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Intouch Newsletter | May 2, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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May 2, 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 

In 2017, LeadingAge achieved several legislative victories, greatly expanded the type and volume of toolkits to assist with day-to-day challenges, and launched the Center for Workforce Solutions to address a dire need to sustain a quality workforce in our field.

The Center, along with others, is packed with valuable information ranging from podcasts, toolkits and white papers. I had the privilege to be a podcast guest recently as well as taking time to listen to the published podcasts online during a recent trip to LeadingAge National in DC.

The amount of insight and information available makes me very proud to be part of an organization that places so much energy and finances into helping you achieve your goals. Have you visited recently? You need to! I am happy to visit with you and discuss these tools.

-Gwyn E. Earl

Networking Lunch Meeting

Join us for the May 24th Networking Lunch Meeting at the Summit Leadership Foundation in Johnson City, Tennessee! Guest speaker Dave McAuley will help you explore how to prepare, address and follow-up with conflict and help you develop a plan to allow that conflict to build stronger relationships.
Don't miss updates from HCF Board Member Joshua Crisp. The event is free to LeadingAge Tennessee members and $20 for non-members. 


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Inspire | Serve | Advocate

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Registration Opening Soon!

Annual Conference planning is well under way and we are excited to network with you in Franklin, TN this August. Be on the lookout for registration details coming soon. We have an exceptional lineup of speakers including The Body Language Dr., Dr. Donna Van Natten.


The Body Language Dr. will provide participants with new insights and specific tools to improve their communication effectiveness. Words are important, yet over 90% of how we communicate is in our "non-verbals." By being intentional, we can learn the power of nonverbal communication from both the viewer perspective and about ourselves. We will dive into the powerful ways in which we communicate through non-verbal gestures, our tone, and the lasting impressions we make when engaging with others.


LATN 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. 

Tennessee Election Code

The Tennessee Department of Health reminds administrators that all health care facilitates, including nursing homes, homes for the aged, and assisted care living facilities are required to comply with the provisions of the Tennessee Election Code.

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 2, Chapter 6, Part 601(b) specifically requires "Each licensed nursing home, assisted care living facility, home for the aged, or similar licensed institution providing relatively permanent domiciliary care shall provide, upon request from the administrator of elections, a list of all the individuals in the licensed institution for the limited purpose of voting the registered voter. This list shall include the names and home addresses of each individual if such address is not the same as the licensed facility. The list shall be requests by the administrator of elections no later than forty (40) days prior to Election Day for each election and shall be provided promptly by the facility."

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


Direct Supply Webinar: Make an Impression

Gain insights and inspiration into how to apply these design trends (and more) to drive marketability in your community. Get the skinny on how to get started quickly within the demands of your budget.

This webinar also includes 1.0 complimentary Administrator CEU approved by the NAB.


Improving Workforce Issues  

LeadingAge has provided workforce promising practices that may be useful for your community!


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.


Thank Congressional Champions for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing

Congress passed a 10% increase to federal housing programs for fiscal year 2018, including funds for Secion 202 Housing for the Elderly new construction, increased funding for Service Coordinators, and RAD for PRAC authority.

Join LeadingAge in thanking Senators and Representatives for the housing funding increases!


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


Opioid Legislation | amendment offered by Sen Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) was reconsidered and removed by Senate floor action. The bill passed in the same form that it came out of the House and Senate Committees.


CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden (Press Release)


Around the Association
Stones River Manor Opening  

LeadingAge Tennessee board chair Kirk Mason is excited to announce a brand new Assured Care Center for Alzheimer's campus and a new skilled nursing and rehab center. This expansion will allow Stones River Manor to renovate the existing facilities to include a new Special Needs Care Center, expanded adult day care services and a chapel for worship services and Bible Study.

Join in the celebration with an open house on Thursday, May 3rd from 3-6pm with a celebratory ribbon cutting at 4pm. Congratulations!

Mother's Day is Coming

We want to celebrate the mother's in your communities! Tag us in your photos on social media as we share in the excitement of the May 13th holiday. 

Get Social 
Connect On LinkedIn

Connect with LeadingAge TN on LinkedIn for networking, news and more! As we approach Annual Conference, you can connect with our guest presenters via  LinkedIn!


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

LeadingAge Board Call for Nominations

2030 Aging Services Scenario Toolkit

Clarifying the New Opportunities for HCBS Providers Under Medicare Advantage Plans

What Have We Done for You Lately? – April 2018

4 Influencers in Aging on the Future of Aging in America

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

   Kaiser Health News, Apr. 16: "Barbara Bush's End-Of-Life Decision Stirs Debate Over 'Comfort Care'"

McKnight's, May 1: "CMS targets $180 million in Medicare diabetes savings"

Senior Housing News, Apr. 26: "White Paper: Inside the Science of Senior Living Sales"

Senior Housing News, Apr. 23: "Top 6 Tips for Successful Senior Living Employee Recruitment"


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
Aug. 6-8, 2018

Annual Conference & 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 (3rd Thursdays)
Marsh & McLennan Agency|learn more+register May 17


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.

Chief Executive Officer | Blakeford at Green Hills

Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center Research Analyst | Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Click here for all current postings in Tennessee


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