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LeadingAge Texas Connection for December 7, 2017

Posted By Dorothy Ferrick, Thursday, December 7, 2017
Updated: Thursday, December 7, 2017

CONTENTS

Association News

Advocacy Update

Regulatory Affairs

Member Highlights

Events · Education

Group Purchasing

In the News

Career Center

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CONNECT

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DIAMOND
PARTNERS




NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
 SUBMIT ANNUAL LEADINGAGE TEXAS AWARDS NOMINATIONS THRU NEXT FRIDAY

NOMINATE THRU DECEMBER 15 | leadingagetexas.org/awards

The holiday season is now upon us! In the spirit of gathering & giving, we invite you to reflect upon all the successes & milestones within your organization—the people, the programs, the ideas, the facilities, & the organizations that made these successes possible—and tell us all about it by submitting nominations for our 2018 Awards!

We urge you to learn more about each category, then submit as many nominations as you see fit thru December 15.

LEARN MORE & NOMINATE TODAY

— NEWLY-ANNOUNCED WEBINAR —

MAINTAINING OCCUPANCY & CENSUS THROUGH DIGITAL MARKETING

JANUARY 17 • 12 - 1 pm

Gather your team & join in on this can't-miss webinar! Seniors and their family members have become digitally savvy, meaning organizations need to up their game when it comes to marketing in the social media sphere. This program is designed to help you get the most out of your digital investment so you can enhance your online presence and maintain your occupancy and census.

GATHER YOUR TEAM // The registration rate is for per line/connection, meaning for the price of one registration you can gather your team together from your community/campus to join in on this training!

LEARN MORE + REGISTER TODAY

February 21–23 | Horseshoe Bay

EARLY-BIRD RATES THRU JAN 27 | leadingagetexas.org/leadercon
+ Member-Exclusive Group Rates:
teams of 5+ get a $30 discount each

The annual three-day leadership retreat is back & you won't want to miss this conference! Leadership Conference is...

  • an all-inclusive retreat tailored to current and rising aging services leaders
  • a three-day conference full of engaging sessions in a peer-centered environment
  • the ideal environment for you & your leadership team to relax, relate, and recharge
  • a chance to renew your sense of purpose & passion for the aging services field

Get ready to join LeadingAge Texas at the beautiful Horseshoe Bay Resort! With leadership coach & speaker Kristian Jaloway as this year’s conference facilitator focusing on Organizational Health, this unique, retreat-style conference will be the perfect combination of team building & education + a little relaxation thrown in for good measure.

VIEW THE FULL AGENDA + REGISTER TODAY


— BUSINESS MEMBERS, DON'T MISS OUT! —

SECURE YOUR ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE

Become a 2018 Annual Sponsor and enhance your exposure to over 200 LeadingAge Texas providers and beyond. Our Annual Sponsorship package puts all the LeadingAge Texas promotional opportunities in one place, allowing you to budget and customize your visibility for the entire year. The higher the value, the more visibility and prestige you will receive. Marketing your way to success has never been easier!

Customized Packages
Now, the fun part! After you've determined your budget, select your Annual Sponsorship level & design your customized marketing program by selecting specific events and activities from the sponsorship menu.

LEARN MORE + SECURE SPONSORSHIP TODAY

RESERVE YOUR BOOTH TODAY

Make plans to join LeadingAge Texas in San Antonio at the 59th Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO! The Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO is our most attended event for the year and draws around 400 attendees representing our over 200 members from all over the state. This is a great opportunity to reach the leaders and decision makers of the Texas aging services industry.

WHY EXHIBIT?
Exposure! Prime contacts! Participation in this one event will give your company access to your target market and the visibility you need to stand out from the competition.

LEARN MORE + SECURE YOUR BOOTH TODAY

— FROM LEADINGAGE —
Top-notch Resources

NEW!
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.
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This tool is the latest in the series of LeadingAge CAST Technology Selection Tools - check out the full set of tools available!

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.

ACCESS THE DASHBOARD

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

Toolsand resources are available for members only, including tools formerly available only on LeadingAge Insights, under the Member-Exclusive Tools & Resources on the LeadingAge website.

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Advocacy Update

— FROM THE DESK OF ALYSE MEYER —
It's Time to Schedule a Legislative Visit to Your Community

Now is the time to reach out and invite legislators to visit your community and provide an update to your residents on the 85th session.To coordinate, please contact me at alyse@leadingagetexas.org or (512) 467-2242.

— ATTENTION NURSING PROVIDERS —
5-Star Quality Reports
: New Update

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 an 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.

— FROM LEADINGAGE —
EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT: CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL!

Congress is in the finals stages of passing major tax legislation, H.R. 1, that has serious negative implications for older adults and aging services providers

The House and Senate have each passed their own version of H.R. 1 and are now starting a House/Senate Conference Committee to iron out their differences. Both bills are bad for older adults. At risk are the medical expense tax deduction, private activity bonds and advance refunding, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

In addition, the bill could pave the way for big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid resulting from the $1.5 trillion cost of the bill. Congress should stop this bill and start anew to find solutions that will work for older adults.

This radical legislation would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs and/or live in affordable housing.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO DEFEAT THIS LEGISLATION, Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction and tax-exempt financing for senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

Breaking Advocacy News - Week of December 4

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

Update on Federal Funding for Housing Programs Serving Older Adults

We invite you to take just a few minutes to view the latest LeadingAge QuickCast: Update on Federal Funding for Housing Programs Serving Older Adults. During this short educational video, Linda Couch, LeadingAge’s Vice President of Housing Policy, provides the latest on fiscal 2018 funding by both the House & Senate for housing assistance programs, their expansion of preservation tools for Section 202 communities, when we may see a final funding bill as well as the latest data on the housing needs of older adults.

VIEW THE VIDEO

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Regulatory Affairs

— RECENTLY PUBLISHED —
Communications & Resources
— ATTENTION NURSING FACILITIES 
CMS Trainings & Resources via TMF
— ATTENTION ASSISTED LIVING PROVIDERS 
Helpful Directory Resource on Providing Medicaid Services
Interested in contracting with MCOs to provide Medicaid services? View HHS's helpful directory list featuring:
  • STAR+PLUS MCO Contacts
  • Information on how to enroll in Texas Medicaid for service through managed care
  • Information on contracting with HHS to provide Assisted Living Services
— UPCOMING GATHERINGS —
Upcoming Provider Meetings & Training

From CMS, DADS, & HHS

Online Resources/Calls:

— FROM LEADINGAGE —
Nursing Home RoP Tools & Resources
RoPs Phase 2 Tools and Resources

The final set of tools for Phase 2 have been updated for members on the LeadingAge Website. Login to the members section to gain access to QuickPath resources on:

  • Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
  • Staff Competency
  • Transfer, Notice, and Discharge
  • Medication Management
  • QAPI
  • Resident Rights

LEARN MORE

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Around the Association

Baptist Retirement Community Names Aaron Hargett Executive Director

Baptist Retirement Community is delighted to announce Aaron Hargett as the new executive director of the senior living community. Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services, made the announcement. Hargett has been with the senior living community since 2007 and was recently promoted from the position of director of independent living. In his new role as executive director, Hargett will be responsible for overseeing the 100-acre community’s operations, administration, programs and strategic planning. He will also manage marketing, community outreach and financial planning. Hargett’s goal is to enrich the lives of the seniors who live in the community or use its services.

“I am thrilled to bring Aaron onto our executive leadership team,” said Wilson. “Over the last 10 years we’ve seen that he is servant-hearted, passion-driven and more than capable of managing such a large community. There’s really no one better for the job.”

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Ricky Van Twest Named Director of Dining Services at The Buckingham

The Buckingham, Houston’s premier senior living community, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ricky Van Twest as director of dining services. The announcement was made by Darrell Sheaffer, executive director of The Buckingham. Van Twest comes to The Buckingham with two decades of experience in the hospitality industry working in fine dining with luxury properties around the world.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ricky to our community as director of dining services,” said Sheaffer. “Ricky’s culinary background includes working with three of our sister communities – The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis; Mirador in Corpus Christi; and, most recently, responsible for opening the newest restaurant at Edgemere in Dallas. He absolutely understands the expectations of our residents and their guests, and we know that he will exceed the already high standards of dining experience excellence for which The Buckingham is known.”

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eBook from mmLearn.org: 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

DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK

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! Email amanda@leadingagetexas.org for consideration of a newsletter article.

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  Event & Education Calendar

January 10-11 Leadership Institute Class 4 | Austin
 January 17
REGISTER YOURSELF + YOUR TEAM
WEBINAR: Maintaining Occupancy & Census Through Digital Marketing
February 6 JOIN US IN AUSTIN - REGISTER TODAY
2018 Aging in Texas Summit | Austin
February 21-23 REGISTER AT THE EARLY-BIRD RATE THRU JAN 27
2018 Leadership Conference | Horseshoe Bay
March 12-13 QAPI Certified Professional Program | MRC Crestview • Bryan
May 20-23

ATTENTION VENDORS!
REGISTER NOW TO EXHIBIT at the Solutions EXPO (May 21-22)

ATTENDEES, SAVE THE DATE!
2018 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO | Grand Hyatt • San Antonio

July 17-19 SAVE THE DATE
Medicare University | Buckner Villas • Austin
October 16-18 SAVE THE DATE
RAC-CT® Certification Course | Blue Skies of Texas • San Antonio
SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE
MANAGING THE MILLENNIAL MINDSET

www.leadingagetexas.org/millennialmindset
DISCOUNTED RATES FOR LEADINGAGE TEXAS MEMBERS

Having trouble retaining young workers? Do your managers struggle to understand Millennials? We've got the course for you!

TELL ME MORE!
LeadingAge Texas has partnered with Crescendo Strategies to bring this 90-minute, self-paced online course to our members! Renowned millennial workforce thought leader, Cara Silletto, MBA will show leaders a Millennial speaker’s first-hand stories about the real generational issues on the T.A.B.L.E. (technology, authority, balance, loyalty, entitlement).

IS THIS RELATED TO THE 2017 WORKFORCE SUMMIT?
The short answer is yes!

  • Missed our 2017 Workforce Summit?
    We missed you, but are happy to offer this great catch-up session!
  • Attended our 2017 Workforce Summit?
    What a great way to share key insights with your team!

HOW EXACTLY CAN MY TEAM & I USE THIS COURSE?
It's multi-purposed:

  • Consistent training across multiple locations
  • New supervisor & manager orientation
  • Prep for strategic planning or leadership retreats
  • Deep-dive diversity training beyond the basics

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT?
You've got it! 1.5 NAB-approved credits (via Crescendo)

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LEARN MORE + VIEW PRICING*
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*DISCOUNTED RATES FOR LEADINGAGE TEXAS MEMBERS!

Order the course for you & your team today to learn critical insights about all of today’s workers in order to bridge the widening generational gaps and reduce unnecessary employee turnover costing your organization precious dollars!

Member-Hosted Events + Educational Opportunities

C. C. Young Shares Free December 2017 Community Events

City of Dallas Community Preparedness | Monday, December 11 • 9:30  – 11 am
Join the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management Community Preparedness to learn a few simple steps to be better prepared for a disaster. This interactive, hands-on workshop will teach you how to build a kit, make a plan and be informed. Receive a FREE kit when attending the class at The Point at C. C. Young.
LEARN MORE + Register today
by calling C. C. Young at (214) 841-2831.

Meet the Author: Mark Carroll | Thursday, December 21 • 10 am
Charismatic entertainer and speaker, Mark Carroll, author of “Reaching For The Moon,” will be at The Point at C. C. Young to speak on this collection of stories of the celebrities he’s rubbed elbows with including Raquel Welch, Rex Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Peggy Lee, Rock Hudson and many more.
LEARN MORE + Register today by calling C. C. Young at (214) 841-2831.

James L. West Provides Free Training Resources for Healthcare Professionals & Family Caregivers

Alzheimer's & Dementia Care Partner Podcasts Series
This free podcast series is for Alzheimer's and dementia care partners. Each 20 minute podcast addresses important topics for providing the best care to those living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
LEARN MORE + ACCESS PODCASTS

Understanding Dementia and the Role of the Healthcare Professional
Interdisciplinary training video for healthcare professionals, including nursing, social work, counselors, facility-based staff, home health caregivers, primary care physician office staff and family care partners.
ACCESS VIDEOS

LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast Series

Episode 3 Now Available
Listen to Episode 3 of the Leadingage Workforce Innovators Podcast today! From the comfort of your desk, you can listen to LeadingAge members talking about what’s worked in their communities. This is just one of the many Workforce tools LeadingAge has made available to members to solve pervasive recruitment & retention issues.
LEARN MORE

Outside Educational Opportunities

New Series: Transition to Practice for Nurses in the Nursing Facility Setting
FREE 3-day Training for RNs & LVNs | Various Dates/Locations (October thru March)
LEARN MORE + REGISTER

Extended Educational Opportunities:

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  Group Purchasing Spotlight

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 Check out the informational brochure for more details!

— STAFF DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING —
Healthcare Report & Toolkit

Earlier this year, Relias conducted a research study on how staff development and training programs impact business priorities and performance. They collected responses from nearly 6,000 professionals in the industry we serve. Click here to access the report, which provides you with an opportunity to benchmark your current practices, investments and beliefs against a national sample. Relias has also provided a toolkit that has both copy and graphics that you can use in emails, social media posts, and newsletters.

DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT

Kevin Simpson, Director of Business Development

  

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  Aging Services News

News from LeadingAge

Recent Publications from LeadingAge

Recent News Clips

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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.

Click here for all current postings in Texas

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