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Adult Day News (GADSA)

Activity Professionals (GAAP)
LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection
Center For Positive Aging
Culture Change News
Georgia Institute on Aging
General Notes of Interest
LeadingAge (National)
News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services
Public Policy
Vacancy Report

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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.

 

 

 

Profiles of Positive Aging


You're invited to experience an inspiring event with your colleagues and community heroes & heroines for the sixth annual Profiles of Positive Aging Awards Gala. This event is intended to unveil the beautiful truths about aging. On November 5, 2017 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm), we'll pay tribute to Elders who have changed our lives, achieved a positive aging lifestyle, and continue to give of their tremendous talents and wisdom across our great state and nation.

 

A Profile of Positive Aging honors someone who IS CURRENTLY MAKING a difference in your community, your organization, and/or our state/society. It is the gift of legacy. By recognizing someone who exemplifies Positive Aging, you honor those who are standing on the shoulders of years of wisdom and positive aging experiences, who have lived life to the fullest and inspire us by their examples.

Honorees will participate in this special Awards Gala to be held in their honor on November 5, 2017 during the annual "Profiles of Positive Aging Gala" at the Atlanta History Center. Elders will be featured along with the 2017 Icon in Positive Aging. The 2017 Positive Aging IMAGE Icon Award nominee is Dr. Melvin Pender, a native of Atlanta, a retired military officer, Olympian, entrepreneur, and community leader.

 

The Profiles of Positive Aging Gala is designed to support the educational arm of LeadingAge Georgia, the Georgia Institute on Aging. The purpose of the Institute is to provide affordable, quality professional development for individuals working in the field of aging. Currently, the Institute provides education to over 1300 professionals, via 25-30 events each year, who are dedicated to providing the best care and services to older Georgians.

 

Entry tickets to the Gala are $600 for 10 (Advocate Package), $300 for 5 (Champion Package), $60 per individual, $40 per retired person/full time student. We invite member organizations to bring their honoree and several staff and/or residents to this event. The planning committee will provide more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage you to determine how to choose your honoree and submit their profile for the tribute on November 5, 2017 during the Awards Gala.


The 2017 PROFILES of Positive Aging Entries DEADLINE is August 31st. Click HERE to submit entry forms for Elders in your organization.


 

Workforce Series: Improving Members' Capacity in Recruiting and Retaining Millennials At the beginning of the year a call was sent out to form a group of millennials who would try to define opportunities for growth within the organizations we work and outline plans for solutions: especially opportunities affecting millennials. Over the course of several meetings it has become more obvious that many of those areas are affecting all age groups and that it will take full industry awareness and efforts to grow beyond them.


Last month we heard from Kathryn Duke who shared with us an example of a time that we got it right. I would like to commend her, her organization and all those who act accordingly in promoting open lines of communication between employees at all levels and would like to bring that idea back to the awareness of everyone reading this. Certainly fostering an environment of openness and willingness to share could only benefit those who we are here to serve.


In order to highlight another area that we, as a collective, may be falling short I will briefly share my experience of just over four years ago and how I wound up where I am today. At the time I was working as what's known as a swing manager for an expanding chain of gas stations. Without going into too much detail the defining characteristic of my position was instability and it was planned that I would remain in that sort of position for the foreseeable future. With that in the back of my mind I was out with some people and I "off-the cuff" mentioned that I was perhaps looking for something different. One of the girls in our group perked up and mentioned that she knew of a job opening. The supervisor who was looking for new employees was married to somebody who worked with the mother of my friend who I was out with that day. I understand if that's a bit hard to follow, but that's kind of the point. Another of the members of the millennial group came into her job because she is the sister-in-law of one of the resident service coordinators at her community.

 

The implication isn't that we aren't fit for our positions or that we aren't lucky to have found our organizations but that perhaps we are relying too heavily on serendipity to bolster our ranks. If it weren't for our connections we wouldn't have even considered work within a senior services environment. It's not that we had an aversion to the field but that we were honestly unaware that there was even a field for us to enter into.

 

The idea is that we need to somehow build the pool of people from which we can pull when the need arises. Our lofty end goal is to coordinate groups filled with members from across the field to go out to career fairs and build our presence on a face to face basis while simultaneously working with our staff to build an exciting online presence through social media. While the kinks are being worked through on these types of big projects it is important to keep in mind how it is we've come to grow as we currently are. If the people in your life are the people that may fill our ranks in the future then it is of the utmost importance that you remember that in your comings and goings.

 

Are the stories you tell after hours about the struggle of pushing the boulder up the hill or are they about the one-on-one time you got to spend with a resident and the bonds you've built with one of people you get to share your day with?

 

Josh Brown
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
Campbell Stone Sandy Springs

(and LeadingAge Georgia Millennial Task Group)


 

 

New LeadingAge Center Will Identify Workforce Solutions Having trouble recruiting and retaining qualified workers? That help will come through LeadingAge's new Center for Workforce Solutions. Susan Hildebrandt, who is vice president of workforce initiatives at LeadingAge has 2 important messages for you:


First, you're not alone.


And second, help is on the way.


"We heard from members and we listened," says Hildebrandt, citing a recent LeadingAge survey illustrating members' most pressing workforce issues.

 

 


Value First

 

Employee Discount Program
Did you know that, if your organization is enrolled in Value First, you and your employees can receive discounts on everything from office supplies to monthly cell phone service? Below is a list of participating partners with instructions for setting up discounts in your community.

 

Car Rental

With complimentary membership, travelers will skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight for their cars. To enroll, go to www.avis.com and enter AWD# A458900.

 

When travelers join Fastbreak, they leave the waiting behind. The program is free to join and lets travelers set their travel preferences online. To enroll, go to www.budget.com and enter your BCD# R648700.

 

 

Electronics/Software

Visit www.dell.com/epp and enter Member ID: HS31701403 to receive up to a 7 percent discount on home office products, discount three to five business days ground shipping, 24-hour online and telephone technical support and frequent special values and promotions.

 

 

Office Products

Employee Purchase Account. Discounts on products and services available in store when presenting Employee Purchasing Program card. If you would like a PDF of the discount card, please email any of the following:
fran.dinnauer@officedepot.com or trina.lowe@officedepot.com.

 


Painting Products

Offering a 15 percent discount off list price for personal purchases which can be used at over 3,500 Sherwin Williams stores nationwide. Visit www.sherwin-williams.com/pbpp/MedAssetsemployees and simply print the e-card and present it to your sales associate the next time you visit a Sherwin-Williams store.

 

 

Safety Footwear

An industry leader in slip-resistant footwear that provides and employee discount program with an average savings of 23 percent off factory direct pricing. Free exchanges and e-z returns within 60 days of purchase; Over 100 styles in stock and ready to ship; Customer service offered in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin
Visit www.shoesforcrews.com/MedAssets or call (877) NO-SLIPS to purchase with a credit card.

 


Telecom

The AT&T and Provista Employee program provides valuable benefits for member organizations and their employees. New and existing AT&T customers may take advantage of our nationally negotiated pricing with Provista and recognize significant savings on their monthly services charges.

 

Provista clients are eligible to access corporate and/or employee discounts. Corporate discounts are 22 percent on recurring monthly charges for eligible plans and employee discounts are up to 22 percent (19 percent for base discount plus an additional 3 percent discount for electronic billing) on recurring monthly charges for eligible plans. The client must complete the Entity Agreement to access either discount.

 

 

Uniforms

Discounts of 20 to 50% on uniforms to all Provista client employees. Program highlights: Custom login website per facility or location; Each website is set up using only the approved style and color of uniforms for the facility or location; Imaging is available for uniforms; Orders on website can be through credit card or payroll deduction. Brands sold: Cherokee, Dickies, Baby Phat and Skechers. To view sample site go to: www.trinitymedicalwear.com and click on Group Login, enter PROVISTA in group code field and click Login.

 

 

 

Contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar, at vceasar@leadingagega.org or 404-421-3956 for additional information.

 

 

 

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New Members

Resurgia Health Solutions
Kevin Charles
1100 Peachtree Street, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 455-5304
kevin@resurgia.com
http://www.resurgia.com
Medical Providers

 

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
990 Hammond Drive, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 350-5100
michael.biggs@whiting-turner.com
http://www.whiting-turner.com
Construction/Renovation

 

 

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 September

 

 

September 4 Labor Day

September 10 Grandparent's Day

September 18 National Cheeseburger Day

September 20 Rosh Hashanah (starts)

September 22 Autumnal Equinox

 

 

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Public Policy

LeadingAge Georgia Public Policy Report: Summer Work Begins By Tom Bauer, LeadingAge Georgia Policy Advisor

 

LeadingAge Georgia's Public Policy Committee had a very thorough meeting in June to kick off summer public policy work. Among other items, the committee tentatively approved a set of 2017-2018 issues for review by the full board. In addition, LeadingAge Georgia representatives will be participating in the annual summer meeting of the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) via Georgia Council on Aging.

 

CO-AGE Budget Issue/Adult Day Services

As noted last month, LeadingAge/Georgia Adult Day Services Association (GADSA) has submitted a 5% reimbursement increase as a budget issue to be voted on by CO-AGE in July. President Walter Coffey and GADSA Leadership Team President Claire Russell will be presenting the issue in Macon on July 13.

 

CO-AGE Legislative Issues

CO-AGE also selects two legislative priorities each year, and LeadingAge's five representatives to CO-AGE will have the opportunity to vote on them as well. The issues are as follows:

  • Affordable Housing Study
  • De Facto Custody for Kinship Care
  • Elimination of Nursing Home Trust (to qualify for Medicaid)
  • Medicaid Funded Assisted Living
  • Personal Care Home Requirements (Expansion of Enforcement Options for State)

Department of Community Health (DCH)

LeadingAge continues to monitor DCH as it works on the following issues:

  • Implementation of Federal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule
  • Renewal of the 1915(c) Medicaid Elderly and Disabled Waiver
  • Development of Proxy Caregiver Rule on Administration of Medications

 

Cheryl Phillips, M.D., leaving LeadingAge Cheryl Phillips, M.D., is leaving her position as senior vice president for public policy and health services at LeadingAge to become president and CEO of the SNP Alliance, a national nonprofit organization with members including special needs managed care plans and Medicare/Medicaid managed care plans serving those with multiple chronic conditions, those with low incomes, nursing home residents, or those with complex care needs because of disability, behavioral health or advanced care needs.


Full Article

Georgia Institute on Aging

 

 

 

 

 


 

2017 Healthy Communities Summit

 

 

Walter Coffey and Laquaya Garrett (Service Coordinator, The Hellenic Tower; Chair of AASC Georgia Chapter) present "Person-Centered Care & Services: What's It all About", to providers and government staff from around the state.

 

 

 

July

GAAP Extravaganza: Roaring Twenties

July 21, 2017

Registration


Fair Housing & Ethics Symposia
July 25, 217

Registration

 

August

Dementia Beyond Drugs (via Eden Alternative)

August 16 - 17, 2017

Registration

 

Leadership Academy Fourth Event

August 23, 2017

 

Maintenance/Physical Plant, Housekeeping Professionals Forum

August 30, 2017
Registration

 

SeptemberCoaching Supervision

September 13, 2017

Registration

 

Dementia & Mental Health Symposium

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

 

November

Profiles of Positive Aging Image Awards

November 5, 2017

Click HERE for honoree entry form

Deadline for entries is August 31, 2017

 

 

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Center for Positive Aging

 

 

 

 

 

Caring for A Loved One? Care for Yourself, Too Michael Sloss' mother was diagnosed with dementia about five years ago, and his father a year after that. Now Sloss and his brother care for both parents, ages 83 and 85, whose personalities have been transformed by the decline in their mental and physical health. The brothers wrestle with their parents' memory loss, anger and delusions. They nurse them when they're sick and help them bathe. And they lift their father into and out of bed. "Mostly, it's been rough," says Sloss, 60, of South Pasadena, Calif. "But we have been blessed with a lot of support."


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Respite Care Needed to Limit Burdens on Family Caregivers While that vast majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes through retirement, aging in place often requires some help—and the first choice for a caregiver is often an adult child, according to research from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. More than 50% of adults 85 and older will have at least one limitation related to instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs), requiring some form of help, the Center found. As more Americans head into the golden years, more care will be needed.


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How to Make Healthy Living a Sustainable Lifestyle - Valuable Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals Part Two - 8 Part Series

 

Prioritizing YOUR HEALTH GOALS

As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach, it is not for me to dictate to you how to prioritize your healthy living goals. It is totally up to you to determine what you want to accomplish, why you want to achieve it, and how you can best stay on track to realize your goals. However, it is my task to accompany and guide you along the path to help keep you on track to reach your ultimate destination … a healthy lifestyle!

 

Summer is now officially here! July is National Park and Recreation Month. When was the last time you visited a National Park, or even a State or local park for some leisure and fun recreation? Is recreation and part of your health goals? How do you envision your ideal healthy lifestyle? Does it include physical activity in a frolicking and healthy environment … in the outdoors with friends and family?

 

Read more

 


 

 

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Culture Change News

 

 

 

 

 

Dementia Beyond Drugs - August 16-17, 2017

 

 

Based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power, M.D., this in-depth 2-day learning experience uses the framework of culture change to create a new approach to caring for people who live with dementia. Learn why the current paradigm for dementia care can never produce satisfactory results and explore an experiential model that facilitates growth, meaningful engagement, and improved well-being via the application of person-directed practices.

 

 

 

 

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify the limitations of our current approach to care for those living with dementia;
  • Envision an "Experiential Model" for viewing dementia and recognize the importance of enhancing well-being for all; and
  • Apply the model to everyday situations of need by using creative solutions to empower individuals to live full and positive lives.

While Reframing Dementia focuses on the fundamentals of building meaningful relationships with people living with dementia, this training takes learning to the next level, through the lens of Dr. Powers' Experiential Model.

 

Click HERE to register.

 

Contact the Eden Alternative Education Coordinator, Meredith Martin for more information: mmartin@edenalt.org or 585-461-3951 ext. 3051

 

North American Dementia Conference

The national Dementia Action Alliance "Reimagine Life with Dementia" North American conference was a tremendous success.

 

Since Atlanta was the host of the conference, it served as the Culture Change Summit summit for 2017 so anyone interested could attend.


Opening Session with Dr. Al Power facilitating discussion with five individuals living with dementia – POWERFUL!!

 


Dave Ellis, Dementia Advocate shares his experience with Early Onset Alzheimer's support (other CCNG presented included Suzette Binford, Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter, Molly Levine-Hunt, JFCS, and John Abel, AG Rhodes Health & Rehab)

 


Jack York (It's Never 2 Late) receives Innovation In Technology Award

 


Culture Change Network of Georgia Steering Committee
Linda Kluge, Alliant Quality
Pam Clayton, Georgia Healthcare Association
Walter Coffey, LeadingAge Georgia
Ginny Helms, Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter
Kim McRae, Have a Good Life

 

 

The Eden Alternative Neighborhood Guide Certification LeadingAge Georgia members and some out of state guests completed the 5 day certification in June.

 



 

 

Culture Change Network of Georgia Advisory Group Meeting

CCNG advisory group 2017 meetings
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)

 

 

Initial Approval for 31 States' HCBS State Transition Plans Approval is granted because these states completed their systemic assessment, included the outcomes of this assessment in the STP, clearly outlined remediation strategies to rectify issues that the systemic assessment uncovered, such as legislative changes and changes to contracts, and is actively working on those remediation strategies.


Full Article

 

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; Peggy Padgett, Georgia Infirmary Adult Day Health


GA Association of Activity Professionals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 GAAP Extravaganza

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

 

Click HERE to register

 

The decade beginning with 1920 in the United States is commonly referred to as the Roaring Twenties because it was a time of celebration and advancement. The term "roaring" speaks to the loud, exciting and exuberant events of the era. We all certainly want the lives of our Elders to be "exciting and exuberant" so please join us as we explore how to encourage living life as a celebration!

 

 

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






Main Contact
Kevin Bettis, Account Manager
shaw contract
1555 Peachtree Street NE Suite 150
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
770 547 1374 (mobile)
shawcontract.com

 

 

 

About Shaw Industries
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide.
Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The company employs more than 20,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our corporate page.


About Shaw Contract
As a global floor covering brand, Shaw Contract believes in the impact of design and how to improve how people work, learn, heal and live. Driven by sustainability, our Cradle to Cradle Certified products perform in spaces across the world. The brand has received Best of NeoCon Awards 14 out of the past 15 years and is rated "best overall business experience" by facility managers and designers. The brand is also recognized among Contract magazine's top ten "Brands that Inspire." A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract combines the expertise of the world's largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary.

 

 

News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes

Assisted Living Units Commanding Record Prices
The assisted living industry is seeing record sale prices for units overall, according to a new report. The average per-unit price in assisted living, including memory care, exceeded $196,600 in 2016, the third consecutive year for an increase, according to the report, from Irving Levin Associates.


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Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

LeadingAge Recommends HUD Regulatory Reforms
On June 14, LeadingAge submitted 14 specific recommendations for reforms that HUD could take to help alleviate regulatory burdens, streamline processes and reduce inconsistencies.


Click here for recommendations

 

Nonprofit Group Leads Protest Against Proposed Cuts in Affordable Housing for Elders

A nonprofit group that advocates for senior citizens rallied Tuesday near the U.S. Capitol to protest proposed funding cuts in the federal budget for affordable housing for lowincome elderly people. D.C.-based LeadingAge said the budget proposal does not provide enough assistance for homes under Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. "What is occurring today in the budget talks is nothing short of ageism," said Stephen Fleming, chairman-elect of LeadingAge. "We are depleting the resources for older adults." President Trump's 2018 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes a 17 percent cut in investments for affordable housing and eliminates the Housing Trust Fund, which preserves and builds affordable homes for low-income people.


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LeadingAge Hosts Rally on Capitol Hill to Save HUD 202
"Save affordable senior housing!" An early chant from the crowd, led by emcee Steve Fleming, president and CEO of WellSpring and chair-elect of LeadingAge, got the juices flowing. Patricia Davis, a resident of Retirement Housing Foundation's North Capitol at Plymouth 202 community in Washington, DC, told the boisterous crowd 13 reasons why she loves her home, including affordability, excellent management, and "our independence."


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Home and Community Based Services

New Medicare Payment Model Looms Over Home Health Providers
Home health agencies should be prepared for a major unwelcome surprise that could hit in the near future—a comprehensive, complex overhaul of the Medicare payment system. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes its 2018 payment rates, likely within the next several weeks, the agency could also seek to establish a new payment methodology known as the Home Health Groupings Model.


Full Article

 

LeadingAge Submits Comments on FY2018 Hospice Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released [CMS-1675-P] Medicare Program; FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements proposed rule to update the hospice payment rates for fiscal year 2018, adds new quality measures and provides an update on the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP), solicits comments on the clinical certification of a medical prognosis of a life expectancy of six months or less, outlines new data collection mechanisms under consideration, including the Hospice Evaluation & Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART) and delineates the requirements for the Hospice CAHPS Survey for the FY 2020, FY 2021, and FY 2022 annual payment updates.


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Life Plan Community/CCRC

AMA Considers Advocating that CCRCs Be Part of ACOs
The American Medical Association will lobby the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services to allow continuing care retirement communities to initiate investment models of accountable care organizations if its board of trustees approves a resolution that the AMA's House of Delegates referred for a decision last week at the delegates' meeting in Chicago. In addition to CCRCs (also known as life plan communities), the AMA resolution includes other long-term care facilities and physicians who work in such settings.


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Nursing Care/Rehab

MedPAC Tells Congress to Hasten Post-Acute Pay Overhaul
The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee has submitted its June 2017 report to Congress, and with it request that lawmakers implement a unified post-acute care payment system beginning in 2021 — earlier than previously proposed. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 outlined a timeline where a proposal for a new payment system would likely not be proposed before 2024, with implementation coming after that, MedPAC said.


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New Survey Guidance Coming Soon, CMS Official Says
Interpretive guidance for the new survey process incorporating Phase 2 regulations could be released over the next few weeks, a top government official said June 22nd. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had promised guidance in early summer, which officially began June 21, with surveyors likely to undergo training starting in July. "We are planning to release it soon," promised Evan Shulman, CMS Deputy Director in the Division of Nursing Homes, Survey and Certification Group, speaking at the AADNS show in Leesburg, VA.

 

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New Survey Process Offers Opportunities, Experts Advise
As directors of nursing prepare for a new survey process from the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services, there are opportunities to set standards and promote high-quality care, experts said June 26th. When the survey changes, starting Nov. 28,"Surveyors will be just as new as us," reminded Diane Vaughn, RN, CDONA/LTC, LNHA, the vice president of Clinical Services at Volunteers of America. "We should lead like we are supposed to and be prepared." During a series of sessions Friday at the AADNS conference in Leesburg, VA, numerous experts offered tips on best practices for clinicians.


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General Notes of Interest

CMS Releases Advance Guidance for Emergency Preparedness Rule The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published an advanced copy of interpretive guidance for its final emergency preparedness rule for healthcare providers. The rule, issued last September, applies to all healthcare facilities and will be implemented on Nov. 15. Long-term care providers will have to meet additional standards under the rule, such as having emergency and standby power systems. They must also create plans regarding missing residents that could be activated regardless of whether the facility has activated its full emergency plan.


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CMS Chief: Medicaid Needs Reform, House Healthcare Bill 'Outdated' Medicaid is in need of reforms to strengthen the way it's administered between the federal and state governments, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said on Tuesday. Speaking during an interview with USA Today Verma said Medicaid is in need of updates, including reforms to better account for short-term, low-income beneficiaries and improve the way state governments work with federal officials to makes changes to the program. "One of the major problems is the relationship between the federal government and the state government," Verma said. "It's supposed to be a jointly funded program, and yet all of the decision-making is in Washington."


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Majority of Americans Want Continued Medicaid Expansion with no Federal Caps, Poll Says A majority of Americans believe Medicaid is important and want states to be able to expand Medicaid, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. The poll, which surveyed 1,205 American adults, examined the public's view on the potential major Medicaid changes that would be made through the American Health Care Act. The bill passed in the House on May 4 and would cut an estimated $834 billion from Medicaid.


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CMS Seeks to Ease Burdens for Quality Program Small and rural providers may find it easier to participate in quality programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) following a proposed rule that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued June 21st.


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The Wrong Policy at the Wrong Time As Congress has developed healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, a dangerous proposal has emerged that would dramatically alter Medicaid's financial structure and shift far more of the risk for the increasing cost of care to the states, where budgets are ill-equipped to deal with the burden.


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Minor Adjustments Keep Seniors at Home Longer Seniors who want to age in place are often faced with numerous challenges just getting around their own homes, which is why one senior care program from Johns Hopkins is focusing on improving the home environment—and saving Medicare big bucks in return. The program, dubbed Capable (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders), combines three key elements of senior care services: nursing care, occupational therapy and home improvement. For every $3,000 cost per person, the program saves Medicare more than $10,000, according to recent results published in Health Affairs.


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Falls Projected to Cost Nearly $60 Billion by 2020 Falls among seniors—most of which occur in the home—are projected to kill thousands more older adults and cost tens of billions of dollars by the year 2020. That's according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) titled "Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly," which aims to bring awareness to senior fall prevention efforts and coordinated care policies and programs throughout the U.S.


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One in Four Direct Care Workers Are Immigrants Nearly one quarter of the direct care workforce, which includes home health aides, personal care aides and nursing assistants, are immigrants, according to a recent report from Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), an organization centered on improving the direct care workforce. And this sector of the direct care workforce would benefit from"an array of policy supports and industry practices," PHI found. There are 4.4 million direct care workers providing long-term care for Americans, 860,000 of whom are immigrants, PHI found. When accounting for individual providers, that figure swells to 1 million immigrant direct care workers.


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HIPAA Breaches Bringing Heavy Implications, Class-Action Lawsuit Threats Federal HIPAA penalties have lurked in the wings for years, but now accused operators have state attorneys' general and plaintiff's attorneys to worry about. Last week, for example, insurer Anthem reached a $115 million settlement with consumers over a 2015 event where hackers stole private information on nearly 80 million people. Anthem admitted no wrongdoing, but was dinged by bad publicity and penetration of its data security. "I have no doubt that we'll be seeing more of these class-action suits and settlements as data breaches continue to proliferate," Eric Fader, a healthcare attorney with Day Pitney LLP in New York, told Bloomberg BNA.


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How a Startup Could 'Uberize' Senior Living Salon Services Senior living companies have been reinventing transportation services by tapping into rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft—and it appears that this could be the future of salon services as well. Year-and-a-half-old company Belle Cares provides affordable, easy-to-book beauty services to seniors at home, in assisted living communities, receiving hospice care and more.


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Technology

How Caregiving Could Resemble 'The Jetsons' One Day New technology and techniques could change the face of the caregiving industry in the years to come, but not every innovation will be bionic. From utilizing futuristic tech to relieve caregiver shortages to redefining death itself, here are a few ideas on what the future might hold for aging, according to a Forbes article from Next Avenue, a publication for seniors.


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