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Intouch Newsletter | October 18, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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October 18, 2017

 Highlights Policy & Regulatory Around the Association
Group Purchasing Aging Services News •  Event & Education Career Center

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There will be no newsletter published on November 1.
Regularly published issues will commence beginning November 15.

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 Association Highlights 

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO - Registration Open

October 29 - November 1 • New Orleans, LA | REGISTER

To care well for others, we need to reinforce our own passion for what we do—and actively work to improve how to support our country’s aging population today. That’s exactly what we do at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, our nation’s largest annual event for the not-for-profit aging services field. In education sessions, during general sessions and through eye-opening, one-of-a-kind experiences, you and your team will be immersed in our shared mission of helping older adults thrive.

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Monday, October 30 • 6:00 pm • NOSH | RSVP by Oct 23
sponsored by Varsity

Once you register to attend the national LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, be sure to RSVP for the member-exclusive Happy Hour. You'll enjoy NOSH's unique space in NOLA's Warehouse District and experience delish eats, drinks, and networking (or just catching up with your conference cohorts!).

Managing the Millennial Mindset


Are you shocked by how today’s new hires think, dress, talk and behave at work? Are you frustrated that your younger workforce doesn’t work the same way as your seasoned staff?

Crescendo Strategies’ video-based online course, “Managing the Millennial Mindset,” showcases first-hand stories about the real generational issues on the T.A.B.L.E. (differing opinions about technology, authority, balance, loyalty, and entitlement). No PowerPoint slides with recorded video. This course is NOT a live or recorded webinar, and it is NOT intended for group viewing. It was designed for individual managers to complete at their own pace. Ready to preview the course now? Click here, then select the arrow on the video preview image.

Complete this course at your own pace by watching 15 short videos that share the backstory of why Millennials work differently than previous generations, and provide strategies for bridging today’s widening generational gaps.

Managers will learn critical insights about leading today’s diverse workforce that will help reduce unnecessary employee turnover costing your organization precious time and money. View the informational flyer.

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Update on Federal Funding for Housing Programs Serving Older Adults

We invite you to take just a few minutes to view the latest LeadingAge QuickCast: Update on Federal Funding for Housing Programs Serving Older Adults. During this short educational video, Linda Couch, LeadingAge’s Vice President of Housing Policy, provides the latest on fiscal 2018 funding by both the House & Senate for housing assistance programs, their expansion of preservation tools for Section 202 communities, when we may see a final funding bill as well as the latest data on the housing needs of older adults.


Top-notch Resources from LeadingAge


RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit §483.70(e) 
LeadingAge's RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit© is designed to provide practical, step-by-step guidance for organizations as they evaluate their individual facility resident population, resource availability and allocation in accordance with resident care and service needs and other required elements in developing their written facility assessment. Access the member-exclusive toolkit - it's the perfect resource for insight on implementation, importance of data, policy & procedure, and more!


NEW! LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast

LeadingAge’s Center for Workforce Solutions has announce a brand-new podcast, LeadingAge Workforce Innovators. During each episode, Gene Mitchell of LeadingAge Magazine interviews extraordinary LeadingAge members who share their promising practices. The podcast also strives to explain how those solutions might be replicable for your organization’s workforce.

Subscribe to LeadingAge Workforce Innovators now wherever you get your podcasts:

Center for Workforce Solutions

Checkout the new LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions, a brand-new center featuring workforce resources. This new center contains promising practices, ideas for key partnerships, tools to calculate turnover, presentation materials, fact sheets, LeadingAge member testimonials, podcasts, policy news, and other relevant articles.

Download OnShift's Whitepaper
Engaging employees is the key to boosting quality, productivity and profitability in long-term care. In this white paper from LeadingAge Silver Partner, OnShift, you’ll find the tools you need to supercharge your retention initiatives. Make 2017 the “Year of the Employee” and build an awesome workforce that stays long-term!

In Need of Rural Best Practices
Are you a rural community? LeadingAge is hoping to collect promising practices & key partnership information for rural communities. Please take a few moments to answer/comment on LeadingAge's survey, then submit them to Susan Hildebrandt at



Policy & Regulatory

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Representatives & Make Your Voice Heard

Don’t Let Congress Take Away the Medical Expense Deduction

Congress is developing major tax reform. While few details have been released, one of the changes being considered is elimination of the deduction for medical expenses.

Losing this important deduction would hurt many older adults. Elders living in some life plan communities deduct a portion of their fees as pre-paid medical expenses in case they need nursing home care. They would lose this important deduction—as would many older adults living in other care settings. Others with high medical bills would be similarly affected. This radical proposal would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction. Tell them older adults need this important deduction. Tell them protecting it is the right thing to do.


Urge Congress to Preserve and Expand Housing for Older Adults

Congress has given itself until Dec. 8 to decide its next steps on housing funding for fiscal year 2018. We need Congress to enact a final HUD spending bill by Dec. 8 so affordable housing programs can continue to serve older adults with very low incomes without interruption.

Urge Congress to fully fund HUD programs because:

  • The need for affordable housing for older adults has exploded, with seniors representing 66% of the recent increase in “worst case housing needs” households.
  • HUD programs like the Section 202 and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance programs are critical to providing currently-assisted seniors affordable housing.
  • Only 34% of very low income seniors receive the housing assistance they are eligible for because the programs are small compared to real need; new production funding is critical.


Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Public Use File - November 1st!

On September 25th, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Survey and Certification Group (S&C) issued S&C: 17-45-NH, Electronic Staffing Submission – Payroll-Based Journal(PBJ) Public Use File.

The S&C Memo states that on November 1st, 2017, CMS will begin posting Payroll –Based Journal public use files for viewing by LTC facilities, stakeholders, or the general public. The public use files will be posted at

The first posting will include data submitted for the reporting period of calendar quarters 1 and 2, 2017 and submitted by the May 15th and August 14th deadline.

Any data submitted by providers after the deadline or if the data did not pass specific quality checks, will not be posted. CMS will be flagging these facilities on Nursing Home Compare.

5-Star Quality Rating System: Updated Tools & Reports

Community-Specific 5-Star Analysis Reports Available Upon Request

To request your community’s most recent 5-Star Analysis Reports email Gwyn Earl & view the 2016 5-star analysis presentation.

Not yet using LeadingAge Quality Metrics?
Click here to learn more & get on board with interactive data tools to assist you analyze how your organization measures up to peers and how you can work to demonstrate value & improve your organization's performance.

Communications & Resources


Around the Association

Asbury Place Kingsport's Therapy Director Earns Statewide Award

Luke Miller, therapy director at Asbury Place in Kingsport, was honored at the LeadingAge Tennessee Conference with an Excellence in Caring award, which recognizes a support staff member who has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in job performance.

“Luke’s easygoing attitude, positive outlook and keen interest in improving the overall rehabilitation experience are all reasons he is more than deserving of this award for Excellence in Caring in the support staff category,” said Norene Cochran, health care administrator for Asbury Place Kingsport. “A key member of our therapy staff, Luke continually seeks ways to improve the quality of life for all residents of Asbury Place, not only in the health care setting, but also for our residential living population and the surrounding community.”

Cochran cited Miller’s role in organizing what is now an annual car show at Asbury Place as an example of bringing together Asbury Place and the community.

“In 2016, Luke worked with a few car club friends and the full support of Asbury Place to organize an on-campus barbecue and car show,” Cochran said. “Residents, staff, family, friends and community members join the festivities, which include food, spectacular cars, snow cones, fresh popcorn and door prizes. In two short years, this event has become quite the gathering and has brought our community and our facility closer together.”

Miller has worked at Asbury Place for 14 years. He lives in Gate City, Virginia, with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Lily.

Asbury Place Maryville Names Chelsea McGhee Marketing Coordinator

Asbury Place continuing care retirement communities has named Chelsea McGhee as marketing coordinator for its Maryville campus.

McGhee supports Asbury Place’s director of sales and marketing, Kim Golly, with external and internal communications and special event planning. She has an extensive background in marketing and event planning with Vera House Events & Design Co.

“We are pleased to have Chelsea in this important role,” said Marjorie Shonnard, vice president of operations for Asbury Place, said. “She will help share the Asbury Place story with our community and support our mission of providing older adults the opportunity to lead the fulfilling lives they have earned.”

McGhee is a longtime Halls Crossroads resident and a 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies. She is pursuing a master of business administration in marketing from King University.

What's Happening in Your Community?

Tell us what's going on in your community! From an event spotlight to a board appointment, share the triumphs of your organization with your fellow LeadingAge Tennessee members! Contact Gwyn for consideration of a newsletter article.


Group Purchasing Spotlight

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Use code FB3 to take advantage of savings of $50 off on all orders of $500 or more in addition to our already low prices! 

HD Supply is your go-to source for quality maintenance, repair, and operations products, property improvement services, and more! Don't miss out on this great way to save on any large capital expense (such as a PTAC, refrigerator, or other appliance).


Earn More with TENA 
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TENA® & Value First have partnered to bring you competitive pricing for your Continence Management Program. Together, they are committed to delivering quality solutions, proven products, personalized service and exceptional clinical support. 95% of Care Homes see clear care improvements with TENA®. 

Sherwin-Williams GroupBuy Savings

Valid thru October

Click here to view these GroupBuy deals & paint like a pro with Sherwin-Williams monthly Healthcare Savings on applicators, tools and equipment. Sherwin-Williams offers a wide range of high-performance coating systems for walls, floors, roofs, & concrete surfaces in an assortment of popular styles and colors ideally suited for long-term care communities.

PPG Paints Offers Value First Members 30% Off on Paint Roller Covers

Valid thru September

Now is the time to add a fresh coat of paint to your community with PPG Paints ProSupreme Premium Grade Roller Covers. Visit to find a location near you and present the “30% Off” coupon at the time of purchase.

PPG Paints products are readily available across the nation from a network of more than 3,000 locations including independent dealers and company-owned stores, ensuring adequate inventories and consistent service coast-to-coast.

Value First - no cost to enroll!
Gwyn Earl today to find out how your community can access cost savings!



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Additional Educational Opportunities

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Career Center

LeadingAge Tennessee members receive a 25% discount
when posting a job with discount code LATN25
The discount code must be applied prior to completing the posting

Job Postings

Let the LeadingAge Tennessee Career Center help you make your next employment connection! Members who post jobs on the Career Center will automatically receive postings of the position in the Intouch Newsletter.

Click here for all current postings in Tennessee


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