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Advocacy in Action August 23, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 23, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019
August 23, 2019

CON Reform Update
It appears that our efforts around CON reform — and particularly an exemption for CCRCs around Medicare-certified home health — are over for this year’s long session. It is our understanding that House Bill 126 (which contained CON reform language) has been gutted and will be used for another purpose as we get closer to the end of the long session. After coming so far this year - with passage for the first time by the Senate - it’s tremendously disappointing. However…if we’ve learned anything over the past six years in moving this issue forward, it’s that we can’t give up. The bill is still alive and eligible for consideration during next year’s short session. Your hard work and persistence are getting us closer to our goal every year and we remain committed to getting this thing over the finish line.


Medical Care Commission Legislation Advances to Conference Committee
Senate bill 537 – legislation that would provide a seat for an individual affiliated with a nonprofit CCRC on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission – remains alive in this session of the General Assembly. A number of other issues are contained within the bill, which now sits in a conference committee of House and Senate conferees.
 


Arbitration Agreements
On July 18, CMS published a final rule on arbitration agreements in nursing home settings. The final rule repeals the prohibition against pre-dispute, binding arbitration agreements while strengthening the transparency of arbitration agreements in long-term care settings. LeadingAge national advocated for many of the provisions contained in the final rule, which goes into effect Sept. 16, 2019. Read a summary of the rule.


LeadingAge Responds on “Patients Over Paperwork” Initiative
LeadingAge national recently responded to CMS’s second Request for Information on the “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative. The initiative, first launched in 2017, aims to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiency, and improve the beneficiary experience by streamlining regulations and subregulatory guidance. CMS has received over 3,000 comments since that time, classified into nine categories. LeadingAge national’s comments, available here, centered around documentation requirements and quality measures.

 

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Member Update August 16, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 16, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019

August 16, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Please click on one of the headers below to view that section.

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

Budget Stalemate at General Assembly Continues
There appears to be little progress in efforts to resolve the impasse between Governor Roy Cooper and legislative leaders over the state budget for FY 2019-2020. There has been no attempt to override the Governor's June 28 veto of the budget bill (HB 966) in the House, presumably because not enough Democrats have been persuaded to join with Republicans to override the veto. There has also not been a vote on HB 655 (NC Health Care for Working Families), the Medicaid expansion bill proposed by key House members that has been on the House calendar since early July. Governor Copper has indicated that Medicaid expansion is a top priority, and that appears to be the key issue resulting in the budget negotiation stalemate. Without a new budget for this fiscal year, state law allows government spending to continue at the current levels so there is no threat of a government shutdown. Two bills important to LeadingAge North Carolina members are in limbo due to the impasse: H126, which would exempt CCRCs from the certificate of need determination process for Medicare-certified home health, and S537, which would provide a seat on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission for “an individual affiliated with a nonprofit continuing care retirement community.”

What’s Been Approved this Session by the General Assembly
Our friends at the North Carolina Coalition on Aging have put together a useful listing of bills that have passed this legislative session that may be of particular interest to aging and human service advocates.

“Healthy NC” Legislation Passes in House
On August 12, the House approved a wide-ranging health care bill called “Healthy NC” (SB 361) that, among other things, would eliminate redundancy in adult care home inspections, ensure equal coverage for oral anticancer drugs, modernize Medicaid telemedicine policies, increase access to telehealth services, and create the North Carolina Healthcare Solutions Task Force. The bill has been sent to the Senate for its action.

Observation Stay Issue Again in the News
Monday, a trial begins in federal court in Hartford, Conn., where patients who were denied Medicare’s nursing home benefit are hoping to force the government to eliminate that exception. A victory would clear the way for appeals from hundreds of thousands of people.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2011 by seven Medicare observation patients and their families against the Department of Health and Human Services. Seven more plaintiffs later joined the case.

Working with Legislators: An Advocacy Briefing Guide for Board Members
This guide from BoardSource provides helpful tips for board members in preparing to meet with a legislator, including identifying which legislators to meet with, learning from seasoned board members, and showing the organization’s impact. Click here to download.

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state to advocate, collaborate, and offer educational workshops. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • LeadingAge NC Beans and Dreams Roundtable - Givens Estates, Asheville
  • Meeting with staff at Friends of Residents of Long Term Care - Raleigh
  • Meeting with staff at NC PACE Association - Columbia, SC
  • Member visit - Deerfield, Asheville
  • Member visit - Presbyterian Homes, Inc., Colfax
  • Member visit - Covenant Village, Gastonia
  • Member visit - Well-Spring, Greensboro
  • Member visit - Carolina Village, Hendersonville
  • Member visit - United Church Homes and Services, Newton
  • Member visit - Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro
  • Presentation to NC Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators - Raleigh

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Anxiety Complicates Life for Dementia Patients — and Their Caregivers
August 9, 2019, The Washington Post
If 80 percent of people with dementia experience anxiety and agitation at some point, what are the implications for care of people living with dementia? Several professionals are interviewed including an author and Alzheimer's caregiver support group facilitator in North Carolina.

The Economic Cost of Caregiving Could Double by 2050
July 22, 2019, HRDive
LeadingAge North Carolina member communities are caregivers by profession. But do your own human resource policies reflect the importance of caregiving? How could your community implement benefits for employees who are also caregivers at home? It's a complex issue with no simple answer. This article provides some insight that Human Resource directors may find useful.

To Be Happier at Work, Invest More in Your Relationships
July 30, 2019, Harvard Business Review
Many of us strive for a meaningful job, an impressive title, or a sizable salary at the ideal company. In doing so, we drastically undervalue the importance of relationships, even though extensive research shows that it’s people, not the perfect job, that lead to fulfillment.

Six Ways to Boost Public Support for Prevention-Based Policy
July 31, 2019, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Our friends at FrameWorks Institute provide communications strategies for those who want to build support for preventative approaches to solving social problems. This could be a useful read for your marketing professionals, as well as for your community's leaders in human resources, and well-being.

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Thanks to all who respond to questions from fellow members. Click on the link below to download responses to the most recent question. Everyone who responded said their security staff was unarmed. A few respondents provided additional information.

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LeadingAge National Announces 2020 Leadership Academy Fellows
Earlier this week, LeadingAge announced the individuals selected for the national 2020 Leadership Academy class. This group of Fellows will meet throughout the year to explore diverse perspectives from aging services leaders, learn from innovative care and service models, enhance their leadership skills and core competencies and advance person-centered programming in aging services. This is a really big deal! Six of the 48 Fellows selected are from North Carolina, including:

  • Boris Henderson, from Aldersgate in Charlotte
  • Ken Kramer, from Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain
  • Jeff Masar, from Penick Village in Southern Pines
  • Patrick Picciocchi, from Plantation Estates in Matthews
  • Garrett Saake, from The Well-Spring Group in Greensboro
  • Brian Tuckmantel, from Salemtowne in Winston-Salem

Congratulations to each of our North Carolina colleagues! LeadingAge North Carolina led the way this year as the state with the most Fellows selected.

New Antipsychotic Use Data Available
CMS has released the antipsychotic usage data for all four quarters of 2018, a key part of the “National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.” North Carolina ranks 8th nationally (lower=better) for antipsychotic usage (with a 43.8% reduction since the initiative’s inception), and 4th nationally for late adopters (with a 27.8% reduction since the initiative’s inception).

Cost of Turnover Calculator
Use this calculator to figure out the cost of turnover in your organization. Helpful background information:

  • Rule of thumb: the cost of replacing any employee is 25% of the salary amount
  • Average turnover for home care agencies is between 40-60%
  • Average turnover in nursing homes for certified nursing assistants is between 40-70%
  • Minimum direct cost of replacing a direct care worker is $2,500
  • Indirect costs are individual to each organization, but include advertising, training, temporary help, lost productivity, etc
  • Example: An organization that averages 40 terminations per year is spending at least $100,000 (40 x $2,500= $100,000)

Member Survey Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, August 30th
Please take a brief period of time to finish completing the national member survey and submit it today, if you have not already. The deadline for completion has been extended to Friday, August 30th. For more information, visit LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey or email membersurvey@leadingage.org.

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read association updates from the last two weeks.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Before summer winds down, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date on all the latest news, research, and programs!

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

Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Management Leadership Series
Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit   Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Night Out (Members Only)
Other Professional Opportunities




Management Leadership Series
Next week on August 21, Still time to register
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
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Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro

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Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA

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Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro

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Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill

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Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm

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Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro

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Save the Date
LeadingAge NC Night Out
For Members Only
Monday, October 28
Invitations and information coming soon!

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Other Professional Opportunities

Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2-3pm

Your Employee Benefits Game Plan
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
Tuesday, September 17 in Raleigh - or -
Wednesday, September 18 in Greensboro
Noon-2:30pm

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Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST

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Value First

LeadingAge North Carolina members can enroll in Value First and participate in other Group Purchasing Organizations at the same time. The portfolio of more than 500 vendors includes food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, and construction services.

Accessing your Vizient Catalog has now also been made easier than ever! To find out how to register and access the online catalog, click on the graphic below.

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



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Advocacy in Action August 9, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 9, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2019
August 9, 2019

Medical Care Commission Legislation Approved by North Carolina House
The North Carolina House of Representatives approved Senate bill 537 earlier this week. The bill includes language providing for a formal seat on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission for an individual affiliated with a nonprofit continuing care retirement community. Finding a formal seat for a CCRC representative on the Commission is a key part of our 2019 Public Policy Priorities. There was no opposition to the bill. The legislation is now back on the Senate side where it awaits appointment of a conference committee to take up differences between the House and Senate versions.


Certificate of Need Legislation Continues to Await House Action
House Bill 126, approved two weeks ago by the Senate and which would grant an exemption to CCRCs from the Certificate of Need review process for Medicare-certified home health, awaits consideration by the House and appointment of a committee of House and Senate conferees to attempt a compromise.


Retirement Savings Bill Awaits U.S. Senate Action
The SECURE Act – Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement – approved by a vote of 417-3 in the U.S. House, still awaits action by the U.S. Senate.  The bill makes significant changes that will impact most Americans who are preparing for retirement. There are three important changes: required minimum distributions can start at age 72 instead of 70½, stretch IRAs will be shortened, and individuals can continue to make tax deductible contributions until 72.  Other provisions in the bill will benefit families. Up to $10,000 can be withdrawn from a 529 plan to pay down student loans which will help make a dent in the nation’s student loan debt epidemic. The bill also allows new parents to withdraw up to $5,000 without being penalized from their IRAs or 401k plans to help defray birth and adoption expenses. A major change is the ability of employers to now offer annuities as an investment option in their employer sponsored 401k plans. This change gives participants a way to protect capital and provide a guaranteed income for life, once they retire. The bill will no longer allow IRA holders to pass their IRAs to heirs over the heirs‘ lifetime (spouses and minor children are excluded).  Additionally, the bill stipulates that upon death, the IRA must be liquidated within ten years. The Senate is expected to soon take up this bill for discussion. Assuming they pass a comparable bill, it will go through a reconciliation committee and then will be sent to the President for signature. At this point, most people believe the Senate and President support these changes.  To learn more about this, click here.


CMS Publishes Final Rule on Arbitration
CMS published a final rule on arbitration agreements in nursing facilities on July 18, 2019.


ROP Phase 3 Revisions: Side-by-Side Comparison
LeadingAge National has created a handy document to walk you through how the new proposed ROP rule impacts implementation of Phase 3, which is scheduled for November.


LeadingAge National Provides Information on PPS Final Rule
This week, CMS released the final rule updating the Medicare skilled nursing facility prospective payment system (PPS). This includes the final payment update based on current data as well as the wage index.


Registration Opens for NC Coalition on Aging Annual Meeting and Luncheon
The 2019 annual meeting and luncheon of the NC Coalition on Aging will take place on Friday, September 27, at the NC State University Club Raleigh, with the program beginning at 12:00 noon. This year’s keynote speaker is Governor Roy Cooper. Registration information is posted on the Coalition’s website.


What Have We Done For You Lately? – July 2019
With Washington, DC, temperatures hovering in the 90s for most of July, you’d think the month of November would be the last thing on the minds of LeadingAge team members. Click here for an update on all the things LeadingAge national did for us in July.

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


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Professional Development Update August 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, August 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Join us! Click on any of the workshop images below to learn more and register. Be sure to forward this email to your co-workers and plan to attend together.

Catalogue of 2019 Events

Beans and Dreams August  |  Management Leadership Series
Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit
Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Night Out (Members Only)
Other Professional Opportunities


 

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
Registration still open!
Tomorrow: August 9
9 - 10:30am
Givens Estates, Asheville

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Management Leadership Series
August 21
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
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Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro

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Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA

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Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro

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Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill

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Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm

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Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro

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Save the Date
LeadingAge NC Night Out
For Members Only
Monday, October 28
Invitations and information coming soon!

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Other Professional Opportunities

Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2-3pm

Your Employee Benefits Game Plan
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
Tuesday, September 17 in Raleigh - or -
Wednesday, September 18 in Greensboro
Noon-2:30pm

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Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST

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




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Member Update August 2, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 2, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 2, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Please click on one of the headers below to view that section.

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

State Policy
Bill to Include CCRC Representation on Med Care Commission Advances

Senate bill 537
received two key committee approvals this week and now awaits a vote on the House floor. The legislation provides for one member of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission appointed by the Governor to “be an individual affiliated with a nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community licensed pursuant to Article 64 of Chapter 58 of the General Statutes.” The bill is a major public policy priority of LeadingAge North Carolina during the current long session of the General Assembly. We expect the bill to be taken up by the full House next week.

Certificate of Need Legislation Awaits House Action
House Bill 126, approved last week by the Senate and which would grant an exemption to CCRCs from the Certificate of Need review process for Medicare-certified home health, awaits consideration by the House. We anticipate that the House will vote not to concur with the legislation, setting up appointment of a committee of House and Senate conferees to attempt a compromise.

Federal Policy
Budget Caps Deal Paves Way for Appropriations
With Congress about to begin a month-long August recess, the congressional leadership and the White House have reached agreement on a two-year budget plan to cover fiscal years 2020 and 2021. This agreement will allow work on fiscal 2020 appropriations bills to move forward, especially in the Senate. The House already has passed 10 of the 12 spending measures for 2020, including those covering senior housing and services programs. However, the House bills are based on a higher total spending limit than allowed under the budget deal, so the House-passed appropriations will have to be adjusted as the fiscal 2020 spending process continues.

US Senate Finance Committee Hearing Focuses on Elder Abuse
On July 23, the Senate Finance Committee held a second hearing on combatting abuse of elders, focusing on a just-issued report by the Government Accountability Office, Nursing Homes: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse. LeadingAge national filed a statement for the hearing record, pointing out the substantial mechanisms that already exist in law and regulation to detect, deter, punish, and prevent abuse of nursing home residents. LeadingAge national also described the work LeadingAge members have done to shelter elders who have experienced abuse in the community and to enhance protections for nursing home residents.

Final Fiscal 2020 Medicare Rule Unveiled for Skilled Nursing Facilities
CMS posted the final rule on July 31, effective as of October 1, 2019. The rule allows for a somewhat smaller payment update, 2.4%, than would have been provided under the rule proposed in April. The 2.4% update is a national average; individual nursing homes’ rates will depend on local wage indexes, the homes’ compliance with quality reporting, and their performance on value-based purchasing.  Medicare 2% sequestration also will continue to reduce payments. Most nursing homes are likely to experience essentially flat funding. The new payment model, PDPM, also goes into effect October 1.

LeadingAge National Regulatory Tracker
LeadingAge national’s Regulatory Roundup 2.0 is a quick and easy tracker to help members find pertinent rules and federal regulations, with timelines for submitting comments and links to any comments LeadingAge may have submitted.

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state to advocate, collaborate, and offer educational workshops. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • Member Visit - Southminster, Charlotte
  • NC Coalition on Aging Financial Sustainability meeting - Raleigh
  • Member Visit - St. Joseph of the Pines, Southern Pines
  • LeadingAge NC Finance Symposium - Williamsburg, VA
  • LeadingAge NC board of directors and LeadingAge NC Foundation board of trustees meeting - Salemtowne, Winston-Salem

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Caregiving is Increasingly Falling to Young People, Especially Minority Millennials
July 30, 2019, Massive Science
More than a third of today’s caregivers are employed full-time. More than half of millennial caregivers are minorities and are more likely than any other generation to balance caregiving with employment. Latinx (gender neutral plural of Latino/Latina) millennials work more hours each week, on average, and spend more time providing care than young adults of other backgrounds. These statistics suggest that organizations should step forward with policies to support caregiving employees. This article provides specific suggestions for your consideration.

With A Projected 208% Population Growth In Those Over 85, It's Time To Rethink Our Health Workforce
July 30, 2019, Forbes
In a just released report, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and Caring Across Generations address how states that are exploring long-term care shortages and Universal Family Care programs might meet the challenges of workforce issues head on. The report offers nine recommendations.

8 Ways Marketers Can Show Their Work’s Financial Results
July 31,
2019, Harvard Business Review
Based on a poll of 300 marketing leaders, the authors suggest eights ways to demonstrate the value of marketing in your organization. Directors of marketing, take a look and incorporate these ideas before you start your 2020 marketing plan.

Social Determinants Screenings Cut Hospital Admissions by Nearly 30%
July 23, 2019, Health IT Analytics
Residents of life plan communities have an array of resources at their fingertips. What about older adults in the greater community? Does your organization's strategic plan include outreach to older adults who live outside your campus? This article suggests that when basic needs like transportation and food are met, hospital admissions are reduced. Your community could have a positive impact beyond its own walls through partnerships and collaborations that benefit the greater community.

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Thanks to all who respond to questions from fellow members. Click on the link below to download responses to the most recent question.

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Scholarships and Student Program at LeadingAge National Meeting in San Diego
For the third year, LeadingAge is offering a student program at their 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo, October 27-30 in San Diego, for students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities (age 18 and up). The goal is to expose and connect students to opportunities in the field of aging services.

If you are an interested student, the scholarship program includes: individual student registration for the 4-day conference, hotel accommodations (Saturday - Tuesday nights) and airfare stipend (covers roundtrip airfare to/from San Diego). Full-time faculty who bring students also will be eligible to register at our special student rate.

Deadline to apply for the scholarship: August 14, 2019 ~ Click here to register.

Connecting Generations in Senior Housing
A new
toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Generations United provides practical information, guidance, and templates to help senior housing providers (and other organizations serving older adults) implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit elders and young people in their communities.

Nearly a Third of First-Time Hospital Visitors Get Lost. Here's How to Fix That
See your campus through the eyes of a first-time visitor. How easy was it to find your way? This article provides creative navigation suggestions for member communities, all of whom host visitors and family members who need assistance with wayfinding.

Mainstream and Multigenerational: A New Approach to Anti-Ageism
Blink and you’d miss it, but this one-day media stunt represents a promising approach to fighting ageism: making it multi-generational and mainstream.

Member Survey Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, August 16th
Please take a brief period of time to finish completing the national member survey and submit it today, if you have not already. The deadline for completion has been extended to Friday, August 16th. For more information, visit LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey or email membersurvey@leadingage.org.

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read association updates from the last two weeks.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Before you leave on vacation this summer, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date when you return!

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Trustees of the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation volunteer their time and expertise to enrich the field of aging services. We are grateful for Chris Taylor's four years of service to the Foundation board. Read on to learn a little more about Chris, who is retired assistant secretary of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission in Raleigh.

1. Why did you become involved in LeadingAge North Carolina?
I had the benefit of experiencing what I term “growing up with and maturing with the CCRC industry in North Carolina." By that I mean I worked with the vast majority of not for profit CCRCs in North Carolina for over 30 years during my tenure of working for the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. During which time I saw a major expansion of the industry in the State, not only in the number of facilities but also in changes and growth in the needs of its residents and of resulting changes in the missions of the entities serving them. During my tenure with the NC Medical Care Commission I had the opportunity to interact with and work with LeadingAge North Carolina and decided as a result of that experience I would upon retiring from the NCMCC attempt to contribute something of value to LeadingAge NC and its members that came as a result of my experience and expertise. Membership on the Foundation Board is affording me that opportunity.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
The meaning that I derive from a study of the mission of LeadingAge NC is that it is both our obligation and opportunity to provide a better life to those who have preceded us in age, experience and knowledge. That by doing this we all benefit and we all succeed, no matter how you measure success.

3. If you had unlimited resources, what is the one thing you as a board member would like to do?
If I had unlimited resources and if financial resources could do it I would solve not one but the several issues of communication, diversity, affordability, charity care and reserves for future financial stability that have been and continue to be thorny issues.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
As one of my fellow board members said, I would swap with a resident. If only for a day, although a longer period would be better. My reasoning is that no administrator can really understand his or her residents unless they have actually been one. You need to understand your clients in order to adequately serve them. Any amount of knowledge one could gain from that swap can only enhance one’s ability to run a facility.

5. What do you do to relax, to get away, to recharge your batteries?
This is the hardest of all questions to answer. I am still trying to find my way around since I retired. Fortunately or not I was one of those people who really enjoyed their work and never acquired any hobbies. There are things I enjoy doing including reading, serving on boards, taking classes and watching British TV. It’s a work in progress.

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


Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Beans and Dreams August Management Leadership Series
Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit   Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Other Professional Opportunities


Beans and Dreams Roundtable
August 9
9 - 10:30am
Givens Estates, Asheville




Management Leadership Series
August 21
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
o




Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro


Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA



Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro



Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill



Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm




Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro


Other Professional Opportunities

Unemployment & HR Risk Management with UST
Free Webinar
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EDT

UST has been a LeadingAge Member Solutions Partner since 2002 and is hosting a free, short webinar on August 6th, to discover some of the most common unemployment & HR risks that can cost your nonprofit thousands of dollars annually. This webinar will allow UST to share insights into their service offerings, as well as best practices that can help reduce costs and streamline workforce processes.
Whether you serve as your organization’s executive staff, financial director, or as a part of the Human Resources function, register for the August 6th webinar to take advantage of this free webinar, exclusively for LeadingAge Members, to learn more about:

  • Reducing unemployment tax liability as a 501(c)(3)
  • Self-funded reserves and insurance options
  • Ensuring compliance with state and federal law
  • Efficiently managing unemployment claims, protests, and hearings
  • Avoiding costly HR mistakes
  • Importance of onboarding and professional training
  • Enhancing goodwill by utilizing outplacement services

 

 

 


Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2 - 3pm




Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST


Value First

LeadingAge North Carolina members can enroll in Value First and participate in other Group Purchasing Organizations at the same time. The portfolio of more than 500 vendors includes food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, and construction services.

Accessing your Vizient Catalog has now also been made easier than ever! To find out how to register and access the online catalog, click on the graphic below.

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222 N. Person Street Suite 205 | Raleigh, NC  27601
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Advocacy in Action July 26, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 26, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2019
July 26, 2019

Senate Approves Compromise CON Reform Legislation
On Wednesday this week, the North Carolina Senate approved House Bill 126, which would grant an exemption from the Certificate of Need review process for continuing care retirement communities. Its passage marks a milestone in the six-year effort to obtain this exemption that is so important to many CCRC residents.

Passage of the legislation by the Senate now sets up consideration of the bill by the House of Representatives. Without getting too far down in the sausage-making weeds, the House will in all likelihood vote to not concur with the bill…this is a procedural reality that will result in the formation of a conference committee of appointed Senate and House members. The conference committee will work to come up with a version that both chambers can vote on…if that happens – and if both chambers vote to approve the bill that comes out of the conference committee – it will go to the Governor for his signature.

At this point it appears the Senate and House will run skeletal sessions next week. We are carefully monitoring the potential appointment of members to the conference committee and will provide more information as it becomes available.


Analysis of Major Changes in RoPs
Last week, CMS announced proposed rules that would delay key components of the Phase 3 Rules of Participation. CMS proposed delaying until November 28, 2020, requirements pertaining to compliance and ethics, as well as Quality Assurance Performance Improvement plan (QAPI) stipulations. As promised, here is LeadingAge national's complete analysis of the proposed rule. We’ll be providing more information as the rulemaking process continues.


LeadingAge Works to Fix CNA Training Penalty
Nationally, LeadingAge advocates have been out in force to lobby for H.R. 1265, the bipartisan Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act. When a nursing home gets fined more than $10,000 — despite the reason – it cannot train staff to be certified nursing assistants for 2 years. The bill would change the law to give CMS the choice to decide which penalty makes sense when a problem is found.

  • Want to keep up the momentum over the August recess? Go to LeadingAge national's “Make Your Voice Heard” webpage beginning August 1st. Send a letter asking your representative to support the bill – or, visit him or her in a district office.
  • If your Member is on the bill already – list follows – thank him or her! Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Colin Peterson (D-MN) introduced the bill, and Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Jim Banks (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Watkins (R-KS), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Lance Gooden (R-TX), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Tom Cole (R-OK), Kevin Hern (R-OK), and Adrian Smith (R-NE) are cosponsors.

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


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Member Update July 19, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 19, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019

July 19, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Please click on one of the headers below to view that section.

Advocacy & Policy  |  On the Road
Strategic Thinking  News & Notes 
Professional Development
  |  Value First

General Assembly Continues Work on CON Reform
On Tuesday of this week, The North Carolina Senate Committee on Health Care approved an amended version of House Bill 126 which includes an exemption from the CON review process for CCRCs wishing to provide Medicare-Certified home health. At this point, it appears that the full Senate will vote on the bill next week. In the meantime, the bill has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

While our language is included in the bill that was approved earlier this week, one major change was that the date of our exemption is eighteen months from the effective date of the legislation. Assuming that our bill passes the full Senate, makes it out of the Senate-House conference committee, passes the full House, and is signed by the Governor, we would still have eighteen months before we could apply for a license.

While the hard work and continuing diligence of those who have contacted their Senators and Representatives has gotten us this far, we still have a long way to go. As the legislation moves forward, we’ll be in touch about how you can provide valuable information to your elected officials about this important issue.

A special thank you to the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association for their advice, help, and energy!

Budget Work Continues in General Assembly
The North Carolina General Assembly is continuing its efforts to find a solution to the current budget impasse. Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget plan on June 28th. Since that time, legislators have been considering next steps, including the potential of attempting to override the Governor’s veto. Even though the state’s budget lapsed on June 30, spending continues at current levels until a new budget is approved by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

CMS Announces Major Changes in ROP 3, Issues Final Rule on Arbitration
Earlier this week, CMS announced proposed rules that would delay key components of the Phase 3 Rules of Participation. CMS proposed delaying until November 28, 2020, requirements pertaining to compliance and ethics, as well as Quality Assurance Performance Improvement plan (QAPI) stipulations. Officials said the request is intended “to avoid confusion and promote transparency” while also furthering the administration’s goal of reducing providers’ administrative burden. Other phase three requirements would remain on track for implementation on Thanksgiving Day this year. In addition to the ROP 3 delay, CMS also issued a final rule allowing pre-dispute arbitration agreements — but it comes with significant strings attached. LeadingAge is preparing a complete analysis of the proposed rule and we’ll be sharing that with members in the coming days.

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state to advocate, collaborate, and offer educational workshops. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • Beans and Dreams Roundtable - The Cypress of Charlotte, Charlotte
  • LeadingAge NC Foundation task force meeting - Sharon Towers, Charlotte
  • LeadingAge State Executive Forum meeting, Denver
  • LeadingAge Leadership Forum meeting, Denver
  • LeadingAge National board meeting, Denver
  • Value First board retreat, Denver
  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Health Services for the Deaf and Harding of Hearing - Morrisville

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It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done
July 7, 2019, The New York Times
Is perfectionism harming your productivity? It's worth considering in this advice piece by Tim Herrera, editor of "Smarter Living" for The New York Times.

When It Comes to Aging, Intersectionality Matters
July 8, 2019, Stria
The authors make the point that intergenerational and accessible movements and communities will make all of us stronger. Do your policies and plans reflect this type of forward thinking?

I’ve Been a ‘Millennial Therapist’ for More than 5 Years—and This is Their No. 1 Complaint
July 2, 2019, CNBC
This Gen-X therapist says millennials are 90% of her patients. The information she shares about their anxieties might help you work with millennial family members and employees at your community.

The Paradox of Expertise
June 27, 2019, Psychology Today
Specialization has its value. When you want a pipe fixed, you call the plumber, not a handyman. But it’s important to remember that we need to be able to see the forest through the trees if we are going to tackle big projects or forge ahead as innovators in our fields.

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Soom Launches Mobile App that Alerts Patients to Medical Device Recalls
July 15, 2019, FierceHealthcare
SoomSafety is a free mobile app that provides medical device recall information directly from the device manufacturer and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Digital Health Venture Capital Funding Reaches $5.1B in First Half of Year
July 17, 2019, HealthData Management
According to research firm Mercom Capital Group, which compiled the data in a new report, this is the highest amount raised by digital health companies in the first six months of any year.

Poll: 1 in 4 Don’t Plan to Retire Despite Realities of Aging
July 7, 2019, Associated Press
According to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 23% of workers, including nearly 2 in 10 of those over 50, don’t expect to stop working. Roughly another quarter of Americans say they will continue working beyond their 65th birthday.

Member Survey Deadline Extended to August 2nd
Please take a brief period of time out of your day to complete the national member survey if you have not already. The deadline for completion has been extended to August 2nd. For more information, visit LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey or email membersurvey@leadingage.org. Thank you for helping LeadingAge continue to be the trusted voice for aging

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read association updates from the last two weeks.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Before you leave on vacation this summer, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date when you return!

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


Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Finance Symposium  Beans and Dreams August
Management Leadership Series
  |  Dining Symposium 
Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit   Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Other Professional Opportunities



Finance Symposium
July 25
9am-3pm
WindsorMeade in Williamsburg, VA


Beans and Dreams Roundtable
August 9
9 - 10:30am
Givens Estates, Asheville




Management Leadership Series
August 21
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
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Dining Symposium
August 22
10am-3pm
Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem




Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro


Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA



Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro



Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill



Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm




Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro


Other Professional Opportunities

Unemployment & HR Risk Management with UST
Free Webinar
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EDT

UST has been a LeadingAge Member Solutions Partner since 2002 and is hosting a free, short webinar on August 6th, to discover some of the most common unemployment & HR risks that can cost your nonprofit thousands of dollars annually. This webinar will allow UST to share insights into their service offerings, as well as best practices that can help reduce costs and streamline workforce processes.
Whether you serve as your organization’s executive staff, financial director, or as a part of the Human Resources function, register for the August 6th webinar to take advantage of this free webinar, exclusively for LeadingAge Members, to learn more about:

  • Reducing unemployment tax liability as a 501(c)(3)
  • Self-funded reserves and insurance options
  • Ensuring compliance with state and federal law
  • Efficiently managing unemployment claims, protests, and hearings
  • Avoiding costly HR mistakes
  • Importance of onboarding and professional training
  • Enhancing goodwill by utilizing outplacement services

 

 

 


Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2 - 3pm




Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST


Value First

LeadingAge North Carolina members can enroll in Value First and participate in other Group Purchasing Organizations at the same time. The portfolio of more than 500 vendors includes food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, and construction services.

Accessing your Vizient Catalog has now also been made easier than ever! To find out how to register and access the online catalog, click on the graphic below.

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

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Advocacy in Action July 12, 2019

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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




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Professional Development Update July 2019

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

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


Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Beans and Dreams July  Finance Symposium  Beans and Dreams August Management Leadership Series  |  Dining Symposium 
Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit   Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Other Professional Opportunities


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

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
TOMORROW! July 12 - There is still time to register.
9 - 10:30am
The Cypress of Charlotte in Charlotte



Finance Symposium
July 25
9am-3pm
WindsorMeade in Williamsburg, VA


 

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
August 9
9 - 10:30am
Givens Estates, Asheville




Management Leadership Series
August 21
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
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Dining Symposium
August 22
10am-3pm
Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem




Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro


Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA



Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro



Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill



Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm


 



Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro


Other Professional Opportunities

Unemployment & HR Risk Management with UST
Free Webinar
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EDT


UST has been a LeadingAge Member Solutions Partner since 2002 and is hosting a free, short webinar on August 6th, to discover some of the most common unemployment & HR risks that can cost your nonprofit thousands of dollars annually. This webinar will allow UST to share insights into their service offerings, as well as best practices that can help reduce costs and streamline workforce processes.
Whether you serve as your organization’s executive staff, financial director, or as a part of the Human Resources function, register for the August 6th webinar to take advantage of this free webinar, exclusively for LeadingAge Members, to learn more about:
· Reducing unemployment tax liability as a 501(c)(3)
· Self-funded reserves and insurance options
· Ensuring compliance with state and federal law
· Efficiently managing unemployment claims, protests, and hearings
· Avoiding costly HR mistakes
· Importance of onboarding and professional training
· Enhancing goodwill by utilizing outplacement services

 


Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2 - 3pm




Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST


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


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Member Update July 5, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 5, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2019
July 5, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Please click on one of the headers below to view that section.

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

Full Senate to Consider CON Reform Bill
On Monday of next week, the North Carolina Senate will consider legislation that would reform a small but important piece of the state’s current certificate of need regulatory scheme. Monday’s consideration by the entire body is the result of action taken earlier this week by the Senate Rules committee recommending approval of the bill. Included in the legislation is a provision that would exempt CCRCs from the need determination portion of the CON process for Medicare-certified home health. Passage of the legislation would then send the matter to a conference committee comprised of Senate and House negotiators. This is an issue vital to many CCRC residents.

Take Action NOW on Extending the Current Medical Expense Deduction Rate
As we reported last week, Congress has been considering extending the current 7.5% threshold for the medical expense deduction associated with federal tax returns. The threshold will move to 10% unless Congress “extends” the current lower rate. While the House Ways and Means committee recently brushed back attempts to extend the current rate, efforts continue to convince Congress of the need to maintain the lower rate. Clicking on this link will take you to more information about the issue, as well as an online form you can complete that will automatically email your elected representatives. We’re continuing to work in concert with the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association on this very important issue.

Home Care Moratorium Lapses
North Carolina’s moratorium on applying for a home care license was allowed to lapse as final negotiations on approval of a budget occurred. Language that was contained in the budget legislation extending the moratorium for another two years (to June 30, 2021) was stripped out of the bill late in the process. As a result, home care licenses can again be applied for through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

July 2019 Medicaid Bulletin Now Available
The July 2019 Medicaid Bulletin is now available. Some articles that may be of interest include:

  • Updates to NC Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
  • Clinical Coverage Policy Update
  • NCTracks Provider Training Available in July 2019
  • Updates to Clinical Coverage Policy 10B: Independent Practitioners

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state offering education, advocacy, networking, and collaborating with agencies that share a common vision. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • Member Community Visit - Glenaire, Cary
  • Member Community Visit - Sharon Towers, Charlotte
  • North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association Meeting - Raleigh
  • LeadingAge NC PDPM Intensive - Salemtowne, Winston-Salem
  • Member Community Visit - Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem

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When a Colleague Is Grieving
July-August 2019, Harvard Business Review
When a colleague is grieving, what is the role of the workplace, manager, or co-worker? Explore the topic in this sensitive and informative article, and be sure to share it with your team.

The Gap Between Rich And Poor Americans' Health Is Widening
June 28, 2019, NPR
Researchers compared Americans' health status today with that of 25 years ago and found that health is worsening among lower-income Americans.

NC Brain Health Registry Goes Live
Last week the NC Institute of Medicine launched North Carolina's new Brain Health registry. Read more here about how recommendations from NCIOM’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia helped in the creation of this new resource. LeadingAge North Carolina was a proud financial supporter and steering committee member of the Task Force.

In a Medical Emergency, Who In Your Social Network Will Call for Help Quickest?
June 25, 2019, STAT News
Getting to the hospital quickly is essential for treating heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies. You might guess that spouses or family members would be best at reacting quickly. Recent research suggests you’d be wrong.

How Telemedicine Helped this Health System’s Patients Avoid the ED
June 19, 2019, American Medical Association
A new study adds to growing evidence that telemedicine can save money, resolve most health concerns in a single visit, and do so without significantly creating new utilization of health care services. The modest increase in cost from this new utilization “might actually prevent more costly care down the line,” the study’s authors suggested.

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Thanks to everyone who continues to support the member question service. Click on a link below to download a spreadsheet on that topic.

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Complete the Member Survey Today
Please take 10-12 minutes out of your day to complete the national member survey if you have not already. Remember that each individual who completes the survey by today (July 5) will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and will be entered in a raffle to win free registration and lodging at the host hotel for the 2019 Annual Meeting and EXPO. For more information, visit LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey or email membersurvey@leadingage.org. Thank you for helping LeadingAge continue to be the trusted voice for aging.

Your Member Directory Update
At this time every year we ask for your help updating our member directory. All directory changes are due today (July 5) by 5pm. Please act now if you have not already. If you have any questions about accessing your profile, feel free to contact Jennifer Gill or Leslie Roseboro at (919) 571-8333.

Intent to Apply for JFNA trauma-informed services grant due July 10
The Jewish Federations of North America’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care seeks applications to expand Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed services for Holocaust survivors throughout the United States. In order to reach more local agencies, the Center is only accepting applications from organizations that have never previously received direct funding from JFNA’s federal grant program. The Application, as well as the RFP and Program Guidelines, can be found at www.holocaustsurvivorcare.org. An Intent to Apply is due July 10, 2019 and the Application is due August 20, 2019.

In Case You Missed It
Click here to read last week's Advocacy in Action newsletter dated June 28, 2019.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Before you leave on vacation this summer, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date when you return!

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



Beans and Dreams Roundtable
July 12
9 - 10:30am
The Cypress of Charlotte in Charlotte



Finance Symposium
July 25
9am-3pm
WindsorMeade in Williamsburg, VA


 

Beans and Dreams Roundtable
August 9
9 - 10:30am
Givens Estates, Asheville




Management Leadership Series
August 21
10am-3pm
Friends Homes West, Greensbor
o




Dining Symposium
August 22
10am-3pm
Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem




Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro


Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
9am-3:30pm
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA



Workforce Summit
September 19
10am-3pm
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro



Wellness Workshop
September 26
10am-3pm
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill



Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm


 



Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro


Other Professional Opportunities




Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST

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Value First

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




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