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LeadingAge Texas Connection for August 10, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Thursday, August 10, 2017


Association News

Advocacy Update

Regulatory Affairs

Member Highlights

Events · Education

Group Purchasing

In the News

Career Center

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Voting closes tomorrow at 11:59 pm, so rally your community behind your favorite nominee & place your vote for the nominee who best exemplifies a senior citizen who makes outstanding contributions to his/her community & inspires others with his/her actions & service!

Current status: Army Residence Community, The Buckingham, & Carillon LifeCare Community are rallying many, many votes...just an FYI



LeadingAge Texas requests presentations that enable participants to share with and learn from one another. Presentations should incorporate engaging educational methods, provide take-home resources where practical, and demonstrate measurable outcomes. Submissions will be reviewed to develop a high-quality, well-balanced, and interactive education program.



We are currently seeking communities to host the next round of Networking Events – Fall 2017!

What exactly are Networking Events?
Networking Events take place at member communities across the state and customarily last two hours with a one-hour presentation, networking, lunch, & community tour.

Interested in hosting? 
Contact Crystal or your network representative for details.

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO - Registration Open

October 29 - November 1 • New Orleans, LA | REGISTER

To care well for others, we need to reinforce our own passion for what we do—and actively work to improve how to support our country’s aging population today. That’s exactly what we do at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, our nation’s largest annual event for the not-for-profit aging services field. In education sessions, during general sessions and through eye-opening, one-of-a-kind experiences, you and your team will be immersed in our shared mission of helping older adults thrive.

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Sunday, October 29 • 6 - 7:30 pm |Tomas Bistro

Once you register to attend the national LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, be sure to REGISTER for the 2017 Texas Night Out. At this year's LeadingAge Texas Membership Reception you'll enjoy a unique venue in NOLA's Warehouse District where you'll experience live music, delish eats, drinks, networking (or just catching up with your conference cohorts!).

Special thanks to our event sponsor, CliftonLarsonAllen!
Interested in coming alongside to co-sponsor? Contact Crystal today!

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ATTENTION: STUDENT MEMBERS - check out LeadingAge's Student Program

LeadingAge is excited to offer a student program this year for students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must be at least 18 years-old.

Learn more & apply for this great opportunity to learn about the benefits of working in not-for-profit aging services and the wide variety of opportunities available to people in the field.

Newly Formed Interest Group for Nursing Facilities
Join the QIPP List

Want to receive updates on QIPP? Simply join the newly formed interest group (simply select the "Join Group" button) to stay informed.

From LeadingAge
Congress Wants to Hear from You | Submit Comments by August 25

This Is Your Opportunity to Tell Congress Which Medicare Regulations Need to Go!

Check Last Monday, the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee announced a new initiative to examine Medicare regulations to identify and hopefully weed out regulations that “impede innovation, drive up costs, and ultimately stand in the way of delivering better care for Medicare beneficiaries.” The committee is working with CMS and is looking for both regulatory and legislative solutions. LeadingAge will be submitting comments based on the years of work our members have done to identify regulations that have a negative impact on their ability to deliver high-quality care and the solutions we have advanced.

So, what are we asking of you? Simply submit your comments & recommendations on which Medicare regulations need to go:

For more information and to discuss or share your comments, please email Marsha Greenfield. Don't miss this great opportunity to speak directly to the decision makers about your concerns!

LeadingAge's Workforce Resources

Center for Workforce Solutions

Check out the new LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions, a brand-new center featuring workforce resources. This new center contains promising practices, ideas for key partnerships, tools to calculate turnover, presentation materials, fact sheets, LeadingAge member testimonials, podcasts, policy news, and other relevant articles.

Download OnShift's Whitepaper

Engaging employees is the key to boosting quality, productivity and profitability in long-term care. In this white paper from LeadingAge Silver Partner, OnShift, you’ll find the tools you need to supercharge your retention initiatives. Make 2017 the “Year of the Employee” and build an awesome workforce that stays long-term!

In Need of Rural Best Practices

Are you a rural community? LeadingAge is hoping to collect promising practices & key partnership information for rural communities. Please take a few moments to answer/comment on LeadingAge's survey, then submit them to Susan Hildebrandt at


Advocacy Update

A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports

LeadingAge has been at the forefront of long-term services and supports (LTSS) financing reform for more than a decade. We strongly believe that America must create a new system of paying for LTSS so families alone don’t shoulder the burden of paying for care their loved ones need.

Currently, Medicaid is the program that supports individuals needing LTSS when their money runs out. But we recognize that this program is far from ideal.

We have an opportunity to discuss LTSS reform with Congress now that healthcare legislation is back to the drawing board. The lack of a coordinated delivery system for individuals needing LTSS has impacted Americans for far too long.

Today, we announce our vision for a universal LTSS insurance program. We urge you to read and share our report, A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports. Help us advance the movement for reform. Millions of lives depend on it.


Final FY 2018 SNF PPS & Consolidated Billing Rule Published

CMS published a final rule in the Federal Register on Aug. 4 that implements a number of payment updates and quality program revisions. The final rule takes effect on October 1, 2017. Specifically, the rule:

  • Updates the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year (FY) 2018. CMS estimates that the Final Rule will increase payments to SNFs during FY 2018 by $370 million. Accordingly, LeadingAge has updated its SNF Medicare Rate Calculation Tool for members to use.
  • Revises and rebases the market basket index by updating the base year from 2010 to 2014, and by adding a new cost category for Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Services.
    • Market Basket Update - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established a special rule for fiscal year (FY) 2018 that requires the market basket percentage, after the application of the productivity adjustment, to be 1.0 percent. Absent that provision from MACRA, the market basket update would have been 2.0 percent, or 2.6 percent less the 0.6 percentage point productivity adjustment.
    • Revised Base Year - LeadingAge has commented for years that the SNF PPS should be revised and rebased to reflect more current clinical practices and costs. In the Final Rule, CMS has moved to revise and rebase the market basket index for FY 2018 and subsequent FYs by updating the base year from 2010 to 2014. LeadingAge supports this change. The Final Rule indicates that FY 2019 PPS will also use the 2014 base year.
    • Wage Index - While the wage index for SNFs remains based on the hospital wage index in the Final Rule, LeadingAge is encouraged by CMS’ willingness to explore recommendations that get closer to a SNF-specific wage index or wage index reform in a broader Medicare payment context.
  • Finalizes revisions to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), including measure and standardized resident assessment data policies and policies related to public display.
    • LeadingAge continues to analyze the implications of these revisions and will be publishing a separate article on them for members.
  • Finalizes policies for the SNF Value-based Purchasing Program (VBP) that will affect Medicare payment to SNFs beginning in FY 2019.
    • LeadingAge continues to analyze the implications of these revisions and will be publishing a separate article on them for members.
  • Clarifies the regulatory requirements for team composition for surveys conducted for investigating a complaint, and aligns regulatory provisions for investigation of complaints with the statutory requirements.
    • Section 488.30, Definition of “Complaint Survey” will add the requirements of Sections 1819(g)(4) and 1919(g)(4) of the Act and Section 488.32 (all are existing requirements). This will apply to complaint surveys.
  • Section 488.301 Definition of “Abbreviated Standard Survey” will add a provision that abbreviated standard surveys conducted to investigate a complaint or to conduct on-site monitoring to verify compliance are subject to the requirements of Section 488.332 (existing requirement).
  • Complaint Survey Requirements under Special Surveys, Sections 488.302(e)(2) and (e)(3) will be relocated and titled, “Investigation of Complaints.”
  • Survey Team Composition Requirements under Sections 488.314(a)(1) include a registered nurse on the interdisciplinary team of professionals. The revision will specify that the team composition requirements will only apply to standard surveys, extended surveys and validation surveys, but not to complaint surveys. Complaint surveys and surveys related to on-site monitoring, including revisit surveys, are subject to the requirements of Sections 1819(g)(4) and 1919(g)(4) of the Act and Section 488.332 which allow the state survey agency to use a specialized investigative team that may include appropriate health care professionals but need not include a registered nurse.
2017 Legislative Summary

Click here to view LeadingAge Texas' 2017 Legislative Summary.

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.


Regulatory Affairs

Communications & Resources
  • TMHP's Recent Articles...including:
    • Changes to Consumer Rights and Services Hotline
    • LTC Provider Letter No. 17-23
    • Region 11 Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) and Region 8 Nursing Facility (NF) September Meetings
Upcoming Provider Meetings & Training


Online Training/Calls:

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips

Click here to access this recently updated Resources Guide!



Around the Association

Offering Our Condolences to the Family of Bill Mosley

William Carl “Bill” Mosley, the father of Judy Day, LeadingAge Texas Past Board Chair, passed away last Friday. We send Judy & her family our collective condolences.

Click here to read more about Bill's life & legacy. Please note that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to High Plains Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House or a charity of choice.

SQLC Communities Earn National Quality Award for 2017

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) is proud to announce that four of its communities, The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, Mirador in Corpus Christi, and The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, were recently recognized as 2017 recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award – for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. In addition to independent living, the life plan communities include assisted living, memory care, and long and short-term skilled nursing residences. The distinction is one of the three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award program presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long-term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the nation who have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and persons with disabilities. Each community applied for the award in January based on its mission statement, vision, as well as key strengths and challenges. From there, each application was reviewed to determine if it met the criteria. The awards will be presented during the AHCA/NCAL 68th annual convention and exposition in Las Vegas, Nev., from October 15 – 18, 2017.

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Mirador Names Deborah Nugent Executive Director

Mirador, the area’s only nonprofit Life Plan Community, is pleased to announce that Deborah Nugent has been named executive director.

Nugent has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry. For nearly six years, Nugent has served as health services administrator at Mirador, and has served on the Corpus Christi Mayor’s Council on Senior Affairs and Coastal Bend Nursing Home Administrators. As executive director, Nugent will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the community, fostering a successful team environment, and maintaining the satisfaction of residents and their families.

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The Stayton at Museum Way Names Scott Thomas Executive Director

The Stayton at Museum Way, a nonprofit Life Plan Community located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District, is pleased to announce that Scott Thomas has been named executive director.

Thomas spent the past two decades in the hospitality and hotel industries. He held positions with luxury hotel chains including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, as well as private country clubs across the country.

“We couldn’t ask for a better leader to help us continue to provide outstanding service and an unmatched lifestyle and quality of care to seniors in the area,” said Scott Collier, chairman of the board of directors for The Stayton.

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eBook from Caregiver's Guide to Dementia - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Medication, & More 

Free eBook for Caregivers

Dementia can add major challenges to everyday life, from memory loss to impaired motor skills. If your patient or loved one shows signs of dementia or has been diagnosed, understanding their condition can help.

In this free 16-page ebook based on a presentation by geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Jason Schillerstrom, you'll learn about:

  • Symptoms of dementia
  • The differences between Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, & Lewy body dementia
  • Medications used to treat dementia


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

August 14  WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 4: Admission Transfer & Discharge
   WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 5: Behavior Health Services
August 21  WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 5: Behavior Health Services
   WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 6: Developing Competency & Skill Abilities for Nursing Staff
August 28  WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 6: Developing Competency & Skill Abilities for Nursing Staff
   WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 7: Facility-Wide Resource Assessment
September 10-11 2017 LeadingAge Texas Board Retreat + Board Meeting | San Antonio
September 11  WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 7: Facility-Wide Resource Assessment
   WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 8: Quality of Care & Life
September 18  WEBINAR SERIES: New Requirements of Participation | Phase II
    Part 8: Quality of Care & Life
September 27-28  Leadership Institute Class 2 | San Antonio
September 28  2017 Workforce Summit | Dallas
"Reducing Unnecessary Employee Turnover" 
September 29 Peer Group Meeting: SWAP | EdenHill Communitites • New Braunfels
October 6 Peer Group Meeting: Chaplains | EdenHill Communitites • New Braunfels
October 10 Committee Meeting: Public Policy | LeadingAge Texas • Austin
October 17 Peer Group Conference Call: HR
October 19 Peer Group Meeting: Marketing | MRC Crestview • Bryan
October 29 2017 Texas Night Out | New Orleans 
November 8-9  Leadership Institute Class 3 | Dallas
January 10-11  Leadership Institute Class 4 | Austin
Member-Hosted Events + Educational Opportunities

Creating & Experiencing a Meaningful Show & Tell with Your Residents & Clients
[Geared toward DFW Life Enrichment Professionals & Social Workers]
Complimentary Event | Presented by C. C. Young | September 15 • Dallas

2017 Grief & Loss Symposium
Complimentary Event | Presented by Christian Care Hospice | October 13 • Mesquite 

Outside Educational Opportunities

Extended Educational Opportunities:


  Group Purchasing Spotlight

Sherwin-Williams GroupBuy Savings

Valid thru August 

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, & concrete surfaces in an assortment of popular styles and colors ideally suited for long-term care communities.

PPG Paints Offers Value First Members 30% Off on Paint Roller Covers

Valid thru September

Now is the time to add a fresh coat of paint to your community with PPG Paints ProSupreme Premium Grade Roller Covers. 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.

Kevin Simpson, Director of Business Development



  Aging Services News

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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.

Corporate Director, Human Resources | Christian Care Senior Living Communities - Mesquite

Executive Director | Christian Care Senior Living Community - Allen

Manager of Volunteer & Transportation Experience | C. C. Young - Dallas

Click here for all current postings in Texas



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