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LeadingAge Texas Connection | November 16, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Thursday, November 16, 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




NOMINATE TODAY
Annual LeadingAge Texas Awards

NOMINATE THRU DECEMBER 9 | 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 9.

LEARN MORE & NOMINATE TODAY

NEW TWO-PART WEBINAR
Home Health Conditions of Participation

Part 1: December 1 • 1:30 - 3 pm
Part 2: December 8 • 1:30 - 3 pm

On January 13, 2018, it is expected that all Home Health agencies will be compliant with the new rules. CMS has recently released the draft of the details of these rules- so our expectations have just become a bit clearer. We have all read articles, attended webinars, listened to opinions—but now it is time to apply this and get to work.

Annette Lee, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, Provider Insights, Inc. will guide attendees with worksheets and tools, incorporating the surveyors' Interpretive Guidelines to ensure all attendees can "Check it off" and be ready to usher in this new year- with these new rules confidently.

Simply gather your team & join in on this can't-miss, timely webinar! You & your team will be able to:

  • • Discuss the philosophical shift CMS is encouraging in home health
  • • Identify all components of the plan of care, which the agency must provide to the patient in writing
  • • List all components of patient rights, mandated by new COPs
  • • Verbalize the steps in a QAPI process, and develop their own plan

Register for this webinar to educate your entire staff in a short period of time without incurring multiple registration fees or travel expenses.

LEARN MORE + REGISTER TODAY

JOIN US IN FEBRUARY

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 all-inclusive, 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.

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 —
ACTION ALERT: Medical Expense Deduction and Tax-Exempt Financing on the Chopping Block

Major tax reform legislation, H.R. 1, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and will soon come to a vote.

The bill contains 2 provisions of serious concern to aging services providers and the elders they serve:

1.  Elimination of the tax deduction for medical expenses.
2.  Elimination of tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs.

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

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. Tell them older adults need this. Tell them protecting these tax provisions is the right thing to do.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

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

— NEED TO KNOW —
Current Provisions of House Tax Bill & Potential Impact on Borrowing 501(c)3 Organizations

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, The House Committee on Ways and Means released its initial draft of the tax reform bill. The Bill, as currently written, has significant implications on the Municipal Bond Market in general, and on 501(c)3 organizations in particular.

LEARN MORE + ACT TODAY

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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 —
APPLY for FREE Training
Nomination process ends this month

Training Opportunity for NFs with Residents with Dementia

HHS is providing the NOSH Texas train-the-trainer program for 40 nursing facilities. A minimum of five members from each of the selected NFs will be trained to become master trainers who will then provide training to the remaining NF staff. This free training will take place between April 2018 and July 2018, at four regional locations between Monday and Friday for three consecutive days.

LEARN MORE + APPLY

Upcoming Provider Meetings & Training

From CMS, DADS, & HHS

Online Resources/Calls:

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

Another set of QuickPaths & 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

The Buckingham Honors Resident Dr. Jan van Sant at Dining Venue Sneak Peek

Within a matter of weeks, The Buckingham will unveil The Rosewood Grill, the newest casual dining venue at Houston’s premier senior living community. But residents had a sneak peek during a pre-opening reception honoring resident Dr. Jan van Sant, for whom a private dining and wine room in the new space are named.

Dr. van Sant, a wine connoisseur, is a former president of The Buckingham Resident Council, as well as the first resident to hold a full voting membership on the Board of Directors of Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC). Stocked with bottles of fine wines, the space offers a private dining experience. The Rosewood Grill is part of the Tower at The Buckingham expansion project. The Tower is scheduled for move-ins by mid-November, shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Dr. van Sant is a fitting namesake for The Rosewood Grill’s private dining and wine room,” said Joe
Anderson, president and CEO of SQLC. “As a beloved resident and board member, he has selflessly served The Buckingham and its sister communities, and he embodies the spirit of welcoming we feel in each of our communities. The Rosewood Grill and its private dining and wine room will be a special place where residents and their loved ones can spend time together for years to come. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate space to carry Dr. van Sant’s name and commemorate his legacy of service to The Buckingham and our organization.”

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Purple Heart Recipient Shares Story of Survival During World War II 

Imagine waking up cold, bloodied and alone after just withstanding a German attack during WWII. That’s exactly what happened to Donald Morrison, 91, a resident of Buckner Villas, a senior living community in North Austin. He served in the Army from 1944 until 1946 and was injured during his service when the Germans attacked his division. Morrison was struck by shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell, grazing his face – which bled profusely – and striking him in the chest, knocking him unconscious. With the amount of blood from his head wound and the tear in his chest, he was presumed dead and left behind. When he eventually came to and reunited with his division hours later, he began receiving treatment, and that was when he realized it was the small Bible in his pocket that had saved his life. The Bible stopped a piece of the shrapnel from piercing his heart. After the accident, Morrison was awarded the Purple Heart, a military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed while serving.

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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

December 1 & 8 REGISTER TODAY
Two-Part Webinar: Home Health Conditions of Participation
January 10-11 Leadership Institute Class 4 | Austin
February 6 SAVE THE DATE
2018 Aging in Texas Summit | Austin
February 21-23 REGISTER TODAY
2018 Leadership Conference | Horseshoe Bay
March 14-15 SAVE THE DATE
QAPI Certified Professional Program | MRC Crestview • Bryan
May 20-23

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

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

July 17-19 SAVE THE DATE
Medicare University | Location TBA
October 16-18 SAVE THE DATE
RAC-CT® Certification Course | Location TBA
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

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

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

Take
Advantage of
Savings on
GP PRO

 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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