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March 2, 2018

Advocacy & Policy

Aging Subcommittee Meets - Recommends Continuation

The Aging Subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met recently for its third meeting since being established. As with the previous two meetings, the Subcommittee continued to hear from representatives of aging organizations in the state and from state and local officials about programs available to assist older adults. The Subcommittee also reviewed and approved an interim report to the Legislative Oversight Committee, as called for by the authorizing legislation, which contained one recommendation which was to recommend that co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services allow the Subcommittee on Aging to continue its study of the State's delivery of services to older adults during the interim period following the 2018 Regular Session of the 2017 North Carolina General Assembly.

Revised DHSR Reporting Forms

Thanks to the folks at DHSR who listened to your suggestions about the need to revise reporting forms for allegations and investigations of abuse, neglect, misappropriation, fraud, diversion of drugs and applicable injuries of unknown source (often referred to as the 24-hour report and the 5-day report). DHSR has announced those forms have been revised and will be easier to complete electronically. They will be available on the DHSR website starting March 5, 2018.

Special Legislative Session Ends

The state General Assembly wrapped up its latest special legislative session in late February after passing HB 90, an omnibus bill covering class size reductions, adjusting the composition of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, and the mitigation fund for counties impacted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Legislators are expected back in Raleigh on May 16 for the traditional short legislative session. Interim Committees will continue their work, including working on plans for judicial redistricting.

Upcoming Elections

It looks like district maps may finally be set for the election of members to the NC General Assembly. A U.S. Supreme Court decision reset district lines for the state House and state Senate. Barring further changes, the order means districts drawn by an outside expert will be used in Cumberland, Guilford, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson and Wayne counties. A panel of federal judges hired a redistricting expert, called a "special master," to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that the court said the legislature had failed to fix. Primary elections for statewide judicial races in North Carolina are canceled again after an appeals court granted a request from Republican lawmakers to temporarily halt a federal judge's ruling. Barring any further action by the courts, candidates seeking judicial seats in 2018 will file for election from June 18 to June 29.

North Carolina's "Rainy-Day" Fund Ranks High

According to data released in January by The Pew Charitable Trusts, North Carolina's "rainy day" fund ranks 14th in the country for the number of days it could sustain state government operations. According to Pew, the current reserve fund balance is $1.8 billion, or 8.3 percent of annual spending. That means state government could operate for 30.4 days using only the rainy-day fund before it would run out of money.

Professional Development

Register Today!
Management Leadership Series 2018

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - do you have all the tools you need to engage your team? Could you use a fresh perspective and new ideas? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team. Sessions will be highly interactive. We encourage you to register for the entire series for maximum benefit. However, individual session registrations are welcome. Register onlineDownload brochure.

Create a Highly Engaged Effective Team
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Part 1: April 11 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
Part 2: August 15 at WhiteStone in Greensboro

$200 for series and $125 per session
Non-member: $300 for series and $175 per session
4.0 NHA CEUs per session

Registration Opens this Month!
2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show

May 14-17, 2018

The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

Registration will open later this month! Look for announcements by email, social media, and on our website. Preview conference schedule here. General conference information.

Download 2018 Event and Education Calendar

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

Certified Eden at Home Associate Training
April 24-26, 2018
Carol Woods Retirement Community
Chapel Hill

This 3-day training empowers participants to serve as change agents, prepared to infuse person-directed practices into the daily operations of their organizations. Participants learn how to apply the Eden Alternative Ten Principles across all settings to create a life worth living for all members of the care partner team.

Register Online
More Information

Communities may register up to 2 participants, space is very limited.
Questions? Call 585-461-3951

Are We Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap?
Wednesday, March 21
$35, members
$50, non-members
Register Now

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is hosting the third webinar of its "Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in North Carolina Nonprofits" series. Building Movement Project (BMP) co-director Frances Kunreuther will discuss Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, the first report in BMP’s Race to Lead series that explores why there are so few leaders of color in the nonprofit sector. Based on results from a national survey of over 4,000 nonprofit staff members, the report finds that people of color and white respondents are equally qualified, and that people of color are more likely to be interested in becoming a nonprofit leader. The discussion will also include a report on the LGBTQ subsample, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap.

Register Now 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
Another program is scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2018.
Registration for this program will open in July.
William and Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Click Here to Register
Get a Course Quote by clicking here

Advance Care Planning Workshops
For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina, click here.

Northwest Region:
– 1pm Hospice & Palliative CareCenter - Winston-Salem, NC
13 – 1pm Davie County Senior Services – Mocksville, NC
20 – 1pm Trinity Oaks – Salisbury, NC
27 – 1pm King Senior Center – King, NC

Register here. 
East Region:
1 – 10:30am Hello Game, Chowan County Senior Center Edenton NC
1 – 7pm Hello Game, All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores, NC
– 2pm Edgecombe County Memorial Library, Tarboro, NC
8 – 10am Vidant Bertie Hospital,Windsor, NC
9 – 10am Vidant Home Health & Hospice, Kenansville NC
12 – 10am Vidant Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab Clinic, Greenville, NC
19 – 5pm Vidant Wellness Center, Greenville, NC
20 – 2pm Edenton House: Affinity Living ALF,Edenton NC
20 – 11:30am Vidant Wellness Center, Washington, NC
21 – 5:30pm Dare County Center, Manteo NC

28 – 9am Pitt Council on Aging, Greenville, NC
28 – 10am Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library, Edenton, NC

Register here.


Strategic Thinking

Health Care Providers Battling CyberAttackers
February 21, 2018, North Carolina Health News

Over the last five years, more than 385,000 patient records in North Carolina have been exposed in more than 40 cybersecurity incidents. Federal laws require attacks involving 500 or more patient records to be disclosed, but smaller breaches and other types of cyber attacks aren’t always made public leaving some of us less aware of the threat. Click here for more on the problem as well as ideas on how to keep resident records safe.

As we mentioned in the most recent Member Update, with more and more of our professional and personal lives intertwined with all things cyber,
this article from LeadingAge nationalprovides concrete ways of protecting your information (including a benchmarking questionnaire) from those who want to take it from you.

Making Your Board More Inclusive: Two Cases
February 20, 2018, Nonprofit Quarterly

Working on board inclusivity is an ongoing process. In this article two nonprofits' efforts at inclusion are highlighted. They include: term limits, board orientation, frequent communication, a board mentor program, board retreat, and more. Read more here.

Download Responses to Member Question re: Resident Sexual Harassment Policies

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the member question about resident sexual harassment policies. We did receive one actual policy which is embedded in the Excel file that lists all responses available for download here. Everyone who replies to these questions helps keep the program going - thank you!

News and Notes

LeadingAge National Awards

The 2018 national LeadingAge Awards Call for Submissions is now open. The LeadingAge Annual Awards honor LeadingAge member organizations and individuals that embody excellence in nonprofit aging services. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018.

Marketplace Enrollment

North Carolina experienced a 5.3% decline in enrollment on the 2017 federal health insurance exchange. There were 519,803 enrollees for 2017, down from 549,158 in 2016, according to The National Academy for State Health Policy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina covered 502,000 marketplace participants in 2017. It was the only provider in 95 of the state's 100 counties for 2017. The national enrollment was 11.8 million, down 3.7% from 2017. Even with the decline, North Carolina again had the fourth highest overall enrollment, as well as third highest among the 34 states on the federal-based marketplace. Read more here.

State Pension Plan Reports Gains

The state treasurer's office announced that the state pension plan reported gains of 13.5% for the calendar year 2017, outperforming its benchmark of 12.8%. Pension fund assets were valued at $98.3 billion, up from $89.1 billion at the end of 2016. The treasurer's office also announced that because the new federal tax plan lowers the amount of federal taxes on benefit payments to North Carolina retirees, the average state retiree will save about $18 a month, which could amount to about $220 a year. There are approximately 312,000 people getting retirement benefits from the state.

Opioid Crisis Increases in Severity

In 2016, more than 675 million opioid pain-killers were dispensed to North Carolina residents, a 52% increase over a five-year period. That breaks down to more than 65 pills for every man, woman and child in the state. In one-third of North Carolina's 100 counties, there were more opioid prescriptions than people. Between 1999 and 2016, N.C. deaths tied to opioids grew by more than 900%.

Latest Executive Compensation Study Available from CliftonLarsonAllen

CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)’s latest survey of aging services executive compensation, the 2017 LeadingAge-Chief Executives of Multisite Organizations (CEMO) Executive Compensation Study, is now available. The 2017 study outlines compensation and other employment practices of multisite aging services organizations throughout the country. The data covers more than 15 key executive positions and includes analysis on salary, total cash compensation, and total salary including benefits, incentive plan utilization and targets, benefit plan incidence, regression analysis for compensation based on an organization’s revenue, and governance-related survey data regarding compensation practices.

Driver License Designation Can Help Veterans Get Discounts

The NC Department of Motor Vehicles can issue a "VETERAN" designation on driver licenses and identification cards to help veterans get military discounts without having to show paperwork or other identification. Veterans who were honorably discharged can bring their DD-214 discharge forms to apply at any drivers' license office in the state.

Multidrug-Resistant Organisms 2017 Toolkit

The State Health Department has shared the 2017 MDRO Toolkit for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living. Please click here to download a PDF of the document.

Social Media

What Book Do You Love?  #LANCBooks

Visit our Facebook page and Twitter page and post the title of a book that has been inspirational to you professionally and why (briefly). When you post please use the hashtag #LANCBooks and be sure to like and follow us. We'll compile the book titles and share the list with everyone after the close of the campaign, April 13. At press time, 11 folks have posted to #LANCBooks, let's keep growing that number and get a great list of books going!

Everyone who submits a post will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $200 Barnes and Noble gift certificates. Three lucky winners' names will be drawn at our Spring Conference this May in Asheville, but you do not have to be present to win. One winner will be from a member community and another from a member business...a third certificate will be presented to an individual who is not a staff person of a member community or business. Let's build our reading list together!

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