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Intouch Newsletter | July 5, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Thursday, July 5, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2018

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July 5, 2018

 Highlights • Around the Association • Policy & Regulatory

Group Purchasing Aging Services News •  Event & Education Career Center

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Association Highlights 

We hope you had a very happy 4th of July!

Registration, Details, Speakers 

LeadingAge Tennessee is excited to host the Annual Conference for members and guests 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! 

On the final day of Annual Conference, we will gather for Pancakes & Policy followed by Town Hall Conversation led by LeadingAge National. This is a new forum that we are excited to be apart of!

The deadline for LeadingAge Tennessee conference room rate of $169 at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is July 20, 2018Call the Marriott directly at (800) 228-9290. More accommodation details in the conference registration link.





Networking Lunch & Learn 

Join us for the summer road show July 10th & 11th for the Networking Lunch & Learns! Guest speaker DeAnn Akins, Founder and CEO of Octofly Dreams, will give us tools so that we can "Thrive in Times Change." Plus, Joshua Crisp will give us regulatory and advocacy updates from the HCF Board.


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 giveaways for those present!


Lunch & Learn events powered by Markentum and hosted by Sharp, Robbins & Popwell, LLC.



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Inspire | Serve | Advocate

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Around the Association
Red Birds Baseball

A lively group of 45 baseball-loving residents from Trezevant Terrace Assisted Living and Allen Morgan Health Center. The Memphis Red Birds provided the group with indoor air conditioned seating, lunch, and complimentary Red Birds baseball hats. 

One resident said it was the best day he has had in a very long time! The group plans to make it an annual event.

Varsity Lounge

This year at Annual Conference, we are pleased to partner with Varsity Branding to offer the Varsity Lounge that will be open during breaks with a recharging station, snacks and beverages, and a great place to network! Thanks to Varsity for your continued support of LeadingAge Tennessee.

Senior Living Podcast

Bridge The Gap Senior Living Podcast, hosted by Joshua Crisp and Lucas McCurdy, aims to educate, influence, and inform listeners on various topics surrounding the senior living industry.

Don't miss Bridge the Gap set up at LATN Annual Conference. Be on the lookout for new episodes and topic updates on social media @btgvoice. 

Listen on iTunesYouTubeStitcher or Google Play!

Book Bunch

Want to win a $100 gift card? We want to know your book suggestions. 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!

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


CMS Releases Reports on the Performance of the Exchanges and Individual Health Insurance Market (Press Release)


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 DC Speaks on Proposed Assisted Living Legislation

Trump Administration Proposes Federal Agency and Program Reorganization

How Income Affects Perceived Health of Older Americans

What Have We Done for You Lately - June 2018

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

   Kaiser Health News, June 25: " Worried About Grandpa's Guns? Here's What You Can Do"

McKnight's, June 29: "How SNFs are Cutting Costs Without Cutting Back on Care"

Senior Housing News, June 20: "Advocate of Senior Living Innovations to Lead Health Venture of Amazon, Partners"


Event & Education Calendar


 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

 Oct. 2, 2018 Networking Lunch & Learn | Knoxville, 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 July 19


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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