from January 31 to March 2, 2017. However, the deadlines to file the forms with the IRS have not changed. The IRS also extended the good-faith transition relief from last year so employers won't be assessed penalties for incomplete or incorrect returns as long as they make a good faith effort in preparing them. Employers will still be subject to penalties for late furnishing to employees or late filing with the IRS.

The following are the IRS deadlines you need to be aware of:

  • March 2, 2017, extended deadlines, last day for you to hand deliver or mail 2016 Form 1095-C to your employees
  • February 28, 2017, no changes, last date to manually filed 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS
  • March 31, 2017 No change, last date to efile 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS

Department of Labor Files Notice to Appeal Overtime Injunction

The U.S. Department of Labor filed an appeal to a preliminary injunction that stopped the new federal overtime rule from going into effect Dec. 1. The injunction opinion released by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas November 22 stated employers could face “irreparable harm” if the federal overtime rule was implemented, and specifically called out the Department of Labor for failure to show that this rule would not harm employers.

The Department of Labor is fighting back in its appeal, saying the injunction “has the effect of delaying a fair day’s pay for a long day’s work for millions of hardworking Americans.” The overtime rule would be the first widespread update to overtime pay regulations in 12 years.

Rep. Tom Price and Seema Verma Nominated to Head HHS and CMS

President-elect Donald Trump announced he will nominate U.S. Representative Tom Price (R-Georgia) to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Seema Verma, President, CEO and Founder of national health policy consulting company SVC Inc., will be nominated to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Trump Picks Carson as HUD Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. LeadingAge is very hopeful that Dr. Carson’s lauded work in the health care arena, coupled with a childhood spent in inner-city Detroit, will position him well to support the life-improving and cost-saving opportunities of affordable housing with enriched services for seniors. Dr. Carson has not spoken specifically on HUD’s individual programs, but has been a strong critic of HUD’s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. On the day he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, Dr. Carson said, “I have no desire to get rid of safety nets for people who need them. I have a strong desire to get rid of programs that create dependency in able-bodied people."

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

We invite you to share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at ourlargest event of the year, the Spring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 in Pinehurst, NC. We seek proposals that demonstratebest practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. For our 2017 conference the theme is “Power of Purpose.”The deadline to submit is December 31, 2016. Click here for more information.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

As 2016 comes to a close, we encourage you to mark your calendar for upcoming events. Click here for the 2017 Calendar. More events will be added throughout the year!

 


Strategic Thinking

LeadingAge on Workforce: Two Important Steps Forward!

Our partners at LeadingAge in Washington D.C. are launching a national strategic initiative designed to help you and your peers around the country strengthen our collective aging services workforce. We’re pleased to share with you two important steps forward in that effort – and request your assistance in helping this effort be as effective as possible.

Passion and Mission

Time and time again, we find that the words “passion” and “mission” drive those who work in our field. This enlightening article fromThe New York Timesoffers confirmation of the value of those words – and how or employees perceive them – in the context of retirement planning.

Let’s Not Kill Performance Evaluations Yet

An interesting take fromHarvard Business Reviewabout the recent trend to ditch annual performance reviews may be forcing some to take a second look.

 


News & Notes

New Resource to Cut through the Maze of QMs Coming for SNFs

There can be a lot of confusion surrounding the various quality measures applying to SNFs and specifically, the varying readmission measures being used in the Value-Based Purchasing Program, IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program and Nursing Home Compare.

Nicole Fallon, LeadingAge's Vice President of Health Policy and Integrated Services, has prepared a slide presentation to help members make sense of all the measures moving forward by the federal government. This presentation also includes additional sources for more detail. Hopefully, this resource will serve as useful cliff notes to sift through the confusion.

NCCNP to Hold Statewide Town Hall Meetings

Join the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for a FREE Nonprofit Town Hall meeting to get a preview of major trends, threats, and opportunities for nonprofits in 2017. Click here for details on dates, locations, and registration information.

13th Annual LeadingAge Ziegler Top 150 Report Released

LeadingAge (national) and Ziegler, an underwriter of not-for-profit senior living tax-exempt municipal bond financings, have released the 13th annual LeadingAge Ziegler 150. This publication ranks and analyzes the nation’s largest 150 not-for-profit senior living providers of multi-site systems, single-site campuses, and government-subsidized multi-site housing. Lutheran Services Carolinas is the 65thlargest multi-site senior living organization (ranked by total senior living units) in the country, Presbyterian Homes, Inc. is 84th, United Church Homes and Services is 85th,United Methodist Retirement Homes is 87th, Givens is 106th, and Baptist Retirement Homes is 144th. Among single campus providers, Carolina Meadows ranks 23rdin the country (in terms of total number of units on a single campus), Springmoor is 26th, Twin Lakes is 29th, Deerfield is 51st, Carolina Village is 58thand Aldersgate is 75th, Carol Woods is 78th, and Arbor Acres is 79thClick on this link to review the complete report.

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to Kate Reid, assistant director of retirement relocation at Well-Spring Retirement Community, who will graduate today from UNC-Greensboro with a master’s in gerontology and an MBA – a unique dual degree. Click here to read more about this innovative program.



 

 

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 December 2, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, December 2, 2016
Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2016
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December 2, 2016

Advocacy & Policy

The 2016 North Carolina Elections – Where We Stand

As of this writing, the state of North Carolina is getting closer to certifying the election results from November 8, 2016. The state election board has authorized a recount of votes cast in Durham County and we’re waiting to see how that proceeds. That said, it is entirely possible that it could be early next year before we have final results. While a number of statewide contests were close, the race for governor and for state auditor are those that continue to garner the most attention. Assuming that Roy Cooper hangs on to his slim lead, his election will lead to wholesale changes in state agency leadership positions. And Wednesday’s announcement that Governor Pat McCrory has called a special session for the General Assembly during the second week of December introduces additional uncertainty…while the special session is being called to consider Hurricane Matthew disaster assistance, it remains to be seen whether the House and Senate will take up any other issues. We’re already beginning to assess the impact of Donald Trump’s election (see the next article). Representative Tom Price’s nomination as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services at a national level probably means big changes in the way the federal government looks at Medicare and Medicaid. We’ll continue to update you as the election situation becomes clearer, including providing you and your communities with information and template letters for your reach out to your elected state officials (many of whom have changed). Of course, now that a federal court has ordered new elections in 2017 in a number of legislative districts, those elected officials could be changing within a year.

New “Outlook for Aging Services”

LeadingAge national has published an excellent “Outlook for Aging Services” in light of Donald Trump’s win and a Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Utilizing President-elect Trump’s Contract with the American Voter and A Better Way, the House policy blueprint issued by Speaker Paul Ryan, the document outlines policy directions expected early in the Congress that will begin January 3, 2017.

Mega-Rule Nursing Facility New Resources and Update

In an effort to keep members up to date regarding the implementation of the new CMS nursing home “mega-rule, ”here are a variety of resources to assist members to prepare.

CMS Releases Advance Copy of Revised Nursing Facility State Operations Manual

CMS posted its 821-page Survey and Certification Letter: Advance Copy- Revisions to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP - Revised Regulations and Tags (11/9/16) on November 9. This information is directed to the State survey agencies, but obviously is of relevance to all nursing home providers. This S & C Letter begins the process of implementing the CMS nursing home mega-rule requirements and includes provisions that first became effective on November 28, 2016 (Phase 1 requirements).

Phase 1 CMS Web-Based Training Materials Released

Here is the link to the CMS Web-based Training Materials Phase 1 Implementation of New Nursing Home Regulations for Providers: The training contains information regarding Phase 1 of the New Nursing Home Regulations that will be effective starting November 28, 2016. This information addresses the new language included in the New Nursing Home Regulations, and how Phase 1 will be implemented via the State Operations Manual, F-Tags, and survey process.

Emergency Preparedness

CMS issued a Survey & Certification Memo on their implementation plans for the new federal Emergency Preparedness regulation, which applies to nursing homes, PACE, home health and other providers. The regulation went into effect November 16, 2016 and enforcement by survey agencies begins November 15, 2017. Here is a summaryfrom LeadingAge with links to various resources.

Overview of Completed FY2015 MDS Focused Surveys

This survey and certification letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides an overview of the CMS-completed FY 2015 Minimum Data Set (MDS) Focused Surveys.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

We invite you to share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at ourlargest event of the year, the Spring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 in Pinehurst, NC. We seek proposals that demonstratebest practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. For our 2017 conference the theme is “Power of Purpose.”The deadline to submit is December 31, 2016. Click here for more information.

 


Strategic Thinking

Mortgage Debt and Older Americans – A Fundamental Shift

An article from the New York Times examines the current state of mortgage debt for older Americans, a sea change that has significant implications for our business model.

Protecting Your Personal Digital Data in 7 Easy Steps

There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information. Click here for an excellent article that can be shared with staff, residents, family members, and other key stakeholders.

Savings Gap Continues to Widen

This News & Observer article points up the sobering statistics about how much we’re saving – or not – for retirement.

 


News & Notes

Chris Taylor Retirement

After more than 33 years as Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, Chris Taylor has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2016. Anyone who knows Chris and knows the work of the Commission also knows that his title – “Assistant Secretary” – was a misnomer. His steady hand, exceptional wisdom, and visionary thinking have truly made a difference for CCRCs and hospitals in our state. Throughout his time with the Commission, Chris earned the respect of all those involved with the process. For that, we say thank you for making our communities better places to live – and good luck in retirement.

Dementia Rate Declines but Aging America May Halt the Trend

Experts say that, unless researchers develop new ways of keeping our brains healthy, the dementia rate may stop declining and start growing as the number of older Americans increases. Click here to read this article fromThe Washington Postthat succinctly summarizes recent findings on the decline in dementia rates, what factors might have influenced those findings, and what might influence future reports.

Alone and Aging: Creating a Safety Net for Isolated Seniors

Changing demographics have created a larger number of seniors who are facing aging alone, with no health care power of attorney and no one to help take care of them. Read this article to learn more about how longevity, a decline in marriage rates, increase in divorce rates, family mobility, and childlessness contribute to this phenomenon and how the AARP Foundation and the Association of Area Agencies on Aging intend to help isolated seniors.

Can Mentoring Change Aging in America?

In this essay by Jim Emerman, former chief operating officer for the American Society on Aging, and a Next Avenue 2016 Influencer in Aging, the author posits that our society should view elders as “keepers of meaning.” By sharing personal stories of mentorship and referencing current research and campaigns he encourages our society to value wisdom and the importance of legacy. A light and inspirational read.

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to Givens on their new affordable housing community, Givens Gerber Park, in Asheville. November 18th Tom Akins attended the ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony where Ken Partin, CEO of Givens in Asheville, expressed gratitude for all those that made Givens Gerber Park possible. Phase 1 of Givens Gerber Park will be home to 120 residents. Phases 2 and 3 will welcome an additional 142 residents in 2017.




Value First

From janitorial supplies to patient lift equipment, in 2016 LeadingAge North Carolina members continued capitalizing on savings through the Value First group purchasing organization. Value First is grateful for your trust and loyalty. Thank You!

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Value First cost study, project support, and construction services? Click here to understand more or contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

Value First is owned by LeadingAge national and twenty five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina. This is your GPO!



 

 

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Holiday Office Closure

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 21, 2016
From LeadingAge North Carolina, warmest wishes to all of our members for a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

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Membership Update November 18, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, November 18, 2016
Updated: Friday, November 18, 2016
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November 18, 2016

Advocacy & Policy

Nursing Home Arbitration Ban Injunction Granted

A federal judge in Mississippi has granted an injunction to the nursing home arbitration clause ban included in the new CMS nursing home “mega rule.” The American Health Care Association had sued CMS over this ban claiming that CMS overstepped its authority in issuing the ban. 
Click here for a copy of the ruling.

LeadingAge Releases Position on Arbitration Ban Lawsuit

LeadingAge did not participate in the American Health Care Association’s lawsuit against CMS on their ban on arbitration clauses. This position was developed in consultation with the LeadingAge Legal Committee.Click here to see this release.

CMS to Enforce Phase 1 Requirements Under Existing Survey Tags

CMS will enforce Phase 1 of the new nursing facility Requirements of Participation under existing survey guidance and F-tags, according to a recent webinar. The webinar presentation materials began with an overview of the new Requirements of Participation, then turned to an explanation of how CMS will implement the requirements.

Final OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Published

At the request of the judge presiding over a legal challenge, OSHA has agreed to extend the effective date of the anti-retaliation provisions of the final injury and illness electronic reporting rule to December 1, 2016. The agency previously had agreed to extend the deadline from August 10th to November 1, 2016. The provisions require employers to inform their employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; to implement reasonable procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that do not discourage workers from making such reports; and prohibit employers from retaliating or discriminating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

Campaign for Healthy Aging Through Housing

LeadingAge has launched a new "Campaign for Healthy Aging Through Housing," which sets forth several principles to address the pressing needs of America's low-income seniors. They include: Preserve Existing Affordable Senior Housing; Increase the Supply of Service-Enriched Affordable Senior Housing; Permanently Fund Services; and Expand Project-Based and Tenant-based Subsidies.

Service Coordinators Under GAO Spotlight

HUD should do more to oversee efforts to link residents to services. That’s not a LeadingAge quote; this is the subtitle of a report by the Government Accountability Office published in October 2016. In its report,the GAO looked at how many Section 202 properties have a service coordinator and, for those with no service coordinators, how these properties connect residents to services. The report also looks at HUD efforts to preserve Section 202 properties given recent downward trends in funding. To learn more,go here.


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

The 2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show will take place May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Calling all enthusiastic speakers with innovative ideas to share! LeadingAge North Carolina is now accepting proposals, including keynote speakers, online. Click here for a description of the RFP process. And when you are ready to submit your proposal, click here to apply online.

Hazard VulnerabilityAssessmentWorkshops

WakeMed has 2 workshops scheduled for the end of November, both carrying 5.0 CEUs for ACH, AL and LNH administrators.This is a great opportunity for members to get some personalized guidance on their HVA and also to get some CEUs. Click here to read more.


Strategic Thinking

Succession Planning: What the Research Says

This Harvard Business Review article reviews the most salient research on the topic of succession planning for CEOs. Spoiler alert: lack of preparedness is not the only problem that boards must face.

Board Chair Perspectives

Here is a link from which you can download the report of a national study of the perspectives of nonprofit board chairs. The researchers looked at how board chairs prepare for and perceive their role in relation to the board, community and CEO.

The Antidote to Office Gossip

The author of this Harvard Business Review article posits that gossip is born of uncertainty - when we don’t know something we make assumptions. Up to 90% of conversations qualify as gossip and up to 15% of email does. Read this article for four suggestions about this timely topic.

Our Assumptions about Old and Young Workers are Wrong

According to an Oxford University survey of 10,000 people between the ages of 24 to 80 we are living longer, working longer and differently.Instead of three distinct segments of our life devoted to education first, then full time work, followed by full-time retirement, we now lead multistage lives that blend education, learning, exploration, freelance work, corporate work, and time out of the workforce. Sequencing of these stages varies within age groups but we are all experiencing this shift regardless of age.Read this article to learn about six important incorrect assumptions we may be making about our workforce.

 


News & Notes

Call for 2017 LeadingAge NC Conference Proposals!

This is so important, we're letting you know twice! Calling all enthusiastic speakers with innovative ideas to share!LeadingAge North Carolina is now accepting proposals, including keynote speakers, online.Click here for a description of the process.And when you are ready to submit your proposal, click here to apply online.

National Study of Long-Term Care Providers – Please Participate


CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has launched the third wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), a biennial national study of the major sectors of paid, regulated providers of long-term care services, including CCRCs/LPCs. This data collection effort includes a representative sample of assisted living and similar residential care communities from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data collection started in August 2016 and will continue through February 2017.

If you have questions about completing the questionnaire you received, or received a questionnaire packet in the mail but no longer have it or cannot find it, please contact the NSLTCP Help Desk today at 1-866-245-8078.

HGTV Host to Provide Nursing Home Garden Makeover

During a personal visit to the community, Chris Lambton of 
HGTV’s “Going Yard” made an impromptu offer to add “color instead of concrete” for the residents of Dobson Plazain Illinois. Read more about this unexpected development here.


Congratulations

Thanks to our friends at WhiteStone and Galloway Ridge who hosted almost 90 folks for the LeadingAge North Carolina-sponsored Customer Service Seminars held earlier this week. Thank you!

 

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Membership Update November 4, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, November 4, 2016
Updated: Friday, November 4, 2016
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November 4, 2016


This week's LeadingAge national meeting was a resounding success! More than 8,000 convention-goers from across the country spent the week learning, networking,and recharging. LeadingAge North Carolina's State Night Out attracted nearly 300 attendees.A special thank you to all who attended and to our business sponsors, who enhance our mission in so many ways.



Advocacy & Policy

LeadingAge Provides Phase 1 Implementation Summary

The new Requirements of Participation (RoPs) for Nursing Homes are complex and comprehensive, with a number of items that must be in compliance by November 28, 2016 (Phase 1). As a general statement, most of the Phase 1 requirements have to do with documentation and policy. At the very least you need to go through your policy and procedure (P&P) manuals and make sure that you have corrected for new definitions and have policies in place for areas that are specifically called out. Click here to see this check-list.

CMS to Offer Phase 1 Rule Implementation Training

CMS is developing an online training for Regional Offices, State Survey Agencies, providers and other stakeholders on the new RoPs. The training will be available starting November 14th. Here is a link to the announcement.

Affordable Broadband Access for Rural Nursing Homes

Earlier this year, legislation that LeadingAge strongly supported, the Rural Healthcare Connectivity Act, became law. The measure makes rural nursing homes eligible for access to affordable broadband through the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Universal Service Fund. The new law gave the FCC 180 days to establish an application process for rural nursing homes. The FCC expects to be able to begin accepting nursing homes' applications in January 2017. To prepare, now is the time to learn more about the program and your organization's potential eligibility.

 


Professional Development

Register now for November 16 in Pittsboro at Galloway Ridge!
(The November 15 date in Greensboro is full and registration is closed.)

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.


2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

The 2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show will take place May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Calling all enthusiastic speakers with innovative ideas to share! LeadingAge North Carolina is now accepting proposals, including keynote speakers, online.Click here for a description of the process.And when you are ready to submit your proposal, click here to apply online.



Strategic Thinking

The Gray Gender Gap: Older Women Are Likelier to Go It Alone

If there seems to be more single women in your community than single men, that would reflect the findings of a recent report called Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being published by several federal agencies. Though longevity plays a role, there are several more factors that influence this trend. Read more here.

How to Choose a Medicare Advantage Health Care Plan

Open Enrollment for Medicare takes place through December 7th. Follow these six steps for helping your residents or loved ones (or yourself!) choose the right Advantage plan.

Preventing Falls in Older Americans

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control reports that the leading cause of death for older Americans is falls. Read this article to better understand the injuries that result from falls, root causes of falling, and how to reverse the trend.

CARF Releases 2016 Edition of Financial Ratios and Trend Analysis of CARF-Accredited Life Plan Communities

This annual publication includes financial analysis of all CARF-accredited CCRCs/LPCs.

 


News and Notes

Social Security Cost of Living Allowance Increase for 2017 is .3%

Read more here about the reasons behind the small increase and where the candidates stand on this issue.

Call for 2017 LeadingAge NC Conference Proposals!

Calling all enthusiastic speakers with innovative ideas to share!LeadingAge North Carolina is now accepting proposals, including keynote speakers, online. Click here for a description of the process. And when you are ready to submit your proposal, click here to apply online.

New CAST Care Planning and Coordination Technology

CAST has released a new portfolio of tools designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations plan for and select shared care planning and coordination technology. Shared care planning and coordination involves creating a comprehensive, personalized written statement of a care recipient’s assessed health and social support needs. This care plan identifies the supports that providers and caregivers should deliver, why and when, and who is meant to provide it.

Common Medicare Acronyms

CMS has released a helpful guide of commonly used Medicare acronyms found here.

Fitch Ratings 2016 Report

Fitch Ratings is out with its 2016 Median Ratios for Continuing Care Retirement Communities. CLICK HERE for a look at their report.

Holistic Counseling at Salemtowne

Salemtowne in Winston-Salem now has a satellite office of CareNet Counseling, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A licensed clinical social worker will help Salemtowne residents cope with issues such as grief, transition, medical diagnoses and stress. For residents with mobility concerns, having an onsite office makes holistic counseling services more accessible. CareNet provides faith-integrated counseling, psychotherapy, research and education. CareNet is the largest hospital-based program of its kind in the nation and has served clients in 88 North Carolina counties.

 

 


 

Congratulations

Interim CEO at St. Joseph of the Pines

St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines has named Lori Portfleet interim CEO following the promotion of Steve Kastner to CEO of Trinity Senior Living Communities in Michigan. Please feel free to contact Lori and welcome her to LeadingAge North Carolina. Read more about the transition in this article from The Pilot.

Stop Hunger Now Event at Springmoor

Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh hosted its 6th Annual Stop Hunger Now event on October 28. This yearly event brings together residents and employees to help provide meals for those in need. The community had more than 150 volunteers help package 40,000 meals. Thank you, Springmoor, for your compassion and hard work!





Major Project Savings

When your community is planning to replace flooring, buy new furniture, convert to LED lighting, upgrade HVAC systems or undertake other major projects, your staff does not have to go it alone when looking for companies to provide quotes and compete for your business.

Value First can assist with any of the following categories—and more.

▪Flooring
▪Furnishings
▪Lighting
▪Mechanical/HVAC
▪Nurse Call
▪Fire Alarm Systems
▪Elevators and Service
▪Doors Windows/Hardware
▪Paint/Wall Coverings


Contact your Value First Representative,
Vanessa Ceasar, at 404-421-3956.

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Membership Update October 21, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 21, 2016
Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016
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October 21, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

Summary of New CMS Survey and Certification Rule

CMS has released the final rules revising the nursing home requirements of participation, which were published officially on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 and are available here. The rule, which spans 185 pages in the Federal Register or 713 pages in a traditional word document, will be implemented in three phases, with the first November 28, 2016. The second phase is November 28, 2017, and the final phase is November 28, 2019.

This rule represents the most significant changes to the delivery of nursing home care since OBRA '87. LeadingAge (national) has produced a comprehensive summary of the final rule for members available here. This is just the first of many more resources planned to support members on implementation of this massive rule. You will seem more resources and education available in the future, particularly after the new state operations manual and interpretive guidance for the final rules are released. 

Early Voting Now Available Throughout the State

Early voting sites for the 2016 general election are now open through November 5 in all 100 counties of the state. Check with your county board of elections for early voting hours and locations. In many counties across the state, this year's ballot is filled with choices.  To look up your choices, simply enter your name at the N.C. State Board of Elections voter search, and click on your sample ballot for the General Election. 

New Overtime Rules Go Into Effect December 1

In past issues of the Member Update, we've reported that the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rules take effect December 1. These new regulations will require most nonprofit employers to pay overtime to full-time employees earning less than $913 per week ($47,476 per year) regardless of whether they are otherwise classified as white collar workers. Our friends at The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits have developed a guide to the overtime rules for North Carolina nonprofits to help you understand the new rules and start planning for ways to comply.  A special note: even if employees meet the salary threshold and are paid on a salary basis, they generally must also meet one of the "duties tests" as executiveadministrative, or professional employees to be exempt from overtime and minimum wage requirements.  

Employers Must Report Employees' Pay and Hours Worked in 2017's EEO-1 Report

Beginning in 2018, an employer of at least 100 employees must report employees' pay and hours worked, which is new, in its EEO-1 report. Pay data will be provided to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The information will support the EEOC's discrimination investigations and the OFCCP's compliance reviews and discrimination investigations by allowing the agencies to target employers based on newly required hours and pay data. Before the next EEO-1 filing date on March 31, 2018, employers should assess employee pay in anticipation of submission of pay information to the government. We’ll be sharing more information in the coming months about this new requirement.

Hospital Readmission Rates Drop Significantly in 49 States Between 2010 and 2015

A recent CMS blog report on readmission rates showed a drop that resulted in 100,000 fewer hospital readmissions between 2010 and 2015. North Carolina saw a 6.5% decrease in readmissions. Maryland was the only state where readmissions did not drop.

Four Assisted Living Measures Added to Long Term Care Trend Tracker

The National Center for Assisted Living’s online data collection tool now includes four new measures. Find out what those measures are.

 


Professional Development

Customer Service Seminar

(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
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.


2016 Calendar

Please click here to view a calendar of LeadingAge North Carolina events for the remainder of 2016.


Coming Up


Strategic Thinking   

Are Uber and Lyft a Solution to Transportation Challenges for Older Adults?

Transportation continues to be one of the largest gaps in services across the nation for older adults and people with disabilities. A new model in California involving ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft could potentially serve as a model to address this challenge. Uber and Lyft announced partnerships with service providers in California that will allow older customers to book rides through a phone operator. Among Americans 65 and older, 70 percent don’t have access to smartphones and the 30 percent who do often don’t use mobile apps like Uber and Lyft.

The partnership is mutually beneficial. Uber and Lyft can now target one of the fastest growing segments of our population, while older adults have an option to provide them with accessible transportation - furthering their ability to age independently and remain connected to their families and communities.

The Future of Retirement Communities: Walkable and Urban

Could the future of retirement communities look less like attached garages and golf carts and more like walkable high-density neighborhoods? This New York Times article offers a new paradigm: mixed-use neighborhoods as a retirement option as seen through the eyes of a couple who moved to West Asheville.

Inbox Zero: the Myth, the Legend

Have an inbox full of delayed decisions? Do one of these four things to every email you have and you might be surprised how much more manageable your workload seems.

Read this Story Without Distraction (Can You?)

Is it possible that multitasking is not good for you or your productivity? Read this article from The New York Times to gain understanding of the benefits of monotasking.

Care for Caregivers: Report Finds They Are Often Ignored

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, with 15 sponsors, convened a committee to study the needs of family caregivers, propose supportive policies, and remove barriers to resources. This article expands on the findings of that report, "Families Caring for an Aging America” by featuring specific caregiving stories.

 


News and Notes 

State Night Out Registration 

Members, remember to register today for the State Night Out at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Monday, October 31st from 6-7:30pm held in conjunction with the LeadingAge national meeting.

Call for 2017 Spring Conference Proposals!

Calling all enthusiastic speakers with innovative ideas to share!  LeadingAge North Carolina is now accepting proposals, including keynote speakers, online.  Click here for a description of the process.  And when you are ready to submit your proposal, click here to apply online.

New Foundation Officers Elected

New officers for the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation board of trustees were recently elected. David Lacy (Southminster) was elected chair, Anne Moffat (Sharon Towers) was elected chair-elect, Tim Webster (Presbyterian Homes, Inc.) was elected treasurer, and Jeff Hutchins (Penick Village) was elected secretary. Congratulations to each of them!

Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Thanks to our friends at Platinum member Bernard Robinson for this information on tax relief for victims of Hurricane Matthew.

SHARPPS Newsletter

Click here for the most recent SHARPPS (Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated and Resistant Pathogens Program) newsletter that addresses scabies in long-term care and best practices for flu clinics. 

Succession Planning for CEOs

Thank you to Platinum member, Ziegler, for contributing this white paper on the topic of succession planning for CEOs.

Stay Connected with Facebook

Get informed with news articles from the field selected especially for our membership. Be sure to like LeadingAge North Carolina’s Facebook page today!

 


Congratulations 

Congratulations to Tryon Estates in Columbus for gaining positive media coverage for the field. The community held a very successful aging event that was featured in the Henderson Times-News.


 

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Membership Update October 7, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 7, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016
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October 7, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

LeadingAge Calls for Reexamination of Nursing Home Oversight System

Dr. Cheryl Phillips, LeadingAge’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Health Services, was invited to speak on a panel at the fall meeting of the Board on Health Care Services of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, formerly known as the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) on September 13, 2016. The Board’s goal for the session was to revisit the Institute of Medicine’s 1986 report, Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, and consider how future Academy work in this area could be helpful, especially given the changing demographics and changing contexts of care. For more information about this, go here. 

GAO Studies LTC Workforce Issues

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to provide information on direct care workers who deliver long-term services and supports (LTSS). Difficulties recruiting and retaining direct care workers and the anticipated growth in the elderly population have fueled concerns about the capacity of the paid direct care workforce to meet the demand for LTSS. However, policymakers lack data to help asses the size of the problem.

   


Professional Development


Mid Managers Series Session 3 - 
FULL!  Registration is closed.

October 19
Twin Lakes Community
Burlington, NC


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.


2016 Calendar

Please click here to view a calendar of LeadingAge North Carolina events for the remainder of 2016.


Coming Up


Strategic Thinking   


Three Hot Button Issues for Senior Housing Execs

Read this article for coverage on the National Investment Center for Senior Housing for Care Fall Conference in Washington, D.C. The issues covered include labor shortages, mergers and acquisitions, and overbuilding in senior housing. 

How the Best CEOs Get the Important Work Done

If you are a CEO, would you say that the top three priorities for you are communication, communication, communication? This Harvard Business Review article says that’s how it should be. Read this author’s take on achieving great communication and find out his fourth priorityby clicking here. 

Crack the Code on Work Life Balance

We all struggle from time-to-time with meeting the demands of work and home life. This article encourages us to rethink the concept of work life "balance” and adopt a broader understanding of personal well-being based on Gallup’s research. Read more in this brief but informative article. 

New Report Shows that More than 25% of Home Health Care Workers Live in Poverty

Despite the expansion of healthcare under the Affordable Housing Act, the Paraprofessional Institute reports that more than 25% of home health care workers are uninsured and 24% of home health care workers live below the federal poverty line. Please read and share this important article to learn how this impacts the lives of home care workers as well as our field and what we can do to improve conditions for folks who provide direct care.

 


News and Notes 

Twitter Page is Live

In September LeadingAge North Carolina introduced our Twitter page so please also be sure to follow us, and ask your staff and residents to do the same: @LeadingAgeNC. Our Twitter account is active with timely updates and relevant information for your community.

Do Older Adults Trust Senior Housing Reviews on Social Media?

Is social media an effective way to influence decision-making among your prospective residents? Check out this article for what really influences older adults to move to senior housing according to a recent study. 

How to Stay Safe on Social Media

Share this information from AARP with your residents and staff about how to stay safe on social media. 

Forensic Nursing Expert Says Photography Should be Used to Document Injury

At an American Association of Directors of Nursing Services meeting the Forensic Nursing Program Director at Texas A&M proposed that photography is actually a standard of nursing, not something to be avoided. He believes that photography is part of medical documentation of injury that shows how a wound is healing, and his suggestions for best practices, guidelines, and policies for your community can be found in this article. 

CDC Provides Vaccine Recommendation for the 2016-17 Influenza Season

CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older receive an influenza vaccine every year, by the end of October if possible. One big change for the 2016-2017 season is that only injectable influenza vaccines are recommended for use. 

New White Paper Added

Please note that a new white paper from platinum member Walker Healthcare Services entitled CCRC Finance FTE Survey September 2016 has been added to our website under the Resources tab.

Sodexo Launches Bistro 464 to Give Seniors a New Dining Experience

Click here to read more about a new initiative by platinum member, Sodexo.

 

 


Congratulations 

Congratulations to Piedmont Crossing of Thomasville who, together with Carolina SeniorCare of Lexington, and Today’s Caregiver magazine, is hosting a Fearless Caregiver Conference. The event will be held October 11 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at Piedmont Crossing, 100 Hedrick Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360. Tickets are complimentary for family caregivers and are available by calling 336-474-3605 or emailing Blair at bwhite@uchas.org.

Fearless Caregiver conferences have been developed by Today’s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com in support of family caregivers; answering their questions and teaching them, among other things, to become equal members of their loved one’s care team, develop techniques to create much needed respite, build an effective support network of family and friends, and to learn the importance of caring for themselves as they care for their loved ones. Local representatives will be onsite to answer caregiving-related questions and provide information about area resources.


 



Value First, owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations including North Carolina, is now an affiliate of Provista, Inc. Value First members will continue to have the same access to the MedAssets contract portfolio. 

Vizient, Inc.("Vizient”) purchased MedAssets in February 2016. Vizient, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Provista, Inc., will administer all group purchasing and related supply chain service offerings for MedAssets customers on a go-forward basis.

A letter from Dan Thomas, Provista President & CEO, containing additional details has been sent to Value First members. Contact North Carolina’s Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 if you have any questions before or after you receive the letter from Provista. 



 

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