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Intouch Newsletter | April 4, 2018

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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April 4, 2018

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

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Association Highlights 

From The Director's Desk 

How did you get into this field? Did you, like many, fall into it by accident? For as long as I can remember, I wanted to work in hospice care and/or senior care. When you were little did you say, “When I grow up I want to work in a life plan community/adult day/nursing home/assisted living/hospice/home health organization?” I wish more kids dreamt of serving seniors as a career.


When I visit your communities, you tell me the number one issue on your mind is workforce. How do we recruit and retain the most qualified and engaged people from a CNA to a CEO?

To that end, we have decided to offer free membership to students and professors. No matter the major, no matter the area of focus because we know a career in aging isn’t limited to direct staff and management. We need IT professionals, nurses, educators, accountants, strategists, doctors, urban planners, fundraisers, etc.  We want more students to grow up choosing aging services as a career path. I want them to seek employment with LATN members because I, like you, know that once they are bitten by the aging bug and that fire is ignited, they will stay in our field for life.

Let’s be more intentional in our recruitment. Let your interns know they can join us. As you guest lecture at universities, colleges, trade schools, high schools and communities, please share this opportunity. I am willing to travel to any academic institution in Tennessee to spread this message as well. Thanks, in advance, for your support in this effort!

Pictured above is University of Tennessee graduate student, Karley Olen, who is studying gerontology in the College of Social Work concentrating in Organizational Leadership.

Send your student member recommendations HERE!

-Gwyn E. Earl 

LATN Well Represented In Nashville

Time spent advocating for a senior is time well spent! We appreciate all our members who were able to join us in Nashville on March 13th and our Executive Director, Gwyn Earl, for the time she spent in Washington the week of the 19th.

With 10K baby boomers retiring daily, our senior care industry must begin digging deep to advocate and explore options outside of the box regarding how we continue to serve and care for our residents. No matter what level of care or services you provide to a senior, we need to strengthen our ‘one voice’ together to make a difference! General Assembly and standing committees in Nashville will adjourn this month but we continue to find ways to make a difference and improve the senior service industry each day.

We need congress to amend the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987; we need a better system for financing long-term services and supports; we need huge reforms in our survey and enforcement processes; we need fully funded affordable housing programs under Section 202 and Section 8 of the Housing Act…just to name a few!

Together, alongside other members of LeadingAge, we will continue to help find solutions and improvement in these areas and more and will continue to keep you informed with ways you can help!


LATN Education Committee Meeting 

The education committee met March 28th for annual conference planning and education and networking event brainstorming. Thanks to Abe's Garden in middle Tennessee for hosting our volunteer committee.


If you would like to serve on one of the LeadingAge Tennessee committees, contact Gwyn Earl.

Register For The Annual Vendor Showcase

Mark your calendar for August 6-8 in Franklin as LeadingAge Tennessee presents the Annual Meeting & Vendor Showcase! It's our most-attended event for the year and represents aging services providers from all over the state. Member registration will open next month.


This is a great opportunity to reach the leaders & decision-makers of the Tennessee aging services industry.


Why Exhibit? It's Simple...Watch Here 
Exposure! Prime contacts! Participation in this one event will give your company access to your target market & the visibility you need to stand out from the competition. 

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Inspire | Serve | Advocate

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CMS To Send New Medicare Cards

This month, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis, based on geographic location among other factors. Housing providers and their service coordinators should know that residents can expect to receive their cards at varying times than others in the same community. Cards will have new and unique numbers for each person, instead of incorporating personalized social security numbers.

Top-notch Resources from LeadingAge

Social Connectedness & Engagement Technology Selection Tool

Reduce Social Isolation in Your Community
Social isolation is consistently associated with depression and reduced well-being, health, and quality of life. It can increase the risk of death by as much as 45%. Unfortunately, social isolation is common, with rates as high as 43% in community-dwelling older adults.

Technology can help elders maintain and enhance relationships with peers, family, friends, and caregivers.

LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has released a new Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Selection Tool to help you plan for, select, and implement the best solution for your organization to address this challenge.

This tool is the latest in the series of LeadingAge CAST Technology Selection Tools - check out the full set of tools available!


RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit©

NEW! Behavioral Health & Dementia Care QuickPATH

Emergency Preparedness Regulation Dashboard

CMS issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. It is critical for Home Health, Hospice, Skilled nursing Facilities and PACE organizations to develop effective and robust emergency plans and responses.

The final Emergency Preparedness Rule released by CMS published in the 9/16/16 Federal Register and effective 11/15/16 states nursing homes, home health, hospice, and PACE have until 11/15/17 to implement the new Emergency preparedness requirements.

LeadingAge has provided a helpful Dashboard with toolkits, resources, and guides.


Rate Calculator: Home Health Medicare Rates for CY 2018

LeadingAge has updated the popular Home Health Agency (HHA) Medicare Rate Calculator to incorporate changes becoming effective Jan. 1, 2018. The calculator is based on the Home Health Final Rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
NOTE: You will need to sign into My.LeadingAge to access the file, which is a Microsoft Excel document.

Other Member-Exclusive Tools & Resources

Tools and resources are available for members only, including tools formerly available only on LeadingAge Insights, under Member-Exclusive Tools & Resources on the LeadingAge website.



Policy & Regulatory


The Larry Minnix Leadership Academy 

The Larry Minnix Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership development program designed to enhance the leadership skills and core competencies of not-for-protif leaders within the LeadingAge membership! 


 Improving Workforce Issues  

LeadingAge has a library of resources to help you address issues in the workforce. Click below for resources and helpful information.


The Future of CAST

The LeadingAge QuickCAST YouTube page offers video interviews, informative topics and highlights of LeadingAge. In this episode, LeadingAge CEO and President, Katie Sloan, welcomes you to PEAK 2018.


Contact Your Representatives Today

Congress is currently considering many issues that affect the lives of seniors and their service providers. We need your help to make sure Congress hears how their actions impact you. Please take a moment to contact your representatives and make your voice heard.


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


  • CMS lowers the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries (Press Release)


Around the Association
Art Show At Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living  

"My Life, My Art in East Tennessee" art show will be held at the Emporium Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The opening night of the show is scheduled for Friday, July 6th and will be displayed at the Emporium for the month of July.

Emporium Center

100 South Gay Street

Knoxville, TN  37902


For more information please contact Katie Kinney at 865-356-4361.

 This opportunity is available to everyone over the age of 50. 

What's Happening in Your Community?

Tag us! We want to hear the exciting news, spotlights and triumphs happening in your community. Share your stories and photos by tagging LeadingAge Tennessee in your social media posts! Contact Gwyn for consideration of a newsletter article.

Get Social 
Connect with LeadingAge Tennessee On LinkedIn

We want to connect with you! Be sure to follow LeadingAge Tennessee on LinkedIn so wecan celebrate achievements and network with you!


Group Purchasing Spotlight

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


Aging Services News

News from LeadingAge

4 Ways We Raised Our Voice for You in March

PEAK18 RoundUp: What We Learned at the Summit

Initial Approval for 41 States' HCBS State Transition Plans

Seniors Housing Survey: Still Time to Participate

Advocacy Pays Off in 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

   Kaiser Health News, Mar 30: "'Aggressive' New Advance Directive Would Let Dementia   Patients"

McKnight's, Mar. 28: "Seniors rocking kindness"

McKnight's, Mar. 27: "Using technology to improve care, reduce costs"

Senior Housing News, Apr. 1: "Front Porch Going Big on Amazon Echo After Successful Pilot"

Senior Housing News, Mar. 13: "How to Create ‘Ratatouille Moments’ in Memory Care Dining"


Event & Education Calendar


 May 24, 2018

Communication Challenges & Solutions in Senior Care |

Johnson City, TN

 July 10, 2018 Summer Road Show | Memphis, TN
 July 11, 2018 Summer Road Show | Nashville, TN
 July 12, 2018 Summer Road Show | Knoxville, TN
Aug. 6-8, 2018

Annual Meeting & Vendor Showcase | Franklin, TN


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.

Additional Educational Opportunities

2018 Employee Benefits Compliance Monthly Webinar Series (3rdThursdays)
Marsh & McLennan Agency|learn more+register April 11


Career Center

LeadingAge Tennessee members receive a 25% discount
when posting a job use 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 theIntouch Newsletter.

Click here for all current postings in Tennessee


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