Our Mission:

To expand the world of possibilities for aging through advocacy, education, innovation and collaboration.

We are LeadingAge:

Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.

 

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

LeadingAge Maryland is working to continually review and share timely information related to COVID-19. We are in daily contact with the Maryland Department of Health and other state-level stakeholders, and will continue to post and email emergent updates and information.


Our Sense of Purpose has Never Been Stronger - COVID-19 is not going to stop us
We are working to continually tell the story of the incredible work members are doing each and every day. Together with our colleagues at LifeSpan and HFAM, and with the many sponsors who signed on to support this campaign, we have taken out a full page ad in the Baltimore Sun and Capital Gazette on Sunday, May 17 and Sunday, May 24. We invite you to share this widely - download the image here!

State Action Alert: Mitigating Social Isolation and Addressing the Need for a More Financially Sustainable Testing Strategy

LeadingAge Maryland has advocated on behalf of our members continually over the previous months. We continue to urge the State to prioritize older Marylanders, and these messages have been carried by the media, discussed in hearings, and discussed in continuing conversation with MDH and the administration.

Many of you have asked how residents, family members, staff, and others can best advocate on behalf of aging services providers during this time. LeadingAge Maryland and LifeSpan have partnered on this ACTION ALERT to provide you with practical steps and talking points. We encourage all members, including residents and family members, to reach out to their legislators on these two issues. 

Details on how to make your voice heard are in the ACTION ALERT. Please feel free to contact Allison with any questions.

Reminder: Phase II General Distribution Funds Applications Deadline Extended until Sunday, September 13

The deadline has been extended to Sunday, September 13 to apply for Phase II General Distribution funds.  This includes Medicare providers who did not get a payment yet because of a change of ownership, or those who have not received 2% to date. Please note, the SNF targeted distributions do not count towards this 2%. HHS has now said that private pay AL providers and private pay nursing homes can also apply through this same process.

Information and Instructions Here >

LeadingAge article outlining AL application process >

PPE Partnership with LifeSpan

Hand sanitizer: Do you need it? LifeSpan is working to acquire a quantity of hand sanitizer to be made available for free. Would you be interested in some? If so, please answer these 3 short questions so we know how much would be needed.

Gowns, shoe covers, masks - LifeSpan has access to this PPE and more. Contact apbeacon@lifespan-network.org for information or to order.

FREE LeadingAge National Job Postings

Members should post jobs of all kinds (including temporary positions and those that do not require certification). Read more about the displaced worker partnership between LeadingAge and major national employers and learn how to post jobs for free here.

PPE Requesting Process

Have DME laying around? DOA launches DME recycling initiative.

DOA is picking up gently used condition DME so you may easily and conveniently discard your operating workplace of the equipment. You will be supporting older adults, children and the disabled in the community who are in need. You will help in recycling and keeping this equipment out of landfills. All donations are tax-deductible.

We would like to schedule a pickup from your community in the next few weeks.

Can you help us? Please call 240-230-8000 or email DME.MDOA@maryland.gov. In the future, you may be able to donate equipment at your local recycling center.

    Visit our COVID-19 Resources Page

     

    CRISP reporting portal


    Join LeadingAge as we call on Congress to provide immediate relief to aging services providers.

    Ask your members of Congress to finish the job > 

     

     

    Helping you encourage and support your staff -- the heroes in our field.

    LeadingAge has designed a collection of appreciation materials and negotiated a discount with Vistaprint.

    Learn More >


     

    Upcoming Webinars

    View more upcoming webinars and past recordings here

    Frontline Direct Services Workers - Confronting the Pandemic
    Maryland Regional Direct Services Collaborative, facilitated by the Rodham Institute, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Thursday, September 10 | 10AM | Register & More Info >

    Disaster Planning and the Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
    Presented by BluSky
    Wednesday, September 16 | 12-1PM | Register Here >

    Disaster Communications
    Presented by BluSky
    Wednesday, September 30 | 12-1PM |  Register Here >

     

    Reimagining Your Workforce
    Presented by Silver Sponsor, CLA
    September 9 - Create Workforce Opportunities
    Register & Access Recordings Here >

    National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network Conversations Series
    Telehealth in the Time of COVID and Recent Study on Infection in Skilled Nursing Facilities
    Wednesday, September 2 | 1:30-3PM | Register Here >


    CMS Calls

    Call recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page.

     

    National Nursing Home Training Series (through QIO and CMS) - On-Demand, Pre-Recorded format. New content Thursdays at 4PM.
    View sessions and/or register here.

    COVID-19 Office Hours (twice a month on Tuesdays 5-6PM)
    Tuesday, September 8 |  Register Here >

    Home Health and Hospice (twice a month on Tuesdays 3-3:30PM)
    Tuesday, September 8 | Register Here >

    Nursing Homes (twice a month on Wednesdays 4:30-5PM)
    Wednesday, September 9 | Register Here >

    Nurses (twice a month on Thursdays 3-3:30PM)
    Thursday, September 10 | Register Here >

    Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (twice a month on Fridays 12:30-2PM)
    Friday, September 18 | Register Here >

    National Nursing Home COVID-19 Call
    Tuesday, September 8 6:30-7:30 | Register Here >

     

    MDH Calls

    Weekly Update - View the recording from September 10


    LeadingAge national COVID-19 Update Calls

    Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:30PM Register Here >

    Housing Advisory Group Calls | Mondays at 12:30PM | Email Juliana Bilowich to join the group.


    LeadingAge Maryland Weekly Calls

    Tuesdays at 12PM - COVID-19 Weekly Update Call - Hear the latest Maryland related updates and noteworthy federal updates and information

    Wednesdays at 9AM - COVID-19 Weekly Update Call forHousing Providers - Discuss the latest updates and concerns for housing providers, ask questions, and hear federal level updates from LeadingAge National


     

    Maryland

    On September 1, Hogan announces beginning of stage 3 re-opening in Maryland

    On August 26, Health & Government Operations Committee Briefing on Testing in Nursing Homes and Assisted Livings

    On August 25, MDH releases revised guidance for nursing homes and assisted livings in preparing for and responding to COVID-19

    On August 13, MDH issues updated FAQs on managing new admissions and readmissions for nursing homes

    On August 6, MDH issues Amended Various Health Care Matters, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs Updates, and Guidance for providers on reporting POC test results through CRISP

    On August 5, MDH weekly update call recording

    On August 3, MDH announces discounted testing through UMPA

    On August 3, Hogan issues revised emergency order - exempts schools from county ordered closures, generally requiring use of face coverings

    On July 30, MDH released testing memo

    On July 23, MDH weekly update call recording

    On July 22, MDH released and updated version of the guidance "Preparing for and Responding to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living "

    On July 21, MDH released Guidance for Outdoor Visitation at Nursing Homes

    On July 9, MDH weekly update call recording

    On July 2, MDH FAQ on guidance for relaxation of restrictions in nursing homes

    On July 2, MDH weekly update call recording

    MDoH Hospital Discharge Assist program - planners should complete this form to request OHCQ review of a difficult placement of a patient back to their nursing home of origin. Questions: mdh.dischargeassist@maryland.gov 

    Federal / Housing

    On September 2, HUD announces that CARES Act awards for grant-funded Service Coordinators are now available - Application deadline September 11

    On August 31, HHS issues limited liability protection related to antigen testing in nursing homes

    On August 26, HHS noted on its Provider Relief Fund website that providers now have until Sunday, September 13 to apply for the Phase 2 General Distribution

    Updated FAQ from FDA

    On August 26, CMS released guidance on the new interim rule for nursing homes

    On August 26, CMS releases new infection control training available to nursing homes 

    On August 25, CMS announces testing rule, details about provider relief, antigen testing and PPE

    On August 25, CMS announced the new Interim Final Rule with comment period revising Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation related to COVID-19 testing and reporting, among other things.

    On August 20, HHS announced it will use Defense Production Act to expedite shipments of Quidel and BD antigen testing machines to nursing homes.

    On August 17, CMS memo announcing expansion of survey and enforcement for all CMS-certified providers and suppliers

    On August 16, CDC updates Guidance for Rapid Antigen Testing 

    On August 8, Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners - replaces moratorium on evictions that expired in late July

    On August 7, HUD announces October restart of physical inspections

    On August 7, HHS issued further guidance on the $5 billion in Provider Relief Funds that were announced in July

    On August 3, HUD released fully updated inspection standards for the NSPIRE demonstration program

    On July 31, CMS released FY21 SNF PPS final rule

    On July 31, Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rule Update final rule released - modified election statement and addendum requirements were finalized by CMS and will be effective for hospice admissions Oct. 1 2020

    On July 31, House passes HUD FY21 Bill - includes increases for Section 202

    On July 31 - HUD issues update to Q&A for Multifamily Housing programs

    On July 27 - HUD discusses CARES Act payments on LeadingAge national housing advisory group call

    On July 22, Trump Administration Announces New  Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19

    On July 22, CDC Updates Guidance on Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19

    On July 4, Paycheck Protection Loan application period extended to August 8

    On July 1, Two bills with key housing provisions pass House 

     

    Links of Interest:

    CDC Coronavirus Page

    Maryland DoH Coronavirus Page

     

     

     

       


    LEADINGAGE MARYLAND NEWS


     

    *Registration Now Open*

    2020 Annual Conference - "Together "

    October 6-8 | A Virtual Experience

    REGISTER NOW

    The power of together, in the midst of a pandemic.

    Together, we are expanding the world of possibilities for aging in Maryland. COVID-19 cannot stop us. Won't you join us?

    View Keynotes and Session Topics Here >

    Exhibitor Information

    We have created a virtual event to help your company connect with providers during a time when gathering in person is not possible.

    What you get with your virtual booth:

    • 3-5 minute video PLUS the ability to post more
    • Live chat room
    • Ability to book 1:1 appointments
    • Virtual booth analytics
    • Dedicated, non-Competing EXPO time each day
    • 3 months of on-demand access post-show
    • 2 full conference registrations
    • And More!

    Virtual Exhibit Booth Investment

    $995 for Business Members / Sponsors

    $1,195 for Non-Business Members / Sponsors

    Register for a Virtual Booth Here

     

     

    Learn more including FAQs in these few slides >
    Watch the 30 min recorded information session >

     

    The 2020 theme is "Together "

    We are a community of aging services professionals dedicated to one common purpose: advancing the lives of millions of elders in our collective care. Although we each play separate roles, we are able to accomplish more together than any of us could on our own. Join us as we explore together bold new strategies for propelling our field forward. 

    Send us your stories of "Togetherness "

    We'd like to share our members' stories of togetherness throughout our conference. Please send us any video, photos or other anecdotes demonstrating how your organization exemplifies the theme of "Together ". Send media to our Communications Manager, Deanne Bellin.


                                                      
                                

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    Calendar

    9/22/2020
    Life Enrichment - Peer Networking Forum

    9/22/2020
    COVID-19 Weekly Call for Provider Members

    9/23/2020
    Affordable Housing Providers COVID-19 Weekly Call

    9/29/2020
    COVID-19 Weekly Call for Provider Members

    9/30/2020
    Affordable Housing Providers COVID-19 Weekly Call

    9/30/2020
    Free Webinar | Disaster Communications

    10/6/2020 » 10/8/2020
    2020 LeadingAge Maryland Annual Conference - Together

    10/6/2020
    Directors of Nursing - Peer Networking Forum

    10/6/2020
    COVID-19 Weekly Call for Provider Members