Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to read in your browser.

January 5, 2018

Advocacy & Policy

Plans of Correction and ePOC

A reminder: in North Carolina, it is mandatory for skilled nursing facilities to send any Plan of Correction to the state through the ePOC system. The state does not accept form 2567 (the Plan of Correction) in paper form. It is a skilled nursing facility’s responsibility to assure that there is a minimum of two people at all times that have the passwords and ID's necessary to access the ePOC system. If you don't know how to register or if you need to sign back up, go to www.qtso.com, look to the left and click on the link to “ePOC.”

The Return of Therapy Caps

Therapy caps are back on for now, even though Congress may still be prepared to eliminate them in 2018. An exception to the cap limit allowed Medicare Part B patients — many suffering from stroke or other debilitating conditions — to receive medically necessary treatment above the standard caps set by CMS. But that exception expired Dec. 31, meaning the cap is back in effect for all rehab settings including skilled nursing facilities.

New Fact Sheet on Medicare Overpayments

This handy CMS Fact Sheet on Medicare Overpayments will help you learn about the definition of an overpayment, the overpayment collection process, overpayment collection tools and payment options, and timeframes for the debt collection process.

Survey Process Training Videos Now Available

CMS released new Long Term care survey process training videos. The training videos are broken up into the sections of the survey including but not limited to: Entrance Conference, Initial Pool, Observations, Interviews, Facility Tasks, Investigations and Closed Record Review.

CMS Offers Guidance on Focused Dementia Care Survey Process

In November of 2015, CMS released Survey & Certification Memo 16-06 (SC-Letter-16-04-Focused-Survey-Tools), which included tools that were utilized for the Focused Dementia Care Survey process. These tools were released with the intent that facilities would use them to assess their own practices in providing resident care. Recently, the tools have been updated and current versions have been added to the National Partnership website via the following links (Resident Questions Worksheet 2018; Facility Questions Worksheet 2018). The Focused Dementia Care Survey process is separate from the standard survey process, as are the revised tools. However, the new Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway (Form CMS-20133) was developed using principals from the Focused Dementia Care Survey process.

Professional Development

Save the Date!

2018 LeadingAge North Carolina Spring Conference and Trade Show

The Omni Grove Park Inn
May 14-17, 2018
Asheville, NC

Click here to submit a proposal to present. RFPs due by January 12, 2018.

2018 Event and Education Calendar Now Available

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar for yourself and your staff. We hope you'll mark your calendar for several programs. Be sure to look out for registration announcements by email, social media, and our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Awards Nominations Now Open!

Please take the time to nominate the outstanding people and programs in our field for a LeadingAge North Carolina 2018 award. Recognize those special folks that make a difference and programs that are innovative. Award nominations are due January 31, 2018.

Trade Show Registration Opens This Monday, January 8!

Business members please note that registration for the 2018 Trade Show will open this Monday, January 8. Watch your inbox for more information. Announcements will also be made on our website and social media pages.


Register for Emergency Preparedness Programs Offered Across the State

The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama has developed a one day (8 hour) course that is intended to help providers understand the CMS emergency preparedness rule and to assist them to working towards satisfactory completion. The course is free and instructors are provided by CDP.

Click here to view the syllabus overview and please note that the upcoming offerings will be offered across the state.

1. Jan. 17th: MAHPC Warehouse, Flat Rock
2. Jan. 19th: CMPD & CFD Training Academy, Charlotte
3. Jan. 22nd: JFHQ/SEOC, Raleigh
4. Jan. 23rd: Wake County Commons, Raleigh

Omnicare Offers Complimentary Webinar on Seniors and Opioids

Click here
to access the webinar: Avoiding Opioid Dangers in Seniors offered by Omnicare.

Register Soon for Infection Control Program Offered in March

S.P.I.C.E. offers this three day program every spring and fall. It is designed to provide participants with current and practical information for the recognition and management of common infection prevention issues in non-acute care facilities, with an emphasis on long term care. Basic statistics for surveillance and antibiotic stewardship are new additions to the course.

Infection Control in Long Term Care Facilities
March 26-28, 2018
William and Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Registration opens January 15, 2018
Please see the new registration policy
Get a Course Quote by clicking here

Strategic Thinking

The Pivotal Role of the Nonprofit Board Chair: Beyond Meeting Facilitation
Nonprofit Quarterly, December 12, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, and Vernetta Walker, BoardSource’s Chief Governance Officer and Vice President of Programs delve into the findings from Leading with Intent and share tips for creating a constructive partnership with the executive and helping develop a strong board culture.

Waiting Too Long to Use Hospice Care Can Make Suffering at End-of-Life Worse
The Washington Post, December 10, 2017

This brief article would be a good resource for family members with questions about when to engage hospice for a loved one. A 16-year study cited in the article showed that pain, nausea, depression and shortness of breath decreased substantially only after hospice began.

Top 27 Productivity Hacks of 2018
Inc., November 30, 2017

The Founder and CTO of WordStream offers practical advice for making your workday yours, feeling more in control and more productive. Check it out today!

Addressing the Opioid Issue in NC

DHHS Campaign - Lock Your Meds: Be Aware. Don't Share. Take the Pledge

Did you know 1,000 North Carolinians die every year due to prescription medication overdose? 67% of people who abuse prescription medications get them from family and friends.

Find out who your county "Lock Your Meds" campaign director is by clicking here. You may request educational materials to post in your community and in your HR office by clicking here. Please contact the LeadingAge North Carolina office at 919-571-8333 for assistance obtaining materials.

Learn more about what you can do to address the epidemic below.

Mapping Opioid Deaths in Guilford County
NC Health News, December 19, 2017

Four North Carolina Cities Make Top 25 List for Opioid Abuse
NC Health News, July 27, 2017

Omnicare Offers Complimentary Webinar: Avoiding Opioid Dangers in Seniors

News and Notes

Submit Your RFP for 2018 Spring Conference by January 12!

LeadingAge North Carolina invites you to share your expertise in the field of aging services. Submit a proposal to be a presenter at our largest event of the year. The Spring Conference and Trade Show will take place May 14-17, 2018 at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. We seek proposals that demonstrate best practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. Submissions may be made online by January 12, 2018.

Flu and Norovirus Outbreak Guidance

This excellent publication from the State Epidemiologist emphasizes highlights of the long term care guidance for flu and norovirus outbreaks.

New Study Tracks Health Care Spending

A JAMA study found that 63 percent of the U.S. increase in health care spending from 1996 to 2013 was attributable to providers doing more for patients in each visit and charging more for those procedures. Disentangling those two things is tricky, but the point is that the disproportionate increases in health care costs in America aren’t because we’re inherently sicker or because we spend longer in the hospital or because there’s more of us or because we’re older. It’s mostly because of pricing and the amount of care.

Can You Quantify the Benefits of Living in Your Life Plan Community?

Mather LifeWays and Northwestern University are conducting a landmark study that will determine the impact of living in a Life Plan Community on residents’ long-term health and wellness.

The Age Well Study will measure residents’ self-reported health and wellness metrics through a convenient survey taken annually for five years. In return for participating, your organization will receive an annual report on key findings, such as quality of life, self-reported health, and other health-related measures.

This study is being conducted in partnership with ASHA, LeadingAge, Ziegler, National Investment Center, Life Care Services, and Novare. To learn more or to enroll your community in the study, visit the Age Well Study web page or email agewellstudy@matherlifeways.com.


Congratulations to Jesse Goodman, Section Chief of the Health Care Personnel Education and Credentialing Section of DHHS, who announced his retirement effective February 1, 2018. Best wishes, Jesse!

Thank You from Value First

Thank You LeadingAge North Carolina! Adjusting to the new Vizient/Provista arrangement, updating Value First participation agreements, and maintaining the high level of support we strive to provide made 2017 a productive though challenging year. Through it all LeadingAge North Carolina members were  gracious and cooperative while continuing to capitalize on the savings available through Value First GPO. We are grateful for your trust and loyalty. Thank you!

Value First's goal is to continue serving you in the best way possible in 2018 and beyond. Whether you are planning major renovations, are in the market for a new passenger van, trying to drive down day-to-day operating costs, or just need someone to work with staff on identifying vendors to compete for your business, we can help. Contact your representative Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

Owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations including LeadingAge North Carolina, Value First is your GPO.

Free Membership Benefits

Cost Studies: A cost study is a comparison of what your community is spending versus pricing available through Value First. You can have cost studies done in one or more of the following categories: food, medical supplies, janitorial and housekeeping supplies and office supplies.

Even if you are currently purchasing through a different GPO, Value First can do a free, no obligation cost study for you. Our primary goal is to work with LeadingAge members to make sure they are getting the best pricing—with Value First or through other sources.

Renovations and Project Support: When it is time to replace flooring, buy new furniture, convert to LED Lighting, buy new appliances for unit-turns or some other project, Value First can identify companies to compete for your business and assist with the quote review process.

Construction Services Program: You control the project. We help reduce the cost of material and equipment. Many of the architects and designers you do business with are market leaders who are part of the Value First Construction Services Program. Connect Value First with your architects, project managers and key staff as early in the process as possible. Higher savings result from early engagement.

Program Benefits
▪Transparency in construction pricing.
▪Assistance with planning and procurement of materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
▪Aggregate of purchases across multiple projects to ensure cost containment.
▪3% to 12% project savings.

This email was sent to @@email@@ from LeadingAge North Carolina. If you wish to opt-out

of general or group correspondence, you can update your email preferences here: @@unsubscribe_url@@.