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LeadingAge Texas Connection for February 23, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, 24 hours ago


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Early-bird discounts thru April 21 Scholarships Available

REGISTER TODAY for the Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO where you'll...

  • Choose from 40+ sessions—expand your knowledge base at this exceptional educational experience
  • Engage with your peers—meet, greet, and learn from contacts new & old over the course of the 4-day conference
  • Connect with 100+ companies—at the two-day Solutions EXPO, discover how the latest products & services can benefit your organization
  • Get inspired—explore this year's theme POWER OF PURPOSE: your purpose is calling ... answer powerfully for your residents, your staff, and your community

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MANY THANKS to our 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

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2017-2018 Leadership Institute


We are now accepting applications for our ninth Leadership Institute Class! If you're an emerging leader within your organization & are looking to be challenged, inspired, and motivated, our Leadership Institute is calling you by name - APPLY TODAY.

With a broad curriculum emphasizing three core principles—transformational leadership, person-centeredness, and innovation—the program aims to instill in each Leadership Fellow a foundation of knowledge from which they will draw throughout their careers. APPLY TODAY!

Webinar: Profile of Texas CCRC/Life Plan Communities

Many thanks to those who joined us earlier this week for the Profile of Texas CCRC/Life Plan Communities Webinar given by My LifeSite & LeadingAge Texas Diamond Partner Ziegler! Check out these resources discussed during the call:

2017 Leadership Conference

Many thanks to all who joined us last week in Horseshoe Bay for the 2017 LeadingAge Texas Leadership Conference! The three-day, retreat-style conference welcomed over 90 attendees to the Horseshoe Bay Resort on February 15-17. Facilitated by Jody Holland, the conference featured a variety of session on topics such as authentic communication, ethical leadership, and legislative advocacy. The conference also featured the final presentations of the 2017 Leadership Institute Fellows - an entertaining set of skits that set the audience laughing and scrambling for their cameras.

View photos from the conference
2017 Leadership Conference co-sponsors: Morrison Community Living & Ziegler


Advocacy Update

85th Texas Legislative Session - Stay Involved!

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: Improve Access to Community Services

Ask your Senators to co-sponsor S. 309, the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act. The bill would establish a new Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan (CBI-SNP) demonstration program. This program would target low-income, Medicare-only beneficiaries who need help with two or more activities of daily living.


Capitol Reflections - Week of February 20, 2017

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


Regulatory Affairs

Provider Communications & Resources
PAC QRP Quick Reference Guides

From CMS

Quick Reference Guides for Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP), Hospice QRP, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) QRP, and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) QRP are now available. These guides include frequently asked questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the QRPs. The guides are available in the downloads section of the following webpages:

NHSN Data Submission Deadline Extended to May 15th for IRF QRP and LTCH QRP

From CMS

CMS is extending the February 15th submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for data submitted via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) during Quarter 3 2016, allowing providers to submit their data until Monday, May 15, 2017. This extension will provide facilities additional time to submit this quality reporting data and run applicable reports to ensure accurate submission.
For more information, visit:

HNHSN Data Submission Deadline Extended to May 15th for IRF QRP & LTCH QRP

From CMS

CMS is extending the February 15th submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for data submitted via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) during Quarter 3 2016, allowing providers to submit their data until Monday, May 15, 2017. This extension will provide facilities additional time to submit this quality reporting data and run applicable reports to ensure accurate submission. For more information, visit:

Upcoming Provider Education & Training


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

Mirador Hosts a Picture Perfect Afternoon Focused On Film & Wine with Gary & Hayley Cogill

Mirador, an SQLC retirement community, recently hosted a picture perfect afternoon wine tasting and Oscar’s preview event with Gary Cogill and his wife, Hayley Hamilton Cogill. Gary is a veteran film critic from Dallas and the founder of the Texas-based film production company Lascaux Films. Lascaux Films credits include, “Words and Pictures,” starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; “Believe Me,” starring Alex Russell and Nick Offerman; “Refuge,” starring Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty, and “The Starck Club,” a feature documentary on the legendary 1980’s Texas nightclub. Hayley is a certified sommelier and expert contributor to various publications pertaining to wine. It will be an intriguing event with true insight into the best films of the year.

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New App at Edgemere Keeps Residents Connected & Up-To-Date

The launch of a new app is helping residents at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, connect with their neighbors and stay up to date with daily activities and events. The new app is designed to help make residents’ lives easier, making daily information more accessible by integrating technology and centralizing communication. Residents also have access to dining menus, Edgemere’s newsletter, resident and staff directory, direct email capability, volunteer opportunities, brain games and much more. Marianne Aitken, 77, was one of the first residents to use the app. Aitken is a part of a small group of residents who tested the app for bugs before its official launch at the community. Aitken, who’s lived at Edgemere for four years, said the app is helping her step into the “digital world.”

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SQLC Appoints Luis Argote Executive Director of Edgemere

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that sponsors and operates life care communities, named Luis Argote executive director of Edgemere, its premier senior living community in Dallas.

Stan Waterhouse, president and CEO of SQLC, made the announcement, adding that Argote will play a strategic role at Edgemere, which is in the midst of an extensive $36 million renovation and expansion project set for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Argote was selected based upon his stellar performance with luxury brands in the hospitality industry, excellent leadership skills and detailed attention to serving residents and guests.

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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

March 2   Networking Event: Southeast Texas | Houston
March 7   Networking Event: West Texas | Midland
March 8   Networking Event: Central Texas | Austin
March 15  MDS Regulatory Update [Nursing Webinar Series]
March 23  Networking Event: North Texas | Mesquite
March 28  Heart of Texas | TBA
March 30  Panhandle | Amarillo
April 7  DEADLINE: Annual Conference Scholarship Application
April 21  DEADLINE: Annual Conference Early-Bird Registration
 DEADLINE: Discounted Annual Conference Hotel Room Rate
May 21-24

 2017 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO | Austin

Outside Educational Opportunities

Fifth Annual Alzheimer's Symposium
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of Abilene | March 31 | learn more

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

Extended Educational Opportunities:


  Group Purchasing Spotlight

Save with FleetAssets

Is your community looking to purchase a Ford van, truck, car, or shuttle bus? Be sure to contact FleetAssets directly (before making a purchase) to access the exclusive Vehicle Rebate Program! View the informational flyer for more information.

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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