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Intouch Newsletter | September 5, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Friday, September 7, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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September 5, 2018

 Highlights • Policy & Regulatory

Group Purchasing Aging Services News •  Event & Education Career Center

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Association Highlights 

Thanks for a memorable year! 

THANK YOU for your support and participation at #LATN2018 Annual Conference and Vendor Tradeshow. Without you, it would not have been as successful and as fun!


We are preregistering for vendor space for #LATN2019 which is set for July 29-31 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. You can expect RFP’s for sessions late this fall. To preregister or find out additional info, email Gwyn. View our fun recap video here!


Save the date! Annual Conference 2019 is set for July 29-31 at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs! Details to follow. 



LATN Happy Hour At LeadingAge National 

If you are headed to LeadingAge Annual Meeting in October, mark your calendar for October 29th LATN Happy Hour! We'll gather in the Backyard Terrace at the Aloft Hotel from 6:00-7:30p.m. No cost to attend Happy Hour, but you do need to register here.

Networking Meeting 

Join Join us for the October 16th Networking Meeting with Breck Ellison, COO, Gallaher & Associates, Inc, who brings "Become a Leader Worth Following." We will discuss different types of leadership styles and how to become an influential leader that can grow and empower your team.
Attendees will earn 2.0 CEUs. Free to LeadingAge Tennessee members & $20.00 for guests. We'll meet at Knox High Senior Living in Knoxville, Tennessee from 8:30am - 10:45am.



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Tuesday Morning Stand Up

LeadingAge Maryland has extended an invitation to our members to attend an informal 15-minute teleconference Tuesday, September 18: Bundled Payment Care Improvement in Maryland; Tuesday, October 2: Readmission Root Cause Analysis; and Tuesday, October 16: Top Questions to Prep Your Team for Survey.


Administration For Community Living - Grant Funding Opportunity

The Tennessee Civil Monetary Penalty Reinvestment Program has $29 million in grant funding available to fund projects targeted towards improving the quality of life of nursing home residents in the state of Tennessee. Civil monetary penalties are fines imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on skilled nursing facilities in non-compliance with CMS participation requirements for long-term care facilities. A portion of those funds are reallocated back to the state in which the fine was imposed.


The Tennessee Department of Health distributes these funds through a Request for Applications process on a quarterly basis.  Projects may be funded for a maximum of 3 years and $1,000,000. Proposals are encouraged, but not required, to target their intervention towards the primary focus areas: healthcare associated infections, emergency preparedness, preventable hospitalizations, CMS five star rating (health inspection scores, staffing, and patient/family satisfaction) and the 13 Long-Stay Quality Measures.


For more information, visit the Tennessee CMP Program Website or contact the CMP Program Staff: Ms. Chelsea Ridley (Director) or Ms. Jacy Weems (Assistant Director).

LeadingAge Annual Meeting

Whether you’re a CEO of a multi-site organization, a case manager in a hospice organization or a service coordinator at an affordable housing community, you’ll find innovative solutions and discover new ways to improve operations and quality at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO October 28-31, 2019.


LTC Training

Registration is open! This is the final opportunity for your staff to participate in the one-day grant-funded training, at no cost to your facility (except for staff travel), by sending up to four (4) of your staff to a one (1) day training to improve the of care for residents living with dementia and help in your reduction of antipsychotic medication use.


September 11, 2018 – Murfreesboro, TN – Embassy Suites Convention Center

September 13, 2018 – Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga Convention Center


Update NAB CE Registry

If you have not updated your NAB account, do so now! All licensed long-term care administrators seeking CEs must provide their NAB CE Registry ID number in their webinar registration form. LeadingAge Tennessee cannot verify or report attendance to the NAB’s CE Registry without this information.


Don't have a NAB account? Signing up for a registry is easy. Simply click HERE; if you do not currently have a NAB account, choose "Not a Member? Sign Up!" Once signing up for a NAB account, you will see a link to access your CE Registry.


To create a CE Registry account and ID number, please refer to the NAB Verify User Guide.  If you have registered on NAB's CE Registry and have received your NAB ID number, please update your profile on LeadingAge Tennessee's website (Once you log on to the website, go to Manage Profile page, and under Information & Settings, click on Edit Bio, and at the bottom of Professional Information is the NAB # space).

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


Improving Workforce Issues  

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


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


Indication-Based Formulary Design Beginning in Contract Year 2020 (Fact Sheet)


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

2019 Home and Community-Based Services Funding Advances

Medical Marijuana: What You Need to Know

Medicare Red Tape Relief: Committee Issues Report

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

Kaiser Health News, Sept. 4: " Creating Rituals To Honor The Dead At Long-Term-Care Facilities"


Kaiser Health News, Aug. 29: " Earwax, Of All Things, Poses Unrecognized Risk In Long-Term Care"


McKnight's, Sept. 4: "Stroke Doubles The Risk of Dementia, Researchers Find"


Senior Housing News, June 14: "3 Wellness Tech Initiatives Senior Living Providers Must Deliver"


Event & Education Calendar


 Oct. 16, 2018 Networking Lunch & Learn | Knoxville, TN
 July 29-31, 2019 Annual Conference | 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 for Sept. 20


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 the Intouch Newsletter.

Click here for all current postings in Tennessee


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