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LeadingAge Texas Connection for June 1, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 1, 2017


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2017 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO


Your LeadingAge Texas staff would like to extend a very special thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and attendees who helped make this year's conference a success!

Be sure to check out #LATX17 to view all the great photos and comments shared throughout the conference:

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Check your inbox for session evals! Emails for all sessions are being sent out through next week. Please note that when filling out your evaluations, you must be signed in to your own account.


2018 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO
Save the Date - We look forward to seeing everyone for our 59th Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio May 20-23, 2018!

2018 Solutions EXPO - Register for Your Exhibit Booth
Vendors, secure your booth for our 2018 Solutions EXPO now! Click here to learn more & register.

2018 Sponsorship & Advertising
Vendors interested in securing annual sponsorship, annual conference sponsorship, and annual conference advertising opportunities should contact Crystal Laza to discuss.

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2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

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LeadingAge Texas News
— Get Involved In YOUR Association —
Volunteer Interest Forms Due by July 7

We are seeking members to serve on 2017-18 peer groups, committees, and task forces. Volunteering in this capacity is a great way to meet fellow members, give back to the association, share your gifts and experience, and develop leadership skills. Submit your interests today!

Prepare for the New CMS Requirements of Participation

Phase I • June 5 - July 10 (various dates)
Phase II • July 10 - September 18 (various dates)

The expansive Final Rule (Requirements of Participation) for skilled nursing facilities is now in effect. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, these changes reflect the substantial advances that have been made over the past several years in the theory and practice of service delivery and safety. Set to be implemented in three phases, the first phase went into effect in November of 2016, with Phase II implementation rapidly approaching this fall. LeadingAge Texas has partnered with LeadingAge National and Pathway Health to offer two multi-part webinar series to help you and your organization prepare for the Final Rule.


Advocacy Update

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.

Capitol Reflections - BREAKING ADVOCACY NEWS -
Week of May 29, 2017

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

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Reject Cuts to HUD Funding

The White House has asked Congress to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) funding in fiscal year 2018 by 15%, compared to HUD’s fiscal year 2017 funding.

The White House has requested insufficient funding for HUD’s programs for the next fiscal year, 2018. Together, HUD’s programs help almost 2 million seniors afford their housing.

What’s at Stake
For fiscal year 2018, funding for HUD programs needs to be sufficient to preserve all existing HUD-subsidized housing and expand resources available for new housing.

Congress must reject HUD funding cuts and raise the federal spending caps so programs can receive needed increases not just to maintain current programs but to expand them so more older adults can be helped.

How to Help
Call TODAY and urge your representative and senators to reject HUD funding cuts: 877-413-2313



Regulatory Affairs

Communications & Resources
The Case Worker Community Care for Aged & Disabled Handbook has been Revised

The Case Worker Community Care for Aged and Disabled Handbook has been revised. The requirement to send Form 2110, Community Care Intake, to the provider agency with the initial referral packet has been removed from several sections and two appendices.

Summer 2017 CMP Application Period Cancelled

Because DADS will be merging with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on September 1, 2017, the summer 2017 Civil Money Penalty (CMP) application period has been cancelled. The next CMP application period is expected to be January 1 - February 28, 2018.

TODAY = DEADLINE for SNF Quality Reporting Program

Skilled Nursing Facilities must have all their MDS forms for admissions/discharges between October 1 and December 31, 2016 completed and corrected by June 1, 2017 to comply with the SNF Quality Reporting Deadline or risk losing 2% of their Medicare fee-for-service rate starting October 1, 2017.

CMS held a training May 2 to help Skilled Nursing Facility providers understand the Review and Correct process for the SNF QRP related to making any corrections to the MDS information submitted between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Reviewing these materials maybe helpful to members as they strive to meet the June 1 reporting deadline for making corrections.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips

Click here to access this recently updated Resources Guide!

Submit Comments on Proposed Changes to EHR Incentive Programs by June 13

CMS issued the FY 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) rule on April 14, 2017, which proposes a number of changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. 

Click here to review the proposed rule & submit a Formal Comment by 5 pm ET on June 13.

IMPACT Act Data Elements Public Comments • Due June 26

CMS has contracted with the RAND Corporation to develop standardized patient/resident assessment data elements in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act).

CMS seeks comments from stakeholders on data elements that meet the IMPACT Act domains of cognitive function and mental status; medical conditions and co-morbidities; impairments; medication reconciliation; and care preferences. The Call for Public Comment period opens on April 26, 2017 and closes on June 26, 2017.

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CMS is Accepting Measure Submissions for the Advancing Care Information Performance Category until June 30

There’s still time to submit measures for the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The CMS Annual Call for Measures and Activities ends June 30, 2017.

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Open Door Forum Notice

The next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum has been reschedule from June 21 to July 5 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET.

Paper Forms for Nursing Facility PASRR Specialized Services No Longer Accepted Effective June 23

Effective June 23, 2017, paper forms for Nursing Facility (NF) Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) specialized services authorization requests will no longer be accepted. These forms include Form 1017 (Specialized Services/Durable Medical Equipment Authorization Request), Form 1018 (Specialized Services Customized Manual Wheelchair Authorization Request), and Form 2465 (Specialized Services Request for Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapy).

As the implementation date for this change approaches, NFs must ensure their access to the LTC Online Portal is current and all necessary users have active User IDs and passwords.

Functionality will be provided to support Third Party Vendor (TPV) submission of this new form using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); however, if your TPV does not provide NFSS request form functionality, it is imperative that your staff be prepared to submit and access the NFSS request forms directly on the LTC Online Portal.

Training on the use of the LTC Portal is available in both computer-based training (CBT) and webinar formats:

view the full notice

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.

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

C. C. Young's Denise Aver-Phillips

C. C. Young was featured on WFAA-TV Good Morning Texas where Denise Aver-Philips spotlighted The Point and Pavilion, Center for Arts and Education...Check out the interview here!

New York Times Bestselling Author and Art Dealer Ron Hall speaks at Edgemere

Dozens of invited guests and residents recently filled the Performing Arts Center at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, to hear New York Times bestselling author and international art dealer Ron Hall discuss his novel “Same Kind of Different As Me.” The book details the incredible real-life relationship between Hall and Denver Moore, a homeless man with a storied past. Hall and his wife met Moore at a homeless shelter. They started volunteering there after she dreamt that they would meet a homeless man who would confound them with his wisdom.

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Edgemere Sales & Marketing Team Takes Home Top Award at Greystone Sales Adventure

The sales and marketing team at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, recently received the 2016 Top Sales and Marketing Team award from Greystone, a senior living management company. Greystone executives made the announcement at the 2017 Greystone Sales Adventure Awards banquet at the Hilton in Southlake.

Senior living marketers from around the country gathered in Southlake for Greystone’s 37th annual event. This year’s theme was “Yacht Rock,” where Greystone helped chart the course on the sea of success for communities. Attendees enjoyed education and breakout sessions as well as networking and social events. The highlight of each year’s Sales Adventure is the awards banquet dinner, during which teams and individuals are recognized for their work. The Edgemere team was selected out of more than 35 teams from senior living communities across the country based on quantity of sales, excellent standards of performance, and team performance and leadership.

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Mirador Resident Reflects On Life Spent Championing Human Rights and Worldwide Medical Advancement

Throughout U.S. history, American men and women have often been the agents of change at home and abroad. While history may remember those with amazing tales of courage or discovery, it’s often the everyday stories of men and women that leave a lasting impression on the world around them. One such individual, Dr. John Bird, a resident at Mirador – an SQLC retirement community – is a prime example of how an ordinary individual was able to have an extraordinary impact on those around him. Bird began his career as a medical scientist not in a hospital, but as a professor surrounded by students with whom to share wisdom and prepare for the future. A Fulbright scholar and professor of physiology at Rutgers, Bird would travel every few years with his wife to distant nations to practice medicine and engage with medical professionals to find those without access to the medical advances. It was these trips that not only brought Bird and his wife, Evie, closer together but inspired him to continue engaging with people around the world. Bird’s work would allow him to live in countries closed off to the world at the time, and enable him to see native peoples in a new perspective. As advocates for human and civil rights, the Birds would translate their experiences abroad into discussion and advocacy upon their return home to help spark a cultural revolution in thought and understanding.

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Veteran Resident at The Buckingham Reflects on Military Service and Sacrifice During World War II

On Memorial Day, Americans pause in remembrance of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. For the veteran residents of The Buckingham, Houston’s premier retirement community, Memorial Day is a time for reflecting on their service and on those with whom they served who never made the trip home. While time heals all wounds, the heart remembers the faces of fallen comrades and the images of war which can never be erased. As a veteran of World War II, resident Richard Baile played a role in the moments of American history that still define our country and world today. However, it is the sacrifices of the men with whom he served that he wishes to remember this Memorial Day.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Baile enlisted in the Air Force in hopes of doing what he could to help the American cause. However, it wasn’t until after he finished college in 1942 that he was called up for basic training. Upon his arrival, Baile’s dreams of being a pilot were put on hold as he was unable to pass the color blindness test. While unable to be a pilot himself, Baile would go on to participate in 13 various missions aboard B-29s as a flight engineer. This included flights during the Tokyo Fire Raid in 1945 and surveillance flyovers above Hiroshima following the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city.

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Edgemere Hosts Lunch & Guest Speaker for Veterans on Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. For most people, the three-day weekend is a time to spend at the lake or have a barbecue, but for veterans this isn’t a joyous holiday. It’s a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Charles Simmons is a resident at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, and a veteran who served in the Navy for five years. Memorial Day is an emotional time for him. He thinks back to his time in the Navy and the people who didn’t get to come home. To remember the fallen, Edgemere hosted a Memorial Day lunch on May 29 at 12 p.m. Afterwards, Dave Tanner, local radio host, presented “A Tribute to the Greatest Generation,” with a musical program. The goal was to remind veterans that they and their fallen brothers and sisters are remembered on this special day. Simmons says that during every service he gets a lump in his throat when any of his friends are honored. He says even if he didn’t know the person he considers them a friend because he knows what they went through.

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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

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

June 5 - July 10
(various dates)
Webinar Series • Prepare for the New CMS Requirements of
    Participation – Phase I

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

 July 10 - September 18
(various dates)
 Webinar Series • Prepare for the New CMS Requirements of
    Participation – Phase II

September 28  LeadingAge Texas Workforce Summit | Dallas
Outside Educational Opportunities

Transition to Practice in Long Term Care Training Conference - FREE
sted by the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Center for Excellence in Long Term Care in partnership with the Health and Human Services Commission, Quality Monitoring Program | June 13-15 • learn more + register

2017 Houston Healthcare Preparedness Summit Registration
| July 6 • 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

410A Refrigerant Transition Guide from HD Supply

Like it or not, R-22 refrigerant is going away. For now, you have the following choices regarding R-22 equipment — REPLACE the system, RETROFIT units with alternative gas, or REPAIR existing units. Each option has specific advantages and disadvantages to consider. The 410A Refrigerant Transition Guide can help you make the best decision for your situation. Use this guide to rate the condition of the HVAC units on your property so you have an action plan in place. Don’t let lack of preparation force you into making a decision that’s less than ideal for your budget and your residents.

SPPG Paints Offers Value First Members 30% Off on Brushes until June 30th!

If painting or staining is on your community’s “To-Do List”, now is the time to stock up on brushes from PPG Paints. Visit to find a location near you and present the 30% Off coupon at the time of purchase.

PPG Paints products are readily available across the nation from a network of more than 3,000 locations including independent dealers and company-owned stores, ensuring adequate inventories and consistent service coast-to-coast.

Sherwin-Williams GroupBuy Savings thru June

Click here to view these GroupBuy deals & paint like a pro with Sherwin-Williams monthly Healthcare Savings on applicators, tools and equipment. Sherwin-Williams offers a wide range of high-performance coating systems for walls, floors, roofs and concrete surfaces in an assortment of popular styles and colors ideally suited for Long Term Care communities.

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.

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:

Director of Nursing (D.O.N) | Trinity Terrace • Fort Worth

Donor Relations Coordinator | The Village at Incarnate Word • San Antonio

Click here for all current postings in Texas



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