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Intouch Newsletter | February 7, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 

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February 7, 2018

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

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 Association Highlights 

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
PEAK Leadership Summit 2018

The PEAK Leadership Summit is your professional community’s meeting place—where like minds and divergent thinkers come together to explore the strategies and bestpractices needed to respond with quality to the ever-changing needs of the aging population.

REGISTER HERE

REGISTER TODAY
Day On Capitol Hill

Mark your calendar and register today for the LeadingAge Tennessee's annual Day on the Hill! Email Gwyn Earl with any questions you may have.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 REGISTER TO ATTEND DAY ON THE HILL

SEEKING EDUCATION SESSION SPEAKERS 
2018 Annual Meeting & Vendor Showcase

LET'S HEAR FROM YOU!
Submit a Proposal to Speak at the 2018 Annual Meeting

We are gearing up for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Franklin & want to hear from you! Share your knowledge & expertise at an educational session in Franklin. We need dedicated aging services professionals (in all departments) willing to provide timely, relevant topics to others thirsting for real-world solutions. Share how YOU are living life on purpose!

LEARN MORE + SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

ATTENTION, VENDORS
Exhibit At The 2018 Vendor Showcase

Make plans to join LeadingAge Tennessee in Franklin at the Annual Meeting & Vendor Showcase! It's our most-attended event for the year and represents aging services providers from all over the state. This is a great opportunity to reach the leaders & decision-makers of the Tennessee aging services industry.

REGISTER HERE

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.

Social Media 
Connect with LeadingAge Tennessee On Instagram

Be sure to see the latest photos & updates on Instagram! Tag us in your updates, photos and achievements so we can celebrate with you!

 

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Inspire | Serve | Advocate

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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Aggressive Plan To End Tennessee's Opioid Epidemic

Governor Hallam announced an aggressive, comprehensive plan to end Tennessee's opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment and law enforcement. LeadingAge Tennessee is monitoring this development and will keep members informed of new information. If you have input or want to be involved, please email Gwyn Earl.

LEARN MORE 

FROM LEADINGAGE

Government Shutdown

What does a government shutdown means for LeadingAge members and the people they serve? Learn more with the Q&A information here.

LEARN MORE

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!

RoPs RESOURCES

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.

ACCESS THE DASHBOARD

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.

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Policy & Regulatory

— FROM LEADINGAGE —

Action Needed: Urge Senate to Fund the Money Follows the Person Program

Congress is currently considering many issues that affect the lives of seniors and their service providers. We need your help to make sure Congress heras how their actions impact you. Call or email your lawmakers today!

LEARN MORE + TAKE ACTION

 Improving Workforce Issues  

LeadingAge has heard your concerns about issues in the workforce and we want to help! Click below for resources and helpful information. 

LEARN MORE + RESOURCES 

The Future of CAST

Visit the LeadingAge QuickCAST YouTube page to hear discussions regarding issues facing the senior living industry today. In this episode, Robyn Stone shares a few thoughts on the Bureau of Sages.

 WATCH THE VIDEO

MORE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD:
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.

LEARN MORE + TAKE ACTION

— ATTENTION MEDICAID PROVIDERS —
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.

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Communications & Resources

CMS:

The New York Times:

  • New Report Details Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes (Read Here)

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Around the Association
Leadership Visits Members 

LeadingAge Tennessee Executive Director Gwyn Earl and Board Member Van Cluck enjoyed touring Alexian Village Life Plan Community in Signal Mountain recently.

Alexian has been a long time member of LATN and an asset to the Chattanooga area. Their 36 acre campus overlooks the scenic Signal Mountain in Tennessee and offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and therapy, and long-term skilled nursing care. Views on campus include the Cumberland Trail, Rainbow Lake Wilderness trailhead, the Tennessee Gorge and Signal Point.

Executive Director Terry Thompkins states that as a community, we welcome all faiths, and are inspired by the mission and values of Ascension Living, to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized care with dignity, especially to those in our communities who are most in need.

This guiding vision is the cornerstone of who we are as a company: national, nonprofit and senior-focused.

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. Share your stories and photos with us by tagging LeadingAge Tennessee in your social media posts! Contact Gwyn for consideration of a newsletter article.

Association Management

As of January 1st, LeadingAge Tennessee is proud to partner with Solinity, industry leading senior housing operator, who is working alongside senior care professionals to manage our growing state association. If you have questions, recommendations or suggestions, contact Solinity or LATN Executive Director Gwyn Earl

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