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LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection
Center For Positive Aging
Culture Change News
Georgia Institute on Aging
General Notes of Interest
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News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services
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Inside Your Association - LeadingAge Georgia

LeadingAge Georgia is the statewide association of over 150 key not-for-profit and other mission-focused organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, health care, community-based and other related services for older Georgians. The mission of LeadingAge Georgia is to represent and promote the common interests of its members through leadership, advocacy, education and other services in order to enhance each member's ability to serve older Georgians.

 

 

 

Public Policy Report: The General Assembly is Underway

By Tom Bauer, LeadingAge Georgia Policy Advisor

 

The 2017 Georgia General Assembly began Monday January 9 and concluded its 40 day session on March 30. As noted in previous reports the legislature maintained a very slow pace (until the final few hectic days), perhaps as a reaction to a change in expectations that the session would deal with health care reform, Medicaid revisions, and discussion of continuation of the "bed tax" on hospital services to draw down additional federal Medicaid dollars. However, in light of the federal election results, only the bed tax was resolved (passed early in the session).

 

Despite the anxiety resulting from several pieces of legislation of interest to seniors and LeadingAge Georgia carrying into the final hours of the session, 2017 General Assembly was very successful for seniors, both in terms of the FY '18 State Budget and legislation passed.

 

Budget
The FY '18 state budget recommendations from Governor Deal contained good news for seniors, and the legislature approved those recommendations. In that regard, the budget included new funds to help older adults and those with disabilities remain in the community (first three items below) and other allocations as follows:*

  • $2.755 million for Medicaid Community Care Services Program (CCSP) to reduce the waiting list by 1000 slots
  • $4.2 million for non-Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS)
  • $750,000 for congregate meals
  • $1.06 million to increase SOURCE case management reimbursement fees by 3%
  • $157,978 to increase reimbursement of emergency response providers (CCSP/ SOURCE)
  • $3.15 million for home and community based services under the Georgia Alzheimer's Project

*NOTE: All funds are state share and federal match under Medicaid except the Non-Medicaid HCBS Program

 

Adult Day Services
As noted in past reports, LeadingAge Georgia intended to seek another 5% increase in 2017 in order to begin to bring ADH reimbursements up to a more appropriate level. However since Georgia is still awaiting federal approval of the 5% increase in Medicaid reimbursement for adult day health service rates passed in 2016, it was not feasible to do so.

 

Legislation
A number of bills of interest to and supported by LeadingAge Georgia, including two CO-AGE priorities, were passed:

 

Proxy caregiver- HB 486 (Benton) was passed in response to extensive testimony from providers to the effect that the training required of proxy caregivers has become burdensome in as much as it is required with great frequency and specificity to each patient. The General Assembly passed the proxy caregiver law a few years ago to allow persons who are not licensed to provide healthcare services to be trained to assist persons with disabilities with certain "health maintenance activities" in order that such person could remain in the community rather than be institutionalized. LeadingAge Georgia President Walter Coffey was a member of the original task force which developed the proxy caregiver concept.

 

HB 486 provides for flexibility by stating that the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Community Health must pass rules: "for approval of training curricula specifically designed for the purpose of implementing the health maintenance activity of medication administration to be implemented by such proxy caregivers employed or contracted to providers of home and community based services, community residential alternative services, or community living services. With such rules, providers shall train proxy caregivers in accordance with the selected curriculum or otherwise provided for in rules, regulations, and policies." HB 486 designates January 1, 2018 as the deadline for such rules.

Power of Attorney- HB 221 (Efstracion) is a comprehensive overhaul of Georgia's law on power of attorney. It will enable prosecutors to more effectively protract seniors from financial abuse.

 

Oral Health Care- HB 154 (Cooper) allows for the expansion of the access of oral health care, including in nursing homes. It authorizes a dentist, without being on site, to supervise up to four licensed dental hygienists who provide screenings and prophylaxis to patients in nursing homes, volunteer community health settings, etc. This practice is known as general supervision.

 

Family Leave- SB 201 (Miller) - As stated by the Georgia Council on Aging: "The Family Care Act, another key bill for Georgia's seniors, allows employees with accrued sick leave to use up to five days to care for a parent, grandparent, or grandchild. The Family Care Act will help caregivers maintain their employment while still caring for their loved ones who are ill."

 

 

ARC Names Becky Kurtz Manager of Aging & Health Resources Division

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has named Becky Kurtz manager of the agency's Aging & Health Resources Division. Kurtz, who started April 3, will also serve as the Director of the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

 

At ARC, Kurtz will lead a team of 50 professionals who plan and provide comprehensive services to address the needs of the Atlanta region's rapidly growing population of older adults and individuals with disabilities. As the Atlanta AAA Director, Kurtz will manage the allocation of more than $22 million in federal, state and grant funds annually to community-based organizations and local governments that provide direct services to older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families.

 

Kurtz has been a leader in aging issues at both the federal and state levels. She comes to ARC from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, where she served as Director of the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. In this role, she worked to enhance the health, safety and welfare of long-term care facility residents and helped states carry out effective ombudsman programs.

Previously, she spent 16 years as Georgia's Long-Term Care Ombudsman and served on the leadership team of the Georgia Division of Aging Services. She also held leadership roles with the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, including a term as president.

 

"We are thrilled to have someone with Becky's expertise and leadership abilities join our team at ARC," said Emerson Bryan, ARC's Deputy Executive Director. "Many members of our staff have worked with Becky in the past and are familiar with her passion for serving older adults in our region and her deep knowledge of aging and health issues."

 

A native of western North Carolina, Becky is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Emory & Henry College in Virginia.


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 72 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues. As the designated Area Agency on Aging, ARC's Aging & Health Resources Division is charged with both serving the current needs of current older adults and their families and planning and advocating for future needs and generations. In 2015, approximately 704,516 adults 60 or older lived in the region constituting 37.7 percent of Georgia's older residents.

 

 

2017 Annual Conference Highlights

A message from Mark Lowell, Chair of the LeadingAge Georgia Board of Directors:

Congrats to all those who planned the LeadingAge Georgia and South Carolina annual conference at the Marriott on Hilton Head Island.  A special thank you to the LeadingAge Georgia staff, Walter, Jacque and Susan for their efforts to provide all members, vendors and presenters an excellent experience! Thank you to all the sponsors and vendors who supported our annual solutions center expo.  Our membership is very appreciative of your support, particularly in light of the parking garage fire at the hotel we all had to endure.  Thank you to all the presenters for the education sessions that were of a national conference quality experience.”

 

The Annual LeadingAge Georgia | South Carolina Conference on Aging speaker information and resources can be accessed by downloading the Conference App.

 

Here is our event App landing page: http://event.confplusapp.com/gasc17/ or follow the instructions below:


The App download page
(this page will automatically redirect to App store download page if access from corresponding smart phone)
http://m.confplusapp.com/

App User Guide
http://event.confplusapp.com/gasc17/guide.pdf

 

 

Thanks to the following list of exhibitors and sponsors for sharing their expertise with us this year:

 

Premier Sponsors:

Omnicare/CVS

Sodexo Quality of Life Services

The Compliance Store

 

Emerald Sponsors:     

BB&T Capital Markets

CliftonLarsonAllen

GreatCall 
SFCS Architects

TIS Insurance

 

Ruby Sponsors:          

Davis Architects

TD Bank

 

 

Exhibitors:

Accushield MobilityWorks Commercial
Aegis Therapies Modern Systems Inc.
Alliant Quality Morrison Community Living
Altro Neil Medical Pharmacy
Aon Risk Solutions Netsmart
Apollo Corporation & Adjust-A-Sink Omnicare
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Parker Young Construction & Firestar
AssuredPartners NL Patcraft
Atlanta Roofing Resources PharMerica
BB&T Capital Markets PruittHealth Pharmacy
Bluespire Senior Living Qbix Accounting Solutions
Brasfield & Gorrie Red Coat Services
Cardinal Kinetics, LLC RehabCare
Carolina Senior Care, Inc. RESNET
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Select Rehabilitation Inc.
Combined Worksite Solutions SFCS Architects
Continuum CRM Shaw Industries
Davis Architects SmartLinx Solutions
Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Sodexo Seniors
ECM Solutions Southeastern Paper Group
Elliott Davis Decosimo SouthMed, Inc.
Edwards Construction Services Stewart & Conners Architects
Forbo Flooring Systems Summer Classics Contract
Functional Pathways SunTrust Bank
Genesis Rehabilitation Services TD Bank
Gordon Food Service TekTone
GreatCall, Inc. The Compliance Store
Grove Medical The Eden Alternative
Hamlin Capital Advisors The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Healthpro - Healthcare THW Design
Invacare Corp TIS Insurance Services, Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Professional UBS Institutional Consulting
Lancaster Pollard Unidine Corporation
Linkmedia 360 US Foods
LPI ValueFirst
MatrixCare Visiting Nurse Health System
McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects Walker Marketing
Medline Industries Winyah Pharmacy Solutions
Med-Mizer, Inc. Zeigler Capital Markets
Metz Culinary Management zumBrunnen, Inc.



Click HERE to view the 2017 photo gallery.

 


 

 


Value First

 

PURCHASING POWER ON PURPOSE - SPRING CLEANING!

 

 

Janitorial and Housekeeping Supplies

 

How much does your community spend on janitorial and housekeeping supplies? Do you know if you are getting the best prices?

A cost study is an excellent management tool for determining whether you are—or not. From paper towels to cleaning chemicals, let Value First group purchasing organization compare their vendor contracts to what you are currently paying.

Does your community already use a different group purchasing organization?

Even if you are purchasing through a group purchasing organization other than Value First, Value First can do a cost study for you. Value First's primary goal is to work with LeadingAge members to make sure they are getting the best pricing—with Value First or through other sources.

Not sure if you want to change GPOs?

The choice is yours. You can continue with your current arrangement. Or, if the cost study results indicate potential savings, you can consider purchasing through Value First. Many of the companies you already do business with are Value First vendors!

How do you request a cost study for your community?

Contact Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at vceasar@leadingagega.org. Call (404) 421-3956 or click here https://form.jotform.com/61243365476155.

Value First is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty five state associations, including LeadingAge Georgia. Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services.


 

 

 

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New Members

Dorothy C. Benson Adult Day Program

Ericka Flack

6500 Vernon Woods Dr NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 613-4900

www.bensoncenter.org

 

Helene S. Mills Adult Day Program
Ericka Flack
515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 613-5820

www.helenemillscenter.org

 

HJC Bowden Adult Day Program

Ericka Flack

2885 Church St
East Point, GA 30344
(404) 762-4821

 

Lotus Adult Day Center
Kevin Patel
4525 Towne Lake Pkwy, Bldg 400, Suite 100
Woodstock, GA 30189
(678) 653-4775
info@lotusadultcenter.com

www.LotusAdultCenter.com

 

Villa Rica Housing Authority

Penny Padgett
P.O. Box 1505
Villa Rica, GA 30180
(678) 850-1605
ppadgett@mindspring.com

 

Qbix Accounting Solutions

Rocky Davidson

500A Northside Crossing

Macon, GA 31210
(478) 787-0530

rdavidson@qbixas.com

www.qbisaxas.com

Accounting & Financial Services

 

RCare
Gary Jones
1450 E. Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 671-4144
garyj@racreinc.com
www.rcareinc.com
Communication Systems/Services

 

 

Calendar Information

 

To assist with planning, we are sharing information on special holidays and observances for each month 2 months early.

 

This month we are sending you information for June

 

 

 

 

June 2 National Doughnut Day

June 14 Flag Day

June 18 Father's Day

June 21 Summer Solstice
June 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day

 

 

 

 

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Georgia Institute on Aging

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

April

Webinar: How to Catch a Boomer: Seven Strategies for Success

Presented by Love & Co.

April 19, 2017

Registration

 

Supervisor & Manager Leadership Summit
(includes budgeting 101, conflict resolution, coaching)

April 20, 2017

Registration

 

Webinar: Moderately Priced Housing: An Industry Challenge

Presented by BB&T Capital Markets

April 24, 2014

Registration

 

Mental Health First Aid with Older Adult Module

April 27, 2017

Registration

 

May

CCRC Symposium

May 5, 2017

 

Leadeship Academy Third Event

May 17, 2017

 

June

First Annual North American Dementia Care Conference; Dementia Action Alliance
June 26-27, 2017

 

July Mental Health First Aid with Older Adult Module – Mauldin & Jenkins

July 13, 2017

 

GAAP Extravaganza: Roaring Twenties

July 21, 2017


Fair Housing & Ethics Symposia
July 25, 217

 

August

Demential Beyond Drugs (via Eden Alternative)

August 16 - 17, 2017

 

Leadership Academy Fourth Event

August 23, 2017

 

 

SeptemberCoaching Supervision

September 13, 2017

 

Dementia & Mental Health

September 14, 2017

 

OctoberGolf Fundraiser for Center for Positive Aging

October 9, 2017

 

Adult Day Services Fall Event

October 13, 2017

 

Leadership Academy Fifth Event

October 18, 2017

 

LeadingAge National Conference

October 29 - November 1, 2017

 

 

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Center for Positive Aging

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the changes inside our skulls that seem otherwise inevitable with aging.


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Culture Change News

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Georgia Culture Change Summit & North American Dementia Conference


Since the national Dementia Action Alliance will hold its North American Dementia Conference in Atlanta June 25-27, will be not have the 2017 Culture Change Summit so the Georgia Culture Change supporters can attend this significant conference.

 

Click HERE to learn more about DAA.

 

The early registration rate has been extended to Georgia until May 1st. Please contact Susan Watkins at swatkins@LeadingAgeGA.org for details on how to register at the early rate.

 

 

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Culture Change Network of Georgia Advisory Group Meeting

CCNG advisory group 2017 meetings
April 28 at the Atlanta Regional Commission
August 11 at the Alzheimer's Association
October 27 at Lenbrook in Buckhead

 

Watch www.CultureChangeGA.org for information and materials.

 

 

 

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Adult Day Services (GADSA)

 

 

2017 GADSA Leadership Team

President: Claire Russell, The Homeplace

Vice-Presidents Public Policy: Ned Morgens, Skylark Senior Care;
Aysha Cooper, SarahCare of Snellville

Vice-Presidents of Members: Georgia Gunter, Adult Day of Dunwoody;
Carla Jones, Rosswoods


GA Association of Activity Professionals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 GAAP Extravaganza

Join us on July 21, 2017 for the 2017 GAAP Leadership Extravaganza. This year's theme is "The Roaring Twenties."

 

2017 GAAP Leadership Team

President: Scott Bassett (Philips Tower, Decatur) sbassett@philipstower.org
Vice-President: Laura Jones (Briarcliff Oaks; Atlanta) laurajones@briarcliffoaks.org
Membership: Melissa Scott-Walter (A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab; Atlanta)mscott@agrhodes.com
Program/Education: Liana Sisco (Lutheran Towers; Atlanta)lsisco@lutherantowers.org
NAAP Liaison: Wendy Boyd (The Gardens at Calvary; Columbus) wendyboyd@calvaryministries.com

LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection

What do Millennials Really Want at Work? They're coming, they're coming—and no matter how you refer to those born between 1980 and 1992, they are about to descend on the American workforce in droves. 86 million Millennials or 40% of the entire working population will pour into the workplace by 2020 according to a recent article in Forbes magazine. With the economy making a steady recovery and increasing numbers of Baby Boomers retiring, organizations need to focus their efforts on engaging the next generation of talent, and it may not be as hard as you think.

 

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Medication Management: Steps you can take

As the population ages, many of our senior citizens are very concerned with being able to afford the therapeutic medications for their conditions. Television, Newspaper, Magazines, Radio, E-mail, Facebook and numerous other sources bombard us daily with advertisements for medications. Although a record number of medications are now in the generic form, some can still be costly. Here are a few tips to help control the cost of your medications.


First, it is imperative to work with your pharmacist and physician. Together, they can review the insurance plan to be sure the medications are covered. All the insurance plans have a formular, and having that information on the front end of the prescription writing process is key. The pharmacist is able to submit the prescription on-line and get instant approval or rejection. When a medication is rejected, many plans will list alternatives.


Second, use common sense when it comes to medications. All types of side effects and adverse reactions can be found to any medication on the InterNet. Every medication has potential side effects. But remember; when drug studies are performed, placebo's also have side effects too. Why? Life has side effects. In pharmacy school, one of the anatomy teachers discussed bones and joints lasting about 40 years until problems started to occur with arthritis type symptoms. Most of the class did not believe it until they turned 40……

 

Third, there are many potential drug-drug interactions with over-the-counter medications. This includes vitamin supplements, weight loss supplements, products to help insomnia, etc. The physician and pharmacist need to be aware of the use of these products to help minimize any problems.
Fourth, when faced with a very expensive medications, there are many resources available. Every manufacturer of these products has a program available to assist those who are unable to pay. Most physicians have some information in their office about these services. Otherwise, this information can be located on-line under the manufacturers' name. Other options include www.needymeds.com, www.goodrx.com/coupons, www.myrxadvocate.com, and several others.

 

And finally, knowledge is key in successful medication management. The health care environment is continuously changing with new technologies and new medications being added to the market. The public cannot be afraid to ask questions to their health care team: physicians, pharmacists, nurses, therapists, etc. Having those questions written down can help the lines of communication.

Don't hesitate to use the resources available.

 

 

Submitted by:
Steve Aldridge, R.Ph, CGP, FASCP, M.Ad., CHCA
OmniCare | CVS Clinical Manager GA, MS, AL

steve.aldridge@omnicare.com

Steve Aldridge specializes in Geriatric Pharmacy and has been working in this field for 32 years. He is Clinical Manager for the Omnicare/CVS Long Term Care pharmacies for GA, AL and MS.

 

 

New rule, new tools: Technology solutions a must in compliance management

In October, CMS delivered one of the most sweeping changes to long-term care compliance in nearly 30 years and turned up the pressure on the industry's already intense regulatory environment. Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities, dubbed the Mega Rule, was effective Nov. 28, 2016 and is the latest in hundreds of compliance changes and clarifications that have been added this year alone for skilled nursing and nursing facilities (SNF/NF). The rule applies to facilities that receive money from Medicare or Medicaid — which is most of them. Needless to say, these changes have caused a stir in the long-term healthcare community that leaves many professionals wondering how their bottom line will be impacted if they can't keep up.

 

Staying on top of regulatory changes can be a complicated balance that has many administrators worried about being able to provide quality resident-centric care while devoting the time to ensure the facility stays in compliance. Now, more than ever before, facilities are turning to innovative solutions such as The Compliance Store. As the only comprehensive online regulatory compliance resource designed for long-term care, this subscription service provides anytime access to the latest information from more than 150 government websites. Additionally, a team of experienced long-term care experts streamline the research process for users with update alerts, industry trend newsletters, education tools, and customizable templates addressing needs such as Plans of Correction, staff training, emergency preparedness and survey management.

 

New information and tools

The last time CMS released such a comprehensive set of updated regulations for long-term care was in 1991. With the Mega Rule, the agency addresses nearly 30 years of significant healthcare and technology changes in long-term care that facilities have had to adjust to on their own. Split into three phases of implementation dates, the new rule is expected to keep facilities busy for the next few years as they work to have them completed by Nov. 28, 2019.

 

In March, The Compliance Store added a total of 60 resources to facilitate compliance with the revised requirements for the Mega Rule. Educational materials were posted to facilitate staff education based on residents' characteristics. Additionally, Appendix PP and the individual F-tags were updated to reflect the latest transmittal (#168) from CMS. New plan of correction packets and other updates will be continually added to support users.

In this ever-changing regulatory environment, facilities need to turn to innovative solutions to help manage their compliance. Having these tools in place is a must for having a credible book of evidence. Providers need a reliable solution to proactively assess, communicate, and — most importantly — mitigate risks. This will allow them to spend more time focusing on the quality and financial health of their facilities so their residents and the strength of the industry will benefit.

 

 

Teri R. Sumbry
Communications and Public Relations Specialist

Contact The Compliance Store:
877-LTC-REGS
customerservice@thecompliancestore.com

 

 

News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services



Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

Can Housing-Based Programming Bridge teh Generational Divide?

Independent living properties are using a variety of strategies and funding mechanisms to forge strong connections between older residents and the younger people living in their neighborhoods, according to an ongoing survey by the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and Generations United. In the process, housing-based intergenerational programs are bringing tangible benefits to participants of all ages, as well as housing property staff. The survey is the first step in a 12-month study of housing-based intergenerational programs supported by The Retirement Research Foundation.


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Budget Could Cut $42 Million for Affordable Senior Housing, Service Coordinators

Rental assistance for more than 23,000 older adult households and funding for 360 service coordinators in affordable senior housing would be eliminated if $42 million in budget cuts reportedly being considered by the Trump administration for fiscal year 2018 are enacted, according to LeadingAge.


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How the Interest Rate Hike Could Affect Seniors Housing
The Federal Reserve's decision to increase its benchmark rate by 25 basis points for the second time in three months could affect seniors housing in several ways, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace told McKnight's Senior Living.


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White House: Cut HUD by More than 13%
The request seeks $40.7 billion for HUD in FY18. This is 13% below HUD's FY16 level and 15% below the average of the House Appropriations Committee-passed and Senate passed FY17 HUD bill (and even lower still than where the FY18 HUD budget is needed to be). The overall HUD number in the request are very similar to those leaked to The Washington Post last week. HUD cannot absorb a 15% (or more) reduction below its necessary funding level for FY18 without seriously threatening the housing assistance its programs currently provide to 1.6 million seniors.


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Home and Community Based Services

CMS May Extend Deadline for State Compliance with HCBS Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will work to provide states with additional time to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, told governors in a March 14 letter.


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NQF: 15 Home Health Quality Measures Should Be Axed
Out of 79 measures in the Home Health Quality Reporting Program, 15 are good
candidates to be removed, an influential group of health care leaders is arguing. Home health measures related to depression assessment, increase in pressure ulcers, and stabilization in bed transferring are among those that should be on the chopping block, the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) states in a report released March 16.


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Life Plan Community (CCRC)

CCRCs 'Ideal Candidates' for ACOs, AMDA Says
Following the passage of resolutions at its annual conference, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine will advocate for continuing care retirement community participation in an accountable care organization initiative and for an integrated care model in assisted living.


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Will the Sharing Economy Change Life Plan Communities?
Will future consumers of aging services shun ownership as they get more comfortable with the new "sharing economy" that's gaining traction among millennials? And how will life plan communities need to change so they can compete successfully in that economy? Those are just some of the questions J. David Hoglund has been asking himself lately. Hoglund, who is principal and director at Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh, wonders if younger people in their 20s and early 30s will soon begin influencing what their parents will – and won't – want to own in the future.


Full Article


 

Section 202 Renewals at Risk
Currently, most federal programs are operating under a CR that funds programs at FY16 levels because Congress has yet to finalize most FY17 appropriations bills. The FY17 HUD appropriations bills considered by the Senate and House would provide the necessary $72 million increase for Section 202 PRACs, compared to FY16-level funding. The current CR expires on April 28. LeadingAge is pushing Congress to finalize its FY17 bills, and include the $72 million increase for the Section 202 account as well as the expansion of HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to include PRACs.


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Nursing Care/Rehab

CMS Urges More Provider Diligence on PBJ Data; Notes Nursing Home Compare Update
Skilled nursing providers should submit their next round of payroll based journaling data well ahead of the May 15 deadline in order to catch errors, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said March 23rd. Providers will have until that date to submit data for the fiscal quarter lasting from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017. CMS staff told attendees of the Skilled Nursing Facility Open Door Forum call to not hold out until the deadline in order to see if there are "errors and issues" and leave time for corrections if needed.


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General Notes of Interest

National Study of Cognitive Therapy Begins at Senior Living Communities Can a cognitive rehabilitation therapy from Japan alleviate symptoms such as apathy and depressed mood and improve quality of life and cognitive and physical functioning in older adults who have mild to moderate dementia? Nine senior living communities are going to be helping researchers find out over the next six months as they participate in a national study of SAIDO Learning. The trial, funded by the Cleveland-based Reinberger Foundation, began March 1.


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CMS Postpones Expansion, Implementation of Bundled Payment Programs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pushing back the implementation date for its recent rule creating a bundled payment program for cardiac care, as well as changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program. Further delays also are being considered.


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Climate Change Poses Heightened Risks for Elderly: Report Climate change is real and is harming people's health, according to a new report
released Wednesday by the American Geriatrics Society and the 11 other organizations that are members of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.


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Workers Who Give Care to The Homebound Often Can't Afford to Get Their Own For more than two decades, Celeste Thompson, 57, a home care worker in Missoula, Mont., had not had regular contact with a doctor — no annual physicals and limited sick visits. She also needed new glasses. Like many others who work in the lower rungs of the health care system, she has worked hard to keep her clients healthy by feeding them, dressing them and helping them navigate chronic conditions. But because of the low wages and the hourly structure of this industry — which analysts estimate is worth nearly $100 billion annually and projected to grow rapidly — workers like Thompson often don't have health insurance. Many home health agencies, 80 percent of which are for-profit, don't offer coverage, or their employees don't consistently clock enough hours to be eligible. They generally earn too much to qualify for public aid but too little to afford the cost of premiums.


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Technology

Helping Residents Embrace Technology An observation by Sara Hamm, vice president of successful aging and health services at Lifespace Communities, sums up a challenge to providers as we approach the 3rd decade of the 21st century. "In past years, most providers were concerned about making sure they had a bank of computer terminals in the community library for residents to use," says Hamm. "But now we find there are so many residents that never use them because they have [their own] computers or iPhones."


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Telehealth Brings Promise and Challenges Liberty Lutheran, Ambler, PA, had a challenge common to many providers: Arranging local after-hours, weekend and holiday physician coverage for residents could be a challenge. The first instinct of many clinicians is to transfer an elderly resident with a worrisome change in medical condition to the hospital. However, such a transfer is often unnecessary if a doctor can intervene early enough. Keeping a resident in familiar surroundings offers quality and financial benefits, especially for communities that participate in accountable care organizations (ACOs). But most importantly, afterhours care designed to keep residents in place is more compassionate for the resident.


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Virtual Reality System for Assisted Living, Memory Care Wins Prize A startup aimed at using virtual reality systems to benefit assisted living and memory care residents recently won the $25,000 grand prize at a pitch competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rendever will use the money from the MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize to help fund further research and development of its technology, according to MIT. The technology already has been tested at Brookdale Senior Living and is being tested at Benchmark Senior Living, the school said.


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How IBM Watson Could Help Identify Patients for Home Care IBM's Watson gained fame for beating human Jeopardy! champions at the game, but the cognitive computing platform also could have some winning answers for the U.S. health care system—which could result in more people receiving care at home. The technology currently is being piloted by Wilsonville, Oregon-based Avamere Family of Companies, in its independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing settings, as well as through its Infinity Rehab arm.


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