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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

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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.

 


 

Conversations with Ginny

“For the times they are a-changin’,” Bob Dylan, singer, song-writer, Nobel Prize winner.


The good news is, our members are changing with the times, rising up to meet the needs of older adults – fostering purpose and meaning, helping those we serve stay as independent as possible and engaged with the community doing things that make them want to get up in the morning.  Together with the people we serve, we’re focusing on thriving as older adults -- redefining life with purpose as we age.  After all, Bob Dylan is 76 and you can bet he’s redefining aging.


Dylan’s epic song about change beckons “Come senators, congressmen please heed the call, don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall.”  Our current legislative issues on the national level will improve care in nursing homes, fortify affordable housing and lay the groundwork for a better system for financing long-term services and supports -- and the good news is we’re being heard.  Senator Johnny Isakson (father of Kevin Isakson, director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living) met with me in DC two weeks ago – despite the snowstorm that shut down the government, listened earnestly to our concerns and promised to look into our issues.


Our legislators heeded our call when we asked for a rate increase for adult day health centers serving vulnerable older adults who qualify for nursing home care but who can stay in the community with the support of adult day health services.  The Georgia legislature appropriated a 5% rate increase which will mean over $1, 242,000 to go towards staffing and other expenses that keep adult day health centers viable.


Since the legislative issues that we work on are so important, I encourage you to attend our town hall meeting and give your input on national public policy issues.  The meeting will be on April 19th from 7 am until 8:30 am at the Life on Purpose 2018 Annual Conference on Aging & Exposition in Greenville, South Carolina.   I invite you also to host a breakfast at your community with Georgia legislators on the appropriation committees and thank them for the rate increase that supports adult day health centers and I invite you to go with us to meet with the members of Congress whose meetings were cancelled due to the snow in DC. Our legislative asks are worth the effort.


Bob Dylan tells us in his song “admit that the waters around you have grown” and that’s what I heard at the National PEAK leadership conference I attended in DC.  Speaker after speaker said older adults want a life worth living – with purpose and meaning, opportunities for engaging with the community – access to local theater and restaurants, homes that foster independence and well-being and they talked about fortifying the workforce with a culture of bringing out the best in staff.  I feel that our members are investing in creating the culture of homes and organizations that older adults are seeking.  The 2018 Annual Conference on Aging & Exposition coming up on April 17th – 19th is the next great opportunity for investing in your team and the individuals you serve. If you haven’t already signed up for the conference, do so and join other LeadingAge members as we do like Dylan says and “heed the call” of doing our part in fostering “life on purpose”.

 

Best,

Ginny  

 

 

 

LeadingAge GA|SC Annual Conference on Aging


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Eden International Conference and Eden at Home Training Scholarships If your nursing home is certified by Medicare and you have a Medicare provider number, you are eligible for scholarships for The Eden International Conference on May 3-5, 2018 in Atlanta and for upcoming Eden at Home training in Athens, Midtown, Macon and Stone Mountain. In addition to helping improve the culture in long-term care homes, the model can help with the new CMS regulations for person-centered care. When individuals complete the Eden training, they often express their appreciation for the training similar to how Mia Chester, Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter did when she said "After taking the Eden at Home training, I feel empowered as a change agent. I now fully understand the significance of meaningful care as well as the importance of care partnerships. I am looking forward to sharing this information with others and helping them to realize we all have the power to shift the culture of care.


The dates for the Eden at Home training across the state are:
Athens /August 7 – 9, 2018
Midtown Atlanta /August 21 – 23, 2018
Macon /August 28 – 30, 2018
Stone Mountain / September 18 – 20, 2018

 

Funding for the scholarships is being made available to The Eden Alternative by the Center for Medicare Civil Monetary Penalty fund. LeadingAge Georgia hosts the Culture Change Network of Georgia, a partner in the grant application to CMS.

 

Pre-registration for both project events must be completed by Friday, April 13, and space is limited to the first 50 Georgia nursing homes to sign up (Medicare and/or Medicaid participating homes).

 

Click here for more information and to pre-register.

 

 

Fingerprint Background Check Act

We expect the "Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program" Act to be signed into law any day by Governor Deal. The Act is designed to provide a background check for long-term care providers that is more comprehensive than required by current laws and regulations. The Act gives the Georgia Department of Community Health the authority to conduct national fingerprint based background checks for owners, applicants and employees who have direct access which includes duties that involve routine personal contact with a patient, resident or client. The Act will require the background checks for staff or contractors including but not limited to housekeepers, maintenance personnel, dieticians, and other volunteer who has duties that are equivalent to duties of an employee providing such services.


Personal care homes, assisted living communities, private home care providers, home health agencies, providers of hospice care, nursing homes and adult day centers will all be required to provide background checks as set out by the Act.
The Act requires a "registry check" of the nurse aide registry, the state sexual offender registry and List of Excluded Individuals and Entities authorized by the federal Social Security Act prior to conducting the fingerprint background check.
The Act stipulates that a person cannot be hired if an "unsatisfactory determination" was made on the background check. Crimes that would constitute an unsatisfactory determination include cruelty to children, neglect to a disabled older adult, exploitation and intimidation of a disabled or older person, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority, failure to knowingly and willfully report abuse, neglect or exploitation, crimes against the person, sexual offenses, offenses involving theft, forgery and fraudulent practices, criminal intent, conspiracy and solicitation, smash and grab and operating an un-licensed personal care home.


Background checks will be conducted by a company that the state contracts with and the contractor will conduct criminal record checks with both the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The contractor is to have locations for finger-print background checks throughout the state so that no person has to drive more than twenty-five miles to have a fingerprint background check. COGENT currently has the contract and their turn-around for the background checks is reportedly twenty-four to forty-eight hours. There will be an appeals process for individuals who receive an "unsatisfactory determination" on a criminal background check.


If signed by the Governor, the Act will become effective on October 1, 2019 giving members time to learn the intricacies of the Act. The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is charged with promulgating rules and regulations related to the requirement sand implementation of the Act. We will work with DCH to provide education on the requirements prior to the effective date.

 

Click HERE to read the bill

 

 

Value First

 

Medical Waste Cut in Half with Sharps

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

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

 

Recovery System Advantages:

  • Reduces costs by as much as 50% or more
  • Is proven, convenient, and easy to use
  • Offers online tracking and proof of treatment confirmation via SharpsTracer®
  • Eliminates monthly fees– purchase as needed

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Ceasar
Georgia Value 1st Representative
vceasar@leadingagega.org | P: 404-421-3956 | F: 404-872-1737

 

 

 

New Members

Amy's Place
Pam Van Ahn
14 Sloan Street
Roswell, GA 30075
http://amysplace.net/
Adult Day Services

 

Clairmont Place
Joan Carlson
2100 Clairmont Lake
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-8875
www.clairmontplace.com
ILU/ALC

 

Acadia
Betsy Purdie
3611 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130
(803) 731-6979
www.acadia-pharm.com
Pharmaceutical

 

Biodex
Shannon Wiggins
20 Ramsey Road
Shirley, NY 11967
(631) 924-9000
www.biodex.com
Medical Products/Supplies

 

Blackmon Mooring of Atlanta
Teresa Clark
2980 Suite C, Pacific Drive
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 614-3248
www.blackmonmooring.com
Emergency Services & Restoration

 

LCS
Earl Wade
400 Locust Street, Suite 820

Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 875-4785
www.lcsnet.com
Development Services/Marketing


Pioneer Solution, Inc.

Kent Bandy

238 Benton Court
City of Industry, CA 91789
(909) 468-9757
www.pioneersolution.com

Computer Hardware/Software

 

SeniorDent
Les Jorn
2314 Route 59. Suite 384
Plainfield, IL 60586
(847) 346-9755
www.seniordent.com
Medical Provider

 

SWINERTON
Jeff Robertson
5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, B-300
Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 553-4529
www.swinterton.com
Construction/Renovation

 

TESCO (Transportation Equipement Sales Corp)
Kenneth Newberry
6401 Seaman Road
Oregon, OH 43616
(419) 720-7417
www.tescobus.com

Transportation

 

WD International Consulting

Walter Coffey & David Sprowl
575 Rock Springs Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(678) 362-0298
Consulting/Training


 

 

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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 1 National Donut Day

June 14 Flag Day

June 17 Father's Day

June 21 Summer Solstice

 

 

 

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Public Policy

LeadingAge Georgia Public Policy Report

Thank the Legislators who Gave Adult Day Health Centers a Rate Increase
With only a 5% rate increase over the last twenty years, adult day health centers found themselves unable to compete with the salaries paid by hospitals and other employers. Thanks to a 5% rate increase appropriated by the legislature this session, adult day health centers will be able to put over $1,042,000 into operating expenses allowing pay raises for staff and an increase in staff for some centers.


We need to do our part and thank the legislators who gave the rate increase. They deserve to be thanked by our members and our gratitude will have an even greater impact if those we serve (and constituents of the legislators) are invited to be part of the celebration. Please consider hosting a coffee and conversation and thanking the Georgia legislators who were our champions. Invite your residents/clients and have an informal get together and tell them how much the funding means to us – after all, adult day health centers allow vulnerable older adults who qualify for nursing home care to stay in the community because nurses and direct care workers provide the medical oversight needed, the centers provide meals, socialization and meaningful activities. At the very least, jot a personal thank you note to the legislators on the appropriation sub-committees.


On the Senate side, the senators on the committee to be thanked include Senators Jack Hill (Chair) of Reidsville, John Albers of Roswell, Dean Burke of Bainbridge, Nan Orrock of Atlanta, Valencia Seay of Riverdale, Renee Unterman of Buford and Ben Watson of Savannah. To obtain contact information of these senators, click on http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/SenateMembersList.aspx.


On the House side, the representatives who we need to thank are Representatives Terry England (Chair), Auburn, Butch Parrish of Swainsboro, Lee Hawkins of Gainesville, Matt Dollar of Marietta, Pat Gardner of Atlanta, Carolyn Hugley of Columbus, Jessee Petrea of Savannah, Ron Stephens of Savannah and Darlene Taylor of Dunwoody. To obtain contact information for the representatives click on http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/HouseMembersList.aspx.

 

 

Georgia Institute on Aging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

2018 Annual Conference
April 17-19, 2018
Greenville, SC

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor Prospectus

Hotel Reservations

 

 

May

Leadership Academy - Third Event

May 9, 2018

 

CCRC Symposium

May 11, 2018

Registration coming soon

 

 

July

Mental Health First Aid

July 12, 2018

Registration coming soon

 

GAAP Summer Symposium
July 20, 2018

Registration coming soon

 

Fair Housing & Ethics Symposia

July 25, 2018

Registration coming soon

 

 

 

 

 

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Center for Positive Aging

 

 

 

 

 

The Joys of Spring

Spring has finally arrived! Although the weather has been a bit chilled, it is a welcomed time of year. The anticipation of knowing warm weather is just around the corner brings joy. It is also a time to welcome the April showers so we can enjoy the May flowers!

 

I love this time of year for my morning walks in the crisp, fresh morning air. It is a time to enjoy the flora and fauna in the area. It is also a wonderful time to acknowledge the friendly smiles of other walkers, now loosening up from the frigid of winter and displaying warm and friendly smiles. Many of the walkers are regulars with almost all being over the age of 50, many over the age of 60, and some in their 70's and 80's. Sometime we stop and chat. Other times we simply acknowledge each other's presence with a nod, warm smile or throw up our hand to wave as we trek the PATH Foundation South Peachtree Creek trail.

 

This is also the time of year we inhale the fragrance of the lilac on the side of the trail. Some walkers come with their binoculars to birdwatch. What a wonderful time. Everyone is friendly.

 

Walking is so much the perfect exercise. You do it at your own pace. You breathe fresh air and get your vitamin D from the sun. You connect with nature and people. It is low cost in that all it takes is comfortable shoes and clothing that you already have in your closet, and a bottle of water, that you do not have to buy, but get right from your tap at home.

 

I like to acknowledge the various observances for each current month. Did you know that April is 'Keep America Beautiful' month? It is a time for inspiration and action to improve and beautify our home and community environment. A time for spring cleaning, picking up litter, recycling, planting flowers and gardens. There are two community gardens right off the trail where I walk. Gardening is good exercise, plus a time for socializing and camaraderie for a common cause … keeping America beautiful! What will you do this April?

 

I share an excerpt from a poem written by Justyce M. Ryder entitled 'My Way to Relax'

 

A beautiful day,
Here I stay,
Bathing in the sun,
I start to hum.

 

I find myself humming some of my favorite songs as I walk. It puts pep in my steps. Most times my humming, and sometimes outright singing is spontaneous. It is truly an expression of the joy in my heart!

 

I close with a quote by Thich Nhat Han;
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

 

I have recently partnered with AARP Georgia – Age Friendly Community to spearhead Just Walk! a Walk with a Doc national grassroots program, here in metro Atlanta. The kickoff for the weekly walks is Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10:00a,m,. at the Mason Mill Park. For more information, visit http://walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/atlanta-ga/

 


Carolyn L. Hartfield, Guest Contributor
Healthy Lifestyle Coach & Outdoor Adventure Leader
Speaker, trainer and writer

Carolyn's experience in the health and wellness arena started when she opened her first health food store in 1985 and expanded it to 4 locations. She received her Health Coach certificate from Emory University. She is a 2016 recipient of the LeadingAge Georgia Profiles in Positive Aging Award, representing AARP. She is a National Senior Games (NSG) Athlete earning numerous gold and silver medals; she is featured in the 2017 National Senior Games Non-Ambulatory Athlete Exercise Videos; featured on the TV News Magazine for Baby Boomers 50Plus Prime; she was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) newspaper; the cover story for the GirlFriends Lifestyle - A Women's Guide to Healthy Living Magazine, Special Edition for the White House Conference on Aging; and interviewed for various other media outlets. She is the founder of Hartfield's Hikers, Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs), Atlanta African American Baby Boomers and the Walk Outdoors for Wellness! (WOW!) program. For more information visit www.CarolynHartfield.com or send Carolyn an email at CH@CarolynHartfield.com

 

 

 

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Culture Change News

Senior Helpers to Staff First U.S. Dementia Village A major national home care franchisor has been tapped to staff the first U.S. version of a "dementia village." Pioneered in the Netherlands, the concept involves the re-creation of a community from the 1950s. Senior Helpers, an in-home care franchise provider with 311 locations, has partnered with George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers, Inc., to bring a unique experience to local seniors in the Chula Vista, California, area. Senior Helpers will be providing caregivers to an adult day care center called Town Square.


Full Article

 

 

2018 CCNG Advisory Group Meeting Dates & Update

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 9:30am – noon | Location: TBA
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 9:30am – noon | Location: TBA
Friday, October 12, 2018 | 9:30am – noon | Location: TBA

 

Adult Day Services (GADSA)

 

 

Policy Message from National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)

Please see the announcement below from the CMS Medicare/Medicaid Coordination Office. It offers the opportunity for ADS providers to offer comments related to a more unified provision of services for dual-beneficiaries special needs plans (D-SNPs). Your comments can be as simple as this:


Although Medicaid recognizes the value of Adult Day Services (ADS) and pays for them, the fact that generic Medicare does not recognize ADS creates a barrier to a unified provision of Medicare-Medicaid services for dually eligible beneficiaries. CMMO must address this disconnect to truly offer an efficient and cost-effective provision of quality Medicare-Medicaid services.


The deadline for filing a comment is April 12th. See below for further details and use the link at the bottom of the solicitation to obtain more complete details.


Sincerely,
Senator Roy C. Afflerbach (Ret)
National Adult Day Services Association Public Policy Advisor


Section 50311(b) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R.1892, 115th Congress (2017-2018), Public Law No. 115-123) creates a new Section 1859(f)(8) of the Social Security Act (the Act) in order to increase integration of Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs).


In particular, the statute directs CMS to:
• Develop unified grievance and appeals processes for D-SNPs, and
• Establish new standards for integration of Medicare and Medicaid benefits for D-SNPs.

 

We are soliciting comments to help inform CMS' next steps related to unified D-SNP grievance and appeals processes and new integration standards. Through April 12, 2018, CMS is inviting written stakeholder input on these provisions.


Please submit comments by April 12, 2018 with the subject line "Comments on Section 50311," to MMCOCapsmodel@cms.hhs.gov



 

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: Carla Jones, Rosswoods; Peggy Padgett, Georgia Infirmary Adult Day Health

 

 

GA Association of Activity Professionals

 

 


 

2018 Training Events

July 20, 2018 GAAP Summer Symposia - Save the Date

 

Activity and Life Enrichment professionals are a critical asset to creating an environment for lives worth living in the senior living and aging services arena.
That's why we're happy to announce the return of the Georgia Associaiton of Activity Professionals! Your significant involvement will ensure the future of this great organization contiues its mission of providing Activity Professionals with quality and affordable opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

 

2018 GAAP Leadership Team

President: Scott Bassett (Philips Tower, Decatur) sbassett@philipstower.org
Vice-President: Amanda Bennett (Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs; Atlanta) abennett@campbellstone.orgabennett@campbellstone.org
Program/Education: Liana Sisco (Lutheran Towers; Atlanta)lsisco@lutherantowers.org

 

So much of the success of activities professionals depends on the networking and ideas shared by those of us "in the trenches." Opportunities for collaboration with peers, in addition to the vendors and speakers, helps to expand our knowledge, our inspiration, and our personal emotional investments in our communities. Every community is different, to be able to attend events that encourage the sharing of our success stories and positive experiences, is vital for the industry as a whole.

 

- Amanda Bennett, Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs

 

 

 

News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes

Seniors Housing Survey: Still Time to Participate

The deadline for completing the State of Seniors Housing Survey has been extended to April 16, 2018.

 

LeadingAge partners with Argentum and other stakeholder organizations in gathering financial performance data for seniors housing communities. Properties eligible to participate include assisted living, life plan communities, and non-subsidized senior housing.

 

We are urging as many LeadingAge members as possible to complete the survey, since the size of the sample will determine the quality of the report generated.

 

If you have any difficulty with the survey, please contact Colleen Blumenthal.

 

 

Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

New HUD Funding, RAD for PRAC in Omnibus Spending Bill
The fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill includes funding for new Section 202
construction and RAD for PRAC authority, among other gems.


Full Article

 

 

Resident Rights and Responsibilities Brochure Updated

The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs has released an updated Resident Rights and Responsibilities brochure. It is available to download and print from the HUD website.

 

This document provides a summary of key resident rights and responsibilities for tenants living in Multifamily assisted housing along with resources and contact information for tenants needing assistance. The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs encourages owners and management agents to distribute this brochure electronically, in addition to having printed copies available for tenants who prefer hardcopies.

 

Translation of the updated brochure to other languages is currently pending and will be posted to HUD's Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity website once complete.

 

Printed copies are not currently available from the Multifamily National Clearing House but may be available in limited quantities later this year.

 

 

Home and Community Based Services

Initial Approval for 41 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.

 

CMS's January 2014 rule defines the qualities of residential and non-residential settings in which Medicaid-funded HCBS can be provided. To be considered community-based, settings must support an individual's full access to the greater community; be selected by the individual from options including non-disability specific settings; ensure individual privacy, dignity, respect and freedom from coercion or restraint; optimize individual autonomy in making life choices; and facilitate individual choice regarding services and providers.

 

Additional criteria apply to provider-owned or controlled settings. In May, 2017, CMS extended the state compliance deadline by three years, to March, 2022, but retained the March, 2019 deadline for states to submit transition plans. As of January 3, 2018, seven states (Arkansas, Delaware, DC, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington) had received final CMS approval on their transition plans.

 

Full Article

 

Life Plan Community/CCRC

Life Plan Community/CCRC Tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

A Virginia continuing care retirement community is launching a program it hopes will help attract and retain full- and part-time certified nursing assistants in a competitive market.

 

CNAs who work six hours in the healthcare center of The Glebe in Daleville, VA, will be paid for eight as part of the community's "30/40" initiative, as long as they adhere to the parameters of the program. The program is named for the total number of hours a CNA will work in a week, 30, and the total number of hours for which he or she will be paid, 40.

 

Full Article

 

 

CCRCs alone in occupancy increase this year, report says

Continuing care retirement communities will be the only segment of senior living and long-term care to see increased occupancy in 2018, according to commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services firm Marcus & Millichap.

 

The stabilized occupancy rate for CCRCs has increased 30 basis points to 91.5% over the past 12 months and has stayed in the low 90s for the past 10 years, according to the company's senior housing research national report for the first half of 2018.

 

Full Article


 

Nursing Care/Rehab

LeadingAge Responds to Senate on Nursing Home CMP Moratorium
On February 14, twelve senators wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, urging reconsideration of the 18-month moratorium on the imposition of civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for deficiencies cited under Phase II of the nursing home requirements of participation. The LeadingAge response noted that deficiencies under Phase II will still be cited and will be subject to remedies like directed plans of correction and technical assistance with directed training. We also pointed out that deficiencies unrelated to Phase II still will be subject to CMPs.


Full Article

 

Lawmakers Target Nursing Homes' Biggest Payer for Fraud Reduction
Two Congressional subcommittees focused on oversight are banding together to look at reducing fraud and waste in the Medicaid system. The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid reports 10% of all 2017 payments were improper because of incorrect reimbursement rates or unneeded or non-covered care. The Government Accountability Office has also called Medicaid a "high-risk" program since 2003, noting its susceptibility to fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

 

Full Article

 

 


General Notes of Interest

 

2018 Older Americans Month Theme: Engage at Every Age

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older Americans Month. The Administration for Community Living is pleased to announce the 2018 Older Americans Month theme, Engage at Every Age, which emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities.

 

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.

 

ACL has produced materials, activity ideas, and resources to help you get ready for Older Americans Month. These materials can be used to promote and celebrate this year's theme, Engage at Every Age.Visit the official Older Americans Month website for logos, posters, badges, buttons, banners, a sample article and a sample proclamation on Older Americans Month. To start promoting online, use the official hashtag #OAM18.

 

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Resident Life Safety: 2018 Update (Webinar)

The increased enforcement of fire and life safety policies has resulted in many misinterpretations of implementation requirements for LeadingAge members. This webinar will address CMS regulations that impact the security, safety and clinical needs of residents and outline what nursing home and hospice providers can do to ensure compliance with new and upcoming life safety code guidance.

 

Click HERE for more information and to register

 

 

Uber Launches Ride Service Tailored to Health Care Providers San Francisco-based Uber, a global ride-sharing company, has launched Uber Health, a service that enables health care providers to hail on-demand and scheduled rides for patients. Home care companies are already on board to test out the service. Uber's mission in the new service line is to help cut down on missed appointments, which can take a major toll on the health care system, with a total estimated impact of $150 billion."Transportation is a barrier to health care," Chris Weber, general manager for Uber, told Home Health Care News.


Full Article

 

 

40% of Senior Living CEOs Could be Retiring within 5 years Forty percent of senior living CEOs could be retiring within the next five years, making succession planning an urgent matter, suggests a recent survey sponsored by LeadingAge.

 

The issue may be even more urgent because 30% of CEOs may be retiring in three years or less, according to CliftonLarsonAllen, which conducted the 2017 LeadingAge-CEMO Leadership Compensation Survey on behalf of LeadingAge and through the Chief Executives of Multi-Site Organizations. (The 30% figure is part of the five-year calculations.)

 

Full Article

 

 

1.1 Million More Direct Care Workers Needed by 2030

A recent report by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) projects that, based on current population and service utilization trends, 3.4 million direct care workers will be needed by 2030, a 1.1 million increase over the 2.3 million people who filled these jobs in 2015.

 

Full Article

 

Technology

Wearables, Voice Assistants Nearly Ready for Primetime in Senior Living Wearable technology, voice-activated assistants and "smart" devices are on the verge of dominating the senior living landscape, and providers must be prepared to navigate the risks and opportunities that lie therein. These cutting-edge technologies are promising, but providers are still determining how to implement them most effectively, according to executives with some of the largest providers in the nation, who spoke during a March 14 webinar hosted by CDW Healthcare and Senior Housing News.


Full Article

 


Social engagement technologies: Providers' Best Practices

Ray Heuser, a 78-year-old resident of Longwood at Oakmont, near Pittsburgh, and longtime tech aficionado, is key to that life plan community's head-on intervention of a silent killer among older Americans: social isolation.

 

Heuser, through his involvement with Longwood at Oakmont's resident technology interest committee, champions the use of and helps to improve MyLAO, an app-based digital technology used to increase residents' engagement and community interaction.

 

For Longwood at Oakmont, a LeadingAge member in Verona, PA, as for all providers of aging services, social isolation is a major concern. Social isolation has been shown to increase the risk for a variety of poor health outcomes in people of all ages. Whether a phone call, a Facebook post or having coffee with a neighbor, regular social interactions keep all of us psychologically sound. Without these connections, we suffer; the health effects of prolonged isolation, according to the results of one study, are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

 

Full Article

 

Job Mart

Administrator - Calvin Court

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Chief Operating Officer - A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

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Director of Operations - Athens Community Council on Aging

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Executive Director - Campbell-Stone Apartments

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Executive Director - Clairmont Place

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Home Services Director of Nursing - Lanier Village Estates

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Life Enrichment, Assistant Director - Clairmont Place

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Manager of Resident Services - Wesley Woods Towers

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LeadingAge National

LeadingAge Letter to CMMI Expresses Concerns with BPCI Advanced LeadingAge submitted a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
Innovation(CMMI) March 1 on behalf of its members and five other co-signing
organizations expressing concerns with the successor program to the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI), called BPCI Advanced.

 

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Advocacy Pays Off in 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill Grassroots and direct advocacy and work with coalitions of other stakeholders in aging services programs resulted in a number of wins for LeadingAge members and those they serve under the Consolidated 2018 Appropriations Act signed into law on March 23, 2018.


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2018 LeadingAge Awards Call for Submission: Now Open The LeadingAge Annual Awards honor LeadingAge member organizations and individuals that embody excellence in nonprofit aging services. Award recipients make outstanding contributions to our field and represent models of leadership, quality, and innovation.

 

Submission Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018

 

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