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March 8, 2013 LeadingAge NC Policy Briefing

Posted By Tom Akins, Friday, March 8, 2013

Policy Briefing

A regular update on the latest from the General Assembly...

March 8, 2013

Chamber Request on Tax Reform. The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce is asking for individuals and businesses to weigh in with their opinion on tax reform. Communicating with Chamber with your thoughts about the impact of non-profits losing the ability to apply for a sales tax refund would be an excellent way to make sure your voice is heard.  You can read the "Tax Listening Tour Summary" and then click here to tell them your thoughts on tax reform...

Contact Congress on the impact of sequestration.  LeadingAge is asking for us to Contact Congress to let them know how the cuts associated with sequestration will impact the people we serve and the communities in which we live. The automatic spending cuts went into effect on March 1, which means the following for the field of aging services:

·      Medicare reimbursement to health care providers will be cut by 2%. These cuts will amount to an $11 billion cut in Medicare spending.

·      A 5.1% cut in Section 202 housing funding, amounting to $18 million.

·       The Administration on Aging, which manages Older Americans Act programs, would get a 5.1% cut, amounting to $86.7 million. Analysis by AOA on a state-by-state basis indicates that the cuts in North Carolina will be even more severe, including an almost 12% cut in funds for Home and Community-Based Supportive Services and a more than 13% cut in funding for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect.

Your legislators need to hear from you! Please call Congress today at 866-898-2624…

Certificate of Need. 3 bills addressing Certificate of Need issues have been filed thus far in the General Assembly’s current session. H83 was filed to address recommendations of the Committee on CON that met during the interim. H177 has been filed by Rep. Marilyn Avila (Senator Shirley Randleman has filed a companion bill, S202). Only H83 has a date for committee hearings as of yesterday. H83 is scheduled to be heard March 12 in the House Committee On Health and Human Services...

Criminal Background Checks. Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, introduced a bill to prevent employers from asking job-seekers on employment applications whether they have criminal records. The bill is titled "Ban the Box," referring to the box applicants check on applications if they have a record. Brandon said the measure would help ex-offenders turn their lives around. "Many good people who would be suited for all kinds of jobs are rejected out of hand by that little box. It is a curse,” Brandon said in a prepared statement. Brandon said the bill would allow for background checks on applicants who have received conditional offers and wouldn't apply to jobs where there might be safety concerns. 

Questions, comments or concerns?  Please email Tom Akins at tom.akins@leadingagenc.org.

 

 

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Monday Update

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Friday, March 1, 2013


Weekly Update


February 26, 2013

 

Policy & Advocacy


Sequestration update.
Barbara Gay, Director of Governmental Affairs for LeadingAge,takes a look at the latest information on sequestration and what it will mean for you and the people you serve in an article perfect for sharing with board members and others. According to Gay, most folks expect that sequestration will go into effect, but that Congress will address the problem sometime in March when it takes up the continuing resolution that will be necessary to keep the federal government in operation for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Public Policy Committee.The LeadingAge North Carolina Public Policy Committee met on February 25th and focused their discussions on the General Assembly's stated plans for expansion of the sales tax base and the impact of the rapidly approaching sequestration cuts. Committee members will be contacting their state elected officials to gauge the appetite for sales tax reform and to visit with them about the impact of any proposal to eliminate the sales tax refund on our communities.

NCTracks. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently posted the latest edition of NCTracks Connections newsletter on their website. It includes an excellent synopsis of provider information needed by DHHS before the new NCTracks system goes live on July 1, 2013.

Dementia care transcripts. The audio recording and written transcript from the January 31, 2013 CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes call are now available.

Education & Events


February 27: Attain or Maintain your Highest Star (Webinar)

February 27: LeadingAge NC Board Meeting (Twin Lakes)

March 1: NC Care Transitions Summit, Greensboro. Co-sponsored by Carol Woods, more information can be found here.

March 13: Quality Measures and the Survey (Webinar)

March 18-20: LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit, Washington DC.

May 13-16: 57th LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show, Asheville.

Strategic Knowledge


Employee benefits national survey results.Exempt magazine is out with the results of the latest NonProfit Times survey about general benefits. The survey included nearly 1,200 non-profits and lists the most popular benefits offerings, including flextime, business casual days, employee assistance plans, new-hire referral bonuses, and others.

Marketing to older adults. A study in theJournal of Consumer Research suggests that some of the assumptions of existing research—such as a focus on consumers as solitary individuals rather than as people embedded within social networks—may be inadequate for studying consumer practice among older adults. The authors argue that the consumer behavior of older adults who receive some form of formal caregiving is best understood by considering the older adult as part of a larger group of family, friends, and care providers.

Engaging consumers. Have you read the latest issue of LeadingAge magazine? The current edition focuses on understanding consumers and is filled with results-oriented articles on engaging older adults.

News & Notes


Energy rate increase.
Progress Energy and the state’s Public Staff, which advocates for consumers, have agreed to lower the power company’s original 11% rate hike request to 4.7% for the first year and 5.7% after that. The North Carolina Utilities Commission will have the final say.

International conference.Registration is now open for IAHSA’s 10th International Conference, slated for November 17-20, 2013 in Shanghai, China.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Trinity View Retirement Community in Arden! They recently completed the transition to a new name (they were formerly Crescent View) and are a proud part of the Lutheran Services Carolinas family.

Please send your announcements to Tom Akins at tom.akins@leadingagenc.org.


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Monday Update

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Friday, February 15, 2013

Monday Update

February 11, 2013

Policy & Advocacy

Sample agreement covers provisions in new HIPAA rule. 
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has issued a sample business associate agreement to assist providers in complying with the recently released omnibus Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rule.


Regulatory reform will be a priority for state legislators this year. The North Carolina Center for Non-Profits is working with legislators to ensure that nonprofit voices are heard in this discussion. Let us know what red tape your organization has experienced related to state agencies or local governments by emailing Tom Akins.


LeadingAge (national) asking for Advocacy to Prevent Implementation of Sequestration.Federal funding for aging services programs will be cut substantially as of March 3 unless Congress passes legislation to prevent automatic spending reductions through sequestration. Sequestration will have the following impact on aging services: Medicare reimbursement to health care providers will be cut by 2% (these cuts will amount to an $11 billion reduction in Medicare spending); 5.1% cut in Section 202 housing funding, amounting to $18 million; the Administration on Aging, which manages Older Americans Act programs, would receive a 5.1% cut, amounting to $86.7 million. Medicaid is one of the few federal programs that would be exempt from the automatic spending cuts. Your congressional representatives need to know how automatic spending cuts will affect the people you serve—many of whom are physically or mentally frail—with limited financial resources. Please contact your legislators and urge them to prevent sequestration by taking a fair and balanced approach to reducing the federal budget deficit.


New Cuts Also Possible in Budget Resolution. On March 27, a temporary measure funding the federal government will expire. Some legislators could insist that additional spending cuts be included in the next temporary appropriations bill. Potential areas at risk could include affordable housing, senior nutrition and other supportive services.


Extension of Implementation Date for Form HUD-9834 Management Reviews of Multifamily Projects. A revised form HUD-9834 Management Reviews of Multifamily Projects with an expiration date of 02/28/2015 had been posted. Subsequent to this posting, HUD has received several requests to extend the implementation period for use of the new form when conducting Management and Occupancy Reviews for Multifamily Housing Projects.  In response to these requests, the implementation period for the revised form HUD-9834 has been extended to March 4, 2013.  This is to accommodate any needed software updates. All Management and Occupancy Reviews started prior to March 4, 2013, can use the previous version of the form.


Comments Requested: Medicaid Proposed Rule for HCBS Co-pays. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule containing a section on Medicaid Co-pays for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The proposed rule was released in the January 22, 2013 Federal Register (pages 4657-4661 and 4701-4705) and attempts to simplify the cost sharing process under Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on whether to define cost sharing limits differently for people receiving Home and Community-Based Services and Supports. Considerations include the definition of long term supports and services and appropriate units of service for which cost sharing would be charged. CMS also proposes to allow a state option to include an exemption from premiums for individuals receiving HCBS. LeadingAge North Carolina encourages members to submit comments to Tom Akins attom.akins@leadingagenc.orgby COB Monday, February 11, 2013. We will be submitting our compilation of comments to coincide with LeadingAge national's submission to CMS.


Education & Events

February 14:  CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum (teleconference)

February 15: Accuracy of the MDS -- Where are the Problems? (Webinar)

February 22:  LeadingAge NC Education Committee meeting (Penick Village)

February 27:  Attain or Maintain your Highest Star (Webinar)

February 27: LeadingAge NC Board Meeting (Twin Lakes)

March 1: NC Care Transitions Summit, Greensboro. Co-sponsored by Carol Woods, more information can be found here.

March 13: Quality Measures and the Survey (Webinar)

March 18-20: LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit, Washington DC.

May 13-16: 57th LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show, Asheville.

 

Strategic Knowledge

IRS releases exempt organizations 2013 Workplan. The Internal Revenue Service recently issued its Exempt Organizations 2013 Workplan. The Workplan provides information and guidance for tax-exempt organizations regarding compliance issues that the IRS has identified from prior years and the steps it will take in the upcoming year to address those issues.  Key items on the 2013 Workplan include Form 990 compliance efforts, in particular compensation, political activities, unrelated business income, and the IRS's charitable spending initiative.


new study on hoarding by elderly long term residents from researchers at Florida Atlantic University provides insight into this growing issue.


LeadingAge PEAK summit. Registration is open for the LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. Join your LeadingAge colleagues on March 18 – 20 for a dynamic educational experience designed exclusively for strategic leaders in aging services and hear from innovative leaders who are developing strategic initiatives to respond to evolving service lines and changing consumer preferences. For more information or to register, visit the PEAK section of the LeadingAge website.

 

News & Notes

The Clinical Partnership Award is a new award from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. The award is designed to recognize and honor clinical facilities or nursing units that have demonstrate commitment in promoting quality in health care, in promoting professional nursing as demonstrated by the development of nurse leaders, and that have excellence in health care outcomes. One of the eligible categories is "Long-Term Care Facility” and the deadline to apply is March 1.  More information about the program can be found here.


NSLTCP extension announced. The National Center for Health Statistics has extended data collection for the 2012 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP). Of the 11,700 assisted living and similar residential care communities invited to participate, 48% have responded. There is still time for you to participate! For those of you who have received a FedEx packet of information and/or a phone call indicating that your community has been selected for the study, but have not responded, we urge you to please do so now. Your participation is voluntary but is needed to make this study a success. You represent not just your own community, but also others like yours. By law, all data collected and released will be kept in strict confidence and used only for statistical purposes and no individual provider, staff or resident can be identified. If contacted, we strongly encourage your participation in this national study. Results from this study are expected to be released late 2013. Click here to learn more about NSLTCP.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Carol Woods Retirement Community on their selection as one of four "2012 Promising Practices Award Winners” from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging! Carol Woods was honored in recognition of their development of an organization-wide employee safety committee whose efforts have greatly reduced operating costs related to injury.  Carol Woods was one of only four organizations selected from across the nation.


Congratulations to Donna Sprinkle who will assume the role of Administrator at Friends Homes West on February 18!


Congratulations to Amber McIntosh who will assume the role of Executive Director at Abernethy Laurels on April 8!


Please send your announcements to Tom Akins at tom.akins@leadingagenc.org.


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New Brand Approach for United Church Homes and Services

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, December 20, 2012

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) recently launched a new updated mission statement and logo to better brand the eleven programs that they serve in North Carolina and Virginia.

The new UCHS mission statement reads -A Christian ministry committed to providing vibrant senior living opportunities, diverse programs of outreach and compassionate healthcare services. The new mission reflects the values and strategic direction of the organization. Incorporated in 1961, UCHS has a rich history of mission-driven service to seniors and serves over 1,250 older adults in residential living, assisted living and skilled nursing care with a staff of 700 individuals.

The distinguished new logo is part of a master brand approach for all UCHS locations. Each location's logo will include the corporate name and the organization's signature dove.

"Our brand represents who we are and creates our identity in the communities we serve," shared Lee Syria, President and CEO of United Church Homes and Services. "In an effort to be more effective in branding UCHS, we have freshened our look and solidified our mission statement to reflect a consistent message. The array of services under the direction of UCHS will have one look and one feel."

The 2012 LeadingAge Ziegler 100 Report of the nation's largest not-for-profit senior living organizations was announced and UCHS ranked 79th largest. UCHS is one of ten senior living providers labeled a gamechanger in the industry. This distinction is given to organizations who are effectively changing the face of the industry through expansions, acquisitions, new development, and consistent growth.

UCHS currently operates 11 programs: three continuing care retirement communities, six HUD 202 supportive housing communities, one Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program, and a childcare center. The corporate office and UCHS Foundation complete the organization. Piedmont Crossing is part of UCHS. For additional information about Piedmont Crossing or UCHS, contact Joy Cline at 465-8014 or visit our website atwww.uchas.org.

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Adult Center for Enrichment to Join Well-Spring Services, Inc.

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ms. Connie Collins, President of the Adult Center for Enrichment, Inc. Board of Directors and Mr. David Howard, Chair of the Well•Spring Services, Inc. Board of Directors are pleased to announce that their respective organizations have entered into an agreement to integrate Guilford County’s Adult Center for Enrichment into the recently formed Well•Spring Services, Incorporated.

Well•Spring Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose membership includes Well•Spring Retirement Community, Inc., an accredited continuing care retirement community located in Greensboro, North Carolina and PACE of the Triad also in Greensboro. The Adult Center for Enrichment is a provider of adult day care, respite care, and caregiver support services with locations throughout Guilford County. The combination of these organizations will immediately broaden the scope of services available for older adults in Guilford County. WellSpring Services and its members will employ a workforce of more than five hundred in the delivery of these services to over seven hundred local individuals, with plans for continued growth.

"Bringing together these well respected organizations will not only enhance what is available to those we currently serve, but will translate into a bright future for the coming wave of older adults and their families as they seek high quality long-term care options and support in the community," said Chip Cromartie, Executive Director of the Adult Center for Enrichment.

Though the organizations are joining forces, the management and Board of Directors for each will remain in place in order to provide uninterrupted services and care. According to Well•Spring CEO, Steve Fleming, "The combined efforts will permit our respective organizations to fulfill a mission of serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of a diverse population of older adults." He added, "We look forward to integrating the Adult Center for Enrichment into the Well•Spring portfolio of services and welcoming Chip and his team."

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New Name Announced for LSA/LFS Affiliate Ministry

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lutheran Services for the Aging (LSA) and Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas (LFS) have announced a new name for their collective ministry. That name is Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC). The name is the culmination of affiliation efforts that began nearly two years ago.

According to LSC President Ted W. Goins, Jr., "The affiliation has already reduced administrative costs and will enhance programs and opportunities for both organizations. That will ultimately improve the lives of more people across the Carolinas.”

Why "Lutheran Services Carolinas?

"Lutheran” represents the shared faith heritage of both organizations; the "Services” offered by each organization demonstrate faith in action and a commitment to love and serve one another; and "Carolinas” represents home, history, and the current geographical reach of the two organizations.

The introduction of the new Lutheran Services Carolinas name includes a new logo that symbolizes the affiliation and Christian community. It retains the cross and the arc from the LSA logo as well as the cross and colors from the LFS logo. In Christian tradition, blue is the color of hope, and green, the color of growth in Christ. Both are perfect choices for the new ministry. .

Established in 1960, Lutheran Services for the Aging (LSA) has served North Carolina’s older adults through its nursing homes, retirement communities, adult day services, assisted living residences, and information and referral services, and continues to develop its program of community and home-based services. Going forward these ministries will be referred to as LSC Senior Services.

Established in 1976, Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas has served the people of North and South Carolina through foster care and adoption services, residential services for adults and youth with developmental disabilities or special needs, family and individual counseling, psychiatric services, transitional housing, veterans services, and refugee resettlement. LFS has also met the needs of those in crisis as the Carolinas’ lead agency for Lutheran Disaster Response.  Going forward, these ministries will be referred to as LSC Child and Family Services.

A new website, www.LSCarolinas.net, is now under development.

Lutheran Services Carolinas – Our Heritage, our purpose, our home.

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Piedmont Crossing Announces New Administrator

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, December 20, 2012

Piedmont Crossing recently announced that Doug Russell will serve as the Health Care Administrator for the Parkway at Piedmont Crossing, the skilled nursing area of the continuing care retirement community.

A North Carolina native, Russell was born in Statesville and raised in Alamance County. Russell earned his undergraduate degree from UNC- Chapel Hill, and continued his education at Central Michigan University where he received his Masters in Health Services Administration. Russell has gained experience as a Health Care Administrator, and has had the opportunity to manage care and services for residents in a variety of settings that include long-term care, assisted living, rehabilitation, and memory care. Russell's responsibilities will include overseeing daily operations of the health care center, budget managing, and providing leadership to staff.

Donna Sprinkle, Executive Director at Piedmont Crossing, stated "Doug has been a welcome addition to Piedmont Crossing. I'm confident that he will strive to maintain the CMS five-star rating that we currently have in our health care center as well as provide excellent leadership and direction for our team. He is enthusiastic about serving the residents at Piedmont Crossing, and we are thrilled to have him here."

Piedmont Crossing, a not-for-profit retirement community located on 61 beautiful acres in Thomasville, NC offers casual, comfortable cottages, town homes, and apartments as well as a variety of services. For more information on Piedmont Crossing visitwww.piedmontcrossing.orgor contact Blair White, Marketing Director, at 336-474-3605. Visit us on Facebook!


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LeadingAge NC Office Holiday Schedule

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, December 20, 2012
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the LeadingAge North Carolina staff.

Our office will be closed from December 24 through January 1 due to the holidays. 

We look forward to working with you in 2013!

Tom and Leslie

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