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LeadingAge Texas Connection for March 23, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Thursday, March 23, 2017


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2017-2018 Leadership Institute


Time is running out for you to apply for our ninth Leadership Institute Class! Are you an emerging leader within your organization? Are you looking to be challenged, inspired, and motivated? Well, then our Leadership Institute is calling you by name - APPLY TODAY

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Save up to $75 thru April 21 Scholarships - Apply thru April 7

Join us in Austin alongside your peers for an exceptional education experience to explore how you and your organization can continue to excel and discover your power of purpose – for your residents, your staff, and your community!

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MANY THANKS to our 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

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AANAC's MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0

Various Dates Beginning on March 31
REGISTER TODAY with Code ESS17LATX for 10% off

New resident assessment coordinators with fewer than six months experience and staff interested in the MDS process can take advantage of a new education program, MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0—a 10-Session Virtual Workshop Series. The workshop moves through the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual, helping staff understand the intent, rationale, and coding requirements of each MDS item set, Care Area Assessments, care plans, and scheduling. The program will help the MDS coordinator perform his or her job duties skillfully and with confidence.

Spring Networking Events in Full Swing

Take advantage of this free member benefit where you'll join your peers & learn something new! Lunch & CEUs provided! Be sure to RSVP for your network's upcoming event:

2017 LeadingAge Awards Submissions Now Open

Nominate an individual or an organization that embodies excellence in nonprofit aging services for a LeadingAge Award. Award recipients make outstanding contributions to our field and represent models of leadership, quality, and innovation.

learn more + nominate


Advocacy Update

LeadingAge Texas Members Meet with Sen. Cruz

LeadingAge Texas Members traveled to Capitol Hill to advocate during LeadingAge's PEAK Conference. Their meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz was only one of their nine visits to legislative offices while in Washington, DC. Many thanks to those who participated - your advocacy for aging Texans is inspirational!

85th Texas Legislative Session - Stay Involved!

QIPP Enrollment Begins April 3

Nursing facilities interested in participating in the Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP) can enroll beginning April 3, 2017. Enrollment materials are due to HHSC by 5:00 pm April 30, 2017. No exceptions to this enrollment period will be given. Updates, including the enrollment application, will be placed on the QIPP website once the enrollment period begins. A reminder alert will be sent via GovDelivery once QIPP enrollment opens. Questions related to QIPP or the enrollment process can be sent to

This program is open to public (non-state governmental entities) nursing homes, and private nursing homes who meet a 78% Medicaid threshold based on 2014 cost reports.

View the private facility eligibility list

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about the program. Eligible nursing homes will have an opportunity to receive supplemental Medicaid payments based on the achievement of identified quality outcomes.

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.

Capitol Reflections - Week of March 13, 2017

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


Regulatory Affairs

Provider Communications & Resources
IRF & LTCH Compare Quarterly Refresh

The March 2017 quarterly IRF and LTCH Compare refresh, including healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) measures performance data, is now available. Visit IRF Compare and LTCH Compare to view the data.

IRF & LTCH QRP Provider Preview Reports - Reminder to Review Your Data!

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Preview Reports are now available. We encourage providers to review their performance data on each quality measure based on Quarter 3 - 2015 to Quarter 2 - 2016 data, prior to the June 2017 LTCH Compare refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed. Providers have until the end of the 30-day preview period (March 30, 2017) to review their data. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data is inaccurate. For more information:

Opiate-Benzodiazepine-Muscle Relaxant Clinical Prior Authorization

On March 25, 2017, the Alprazolam/Carisoprodol/Hydrocodone Combination clinical prior authorization will be replaced with the Opiate/Benzodiazepine/Muscle Relaxant clinical prior authorization (PDF) for traditional Medicaid clients. The new prior authorization was reviewed and approved by the Texas Drug Utilization Review Board in July 2016. The new authorization is optional for Medicaid managed care. More information is available on the Vendor Drug Program website.

Reminder: Update Your Bookmarks and Links as CMS Streamlines ICD-10 Resources

As a reminder, CMS has merged all up-to-date content from our Road to 10 website to our main ICD-10 site,, to streamline your access to resources.

We’re now phasing out the Road to 10 site, with an anticipated completion date of April 3.
In preparation for the merge, please be sure to update all bookmarks and links for to point to

Upcoming Provider Education & 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

Querencia at Barton Creek Donates Appliances to Blanco River Regional Recovery Team

In 2015, the Memorial Day and All Saints weekend floods changed the lives of hundreds of families in Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties. While the flood waters receded almost two years ago, many individuals who reside in the affected counties are still trying to pick up the pieces. With this ongoing need in mind, Querencia at Barton Creek, an SQLC retirement community, has joined forces with the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team to provide flood survivors with basic resources to refill their homes and start over. This ongoing partnership will provide home appliances and any other necessities to area families. When residents move to other levels of living in the community, or if they decide to clean out their closets or change appliances, they donate items to this organization. The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team was designed to assist with the long-term recovery of survivors from the Memorial Day and All Saints weekend floods.

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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 28  Networking Event: Heart of Texas | Gatesville
 March 31  DEADLINE: Leadership Institute Application
 March 31  AANAC Webinar: MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
April 6
 Webinar: Ethical Decision-Making in LTC
April 7   DEADLINE: Annual Conference Scholarship Application
April 13  Networking Event: Panhandle | Amarillo
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

Beyond Alzheimer’s Disease – Other Causes Of Progressive Dementia In The Older Adult
Resources for Integrated Care | April 6 | learn more + register

2017 Ziegler LeadingAge National Senior Living CFO Workshop
Hilton Austin | April 19 - 21 | learn more + register

ANE (Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation) Training Academy
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? Contact Kevin Simpson for more information & to access the exclusive Vehicle Rebate Program! View the informational flyer for more information.

Save with Sherwin Williams

Check out these great deals available through April 30!


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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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:

Administrator | Christian Care Senior Living Community • Mesquite

Director of Nursing-RN | Querencia at Barton Creek • Austin

Click here for all current postings in Texas



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