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LeadingAge Texas Connection for April 20, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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There's only two Fridays left in the month, so be sure you're watch your inbox each Friday morning for our enticing member-exclusive "Friday Flash" deals - we'll not only highlight great reasons to join us in May, but also some member-exclusive, time-sensitive deals*!
*deals applicable only to members registering as Full Conference, Standard Attendees

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We've extended the deadline for you to secure your sponsorship, advertisement, and/or EXPO booth - commit by tomorrow, April 21 to ensure inclusion in the on-site conference brochure
Secure your sponsorship
Submit a sponsored ad
Register for a booth

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Planning to Stay at The Hotel? Book by NEXT Friday!

Be sure to book your room at the Hilton Austin
to get the discounted rate!

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2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

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Official Notice of Annual Business Meeting

Monday, May 22 • 12:15 pm | Hilton Austin

The 2017 Annual Business Meeting will take place during the Awards Luncheon on Monday, May 22 at the Hilton Austin. Click here to view the meeting materials including the 2017 Annual Business Meeting Agenda, 2016 Annual Business Meeting Minutes, 2015-2016 Consolidated Statements of Financial Position, and the 2017-2018 Slate of Board Nominees which will be put to a vote among the membership during the meeting.

LeadingAge Leadership Academy - One Week Left to Apply

The Larry Minnix Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership development program designed to enhance the leadership skills and core competencies of not-for-profit leaders within the LeadingAge membership. Apply by April 27 for the Academy’s graduate-level curriculum provides a rich learning experience through multiple program components.

learn more + apply

2017 LeadingAge Awards - Deadline Extended to
April 30

Nominate an individual or an organization that embodies excellence in nonprofit aging services for a LeadingAge Award. Award recipients make outstanding contributions to our field and represent models of leadership, quality, and innovation.

learn more + nominate


Advocacy Update

85th Texas Legislative Session - Stay Involved!

QIPP Enrollment Materials Deadline: Next Friday, April 30

Nursing facilities interested in participating in the Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP) can enroll beginning April 3, 2017. Enrollment materials are due to HHSC by 5:00 pm April 30, 2017. No exceptions to this enrollment period will be given. Updates, including the enrollment application, will be placed on the QIPP website once the enrollment period begins. A reminder alert will be sent via GovDelivery once QIPP enrollment opens. Questions related to QIPP or the enrollment process can be sent to

This program is open to public (non-state governmental entities) nursing homes, and private nursing homes who meet a 78% Medicaid threshold based on 2014 cost reports.

View the private facility eligibility list

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about the program. Eligible nursing homes will have an opportunity to receive supplemental Medicaid payments based on the achievement of identified quality outcomes.

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 Alyse Meyer & click here to view the PowerPoint slides from the recent informational webinar.

Not yet using LeadingAge Quality Improvement Resources? 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.

Medicaid Cost Estimate Survey


Please take a moment to take our short Medicaid Cost Estimate Survey. Your participation will allow us to provide the most accurate information to Texas lawmakers as we work to advocate for increased Medicaid rates. Please contact Alyse with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your valuable input.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Pass an FY17 HUD Spending Bill that Fully Funds Section 202 & Includes RAD for PRAC Language

Click here to ask Congress to pass a fiscal year 2017 (FY17) funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Capitol Reflections - Week of April 17, 2017

Click here for a weekly recap of LeadingAge advocacy activities and updates in the nation's capital.



Regulatory Affairs

Provider Communications & Resources
2017 Long-Term Care Nurse Staffing Study

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) at the Department of State Health Services is asking all administrators and DONs in Texas long term care facilities to complete a short survey during the spring of 2017. TCNWS is conducting this survey as mandated by Texas law. Your input on this survey will help nursing advocates and lawmakers make informed decisions regarding the nursing shortage in Texas. Although this survey was last conducted in 2016, in the future it will be a biennial survey conducted in odd years.

— CLICK HERE to access the survey (available now through Friday, May 12) —
— CLICK HERE to access the survey instructions —

It is recommended that you complete the survey on paper and then visit to fill out the survey online.

Please be aware that your survey responses will be strictly confidential. All findings will be reported in aggregate form only. Individual facilities will not be identified.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary but highly encouraged! With questions regarding the survey, please contact: Frank Gonzalez, MA, Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, Department of State Health Services (512-776-2806).

Register Now for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Group Web Interface and CAHPS Reporting

Groups Must Register to Utilize the CMS Web Interface and/or CAHPS for MIPS Survey by June 30, 2017

Groups participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program are not required to register, except for groups that intend to utilize the CMS Web Interface and/or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for MIPS survey. To register, please visit the Quality Payment Program website. The registration period is from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. The registration period is from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Application Submission Period Opens

CMS is now accepting Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) survey vendor applications through April 30, 2017. In the Quality Payment Program, the CAHPS for MIPS survey is an optional quality measure that groups participating in MIPS can elect to administer. It would count, in the quality performance category, as a patient experience measure. Additionally, a MIPS eligible clinician may also be awarded points under the improvement activities performance category for administering the survey.

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Open Door Forum: Review and Correct Reports Now Available - Correction

The Home Health review and correct reports are now available within the CASPER application. Providers can access these reports within the CMS QIES Systems for Providers webpage. This is the same webpage where providers access the link to submit their OASIS data to the QIES Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system.

Review and Correct reports contain quality measure information at the facility level and are available on demand. These reports allow Home Health providers obtain aggregate performance for the past four full quarters (when data is available). These reports only contain data submitted prior to the applicable quarterly data submission deadlines and display whether the data correction period for a given CY quarter is “open” or “closed”.

Next Open Door Forum Scheduled for May 2

The next Employer, Open Door Forum is scheduled for May 2. An agenda will be provided as May 2 draws near.

IRF & LTCH QRP Provider Preview Reports - Reminder to Review Your Data!

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Preview Reports are now available. We encourage providers to review their performance data on each quality measure based on Quarter 3 - 2015 to Quarter 2 - 2016 data, prior to the June 2017 LTCH Compare refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed. Providers have until the end of the 30-day preview period (March 30, 2017) to review their data. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data is inaccurate. For more information:

Upcoming Provider Meetings & Training

From LeadingAge, CMS, DADS, & HHS

Online Training/Calls:

Regulatory Issues & Resources Page

Visit our new Regulatory Issues & Resources page at where you'll find links to helpful & timely resources.


Around the Association

Dr. Alexander Peralta Jr. Named Chief Medical Director, Faith Presbyterian Hospice & The T. Boone Pickens Hospice & Palliative Care Center

Presbyterian Communities and Services, a faith-based nonprofit organization comprised of continuing care retirement communities and hospice services, has named Dr. Alexander Peralta Jr. chief medical director of Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the new T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The center ensures a meaningful end-of-life journey for an estimated 1,200 families a year. Dr. Peralta is a former pharmacist, internal medicine specialist with 35 years of expertise in hospice care and palliative medicine. He is an international speaker, author, researcher and medical leader in the subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine. Tim Mallad, President of Presbyterian Communities and Services, made the announcement.

“Dr. Peralta is extremely passionate about providing the highest level of care and comfort to the families we serve. He has an impressive background which will serve as a solid foundation for this new role,” said Mallad. “His experience with driving successful hospice programs will help him as he oversees the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center that recently opened. This standalone residential and inpatient center is the first of its kind in Dallas, and with Dr. Peralta’s leadership, we hope to set a new standard for hospice care.”

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Mirador Hosts Annual Eggstravaganza for Children from Local Church

This past weekend, the Easter Bunny made his yearly stop in Corpus Christi, signaling new beginnings and the festivity of spring. In anticipation of the Easter Bunny’s arrival, Mirador, an SQLC retirement community, recently held its fourth annual Eggstravaganza event for the children of Second Baptist Church’s afterschool care program.


This special intergenerational activity allowed the senior living community’s residents to spend time with children in the local community and share their favorite Easter traditions while creating new memories. Residents and team members worked together to hide eggs in designated locations throughout the community’s courtyard for participants to have an Easter Egg Hunt followed by treats and other seasonal goodies. There was even a petting zoo for the children to interact with various animals. Mirador is dedicated to providing residents with opportunities to stay active in the local community. Through events like the Eggstravaganza, residents are able to create fun-filled memories and give back to others.

What's Happening in Your Community?

Tell us what's going on in your community! From an event spotlight to a board appointment, share the triumphs of your organization with your fellow LeadingAge Texas members! Contact Amanda for consideration of a newsletter article.


  Event & Education Calendar

April 21

 DEADLINE: Annual Conference Early-Bird Registration

 EXTENDED DEADLINE: Annual Conference Advertising
 —APPLY BY APRIL 21 to ensure inclusion in on-site brochure

 EXTENDED DEADLINE: EXPO Booth/Exhibitor Registration

 EXTENDED DEADLINE: Annual Conference Sponsorship

 Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 4 "Coding Sections G and J"


April 28

Discounted Annual Conference Hotel Room Rate


Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 5 "Coding Sections GG and K"


May 12  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 6 "Coding Sections L, M, N, and P"

May 19  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 7 "Coding Sections O, V, X, and Z"

May 21-24

 2017 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO | Austin

May 26  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 8 "Introduction to CAA Documentation and Care Plans"

June 2  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 9 "Introduction to OBRA Scheduling"

June 9  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 10 "Introduction to PPS Scheduling"

Outside Educational Opportunities

Webinar: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Assisted Living—A Focus on Resident Transfers & Mobility
Direct Supply | April 25 • 12 - 1:15 pm | learn more + register

ANE (Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation) Training Academy
by HHS, Quality Monitoring Program | Various Dates & Locations thru July 20 |
learn more

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Geriatric Symposium: Texas Taking the Next Step
Hosted by HHSC & Collaborators | August
7-8 • Crowne Plaza, Austin |
more info to come

Extended Educational Opportunities:


  Group Purchasing Spotlight

Save with FleetAssets

Is your community looking to purchase a Ford van, truck, car, or shuttle bus? Contact Kevin Simpson for more information & to access the exclusive Vehicle Rebate Program! View the informational flyer for more information.

Save with Sherwin Williams

Check out these great deals available through April 30!


Save with HD Supply

Whether you want to stay ahead of improvements, maintain a healthier budget or reduce your energy bills, HD Supply can help you meet your resolutions with high quality facilities maintenance supplies at substantial savings.

Click here to view current specials &
be sure to use source code ND4 when ordering.

HD Supply is one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. The company provides a broad range of products and value-add services to approximately 500,000 customers with leadership positions in maintenance, repair and operations, water infrastructure and residential and non-residential construction sectors.

Metrex Partners with Provista to Provide Savings on Infection Prevention Products

+ a bit about Metrex (Value First Vendor): Metrex works to provide value-added consumable products and services in global healthcare environments. We believe that no one should ever have to fight for their health over an infection they did not have when they entered a healthcare facility. We will protect people by working tirelessly to support healthcare professionals in the fight against healthcare-associated infections so focus can be put on the most important thing: Caring for the resident.

The extended care industry has faced profound changes over the years. F-Tag 4411 has changed the way extended care facilities are regulated. With the evolving face of the extended care industry, it’s time to rely on infection prevention products that meet the needs of extended care professionals and residents.

Metrex is the only company that offers a system of solutions designed to address cross contamination in each of the 7 critical touch points in the Circle of Care™.

Kevin Simpson, Director of Business Development



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Career Center

LeadingAge Texas members receive a 25% discount
when posting a job with discount code LATX25
The discount code must be applied prior to completing the posting

Job Postings

Let the LeadingAge Texas Career Center help you make your next employment connection! Members who post jobs on the LeadingAge Texas Career Center will automatically receive postings of the position in the LeadingAge Texas Connection. The following are the current job postings (as of today) within LeadingAge Texas membership:

Assistant Controller | Manor Park, Inc. • Midland

Director of Nursing | MRC Creekside • Huntsville

Click here for all current postings in Texas



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