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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.


***Fall Emerging Leaders Application Deadline - August 1 *** | Click Here


Things Don't Slow Down in the Summer

LeadingAge Maryland has a lot going on this summer and we hope you will be able to take advantage of these many opportunities:

  • Continuing Care at Home Work Group – July 8
  • PDPM Strategy Workshop for Leadership Teams – July 9
  • Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Workshop & Learning Community – July 11
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Work Group – July 30
  • Summer Symposium – All things technology for all settings – August 1
  • Workforce Symposium – August 22
  • Peer Network Forums for MDS Coordinators, NHAs, Social Work, Spiritual Life and Executive Assistants
  • And, Tuesday Stand-Up, Workforce Wednesdays, and Housing Happenings calls

We’re also on the road visiting members, connecting to LeadingAge national professional staff gatherings, meeting with legislators and regulators, planning for the rest of 2019, and looking forward to 2020. There is more information in this issue of News and Notes and always on our website. This is your association so let us know what’s important to you and how we can help.


- Jill | President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland
jschumann@leadingagemaryland.org 410-274-2893


***LAST CHANCE*** Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Coaching and Learning Community Launch - July 11


CMS has mandated that all nursing homes must implement trauma-informed care by November 2019. This is a great opportunity to go on the journey with others.Send two people (or more) from your organization to the July 11 session.The morning will focus on the process of implementing trauma-informed care and the afternoon will launch a learning community that will begin a step-by-step implementation process from now until November. No need to do this alone – join us on the journey!


This first meeting is in person and the other meetings will be virtual. Copies of materials and the guidebook will be provided – and so will lunch! The session will be held at Augsburg Home and Village in Baltimore County – just off the Liberty Rd exit of the 695 beltway and also off the Northern Parkway exit of Route 83. Faculty will include Jill Schumann and Lisa Schiller, LCSW, Executive Director of MHY Family Services, an organization committed to trauma-informed care and many years into its practice. Register here


What if...Our 2019 conference conference takeaway series continues

Survival of the Collaborator: PDPM Financial Strategies for Success with PDPM

Melissa Sabo, COO of Gravity Healthcare Consulting, was dubbed "the Lebron James of PDPM" by one of the attendees in her session for her wealth of knowledge and expert delivery. With the growing emphassis on value and not volume, the coordination of all post-acute services and interdisciplinary team collaboration will be needed. Sabo's presentation provided strategies and solutions to promote team collaboration and communication, incorporating employee accountability, with the goal of delivering person-centered care to every resident and achieving the associated CMI/RUG levels under PDPM.

To download this and other presentations from the 2019 conference click here.



We are pleased to report that our three major platinum sponsor are with us again for 2019. Many thanks to Assisted Rehab, Remedi SeniorCare and Ziegler. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us as a business member or sponsor. 

- Sponsored Content -

Welcome to our new Bronze Sponsor, Medline!




Webinars & Events



PDPM Strategy Workshop for Leadership Teams
July 9 | Buckingham's Choice, Frederick, MD

- Offered in Collaboration with HealthPRO-Heritage -

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This is not your average PDPM seminar. This is an interactive, solutions focused workshop that will guide leadership teams through the development of PDPM work plans for their organizations. Attendees will learn about key PDPM success drivers, complete a detailed gap analysis for their organization for each of the key PDPM success drivers, and ultimately collaborate with peers to design work plans and strategies to prepare their organizations for coming changes. This seminar is ideal for clinical and operations leadership teams, or anyone wanting to help better prepare their organization for the changes coming with the new payment model.


Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Workshop
July 11 | Augsburg Home and Village, Baltimore, MD

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Summer Symposium: Technology: Now, and Not Yet
August 1 | Ginger Cove, Annapolis, MD

- Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge DC -

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You asked, we listened…September is a crazy month, you said. Let’s move the Fall Leaders Forum to the summer when things are at least marginally calmer. And, everyone has flagged technology-related topics of interest. So mark your calendars and bring your team to the Summer Symposium August 1 as we enjoy Ginger Cove’s remarkable hospitality.


The speaker line up is great and the program will be interactive and aimed at the broadest possible audience:

  • John Grencer, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, PA sharing the amazing intersections of rehabilitation and bleeding edge technology – now and on the horizon.
  • Camille Rousseau – a favorite presenter in an interactive session discussing what the aging services field can learn from Silicone Valley culture – from his experience in “boot camp”
  • Scott Code – LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST) on telehealth, social engagement technology, affordable housing opportunities, and resources available
  • “Beyond Keeping the Lights On”  - a panel convened by Hartman Executive Advisors on the role of technology in supporting the mission and vision of not-for-profit aging services organizations
  • LeadingAge Town Hall – a lunchtime opportunity to shape the national policy agenda for 2020

Mid-Atlantic Workforce Symposium

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC, LeadingAge Pennsylvania, LeadingAge Virginia -

August 22 | 8:30AM-4PM
Goodwin House, Falls Church, VA

Gain practical insights to support your organization in recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce. CE available for nursing home administrators (through NAB) and human resources professionals (through SHRM). Speakers include individuals from OnShift, Holleran Consulting, Activated Insights - Great Places to Work, Asbury Communities, and more. Topics will include:
  • Exploring the causal relationship between resident and staff engagement, and how to optimize each
  • Challenges and solutions in hiring and retaining GNAs
  • The role of technology and innovation in tackling today’s workforce challenges
  • Creative practices for creating workforce pipelines
  • Collaborative, multi-faceted approaches to addressing workforce shortages

Marketing and Communications Symposium - Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC
September 18 | Covenant Woods Retirement Community, Mechanicsville,VA

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

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Join other marketing and communications professionals and learn the latest trends in digital marketing, public relations and applications. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with your peers. Topics include:

  • Harnessing the Opportunity of Online Reviews
  • Utilizing e-Tactics to Increase Revenue
  • Getting the Attention of the Adult Child
  • Creative Entry Fees and Initiatives


Finance and Strategy Symposium *** Save the Date***
November 21 | Location TBD

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC and Sponsored by Ziegler -

Join finance, administration, marketing, clinical and other professionals for this one-day event, sponsored by Ziegler. The event will cover the most recent industry trends, highlights of innovative case studies from around the country, and ample time for networking! 

Select Rehabilitation is pleased to present the first in a series of special complimentary webinars dedicated to positioning providers for success under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) to LeadingAge Maryland members.

Learn More & Register



July 16, 2019

The Importance and Impact of Accurate Nursing Documentation

August 20, 2019

The Final Rule: PDPM, Here We Come!

September 17, 2019

We’re All in This Together: Final Prep for PDPM

What: A narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue associated with providing care, supports and services for older adults.

When: All calls are held 10-10:15AM every-other Tuesday. 

July 9 - ICD-10 Coding - The Basics
Matt Nash, VP of Strategic Development, Preferred Therapy Solution

July 23 - Quality Outcomes
Liz Barlow, Senior Director of Quality, RehabCare

What: A convenient way to learn new ideas and solutions related to building engaged, healthy workforces within their organization. A variety of topics, ideas, practices, and solutions will be discussed.

When: All calls are held 12-12:30PM on the first Wednesday of each month. 

August 7 - Rethinking Your Performance Appraisal Process
Rob McMonagle, Senior Director of Human Resources - Asbury Communities, Inc.

What: Short, practical learning sessions for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings.

When: The third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:15am

July 17 - Fair Housing and Disabilities
Colleen Bloom, Director for Housing Operations, LeadingAge

Free networking and learning opportunities exclusively for nonprofit provider members. Please share these opportunities with others in your organizations who would be interested to connect with and learn from peers. Most networks meet quarterly for an in person meeting. To be added to the email list for any of the our networks, please contact Allison Ciborowski. Find out more about our Peer Networks here

August 6 - MDS Coordinators

August 8 - Nursing Home Administrators

August 14 - Social Work
10AM-2PM | Ingleside at King's Farm, Rockville, MD

August 15 - Spiritual Life
10AM-12PM | The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant

September 24 - Executive Assistants
10AM-2PM | Roland Park Place

October 11 - Philanthropy
10AM-2PM | Carroll Lutheran Village

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contact Allison Ciborowskior 410-925-1295.



A Non-Techy's Take on the LeadingAge CAST Collaborative Care & HIT Summit


Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the LeadingAge CAST Collaborative Care & HIT Summit with more than 250 other providers, technology vendors, and healthcare professionals from across the country. The focus of this event was on collaborative care, with a variety of sessions and panel discussions around how providers of all kinds can best connect and work together to promote optimal health for those in their care. Much of the conversations focused on issues related to data and information sharing, privacy and security, and the future of using data to make a difference using tools like AI and machine learning. Although I’m no techy, here are a few key take aways of note:

  • AI and machine learning will enable to us predict and anticipate a myriad of outcomes and needs – however, our algorithms are only as good as our data
  • Care coordination – both within and between organizations and providers – will be the key to truly optimizing outcomes and wellness
  • The ways in which we can share data between organizations is changing rapidly. CAST is working on guidelines for Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Health Information Network (HIN) membership, to help members better understand and engage with these groups

One of the Keynotes included a riveting session by Peter Kress, Chief Information Officer at Acts. In regards to privacy, Kress argues that “We have already given up our privacy, knowingly or unknowingly. Now the conversation is about transparency”. Kress closed with a discussion around our role in balancing data and information with human autonomy.“Our algorithms need to follow a code of behavior that honors human agency through the process.”

Interested to learn more about technology? Join us August 1 for our Summer Symposium, where we will explore a variety of technology related topics. Also, be sure to check out the LeadingAge CAST website and resources, and engage in the conversation and learning happening through the LearningHub and LeadingAge listservs!

- Allison | Director of Member Relations, LeadingAge Maryland
aciborowski@leadingagemaryland.org 410-925-1295

Attention Philanthropy Professionals! Philanthropy Peer Network Holds First Planning Meeting


LeadingAge Maryland will be starting a new peer network designed specifically for those involved in philanthropy, fundraising, and development within our member organizations. On June 27, a small group of philanthropy professionals met to plan for our initial meeting, which will be held October 11 from 10am-2pm at Millers Grant in Ellicott City, Maryland. Special thanks to Michelle Lacey of Roland Park Place, Susan Mayernick of the Asbury Foundation, and Janet Buchanan of Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland for helping us get this group started! Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks. To be added to this new network, please contact Allison at aciborowski@leadingagemaryland.org or 410-925-1295.

Did you miss a recent #TuesdayStandUp #WorkforceWednesday or #HousingHappenings call? Don't worry, recordings are now available.

Redesigning Your Clinical Meetings in Preparation for PDPM
Elisa Bovee, VP of Clinical Strategies, HealthPRO-Heritage
Listen Now >
What Does Your Workforce Actually Need?
Seth Anthony, Director of Sales, Marketing & Business Development, Holleran
Listen Now >


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To include an opening on our job board, please emailour Communications Manager,Deanne Bellin.


Integrace Institute to Receive the Excellence in Applied Research Award

The Global Ageing Network Excellence in Applied Research recognizes research focused on understanding and/or solving challenges and needs in provider settings or that can influence service and supports. Research must demonstrate a commitment to “giving back” to the field by sharing research findings with peers.

Integrace Institute will receive the Excellence in Applied Research Award at the2019 Global Ageing Network/OLTCA Conferencewhich takes place on September 18-20 in Toronto, ON, Canada. Read the full article >

Welcome New Business Member Miles Stockbridge

LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to welcome the Miles Stockbridge law firm as a new business member. The law firm has seven locations in the mid-Atlantic region and practices across many fields including healthcare, financing and affordable housing and community development

We love to hear from our members. Please send any information regarding transitions, events, accomplishments and awards to Deanne Bellin:dbellin@leadingagemaryland.org



Member Survey Deadline Extended Until August 2

If you complete the survey between June 6th and August 2nd you will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks sent to your email. You will also be automatically entered into a drawing to win one free registration and lodging at the host hotel for the 2019 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO in San Diego (October 27-30). More Info >

LeadingAge Ohio Launches "Careers That Love You Back" Poster Campaign

LeadingAge Ohio has created "Careers That Love You Back", a poster campaign for providers and teachers to introduce students to jobs across the range of older adult services -- from affordable housing to hospice. Posters can be customized with your community's logo and include a teacher's guide. More Info >

Sign-up for the HUD REAC NSPIRE Listserv

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Office invites you to subscribe to its National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) mailing list. This is an easy way to stay informed. More Info >

LeadingAge Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

We hope to see you at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in San Diego on October 27-30. Registration is now open. More Info >

Are you on the LeadingAge ListServs? Need help setting up your MyLeadingAge account?

There has been a lot of interesting information circulated via the LeadingAge National ListServs recently. Login or Create your My.LeadingAge account to make sure that you're not missing out!

Creating a My.LeadingAge account is easy:

  1. Visit https://my.leadingage.org/
  2. Click Create
  3. Enter your current work email address and provide the requested information

After creating your account, visit us again to select the e-communications you want to receive, update your contact information, and more all from your new My.LeadingAge account. 

You'll receive an email to let you know once your account is active at which time you can reset your temporary password.

After you log in, changing your password is easy:

  1. Visit https://my.leadingage.org/
  2. Log in using the username and temporary password provided above
  3. Click My.LeadingAge Profile located on the top right corner of your screen
  4. Click Your Info/Account Settings/Manage Logins
  5. Click Change Password
  6. Follow the directions to create a password at least eight characters long with at least one digit and one letter. Passwords cannot contain special characters.


Executive Order Puts Greater Emphasis on Breaking Down Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing

The Executive Order Establishing a White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing establishes a Council made up of Cabinet Secretaries and other appointed officials to lead a project to work with all stakeholders to identify regulations and administrative practices that impede the development of affordable housing and suggest solutions that use current authorities. There is neither funding nor new program authority attached to the EO. LeadingAge will submit suggestions when the opportunity to comment becomes available and monitor developments during the 12 month time line allocated for the work. Reducing regulatory barriers has been a goal of this Administration since it began. Prior efforts by other Administrations have demonstrated that this can be a challenging enterprise.

CMS FY 2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Updates

The FY 2020 ICD-10-CM diagnosis code updates are available on the 2020 ICD-10-CM webpage.

Should Nonprofits Be More Businesslike?

The co-founder of B-Lab says that the corporate attributes being pushed at nonprofit organizations are weaknesses, not strengths, and could compromise the future of nonprofits at a critical time. Read the full article >

Grants Available for Nonprofit Organizations that Support Seniors Aging in Place

Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations, including congregations and community-based programs, that support seniors aging in place in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Grant proposals must address at least one of the following critical needs faced by seniors: navigating and accessing healthcare and social services; chronic disease management; dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss; social isolation; transportation; and housing. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $22,000. The proposal deadline is July 31, 2019. Visit the Impact1890 website to learn more about the Program and how to submit an online proposal.

Managing Opiods, Pain, and Chronic Disease: Critical Steps in Addressing Population Health

This three-part webinar series from HealthStream will discuss the important role of maintaining and growing staff competencies in the collective effort to improve patient and resident outcomes. More Info >


Webinar | Game On! Approaches to Catching and Keeping an All-Star Team


Please join the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement (NNHQI) Campaign on Thursday, July 11 from 3-4PM to explore approaches to creating a culture of staff stability, including what tools to use for tracking progress and additional resources for support. More Info >

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