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In This Issue

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

Quick Links

Upcoming Events Calendar
Job Mart


Special Thanks to Our Institute Partners

Institute Supporters

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.





2017 Annual Conference: The Power of Purpose



Message from our Chairs:


A clear sense of purpose enables you to focus on what matters most, taking risks regardless of the challenges or obstacles ahead. We are lucky. As aging services providers, it's easy for us to see the value of our work. The lives we touch and the families and caregivers we support—all have an impact well beyond the walls of our organizations. However, to find real purpose and meaning in what we do, it is important that we tap our own potential, find the courage and determination to live our mission with focus on the values, talent, skills and passion of those we serve to make a difference in the world. Join us for the 2017 Annual Conference on Aging & Solutions Center Exposition in Hilton Head on March 27-29, 2017.

-Mark Lowell, St. George Village, Chair of LeadingAge Georgia Board

-Connie White, Atlanta Regional Commission | AAA, Georgia Institute on Aging Board Chair


2017 Conference on Aging Keynote Speakers

David Ault is an internationally known author and celebrated metaphysical teacher and speaker. He is an ordained minister through Centers for Spiritual Living and currently serves as the Senior Minister of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. His weekly messages are heard and viewed by thousands across the world. Since his spiritual reawakening in the mid 1980s, Ault has traveled the globe offering his gifts as a singer/songwriter, speaker, and facilitator.

David has established a thriving non-government regulated school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which provides free education, medical/hygiene assistance, and agricultural and life skills training to hundreds of Cambodian children annually. He also offers humanitarian service trips there regularly. His stateside non-profit, Khmer Child Foundation, serves this initiative. David lives with his husband Ty Andrews in Atlanta, Georgia.


Cara Silletto, MBA, is the founder and president of Crescendo Strategies, an HR firm working with clients across the country to reduce unnecessary employee turnover and the costs associated with it. Crescendo's specialties include bridging generational gaps, making managers more effective in their roles, ensuring knowledge is successfully transferred from seasoned professionals as they retire, and validating the root causes when great talent is walking out the door.


Cara is an early millennial (she was born in 1981), only a couple of years late for Generation X. As such, Cara was born in a "sweet spot" for her specialty of bridging generational divides, and now she has more than a decade of professional experience applying that knowledge. Cara knows the unwritten expectations of older managers and business owners, but she also understands firsthand why 70% of young professionals are fearlessly leaving their jobs in less than two years, and each lost employee can cost a company thousands of dollars (sometimes hundreds of thousands for highly specialized positions). Cara will quantify the true problems clients face and provide the strategic perspective needed to keep the best talent.



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Value First

"You control the project. We help reduce the cost of material and equipment."


Major Renovations and Construction Projects


■Whether your project is under $1 million or over $500 million Value First can help your community achieve savings on major renovations and construction projects.


■Many of the vendors architects and designers do business with are market leaders that are also part of the Value First Construction Services program.


■Value First works with the architects, designers, and general contractors you choose.


■We serve as your cost savings advocate and work with your architect to develop a vendor line-up to the basis of design (spec alignment).


Value First can help you save on:

  • Fire alarm systems
  • Building controls
  • Roofing systems
  • Drywall and wall components
  • Doors and hardware
  • Flooring
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Elevators
  • Chillers
  • Generators
  • Custom wood products
  • Furniture, beds, lifts and more…

■ Connect Value First with your architects, project managers and key staff as early in the process as possible. Higher savings result from early engagement with the design team.

Program Benefits

  • Transparency in construction pricing.
  • Assistance with planning and procurement of materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
  • Aggregate of purchases across multiple projects to ensure cost containment.
  • 3% to12% project savings.
  • Improved delivery and lead time with major equipment manufacturers.

Program Costs
There is no cost to members for construction program procurement services. This is a Value First membership benefit. Value First group purchasing organization is owned by LeadingAge national and 25 state associations, including LeadingAge Georgia. This is your GPO.


Get in touch with us!
Contact Brian Smidt, Director of Construction Services, or Georgia's Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar to discuss type of construction project (new building/campus, addition or renovation); number of units/beds being added; phase of construction you are currently in; chosen architect, engineer, interior designer.

Contact Information: Brian Smidt, Director of Construction Services, 651-659-1418 Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar 404-421-3956




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New Members

Alice's Place
Patricia Duncan
3780 Napier Avenue
Macon, GA 31204
(478) 254-7171

Adult Day Services


Harper's Adult Day Health

Carolyn Harper
186 Bootlegger Lane
Washington, GA 30673
(706) 678-6070
Adult Day Services



Seth Smiley

10935 Vista Sorrento Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92130
(508) 254-7117

Resident Monitoring/Emergency Call Systems



Honey Micall
300 Mulberry Street, Suite 602
Macon, GA 31201
(844) 669-7688
Communication Systems & Services


The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Micheal Biggs
990 Hammond Drive, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 350-5100





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 May





May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 6 Kentucky Derby
May 14 Mother's Day

May 27 Ramadan starts

May 29 Memorial Day





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Public Policy


Public Policy Report: The General Assembly is Underway

By Tom Bauer, LeadingAge Georgia Policy Advisor


As of this date of writing (2/2/17) , the 2017 Georgia General Assembly is about two-thirds completed with "crossover" day (the point by which House bills must go to the Senate and vice versa) to occur tomorrow. It has been a relatively slow-paced session; those items of interest from LeadingAge Georgia's public policy agenda that have seen action are noted below. All indications continue to point to a fast session, currently slated to conclude on March 30.


Adult Day Services

The pending 5% increase in reimbursement rates for adult day health centers is still being reviewed by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It is expected that positive news will come soon. In the meantime the request for an additional 5 % will not be considered by Georgia budget leaders until the first request is resolved.


LeadingAge Georgia recently held its Adult Day Services symposium, and at that time it was reported that the Department of Community Health (DCH) is still developing its request for proposal for providers of Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation. LeadingAge Georgia has already given input to DCH.



There is no further news on the FY '18 state budget. It still includes allocations for:

  • $2.755 million for Medicaid Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
  • $4.2 million for non-Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS)
  • $750,000 for congregate meals

Proxy Caregivers

As noted last month the House Committee on Human Relations and Aging heard 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 odder that such person could remain in the community rather than be institutionalized.


Representative Tommy Benton chair of the Committee encouraged both the Departments of Community Health and ad Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to find ways to address the issue. As a result of their response to Rep. Benton, he introduced HB 486 which passed the House this week. The bill calls for the Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Community Health to develop rules for the:

"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."

These rules are to allow for training of facilities' employees who will then train other employees. The rules must be in place by January 1, 2018.


Other Legislation

Oral Health Care- Legislation allowing for the expansion of the access of oral health care, including in nursing homes, is alive and well. Both HB 154 (Cooper) and SB 12 (Unterman) authorize a dentist, without being on site, to supervise up to four licensed dental hygienists in nursing homes, volunteer community health settings, etc.. This practice is known as general supervision. Both bills have passed their respective chambers.


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. HB 221 passed the Judiciary Committee and has now passed out of the House and will move to the Senate.

Georgia Institute on Aging








Kick Off Event for the 2017 Leadership Academy

Canterbury Court hosted the kick-off event for the 2017 Leadership Academy. 26 participants came from all over Georgia to begin their year together.



Workforce Summit – Making Eldercare a Valued Career

Robyn Stone and Jennier Craft Morgan faciliated an incredible conversation with LeadingAge Georgia members. Wesley Woods Newnan/Peachtree City hosted the summit. We also heard from Ted Boehm (Fisher & Phillips) with legal updates and Jordan Miller from CliftonLarsonAllen on the generations in the workplace which ignited a generative conversation.




2017 Assisted Living/Personal Care Home Symposium

As always, hearing from Elaine Wright (DCH regulator) was helpful to members. A highlight was hearing from Dementia Advocate Robert Bowles, who is living with Lewy Body Dementia. He shared his journey as well as his expectations and anticipated needs from providers. Laura Jalbert (Mindful Tranisitions) provided an overview of behavioral health diagnosis and created conversations around specific case studies. Information on supporting individuals living with dementia was shared by Wallter Coffey.



Winter Maintenance Forum

Hosted by Briarcliff Oaks, the forum provided participants with a deep dive on Moisture controal and prevention (presented by Scott Mullis, Parker Young Construction/Firestar) and best methods for maintaining and preparing properties for inspections (Scott Precourt from US Housing Consultants). Thanks to Berke Products, Bath Fitter and Parker Young Constrution/Firestar for sponsoring the event as well.



Upcoming Events

LeadingAge Georgia Hackfest

Innovation often comes from unexpected places! And Ideas that change the future of aging are just the kind of thing that the LeadingAge Georgia, Georgia Tech Aware Home | Tools for Life, Wireless RERC, and Canterbury Court Collaborative are looking for when it hosts the 2017 LeadingAge HackFest Atlanta. Not your typical hackathon, HackFest is focused on creating technology to address the challenges of aging.

LeadingAge GA HackFest is a 24-hour event that challenges teams of 4-6 participants to "Engage with Age" by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families. Tools may include software applications, websites, interactive online experiences, or devices.

Click HERE for more information.

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Leadership Academy Second Event

March 15, 2017

LeadingAge PEAK Leadership/Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC

March 20-22, 2017

2017 Annual Conference: Power of PURPOSE

Hilton Head Island, SC

March 27-29, 2017

Exhibitor Prospectus

Attendee Registration Brochure


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

April 20, 2017


Mental Health First Aid with Older Adult Module

April 27, 2017



CCRC Symposium

May 5, 2017


Leadeship Academy Third Event

May 17, 2017



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



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Center for Positive Aging





Senior Housing: How a Surging Older Population will Impact U.S. Homes

Baby boomers have spent decades impacting and re-shaping the U.S. economy, and show no signs of slowing down as they enter their golden years. That's especially true when it comes to the housing market, according to the latest report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Households 2015 - 2035 doesn't have the catchiest title, but its conclusions and implications are both far-reaching and extremely consequential.


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Culture Change News







1st Annual North American Dementia Education Conference



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Sponsored by:



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 for information and materials.




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Adult Day Services News (GADSA)


2017 Adult Day (GADSA) Winter Meeting

The agenda was full, hearing from regulators, Medicaid staff, peer panel sharing about their first annual surveys, public poilcy update, guest luncheon speaker, Lisa Peters-Beumer, chair of the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) and information about brain health (Suzette Binford from the Alzheimer's Association). Thanks to ADS Data Systems and Bird's Eye View Ecotherapy for Seniors for sponsoring the event.


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)
Vice-President: Laura Jones (Briarcliff Oaks; Atlanta)
Membership: Melissa Scott-Walter (A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab; Atlanta)
Program/Education: Liana Sisco (Lutheran Towers; Atlanta)
NAAP Liaison: Wendy Boyd (The Gardens at Calvary; Columbus)

LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection

What Data Security Means to a Senior Living Community Data security, cyber security, cyber threats – all terms we have come to hear more and more in the news. It seems that a new data breach is reported weekly.

According to a 2016 study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, healthcare data is under siege. Almost 90 percent of the healthcare organizations surveyed had a data breach in the prior 2 years. Threats to data security are also increasing in sophistication and persistence. 45 percent of the surveyed healthcare organizations had more than 5 breaches in that time period.

The senior living industry is more than active communities for older adults. Due to the nature of personal information gathered on prospective residents during early interactions and the ongoing collection of information regarding the health of community residents, it is also a part our healthcare ecosystem. The senior living industry requires as much protection and scrutiny as any other environment handling healthcare information.

An important first step in data security is awareness. Many employees, while knowledgeable that HIPAA compliance is important, are not versed in the specific requirements of HIPAA and/or the definition of ePHI (electronic protected health information). ePHI is the combination of healthcare information with personally identifiable information. This can be as simple as storing whether a resident has a food or pet allergy in the community's CRM (customer relationship management) software.

Should We Be Concerned? Are We Exposed?

Many larger organizations have well-staffed IT departments who can perform regular audits ensuring compliance and information security. Smaller organizations might outsource IT functions or subscribe to cloud-based applications to store data.

Regardless of size or whether IT requirements are handled internally or outsourced, organizations are still liable for the security of the information, even if the data is stored in a third-party system or application.

To ensure HIPAA compliance when using external resources, organizations must have a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place with each vendor storing their ePHI. A BAA is a contractual agreement between the organization and the vendor outlining their information security practices, policies, and HIPAA compliance. This is a key point for smaller organizations with much of their IT functions outsourced.

Regardless of size, every organization should consider a third-party risk assessment to determine the strength of their information security systems, policies and practices. This is a relatively inexpensive, but valuable step in ensuring the security of your data.

Does HIPAA Apply to our CRM or Other Software?
The answer is, it depends on the information you store there. The moment you log information about a resident's or prospective resident's health events, conditions, medications, or suspicions of undiagnosed conditions such as early onset memory loss, you are subject to the rules of HIPPA compliancy.
Keep in mind the nature of systems organizations use over time. Rarely does the information stored stay the same year after year.

As the industry continues to move towards a "continuum of care" model, information security needs are driven upstream, even into the Sales and Marketing departments and the systems they use. The bottom line is any system you use to store resident information should be secured properly.


Should We Avoid Using Anything in the Cloud?
There are many senior living communities using cloud-based applications to run their operations. There is nothing inherently unsafe about operating in the cloud today, but organizations must be diligent regarding acquiring BAAs from their vendors whether hosted in the cloud or in a traditional datacenter.


What Can We Do?
Data security is everyone's responsibility. It's not something to be left up to the IT department or outside vendors.

Data security starts with employee awareness. Organizations must:

  • Ensure all employees are educated on the definition of ePHI
  • Provide training on best practices when handling all resident data, especially ePHI
  • Conduct annual "official" training to keep awareness at proper elevation

In addition to employee awareness, it's important to periodically review the data your collecting and storing. Questions to ask include:

  • What is the data – is there any ePHI?
  • Is it possible that this data might be exported, sent via email, etc.?
  • Who has access to this application and ePHI data?
  • Where is the data? On premises or remote?
  • Is a BAA needed?

If you use or are thinking about using outsourced IT services or cloud-based applications, consider the following when evaluating vendors:

  • Do they conduct 3rd party risk assessments/audits?
  • Are they HIPAA compliant?
  • Do they have a breach response policy in place? (this ensures you know if any of your data has been compromised)

Information security is vital to the senior living industry, but it's also complex. Hiring a third party risk assessment firm helps to identify potential threats or issues and design a strategy for eliminating them. Risk assessment firms can:

  • Conduct external penetration testing of applications (those managed by you and outside vendors)
  • Conduct a policy framework audit
  • Perform a physical premises audit
  • Help classify applications and data to determine whether information stored is ePHI

Ensuring Information Security in Your Organization
Almost all security is dependent upon humans at some point in the process. From sales and marketing to IT staff, education and awareness are crucial to maintaining a secure environment. It is important that you review your own security policies and practices regularly, but risk assessment by third-party company specializing in healthcare is valuable in ensuring proper policies and information security best practices.


About the Author
Tod Madderra is one of the Co-Founders of Continuum CRM. He is responsible for setting the company's technical vision, defining strategic direction, and ensuring a secure, highly available cloud CRM environment for the Senior Living industry.


You can learn more about Continuum CRM at and meet the team in person at the 2017 LeadingAge GA/SC Conference in Hilton Head.



Sodexo-Supported Research Explores the LTSS Migrant/Immigrant Workforce The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research (CFAR) is working with the Global Ageing Network (formerly IAHSA) to explore the role that migrant/immigrant workers can play in delivering long-term services and supports (LTSS) to the world's growing older population.


Sodexo, a global leader in Quality of Life Services, is funding the research project. Sodexo is a LeadingAge Gold Partner and Global Ageing Network supporter.


CFAR researchers will examine the complex issues facing nations that are experiencing a decline in the availability of native-born workers and caregivers even as the demand for qualified LTSS workers increases dramatically. Many developed nations are turning to migrants and immigrants to meet the increased demand for services and supports, says Natasha Bryant, senior research associate at CFAR and manager of the Sodexo-supported project.


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News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes

Opportunities Exist, But So Do Threats in the Assisted Living Marketplace
Shep Roylance, Senior Vice President of JCH Consulting Group, a full-service real estate brokerage company and Senior Housing Forum partner, believes there are some acquisition opportunities in the assisted living market, but sees a threat posed by new development.

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Assisted Living Operators Facing Greater Liability Risks, Report Authors Warn
Assisted living operators have good reason to recoil at results of a recent study revealing aging services insurance claims, researchers say. That's because assisted living claims are paying out more than skilled nursing claims, on average — and there's a high probability the trend is only going to get worse, they noted. Although claims against skilled nursing operators are more numerous, assisted living facilities paid more per closed claim, on average, from 2011 to 2015. The gap was almost $9,000 — $221,496 to $212,766, according to CNA's "Aging Services 2016 Claim Report."

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Where Assisted Living is the Most and Least Expensive: Survey

Average monthly assisted living costs range from $3,051 for a studio apartment in Louisiana to $6,936 for a two-bedroom apartment in Delaware, according to the state results of Lincoln Financial Group's annual What Care Costs study, released Wednesday.


For a studio apartment in assisted living, the most expensive states, based on average costs, are Massachusetts ($5,674 monthly), Alaska ($5,634) and New Jersey ($5,604), according to the study. Least expensive are Louisiana ($3,051), Mississippi ($3,153) and Alabama ($3,258). The national monthly average is $4,027.


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Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

HUD Launches $15 Million Test of Enhanced Supportive Services
Forty Department of Housing and Urban Development-assisted senior housing
developments in seven states will split $15 million in grants as they test the ability of an enhanced supportive services model to help elderly residents age in place and stay out of emergency departments, hospitals and nursing homes.


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CFAR Will Help Implement HUD's Housing Plus Services Demonstration
The Lewin Group, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research (CFAR), and National Center for Healthy Housing have been selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to serve as the Implementation Team for a major new randomized control trial testing a service-enriched housing model for low-income older adults.


Forty HUD-assisted senior housing properties have been selected to participate as intervention sites in the 3-year Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing.


"This project provides a tremendous opportunity to learn more about how to best implement housing plus services strategies, and to build the evidence base for interventions that allow low-income seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes and communities while saving health care dollars" says Alisha Sanders, director of housing & services policy research at LeadingAge.


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Home and Community Based Services

Harvard: Home Care Yields Biggest Savings in ACOs
At-home care agencies have long expressed the desire to join accountable care
organizations (ACOs), despite not necessarily being invited to sit at the ACO table. Still, there's evidence that including at-home care would benefit ACOs in more ways than one. In fact, increasing use of at-home care plays a major role in the ability of ACOs to cut costs, according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Life Plan Community (CCRC)

It's all in the name: Life. Plan. Community.
Even as they think about retirement—or, more likely, self-reinvention—the boomers have no intention of retreating. They want to get the most out of every moment, maintaining excellent health while looking forward to new possibilities and planning for the active lives they choose to lead. As senior living communities expand and evolve to accommodate these younger older adults, it's time to reconsider the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Two years ago, LeadingAge formed the NameStorm task force to determine whether and how to evolve the CCRC name and brand. After listening to hundreds of consumers and industry professionals, the task force selected Life Plan Community as the new category name.

We have a new page on our website to feature CCRCs/Life Plan Communities. This new page lists all CCRC/Life Plan Community (LPC) members, basic information, and the background of the name change.

Please see the press release and forward it to media outlets in your local areas. Additionally, please visit the national website to list your community on the national website. There will be a lot of ongoing press about this and it is a good source of PR for your community.

General Notes of Interest

Link Between Sleep and Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent. Caused by sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a disruption of normal breathing during sleep, these cause recurrent awakenings and subsequent excessive daytime sleepiness. In an editorial in the current issue of Neurology, a Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researcher stresses that it is now time for physicians to consider the association between these sleep conditions and cognitive impairment in the elderly.

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How One University is Taking on the Biggest Home Care Staffing Issue Programs stemming from Michigan State University are tackling huge problems in home health care. And one grant-funded pilot program is aiming to improve the caregiver shortage as demand continues to rise. With nearly $900,000 in grants from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF), two MSU professors—Clare Luz, PhD, an assistant professor of family medicine, and Joan Ilardo, PhD, director of research initiatives at MSU's College of Human Medicine—will engage in separate but complementary programs to better enable home care in their state, and possibly elsewhere in the future.

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Medical Marijuana Company Looking to Nursing Homes as Potential Customers A New York company that grows and sells medical marijuana is attempting to tap into the skilled nursing industry to find new customers. The state launched its medical marijuana program over a year ago, the New York Daily News reported, but the market has been tough since few patients and doctors are willing to complete the registration process. Etain, one of the companies licensed by the state to grow and distribute marijuana, has turned to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to provide medical marijuana services and find new customers.

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New LeadingAge Grant Will Fund Annual Award for Health Equity LeadingAge has been awarded a 6-year, $52,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help establish an annual Award for Health Equity. Each year's award winner will receive $3,000. The RWJF grant is designed to help national nonprofit membership organizations honor individuals using systems changes to address health disparities and work toward achieving health equity within their communities. Eight other organizations also received a RWJF grant and will establish an Award for Health Equity.

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Greitens' Budget Proposes Cuts to 20,000 Seniors and People with Disabilities Nonprofit organizations that serve seniors and people with disabilities say their clients would be harmed by Gov. Eric Greitens' proposed cuts to assistance programs. The governor's proposed budget would raise the eligibility requirement for Medicaid recipients who receive coverage for nursing home care or consumer-directed services provided in the home, according to Dan Haug, the state's acting budget director. He told reporters this month that the move would affect 20,000 people who currently qualify for the care, and save the state $52 million a year.

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Medicaid Block Grants Could Take $150 Billion Out of Play, Study Shows A recent proposal to fund the Medicaid program through block grants could result in $150 billion in savings for the federal government, according to a new study. That analysis, published February 6th by Avalere, found that converting Medicaid to block grants — where each state would receive a fix amount of money for the program — could cut Medicaid spending by $150 billion over five years. Switching Medicaid to per capita caps, which would deliver a fixed amount of money for each beneficiary, would trim $110 billion from the program's spending over five years.

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Bundled Payment Programs Curbed Unnecessary Care, Costs, over 4-year Period, Report Asserts Value-based care models, including bundled payments for hip and knee replacements, reduce costs and unnecessary care, according to a new analysis. The Altarum Institute's Center for Payment Innovation authors — which include Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality and the Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — examined Medicare Part A Claims and hospitals participating in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program from 2011 to 2015.

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Advocates 'Shocked' at Medicaid Proposals' Potential Impact on Nursing Facilities

Advocates for seniors were stunned when they learned that a Medicaid overhaul proposal may be included in a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, one group leader reported Wednesday.


Howard Bedlin, vice president of public policy and advocacy for the National Council on Aging, spoke during a media call that brought together leaders of advocacy groups to discuss changes to the Medicaid program recently proposed by lawmakers. Groups on the call also included the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and First Focus, a children's advocacy organization.


"Frankly we were shocked when we learned that the House wants to include a Medicaid proposal that represents the biggest change in the history of the program in the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, since these issues are completely unrelated," Bedlin said.


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Why 55-Plus 'Senior Living' Needs a Rebrand

It's time to set the record straight: "55-plus senior living communities" are a myth. These so-called "independent living communities" are advertised as appealing to a younger demographic of seniors, with lively, fit 60-year-olds often seen playing sports and socializing in their marketing materials. Yes, these communities exist, and yes, their residents are over 55—but, in most cases, they were 55 at least 15 years ago.


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U.S. Healthcare Costs to Escalate Over Next Decade

The cost of medical care in the United States is expected to grow at a faster clip over the next decade and overall health spending growth will outpace that of the gross domestic product, a U.S. government health agency said on Wednesday.


A report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cited the aging of the enormous baby boom generation and overall economic inflation as prime contributors to the projected increase in healthcare spending.


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How Technologies Can Help Elders Age at Home

As the baby boomers roll into their golden years, families and caregivers are looking for ways to ensure that their loved ones are safe and well cared for. For some folks, that will mean regular monitoring for chronic health conditions. For others, it may mean help getting to doctor visits or with daily activities. Technologies that allow individuals to age in place can help to ease the transition to old age by avoiding unnecessary visits to the emergency room or costly nursing home says and improving overall quality of living.


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New App Seeks to Detect Early Dementia

Although the incidence of Alzheimer's threatens to approach epidemic proportions, the complex nature of the disease makes it difficult to understand and predict until it is too late. Boston University professor and neuropsychologist Rhoda Au is trying to remedy this challenge through the use of wearable digital devices.


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Programs for End-of-Life Planning, EHR Named Winners of HHS Data Challenge A program aimed at sharing patients' end of life plans is among the winners in the latest phase of the Department of Health and Human Services' "Move Health Data Forward Challenge."


The winners announced Tuesday range from a smartphone app that allow patients to grant providers permissions to access and share their health data, to a system that aims to use data sharing to reduce healthcare costs. Also included in the Phase 2 round of winners is Live and Leave Well, a program that creates a data package with a patient's end of life plans and allows it to be shared throughout multiple systems.


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Phone: 404-872-9191 | Fax: 404-872-1737