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LeadingAge Texas Connection for May 11, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017


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Nursing Facility Reinvestment Allowance (NFRA)


With amendments, including the CCRC/multi-level exemption, HB 2766 was passed out of the House today.


Your LeadingAge Texas Public Policy Team remains hard at work continuing to monitor this bill.

So, be on the lookout for additional communications about advocacy efforts (contacting your State Senator, etc.) as they come available. Remember, your voice matters!

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The LeadingAge Texas staff will be out of the office from the afternoon of Friday, May 19 through Monday, May 29. Office hours will resume upon the staff's return on Tuesday, May, 30.


There will be no issue of the  LeadingAge Texas Connection on May 18 or May 25. The newsletter will resume on Thursday, June 1.

LeadingAge Texas News
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Discounted Online Registration Closes
Tues, May 16 at 5 pm*

*on-site registration will be available for an additional fee
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It's Nearly Time to Pack Your Bags

We're so excited to have you in Austin - be on the lookout next week for a pre-conference email complete with all the details you'll need to make this your best LeadingAge Texas Conference yet!

  • 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
  • enjoy Downtown Austin—we'll be in a prime, plan to use your downtime exploring the Downtown scene!
  • 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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2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

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Prepare for the New CMS Requirements of Participation

Phase I • June 5 - July 10 (various dates)
Phase II • July 10 - September 18 (various dates)

The expansive Final Rule (Requirements of Participation) for skilled nursing facilities is now in effect. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, these changes reflect the substantial advances that have been made over the past several years in the theory and practice of service delivery and safety. Set to be implemented in three phases, the first phase went into effect in November of 2016, with Phase II implementation rapidly approaching this fall. LeadingAge Texas has partnered with LeadingAge National and Pathway Health to offer two multi-part webinar series to help you and your organization prepare for the Final Rule.

Pharmacogenetics: Aligning Rx with DNA

WEBINAR | June 1 • 2:00 - 3:00 pm | REGISTER TODAY

Pharmacogenetics can play an important role in effective use of medications by optimizing drug dose, identifying responders and non-responders to medications, and avoiding adverse events by aligning medications with personal DNA. Pharmacogenetics has been used in acute settings but under-utilized in long-term care. It can be an important tool in fall prevention programs, dementia care, pain management, and anti-psychotic reduction will be a key component for regulatory compliance under the Proposed Rule FY 2017. This one-hour webinar will discuss the implementation of a pharmacogenetics program for improving quality of life, quality of care, reducing medication costs, and optimizing medication usage in long-term care.

learn more + register

It's Nurses Week

How are you celebrating the nurses? • #nursesweek

LeadingAge Texas extends a big thank you to all the nurses in our member communities! How is your community celebrating? Share with us  Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

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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.

Capitol Reflections - BREAKING ADVOCACY NEWS -
Week of May 8, 2017

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

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress Today To Oppose Medicaid Funding Cuts

The House of Representatives could vote at any time on a revised version of the American Health Care Act, the bill that repeals and replaces significant portions of the Affordable Care Act.

This legislation still proposes fundamental changes to Medicaid’s structure and financing by converting the program to per capita funding allocations for states.

LeadingAge strongly opposes these changes to Medicaid. We urge Congress to take a different approach to ensure essential health and long-term services and supports coverage.

learn more + TAKE ACTION



Regulatory Affairs

Communications & Resources
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips

Click here to access this recently updated Resources Guide!

Submit Comments on Proposed Changes to EHR Incentive Programs by June 13

CMS issued the FY 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) rule on April 14, 2017, which proposes a number of changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. 

Click here to review the proposed rule & submit a Formal Comment by 5 pm ET on June 13.

IMPACT Act Data Elements Public Comments • Due June 26

CMS has contracted with the RAND Corporation to develop standardized patient/resident assessment data elements in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act).

CMS seeks comments from stakeholders on data elements that meet the IMPACT Act domains of cognitive function and mental status; medical conditions and co-morbidities; impairments; medication reconciliation; and care preferences. The Call for Public Comment period opens on April 26, 2017 and closes on June 26, 2017.

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CMS is Accepting Measure Submissions for the Advancing Care Information Performance Category until June 30

There’s still time to submit measures for the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The CMS Annual Call for Measures and Activities ends June 30, 2017.

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CMS Releases Lookup Tool to Help Clinicians Determine their MIPS Participation Status

Unsure of your participation status in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Clinicians can now use an interactive tool on the CMS Quality Payment Program website to determine if they should participate in the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program in 2017.

To determine your status, enter your national provider identifier (NPI) into the entry field on the tool which can be found on the CMS Quality Payment Program website . Information will then be provided on whether or not you should participate in MIPS this year and where to find resources.

2017 Long-Term Care Nurse Staffing Study

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) at the Department of State Health Services is asking all administrators and DONs in Texas long term care facilities to complete a short survey during the spring of 2017. TCNWS is conducting this survey as mandated by Texas law. Your input on this survey will help nursing advocates and lawmakers make informed decisions regarding the nursing shortage in Texas. Although this survey was last conducted in 2016, in the future it will be a biennial survey conducted in odd years.

— CLICK HERE to access the survey (available now through Friday, May 12) —
— CLICK HERE to access the survey instructions —

It is recommended that you complete the survey on paper and then visit to fill out the survey online.

Please be aware that your survey responses will be strictly confidential. All findings will be reported in aggregate form only. Individual facilities will not be identified.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary but highly encouraged! With questions regarding the survey, please contact: Frank Gonzalez, MA, Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, Department of State Health Services (512-776-2806).

Comments Accepted on Draft MDCP Waiver Renewal through May 21

Stakeholders have until close of business May 21 to comment on the draft MDCP Waiver renewal. Comments should be mailed to Click here to read the draft waiver in PDF format.

Paper Forms for Nursing Facility PASRR Specialized Services No Longer Accepted Effective June 23

Effective June 23, 2017, paper forms for Nursing Facility (NF) Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) specialized services authorization requests will no longer be accepted. These forms include Form 1017 (Specialized Services/Durable Medical Equipment Authorization Request), Form 1018 (Specialized Services Customized Manual Wheelchair Authorization Request), and Form 2465 (Specialized Services Request for Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapy).

As the implementation date for this change approaches, NFs must ensure their access to the LTC Online Portal is current and all necessary users have active User IDs and passwords.

Functionality will be provided to support Third Party Vendor (TPV) submission of this new form using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); however, if your TPV does not provide NFSS request form functionality, it is imperative that your staff be prepared to submit and access the NFSS request forms directly on the LTC Online Portal.

Training on the use of the LTC Portal is available in both computer-based training (CBT) and webinar formats:

view the full notice

Register Now for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Group Web Interface and CAHPS Reporting

Groups Must Register to Utilize the CMS Web Interface and/or CAHPS for MIPS Survey by June 30, 2017

Groups participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program are not required to register, except for groups that intend to utilize the CMS Web Interface and/or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for MIPS survey. To register, please visit the Quality Payment Program website. The registration period is from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. The registration period is from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

Upcoming Provider Meetings & 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

Resident of The Buckingham Leads Program to Equip Caregivers

Hundreds of family members caring for their loved ones across Houston are now better equipped to handle the stresses and challenges they may face as a family member care provider because of Dick Humphrey, 83, a resident of The Buckingham – Houston’s premier retirement community. For nearly 10 years, Humphrey has worked with The Buckingham to further the mission of Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing self-care education for family members who care for their loved ones. Humphrey’s efforts began not long after moving into The Buckingham, when he joined the Board of Directors of Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers, a nonprofit dealing with family issues, which was looking to broaden the range of programs they provided. It was after Humphrey came across an article discussing the lack of preparedness and help families across the country experience, that he realized how he could help to make a difference. With the assistance of Interface Samaritan, The Buckingham and the community’s nonprofit sponsor, Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), Humphrey initiated the first Texas master training session for Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Master trainers from the Powerful Tools headquarters in Portland, Oregon led a three day workshop for a class of 18 Houstonians who were interested in learning how to lead the program in their respective organizations. That training would lead to qualifying six of the original 18 participants as master trainers. Since the initial class in 2009, there have now been 18 more class leader trainings in Houston held at Interface Samaritan. Leading to the certification of over 200 additional class leaders.

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The Plaza at Mirador Hosts Free Joint Replacement Seminar for Seniors

The Plaza Health Services at Mirador, an SQLC retirement community, recently hosted CHRISTUS Spohn for a free seminar to answer attendees’ questions related to joint replacement and the benefits associated with treatment. Specialists from the hospital were on hand to provide information about their comprehensive joint disorder and rapid recovery program. Dr. James Dinn, orthopedic surgeon at CHRISTUS Spohn, led the discussion on how advanced treatment options can relieve joint pain and restore strength. This important seminar provided attendees with the tools they need to make informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones. By hosting events such as this, Mirador offers residents and members of the local community the opportunity to speak with experts and make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

Querencia at Barton Creek to Host “Alive Inside” Screening In Coordination with Music and Memory Program

Querencia at Barton Creek, an SQLC retirement community, is pleased to invite the public to a special screening of the documentary “Alive Inside.” The film is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s ability to reawaken the hearts and souls of seniors affected by memory loss and improve their quality of life. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning documentary showcases music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a sense of self. The screening will take place on May 19 at 2:00p.m. at Querencia (2500 Barton Creek Boulevard in Austin) and will be presented by Stephanie Hoffman, vice president of education and training for the Texas Culture Change Coalition and regional director of the nonprofit MUSIC & MEMORY. Hoffman has been actively helping to pass legislation to ensure dignity and autonomy for seniors, and will lead a discussion and Q&A following the screening. Querencia recently became certified in the MUSIC & MEMORY program, and will begin to utilize the concept throughout its campus. Associates are looking forward to seeing how the program will benefit residents – especially those in memory support – when they are engaged through music which is customized to their personal preferences.

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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

May 12  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 6 "Coding Sections L, M, N, and P"

May 16  —DEADLINE: Online Registration Cut-off—
 2017 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO
May 19  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 7 "Coding Sections O, V, X, and Z"

May 21-24

 2017 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO | Austin

May 26  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 8 "Introduction to CAA Documentation and Care Plans"

 Webinar • Pharmacogenetics: Aligning Rx with DNA
June 2  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 9 "Introduction to OBRA Scheduling"

June 5 - July 10
(various dates)
Webinar Series • Prepare for the New CMS Requirements of
    Participation – Phase I

June 9  Webinar • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0
    Session 10 "Introduction to PPS Scheduling"

 July 10 - September 18
(various dates)
 Webinar Series • Prepare for the New CMS Requirements of
    Participation – Phase II

September 28  LeadingAge Texas Workforce Summit | Dallas
Outside Educational Opportunities

Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Partnership Meeting – 2017
sted by Texas Public Health Association | May 18 • learn more + register

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

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Geriatric Symposium: Texas Taking the Next Step
Hosted by HHSC & Collaborators | August
7-8 • Crowne Plaza, Austin |
more info to come

Extended Educational Opportunities:

Additional Outside Opportunities

NCCDP CNA of the Year Nominations
Nominations Close May 30 | learn more


  Group Purchasing Spotlight

410A Refrigerant Transition Guide from HD Supply

Like it or not, R-22 refrigerant is going away. For now, you have the following choices regarding R-22 equipment — REPLACE the system, RETROFIT units with alternative gas, or REPAIR existing units. Each option has specific advantages and disadvantages to consider. The 410A Refrigerant Transition Guide can help you make the best decision for your situation. Use this guide to rate the condition of the HVAC units on your property so you have an action plan in place. Don’t let lack of preparation force you into making a decision that’s less than ideal for your budget and your residents.

SPPG Paints Offers Value First Members 30% Off on Brushes until June 30th!

If painting or staining is on your community’s “To-Do List”, now is the time to stock up on brushes from PPG Paints. 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.

Sherwin-Williams GroupBuy Savings for May & June

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 and concrete surfaces in an assortment of popular styles and colors ideally suited for Long Term Care communities.

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.

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:

Development Director | Carillon, Inc. • Lubbock

Director of Nursing (D.O.N) | Trinity Terrace • Fort Worth

Donor Relations Coordinator | The Village at Incarnate Word • San Antonio

Nursing Home Administrator | Trinity Terrace • Fort Worth

RN Unit Manager in a Healthcare facility (CCRC) / FT (8am-5pm) | EdenHill Communities • New Braunfels

Click here for all current postings in Texas



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