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Intouch Newsletter | November 14, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

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November 14, 2018

 Highlights • Around the Association • Policy & Regulatory

Group Purchasing Aging Services News •  Event & Education Career Center

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Association Highlights 

Note From Gwyn
The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

It is the most wonderful time of the year! And, yes, a very busy time as well. I have to remind myself as we are working hard on 2019 schedules and budgets, that there is still a lot of special times remaining in 2018. Time to make new friends and remind old friends of their importance in your life. Time to create new traditions while still celebrating special old ones. Time to be grateful for what's to come while remaining thankful for what is. 

I'm so thankful for our members and friends that embrace the challenges we face each day to serve seniors well.  We are blessed to serve/work/create/advocate in this service called Senior Living! The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at the age of 90. His reply: "Because I think I'm making progress."  Let's keep practicing! 

Our 2019 dues billing will go out the first week of December. Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions and I look forward to visiting soon!

LATN Board of Directors

The LeadingAge Tennessee board rounded out the year with the fourth quarter board meeting on November 7th held at Stones River Manor in Murfreesboro. The board is excited to announce the 2019 calendar of events  soon including education and networking events as well as upcoming opportunities for provider-members to be involved on committees and with advocacy and legislative topics. They are also excited to introduce you to new board members in the near future. 


Pictured here: David Glascoe (Treasurer), Kirk Mason (Chair), Van Cluck (Immediate Past Chair), Terry Thompkins (Chair Elect), Gwyn Earl (LATN Executive Director), and Nellie Cole (Secretary). Not pictured: Mike Brent (Council to LATN), Wayne Langley, Julie Repking and Carolyn Neil.


Database Update

It is that important time of year again! LeadingAge National is changing our dues structure from a millage calculation to a banded structure and LATN will be getting our database updated as we make a change to a more user friendly AMS.


We are requesting all LATN members and business partners to update your information.


If you or someone in your organization could please complete one of the following by November 30th, it would be greatly appreciated:

1) Complete this form and send back to Gwyn at


2) Update your information in our YourMembership Database

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Inspire | Serve | Advocate

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Around the Association

Halloween Festivities

Allen Morgan Health Center and Trezevant Terrace hosted a week of Halloween festivities including a campus-wide departmental pumpkin decorating contest, residents visiting the Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, and a costume party and concert! 

There were over 10 amazing pumpkin entries; the team raised money for theEmployees Helping Employees fund, which assists team members who may be going through difficult times.


Residents and staff showed off their creative Halloween costumes at the party and concert from Bob and Tally Green, a popular Smithville, Tennessee band.

LeadingAge Tennessee's 2018 Distinguished Senior Invited to Speak at National Annual Meeting!

At LeadingAge Tennessee's Annual Conference in August, we were blessed to get to know Ms. Dianne Clark, our recipient for the Distinguished Senior AND Excellence In Volunteerism Awards! She was asked to share her wisdom on the stage in front of 7,000+ attendees at the opening keynote at LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in October.


We could not have been more proud of this amazing individual! She is an amazing lady and a true inspiration to thousands! Thank you, Katlyn Green Clifton, Jasmine Marie Perry, and all the other super stars at CTandM for sharing her with us!


‘Age is not leading me, I am LeadingAge!’ -Ms. Dianne



LATN Happy Hour

Thanks to business partner Varsity Branding for sponsoring the LATN Happy Hour at LeadingAge Annual Meeting! We appreciate Varsity President Wayne Langley for investing in our provider-members by sponsoring the networking social in Philadelphia. 



U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed November 12-18, 2018 Antibiotic Awareness Week in the state of Tennessee. The TN Department of Health will be sharing relevant resources throughout the week. View the CDC Partner ToolKit HERE


Funding Opportunity

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has issued a Request for Application (RFA) for Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Reinvestment Program Funding Opportunity for which your business or organization may be interested.



The Tennessee Civil Monetary Penalty Reinvestment Program has $39 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 Dept. of Health distributes these funds through a Request for Application 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).


Resources from LeadingAge

Message from Katie; Workforce Moonshot Ideas

Last week at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan pledged her support to help all of our members address the workforce crisis.

We know that workforce issues are your #1 problem and we want your thoughts and ideas.

Take 2 minutes out of your busy day and tell us your biggest workforce challenges – and your suggestions for solutions. They can be nuts and bolts you’d like help with – or, big dreams you think LeadingAge should pursue. You are on the ground and know what you need -- and we’d like to make it happen.

Please take a moment to tell us what is working, what isn’t, and how LeadingAge can help YOU. Click here to tell us your ideas.


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.



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Policy & Regulatory


Flex Schedules For All Employees

Most communities are looking for low cost, high impact solutions to the challenges of recruiting and retaining employees in an extremely competitive marketplace. LeadingAge provides insight on the success of flex schedules for all 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 Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health


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

   Flexibility and Innovation in Medicaid

New Bundled Payment Initiative: Why You Should Care

New Nursing Home Quality Reporting from CMS and U.S. News

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

   Kaiser Health News, Oct. 25: "In Days Of Data Galore, Patients Have Trouble Getting Own Medical Records"

McKnight's, Nov. 1: "Middle Market Senior Housing Requires Special Considerations, Speakers Say"

Senior Housing News, Sept. 17: "Assisted Living Care Costs Increase 6.7% In 2018"


Event & Education Calendar


July 29-31, 2019

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
Marsh & McLennan Agency|learn more register for November 8th


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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