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April 6, 2018 - Member Update
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April 6, 2018

Advocacy & Policy

What’s New With Therapy Coverage After the Congressional Budget Deal

The February congressional budget deal eased long-standing concerns by lifting a threat that some types of therapy might be restricted. But potential barriers to accessing this type of care remain. Click here for a look at how Medicare now covers such services.

New Medicare Cards

This month, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis, based on geographic location among other factors. Housing providers and their service coordinators should know that residents can expect to receive their cards at different times than others in the same community. Cards will have new and unique numbers for each person, instead of incorporating personalized Social Security Numbers. Medicare has created a new frequently asked questions document entitled 10 things to know about your new Medicare card.

2017 LeadingAge National Accomplishments

2017 was a busy year for LeadingAge national staff as they advocated for our member communities on Capitol Hill. Click here for a look back at last year’s accomplishments — a fascinating look at your dues in action!

Professional Development

2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show
The Omni Grove Park Inn
May 14-17, 2018
Registration Now Open

Register Now!

IMPORTANT message about rooms at The Omni Grove Park Inn
We have been informed that the block offering discounted room rates we set aside for our conference is currently full.  However, you are encouraged to try to book at the resort first as numbers can change daily due to cancellations and reservation modifications.  While we have always been able to fill the block in the past, this is the first time it has filled so quickly.  If you need to cancel a room, please contact Leslie Roseboro prior to contacting The Omni Grove Park Inn.

A block of rooms is also available at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel located at 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville (approximately 15 minutes away).   Contact the hotel directly at 828-252-8211 and request the LeadingAge NC rate of $169/night.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the LeadingAge NC office at 919-571-8333.

See you in May!

Management Leadership Series 2018
First Session - Next Week!

Reserve your spot!

April 11, 2018 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
August 15, 2018 at WhiteStone in Greensboro
Both sessions 10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

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

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? 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 online. Download brochure.

NEW! Lunch and Learn

The Times They Are A-Changin':
Navigating the paradigm shift in third party reimbursement

Monday, June 11
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem
Presented by Functional Pathways

This workshop is for you - administrators, DONs, CFOs, controllers, and other interested long-term care provider professionals! Join us over lunch and discuss how to strategize for your community around the paradigm shift in third party reimbursement from Medicare Advantage programs, bundled payment initiatives, accountable care organizations and proposed PPS reform. Download flyer.  Register now.

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 reserve time to learn and refresh yourself at one or more LeadingAge North Carolina events this year. 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

Advance Care Planning Workshops in April
North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care

The North Carolina Bar Association, NC Partnership for Compassionate Care, Community Partners and local attorneys are partnering to provide information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here.

Strategic Thinking

American Society on Aging Conference Highlights Future Trends
March 28, 2018, Forbes

Last week’s American Society on Aging Conference, held in San Francisco, included a panel discussion with four of Next Avenue’s “Influencers in Aging.” This article from Forbes magazine details their individual takes on the key drivers moving forward in our field.

Lyft expands medical transit options with Acuity Link partnership
March 29, 2018, HealthcareDive

Lyft has partnered with Acuity Link to expand non-emergency medical transit options for hospitals, the latest in the ride sharing app's expansion into healthcare. Read more about Lyft's ambitious goal to eliminate transportation barriers to healthcare.

Photo Op (or Not)
March 9, 2018, Venable LLP

What organization doesn't like a good photo to illustrate a program, event, or promotion? However, copyright issues may be a little hazy if your nonprofit didn't snap the shot. For clarity on the do's and don'ts of using photography, check out Venable's Can My Nonprofit Use that Photo? No. Yes. Maybe?

Responses to Member Question re: Random Drug Testing

 If you are curious about how your colleagues in the state handle random drug testing, be sure to click here to download an Excel spreadsheet that lists responses to the member question on this topic. Thanks so much to everyone who helps sustain this member service by taking time to respond!

News and Notes

Advance Your Leadership Capacity

The LeadingAge national Larry Minnix Leadership Academy is a leadership development program designed to strengthen the core competencies of nonprofit leaders in aging services, at all levels and across the spectrum of providers within the LeadingAge membership. The year-long, graduate-level program consists of 5 face-to-face meetings, monthly virtual gatherings, and project-based learning during which fellows will:

  • Study leadership theory and practice.
  • Explore gaps in care and service delivery.
  • Engage in shared learning with a richly diverse group of aging services professionals.
  • Visit innovative member organizations across the country and interact with seasoned leaders in the field.

Take the first step in discovering your fullest leadership potential and be part of this transformative experience. Deadline for applications is April 20, 2018. Join the more than 25 individuals from North Carolina who have already completed the year-long academy experience by applying today.

Learn more and apply today.

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.

Long Term and Post Acute Health IT Summit

LeadingAge CAST is convening this year's long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) Health IT Summit, themed Technology Connecting the Healthcare Eco-System. The event will take place June 24-26, 2018 at the Washington Hilton. It will bring LTPAC providers together with acute care providers, payers, health IT vendors, health information exchange intermediaries, consultants, system integrators, and solution providers with a shared goal—to discuss how technology is connecting the healthcare ecosystem in the era of health and payment reforms. LeadingAge North Carolina members can use Coupon Code LA_CAST18 to get $100 off the registration fee. To learn more please click here. Register here.

Social Media


Last month, the most popular Facebook post for LeadingAge North Carolina was related to Facebook privacy. Click here to view the article that is referenced in the post below. Be sure you and your community follow LeadingAge North Carolina on Facebook to get the latest news, registration information and more!


Last month the most popular LeadingAge North Carolina tweet was about advocacy work by the Association during PEAK. Be sure you and your community follow LeadingAge North Carolina on Twitter to stay current on advocacy issues and trends in the field.

"Books We Love" Campaign Closes Next Week! Post Your Book Today!

Visit our Facebook page and Twitter pages 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.

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!

A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge and its State Affiliates.

Medical Waste Cut in Half with Sharps

Sharps Compliance offers systems to better accommodate the medical waste, used healthcare material and unused medication disposal needs for senior care communities.

Sharps Recovery System™ or TakeAway Recovery System™.

Includes everything needed to collect medical waste and used healthcare materials for transport through USPS or UPS for proper treatment and repurposing. These systems include a collection container, shipping box, packaging, tracking manifest, instructions, pre-paid return, and proper treatment and repurposing.

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o Reduces costs by as much as 50% or more
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For more information, contact:

Vanessa Ceasar
North Carolina Value 1st Representative | P: 404-421-3956 | F: 404-872-1737

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