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Membership Update March 18, 2016

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


March 18, 2016

 
Advocacy & Policy

Capitol Hill Visits

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


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

What would a dementia capable NC look like?

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

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

CMS Open Door Call – Six New Quality Measures Announced

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


CMS Revalidation Alert

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

  

Professional Development 



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

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





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

View the Calendar of Events Here

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


Register Now! MDS 3.0 Webinar Series 

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

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


System Improvement Webinar Series

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

 



Strategic Thinking

Thrive Update

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


Stable Outlook for Not-for-Profit CCRCs

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

CDC Report Tracks Providers and Users of Long Term Care

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

 



News and Notes 
 

Stress of Caring for Sick Spouse May Raise Stroke Risk

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


Increased Mumps Activity

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

What if everything we think know about aging is wrong?

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

New Pressure on Social Media Abuses

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




2016 Awards Program 

2016 Awards Nominations Due March 31!

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

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

 

 

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



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Membership Update March 4, 2016

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


March 4, 2016

 
Advocacy & Policy

Early Voting Starts for North Carolina Primary Elections

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

 

North Carolina Heads for Capitol Hill 

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

 

Aging Services in the President's 2017 Budget Proposal

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

 


Professional Development 


Register Now!
  
2016 Mid Managers Series

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


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

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

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


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

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

 



Strategic Thinking


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

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


Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facility Prices Jump to New Record

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

 



News and Notes 

ICD-10 Next Steps Toolkit for Providers

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

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

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

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

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

New CPR Guidelines 

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


NC Triangle Coalition Healthcare Preparedness Presents
Free Continuing Care Workshops

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Education for Licensed Care Administrators

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


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

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

2.5 HRCI Credits or 2.5 SHRM Credits




2016 Awards Program 

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

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

 

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



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Membership Update February 19, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, February 19, 2016


February 19, 2016


Office Move Announcement

We're very excited to announce that LeadingAge North Carolina will be occupying new office space effective this Monday, February 22, 2016. Our phone number, fax number, website, and Facebook page will all remain the same; the only thing that will change is our address.

Effective February 22nd, our new address will be:

LeadingAge North Carolina

222 N. Person Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601



Advocacy & Policy


Voting Guide for Healthcare Facilities

The upcoming Primary election is quickly approaching. Beginning in March, voters at the polls will be asked to show a valid photo ID. The NC State Board of Elections wants to make sure every voter knows what to expect and is prepared when he or she casts a ballot.

The NC State Board of Elections is providing a guide for voting created for residents of healthcare facilities. This guide is intended as a resource for residents, family members, caregivers, and administrators. It contains information about the new voter ID laws, and how to get a free ID. It also covers the exceptions and options for persons who do not have an ID or are unable to obtain an ID. It covers the options for voting and the process for voting at the polls. And, it provides information that will assist the voter in choosing where to go to vote. This guide also contains important dates. There are links to many resources including the State Board of Elections, County Board of Elections, DMV, and the Voter ID website.

Final Rule Governing ACA Requirement to Return Overpayments to CMS

Thank you to Jennifer Hilliard, our liaison to LeadingAge national, who helped interpret the final rule governing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement to identify and return overpayments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within 60 days. The final rule was published late last week in the Federal Register and will become effective and enforceable on March 14, 2016. Of key importance to members, we note that the 10-year look back period for identifying overpayments included in the proposed rule from 2012 has been trimmed to 6 years. We also note, however, that the standard for identifying overpayments, which in turn initiates the 60-day period for repayment of any such overpayments, is quite low: An overpayment has been identified when a person has or, through the exercise of reasonable diligence should have, determined that the person has received an overpayment. As a result, we urge members to revise their compliance plans and, specifically, the audit functions within those plans accordingly.  



Professional Development

Save the Date for 2 Great Events

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

2016 Mid Managers Series (Locations TBA)
April 28 / July 27 / October 19
Christopher Ridenhour returns to get mid managers fired up. He will focus on leadership and core competencies for managers (interpersonal, operations and human resources). More details and registration information will be available soon.

MDS 3.0 Webinar Series 

Breaking Down the MDS: Sections M, N, P
February 25
1:00 – 2:30pm
$75, 1 CEU for LNHA, RN, LPN



Strategic Thinking


Collaborative Overload

Too much teamwork can exhaust employees and sap productivity. This Harvard Business Review article provides tips on how to avoid it.

How Size Affects Residential Care Communities and Their Residents

The size of a residential care community can affect the organization’s structure and the characteristics of its residents, according to a new analysis by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NCHS analysis was released in 2 separate reports in December. To learn more and get links to the reports, click here. 



News and Notes 


2016 Awards Program from LeadingAge North Carolina 

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

Nominations must be received ONLINE by 5:00 PM, March 31. If you have any questions during the online process please contact our office at (919) 571-8333. Winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon at our Spring Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 12.


Zika Virus Diagnosis

DHHS is providing this updated guidance for Zika virus diagnosis, management and reporting. Click here to view the North Carolina Public Health Zika virus information page.


Housing with Services Grants

HUD has announced a new $15 million grant program to test a housing with services model for affordable senior housing properties. The program will award three-year grants to cover the cost of a full-time resident service coordinator and a part-time wellness nurse. This program will hopefully add to the evidence base that housing with services is a cost-effective approach to help older people remain safely in the community and avoid costly institutionalization. More information can be found here.



Congratulations 

Congratulations to the Leadership Academy Fellows on their fourth site visit this time to Aldersgate and Southminster in Charlotte. Check our Facebook page for updates on their activities earlier this week. Click here for a fun summary of November’s visit to United Church Homes and Services PACE site in Lexington.

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org


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Change of Address

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, February 5, 2016

Effective February 22, 2016 the LeadingAge North Carolina office will move to the address below.  All other contact information such as phone and fax will remain the same.

LeadingAge North Carolina
222 N. Person Street
Raleigh, NC  27601

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Membership Update February 5, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, February 5, 2016
Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2016


February 5, 2016


Office Move Announcement

We're very excited to announce that LeadingAge North Carolina will be occupying new office space effective February 22, 2016. Our phone number, fax number, website, and Facebook page will all remain the same; the only thing that will change is our address.

Effective February 22nd, our new address will be:

LeadingAge North Carolina

222 N. Person Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601




Advocacy & Policy


Top 10 Myths about 501(c)(3) Lobbying and Political Activity

With the Connect NC statewide bond referendum in the news, several member communities have contacted us with questions about providing information or recommendations about the referendum to their residents in light of their nonprofit status. While we suggest contacting your own legal counsel for advice, you can find a helpful primer (provided by LeadingAge national through the American Society of Association Executives) that speaks to your ability to inform and advise by clicking here.
 

Employer’s Requirement that Employees Submit to Wellness Program or Lose Health Insurance Does Not Violate ADA

A federal district court in Wisconsin has dealt a blow to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the future of its proposed wellness program regulations. The court held that that the employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by requiring its employees to participate in a wellness program, including undergoing health risk assessments and biometric screenings, as a precondition of participating in the employer’s health insurance plan.

New LeadingAge Listserv: PBJ

LeadingAge national has established a new listserv to assist nursing care members in meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for electronic payroll-based nursing home staffing data collection (Payroll-Based Journal - PBJ). This listserv will provide an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of information among members already participating in the voluntary collection and submission of data and those who are beginning the process. It will also be a forum / central location for PBJ-related updates and for questions for CMS and the posting of responses received. As with all of the listservs, you can subscribe to the PBJ listserv by updating or creating your subscriptions via my.leadingage.
 

Click here for the February 2, 2016 NC Tracks Newsletter

New MedPac Recommendations

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met on January 14 and 15. Of particular interest to LeadingAge members were votes on recommendations for updating payments, along with discussions of the Medicare Advantage program and developing a unified payment system for post-acute care. All of the presentations are available. To learn more, click here.

IRS Pulls Controversial Rule on Charitable Donations

The IRS has withdrawn its proposed rule on an alternate substantiation verification mechanism (such as Social Security numbers of donors) for charitable donations in excess of $250. LeadingAge and numerous other tax-exempt organizations filed comments against the proposed rule in December. A copy of the rule withdrawal notice was published in the Federal Register on January 8, and may be accessed by clicking here.

LeadingAge Demonstrating Success in DC

In 2015, LeadingAge achieved a number of legislative achievements in Congress on behalf of the membership.

New Remittance Advice Fields for Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities from NC Tracks

  



Professional Development


Save the Date for 2 Great Events

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


2016 Mid Managers Series (Locations TBA)
April 28 / July 27 / October 19
Christopher Ridenhour returns to get mid mangers fired up.He will focus on leadership and core competencies for managers (interpersonal, operations and human resources). More details and registration information will be available soon.


MDS 3.0 Webinar Series 

Breaking Down the MDS: Sections K and L
February 11
1:00 – 2:30pm
$75, 1 CEU for LNHA, RN, LPN

Breaking Down the MDS: Sections O and Q; Nursing Restorative Programming
February 18
1:00 – 2:30pm
$75/session
1 CEU for LNHA, RN, LPN 

 



Strategic Thinking
 


How Lazy Millennials are Transforming Hard Work

Work has changed. Thanks to technology and the internet, the tools, rules, and pace of work have forever changed.

The Top 10 Senior Housing Trends for 2016
From election year politics to home care and partnerships, the start of the year is a great time to review trends in our field.

 



News & Notes


25 Best Free iPhone Apps for Business

The apps in this list may help turn ideas into accomplishments and make every meeting matter.

IMPACT Act Video

Get an overview of the IMPACT (Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act) by watching a new MLN Connects video. Dr. Patrick Conway, the Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer for CMS, discusses this important legislation that requires patient assessment data used in post-acute care settings (Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long-Term Care Hospitals) be standardized to improve quality of care. Run time: 23 minutes: 21 seconds.

Video: Coming of Age in an Aging America Run time: 4:48

What will it mean for us all to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Never in human history has this been our reality. And it's not just Americans. Europe, China, Japan -- we are an aging globe. It's new & it's not temporary this is a permanent historic transformation. "Coming of Age in Aging America” is a PBS documentary broadcast, multi-platform media and public engagement project that urges a national conversation about our new reality.

 


 
Congratulations 


David Piner’s Retirement

Congratulations to David Piner, CEO of Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem, who has announced his retirement effective January 21, 2017. That date marks David’s 32nd year at Arbor Acres and his 40th year in the field. His board has started a national search for his successor. For those of you wanting to send him congratulations of your own, his email address is dpiner@arboracres.org. There will be plenty of time to celebrate David and his incredible impact on North Carolina and our field, but for now let’s remember the words of Calvin Coolidge:"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."


Piedmont Crossing Residents Gain National Attention

People all around the United States know about Piedmont Crossing now thanks to a few residents (and Panther fans) doing the "dab”.  A Piedmont Crossing employee captured a special moment and soon after it was posted on the Piedmont Crossing Facebook page, it became a social media sensation on ESPN, Fox, and Sports Illustrated! Go Panthers! Go Piedmont Crossing!

 



Value First
  

Value First Wins Affiliate of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Value First, named MedAssets Affiliate of the Year for 2015. The award recognizes outstanding performance, customer service and year over year sales growth. This is the second time Value First has won the award in the last four years. Read more by clicking here

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org

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Membership Update January 22, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 22, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2016


January 22, 2016


Advocacy & Policy


Affordable Care Act Compliance Update

Senn Dunn Insurance (a Marsh & McLennan Agency and a LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum business member) is providing this January Compliance Update on IRS Notice 2015-87, which provides guidance on a number of important Affordable Care Act issues, including:

· Health Reimbursement Arrangements ("HRAs”)
· The application of COBRA to health FSAs with a carryover feature
· Section 6056 Reporting (Applicable to Large Employers)
    o Treatment of employer provided flex-credits, opt-out payments and HRAs
    o Cash-in-lieu payments under the Service Contract Act ("SCA”) or Davis  
       Bacon Act ("DBA”)
    o Penalty relief for "good faith” reporting
· Section 4980H Employer Mandate (Pay-or-Play)
    o Increases to "affordability” safe harbors
    o Increased pay-or-play penalties starting in 2015
· Hours of service for employees on short- or long-term disability


Eligibility Information Expanding to 36 Months

Beginning February 1, 2016, North Carolina providers will be able to obtain Medicaid, Health Choice, and Public Health eligibility information for a recipient going back as far as 36 months prior to the current month. This is a significant enhancement to the 12 months of eligibility information currently available. The expanded eligibility information will be available through all channels, including the Automated Voice Response System (AVRS), the secure provider portal, and the X12 270/271 transactions. Read more from the January 20, 2016 NC Tracks Newsletter here.


Omnibus 2016 Spending Bill Boosts Aging Services Funding

The fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill, H.R. 2029, signed into law at the end of 2015, is good news for members across the continuum. LeadingAge national has prepared a helpful summary that categorizes the bill’s contents.


MedPAC Recommends Nursing Home Rate Freeze

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted to approve a series of recommendations to Congress that include freezing reimbursement rates for skilled nursing facilities. Other changes included in the recommendations were implementing Medicare’s first pay-for-performance policies, reducing reimbursements to hospitals, and freezing home care and hospice reimbursement rates.


Congress Approves 3 Year Certifications for Seniors on Fixed Incomes

In an important victory for LeadingAge’s housing priorities, the President has signed into law the 5-year transportation bill withprovisions givingauthority to perform triennial income reviews for tenants on fixed incomes.


Hawaii Makes Waves with Proposal for Nation's First Universal LTC Insurance Program

A bill slated for introduction to the Hawaii legislature could create the first universal long-term care insurance program in the country. The proposed measure, set to be introduced early in the 2016 legislative session, would give beneficiaries $70 per day for a year to cover long-term care costs.


2015-16 North Carolina Municipal Guide

Thanks to the North Carolina Medical Care Commission for sharing this link to the 2015-2016 North Carolina Municipal Guide that includes municipalities by county as well as contacts for U.S. Congress, State Senate, State House of Representatives, and state and federal agencies.

 


 

Professional Development


Save the Date

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

2016 Mid Managers Series (Locations TBA)

April 28 / July 27 / October 19
Christopher Ridenhour returns to get mid managers fired up about leadership, operations, human resources, and by request, core competencies. More details and registration information to be made available soon!


MDS 3.0 Webinar Series 

The Nitty Gritty of Section G-ADLs and Reimbursement
January 28
1:00 – 2:30pm
$75, 1 CEU for LNHA, RN, LPN


Breaking Down the MDS: Sections H, I, and J (Nursing)
February 4
1:00 – 2:30pm
$75, 1 CEU for LNHA, RN, LPN


The Evolution of Senior Living Design Webinar
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 EDT
Sponsored by Morrison Community Summit Educational Series
Click here for more information




Strategic Thinking
 


Investment Strategies During Market Volatility

How individuals and institutions invest can become extremely pronounced during times of market volatility.  Fear and angst that individuals felt during past downturns may resurface as if they never left.  To help put the current volatility in context and address some of these concerns, UBS Financial Services has just published a new report: Investment strategy insights: 2016: Not a rerun of past crises

Top 7 Senior Living Fears of Boomers

How well do you understand the motivations and concerns of the next generation of residents? 


Words Matter When Living With Dementia


Language can have tremendous impact on how people living with dementia feel about themselves and how they are treated and considered by others. Read this article to learn about using language that is respectful, supportive, and non-discriminatory.

 



News & Notes


LeadingAge Magazine January/February 2016

Click here for the latest edition of LeadingAge magazine.


Mortality Risk Doubles for SNF Residents Readmitted to Hospital


This University of Colorado School of Medicine study reviewed more than 3,200 cases of patients whose hospitalizations were followed by skilled nursing stays.


Screen Nursing Home Residents for B12 Deficiency: Researchers

Vitamin B12 deficiency is common among seniors in long-term care, but easily remedied with screening, according to a new Canadian study. Too little vitamin B12 is linked with depression, dementia and anemia, a condition marked by too few red blood cells. Click here to understand how to address this concern among residents in your community.


5 Wound Care Myths that Need to Go Away

The field of wound care has come a long way. Unfortunately, there are still some wound care myths out there that just refuse to die. Click here for five of the most frequent incorrect statements we still hear about out in the field.

Microsoft Donates $1 Billion In Cloud Services To Nonprofits And Researchers

Microsoft plans to give away $1billion in cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years as the company updates its philanthropic initiatives to reflect shifts in technology. 


LeadingAge North Carolina 2015-16 Member Directory

The 2015-16 digital member directory is now available from our webpage under the Members tab.


 


 
Congratulations 

Kudos to Aldersgate in Charlotte for their proactive approach to the upcoming election. Click here for an insightful piece in their efforts to educate residents and inform policymakers.



Value First
  

Whether your project is under $1 million or over $100 million Value First and MedAssets can help your community achieve significant savings on major renovations and construction projects. Value First works with the Architects and General Contractors you choose. Contact your Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 or vceasar@leadingagega.org to schedule an initial consultation with Brian Smidt, Director of Construction Services.  Read more here.



 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org


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Membership Update January 8, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 8, 2016
Updated: Friday, January 8, 2016


January 8, 2016


Advocacy & Policy


CMS Memo: Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools

In 2014, CMS conducted a focused dementia care survey pilot in five states examining the process for prescribing antipsychotic medication and assessed compliance with other federal requirements related to dementia care practices in nursing homes. In 2015, the project was expanded. Based on this experience, CMS revised the survey materials and tools based on surveyor feedback and data analysis. Information on these tools can be found here


CMS Pilot Program: Infection Control in Nursing Homes

A new pilot program launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will place more emphasis on infection control in nursing homes starting in fiscal year 2016. The three-year infection control pilot program seeks to improve infection control and prevention assessments for nursing homes, hospitals and care transitions between the two. The program will begin with 10 pilot surveys conducted in nursing homes with an expansion in FY 2017 and FY 2018 impacting both nursing homes and hospitals. Click here for a look at the recent memo to surveyors from CMS. 


SAVE THE DATE: February 17—LCAO Presidential Town Hall

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), of which national LeadingAge is a founding member and will chair starting in July, is sponsoring a town hall-style event and has invited all of the current candidates for President. The event will be held the afternoon of February 17, 2016, at George Mason University in Arlington, VA and will be live-streamed. Members are encouraged to have watch parties and team with other organizations to make it a fun, informative day. The event is not a debate, but rather it is 30- minute interviews with each candidate who will be on the stage alone with the purpose of allowing the candidate to state his or her position on aging issues. LCAO is hoping to get questions from seniors around the country to incorporate into the interview. More information will be forthcoming.



 

Professional Development


Save the Date

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


Beyond PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act): Considerations for Designing Quality Improvement Programs

Guest Speaker – Jack Jordan
Date: January 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 am

 Register Now.

Jack Jordan, presenter, is a national leader in quality improvement, patient safety, and healthcare analytics. Mr. Jordan has been employed by Henry Ford Health system for 17 years and led efforts that reduced harm and mortality. The "No Harm Campaign" at Henry Ford Health System, designed by Mr. Jordan, was awarded the 2011 Eisenberg Award. Mr. Jordan's professional experience also includes serving as the Deputy Director of the Partnership for Patients at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), from July 2011 through July 2013, where he served as the lead subject matter expert for patient safety. 

Senn Dunn - Marsh McLennan Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series

January Topic: ACA Tracking and Reporting Overview – A Practical Discussion
Speaker: Stacy Barrow, Partner, Marthas Barrow and Weatherhead LLP
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 2-3pm EST

 Click here to register. 




Strategic Thinking


A Twist on Caring for a Parent: Move Into the Home

The New York Times article quotes Steve Maag of LeadingAge national as well as Dr. Philip Sloane, a UNC-Chapel Hill geriatrician.

Generations United

A quick review of four recent books about generational differences in the workplace offers food for thought on what we know — or think we know — about Millennials.  


101 Motivational Quotes to Start 2016 Off Right


Six Habits of People Who Know How to Bring out the Best in Others

As a leader, the most important part of your job isn’t your results. Your job is to inspire your employees’ results. Here’s how.

 



News & Notes


Optimal Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient

Those caring for seniors should pay close attention to new guidelines for fall prevention, care transition and nutrition, according to a report issued bythe American Geriatrics Society and the American College of Surgeons. Among the recommendations is to conduct a fall risk assessment. 
Optimal Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient: A Best Practices Guideline, makes special note of the demand of surgical services for seniors and its expected rise in coming years as the number of people over age 65 increases. Vascular surgery rates are projected to grow 31% by 2050, while general surgery is expected to grow by 18%. Click here for a look at the complete guide. 

One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time 

The One & Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The Campaign aims to eliminate infections resulting from unsafe injection practices. The Safe Injection Practices Coalition Weekly Digest provides links to reports on injection safety-related topics, as well as broader information about healthcare-associated infections, quality improvement, and other patient safety news.

  


 
Congratulations 


Penick Village, Saint Joseph of the Pines Adopt ‘Life Plan Community’ Moniker

Congratulations to both member communities for not only adopting the new language, but for gaining media coverage. Great job getting the word out!


  

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Holiday Wishes

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Tuesday, December 22, 2015
From the LeadingAge North Carolina family to yours, we wish you a warm and relaxing holiday season.  Our office will be closed this week on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th to allow our staff to enjoy time with friends and family.  Happy Holidays!

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Membership Update December 18, 2015

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, December 18, 2015
Updated: Friday, December 18, 2015


December 18, 2015


FINAL Call for Presentations
The deadline for proposals for our Spring Conference and Trade Show 
is fast approaching. Be sure to click here and submit yours online 
by December 31, 2015. We look forward to hearing from you!
         



Advocacy & Policy



"Market Needs and Economic Impact of Continuing Care Retirement Communities in North Carolina” is an independently produced report, authored by Dr. James Johnson, Jr., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and a team of researchers at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The study examines the economic impact of continuing care retirement communities on our state and the potential they have for creating jobs and expanding our tax base.

With North Carolina’s older adult population set to explode by nearly 70% in the next twenty years (an additional one million seniors), the impact of CCRCs on our state’s economic health is staggering. 

· In 2014, North Carolina’s 57 CCRCs served nearly 19,000 residents and directly employed 15,000 staff. Their combined economic impact on the state was $1.7 billion annually and they paid $94 million in state and local taxes and $152 million in federal taxes.

· In 2034, the report projects that North Carolina CCRCs will serve more than 35,000 residents and employ 30,000 staff. Their combined economic impact on the state is estimated at $3.2 billion and they will pay $174 million in state and local taxes and $283 million in federal taxes. 

The study is the first of its kind in North Carolina and promises to shed new light on the scope of impact CCRCs have on the health of our state. LeadingAge North Carolina has provided an advance copy to key members of the General Assembly and other influential policymakers. An executive summary as well as the full study and a colorful one-page infographic can be found at www.leadingagenc.org. 

Beers Criteria for Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Updated
For the first time since 2012, The American Geriatric Society (AGS) Beers Criteria has been updated. The 2015 Beers Criteria includes updated lists including but not limited to: medications and types of medications that are potentially inappropriate for older people, medications that are potentially inappropriate for older adults with certain common health problems, and types of medications that should be used with caution in older adults.

In addition to the updated lists, the 2015 AGS Beers Criteria also includes a list of medication combinations that may result in harmful drug-drug interactions, and medications that should be avoided or have their dose changed in people with poor kidney function. The full article written by the American Geriatrics Society 2015 Beers Criteria Update Expert Panel can be found here.

CMS Posts a New Draft of the MDS 3.0 Item Set
A new DRAFT version (v1.14.0) of the MDS 3.0 item sets have been posted to the CMS website. There are many item changes in this version, including a new section, GG. Also, there are two new item subsets for PPS Part A Discharge (End of Stay) assessments - one for nursing homes and the other for swing bed facilities. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016, in conjunction with the new version of the data specs (v2.00.0). Please remember, this is a DRAFT and is subject to change prior to finalization. An example of an MDS that includes the new section GG can be found here

 


Professional Development


Save the Date

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


ICD-10 Training On Demand
Members now have the opportunity to purchase ICD-10 webinar recordings for additional training in ICD-10. Each webinar costs $50 and includes information built upon the previous webinar material. Click here to download individual sessions or the entire series from July 2015.



Strategic Thinking


On-Site Service Coordinators Reduce Resident Hospitalizations
On-site service coordinators in federally-subsidized senior housing reduced resident hospitalizations by 18 percent, according to a new study from the LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services and The Lewin Group.


Fear of Falling
The latest edition of the AARP Bulletin includes an excellent look at the "Fear of Falling.”  It includes a look at danger zones, helpful advice, and a special section on balance training programs.

When Advance Directives Are Ignored
Medical personnel are more likely to pay attention to one type of advance directive, a study finds.


How Creativity is Helped by Failure
A design college in Massachusetts displays roughs drafts, mess-ups, and preliminary sketches of 50 prestigious artists in an exhibit entitled, "Permission to Fail."  Find out how the freedom to fail impacts creativity.


How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation
What processes in an organization shape culture? What is culture worth? What can leaders do to build and maintain a high performing culture?


What Happens to Nuns After They Retire?
Photographer Laura Husar Garcia’s exhibit, "Beyond the Veil: Nuns at Home” examines what happens to nuns after they retire.

 


News & Notes


New Leadership in 14 Member Communities
2015 brought change in the leadership of fourteen LeadingAge North Carolina member communities - about a fifth of our membership! Some came to us from other states while others hold new responsibilities in a familiar environment. In either case, we want to extend a heartfelt welcome to everyone. A brief bio of each person and a photo are attached here.

LeadingAge North Carolina Career Center
Did you know that you can post job openings on the LeadingAge North Carolina website? Just email Jennifer Gill with the posting and it’s done! Check out current openings on our homepage under Tools, and then click Career Center.


Connect with us on Facebook
LeadingAge North Carolina now has a Facebook page! 
Please be sure to visit and like us!


Parting Words from Larry Minnix
After 15 years at LeadingAge, Larry Minnix is retiring. He shares his thoughts and passes the baton to Katie Smith Sloan in this article.


Galloway Ridge Community Gifts
The Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund awarded $70,000 in community grants to 15 Chatham County not-for-profits, public schools and county government agencies. Grant funds will support food, shelter, education and community services projects. Awardees are: Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy, Chatham County Council on Aging, Communities in Schools, CORA Food Pantry, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, El Futuro, Legal Aid of NC, Inc. (Pittsboro office), Perry Harrison Elementary School, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (Chatham County), West Chatham Food Pantry, MedAssist, Chatham County Literacy Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont, Girl Scouts – N.C. Coastal Pines, Chatham Education Foundation.



 
Value First 


Did you know that Value First has a Construction Services Program?  Even if you are in the midst of a capital project you can still save money and maintain quality. Click here to read more and contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar at (404) 421-3956.  

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Vanessa Ceasar, our Value First representative, who was honored with the 2015 Allison Cuba Champion Award from LeadingAge Georgia for her service to their membership.


 

Holiday Wishes from LeadingAge North Carolina
From the LeadingAge North Carolina family to yours, best wishes 
for a warm and relaxing holiday season. To allow our staff to enjoy time 
with family and friends, our office will be closed on December 24th, 
December 25th, December 31st and January 1st.

  

LeadingAge North Carolina | 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Thanksgiving Holiday Message

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Monday, November 23, 2015
The staff of LeadingAge North Carolina wishes all of our members a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  In observance of Thanksgiving our office will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

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