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Intouch Newsletter | June 6, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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June 6, 2018

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

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Association Highlights 

Registration Is Open! 

LeadingAge Tennessee is thrilled to open the Annual Conference registration to members and guests for the 2018 event in Franklin, TN. Join us August 6-8 as we take a deep dive into all the experiences that effect your community, your residents, your staff, your clients and yourself on a daily basis. 

We are pleased to announce guest speakers Dr. Donna Van Natten, The Body Language Dr., and Duane Cummings, renowned speaker, author and LeadingAge advocate plus a host of exceptional session speakers!

Reserve your room at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs prior to July 20, 2018 in order to receive the LeadingAge Tennessee conference room rate of $169. Please call the Marriott directly at (800) 228-9290. More accommodation details in the conference registration link.


Networking Lunch & Learn 

Join us for the June 12th Networking Lunch & Learn at Alexian Village in Signal Mountain, Tennessee! Guest speaker Eric Boston, LNHA, of Boston Uncommon, LLC will equip us with proven ways that we can "Harness the Power of an Engaged Team." 
Lunch is provided and 2.5 CEUs for the event. This networking lunch meeting is free to LeadingAge Tennessee members and $20 for non-members. We'll also have a giveaway for those present!



LATN Vendor Showcase

Limited vendor spots remaining! The Annual Meeting & Vendor Showcase is 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.


Watch this VIDEO to see how 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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Update NAB CE Registry

NEEDS ATTENTION ASAP! Please log into and click on "CE Registry" on the Manage My Account page. You will be taken into your Account Details page; click on the orange button labeled "Being CE Registry," "Starting Registry," or "Complete Registry." Click and complete the requested information for your state license.

To find your NAB ID, please return to the Account Details page by clicking on the My Account button in the upper right hand corner of the page. Your NAB ID starts with an R and is followed by 7 digits.

You need to complete the update before you are able to receive credits for programs you attend. Additionally, your state licensing board will not be able to access your registry to verify CE credits.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please email NAB at

Book Bunch

We want to hear what books you love! Snap a picture or share your favorite line from a book you're reading on the LeadingAge Tennessee Facebook or Instagram page. When you post, use #LATNbookbunch.

Everyone who submits a post will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 gift cards that will be drawn at Annual Conference in Franklin. Happy reading and sharing!

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


LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast

Listen to the newest episode as LeadingAge Tennessee Executive Director Gwyn Earl joins the Workforce Innovators Podcast! In this episode, Gwyn discusses how to care for your employees.


 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


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


Around the Association Congratulations, Kaleb Lee!

Kaleb Lee finished Top 8 on NBC's The Voice Season 14 from Team Kelly Clarkson! Kaleb is the former President of long-time LeadingAge business partner Silversphere. He has performed at Annual Conference the last two years.

Check out this MUSIC VIDEO for "I'll Take It From Here." You can follow Kaleb's music career on social media @KalebLeeMusic. Way to go, Kaleb!

Johnson City Networking Lunch Meeting

We had a great time of networking, lunch, discussion and a healthy reminder about how to prepare, address and follow up after conflict from guest speaker Dave McAuley.

Thanks to business partner PNS Pharmacy for sponsoring the Networking Lunch Meeting at the Summit Leadership Foundation in Johnson City!


Ribbon Cutting at Stones River Manor

LeadingAge Tennessee board chair Kirk Mason hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting for the 30 beds in the Advanced Care Center, skilled nursing and rehab center in addition to 24 beds in the Assured/Memory Care Center for Alzheimer's campus.

Over 350 guests attend the May 3rd Open House to celebrate the expansion of Stones River Manor. Congratulations!

Senior Living Podcast

Bridge The Gap is a new senior living podcast, hosted by Joshua Crisp and Lucas McCurdy, which aims to educate, influence, and inform listeners on various topics surrounding the senior living industry.

What topics do you want to hear discussed by experts in the industry? Submit those topic ideas to Bridge the Gap on social media @btgvoice. 

Subscribe on iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher or Google Play!



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

694 Ways to Improve Services and Supports for People Living With Dementia

What Are Consumers Saying About You on Yelp?

Fighting Fraud Against Older Adults

LeadingAge Celebrates Veterans Services Bill 

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

   Kaiser Health News, May 24: "Dodging Dementia: More Of Us Get At Least A Dozen Good, Happy Years After 65"

Kaiser Health News, May 11: "Living Apart Together: A New Option for Older Adults"

McKnight's, June 5: "Medicare Expands Pre-approval Program for Power Wheelchairs"

Senior Housing News, June 4: "Senior Living Providers, Residents Have Huge Appetite for Aging Innovations"


Event & Education Calendar


June 12, 2018  Networking Lunch & Learn | Signal Mountain, TN
 July 10, 2018 Networking Lunch & Learn | Memphis, TN
 July 11, 2018 Networking Lunch & Learn | 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 for June 21


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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