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November 10, 2017




November 10, 2017




Race to Lead

One might think that the not-for-profit sector would be leading the way in more closely representing the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. in its board and staff leadership. However, the percentage of people of color in the top staff leadership role has remained under 20% even as the country and the not-for-profit workforce have become more diverse.


To explore this further, the Building Movement Project conducted a Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey.  There is broad agreement that the lack of diversity in nonprofit leadership is a problem. And, the findings from over 4,000 respondents are quite interesting as they challenge some of the common assumptions the sector makes in attempting to increase diversity, inclusion and equity.


The report Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap is an important read. Let’s see if there are ways, that by working together, we can create some change and increase the diversity of leaders in our organizations that provide supports and services to older adults. Click here to access the report.




Jill Schumann

President and CEO





Life Enrichment


Life Enrichment Professionals Discuss Processing Grief in the Workplace

On November 7, the Life Enrichment/Activities/Therapeutic Recreation Peer Network held its quarterly forum at The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant. Kate Kavitski of Ingleside at King Farm gave a wonderful presentation, Creative Arts Therapy Tools for Processing Grief in the Workplace. The group also heard from Terri Canaday of Season's Hospice. Please contact Deborah Adler at or 240-750-9925 if you are interested in joining this Peer Network.


U.S. News Names Best Nursing Homes for 2017-2018

U.S. News & World Report listed the best nursing homes for 2017-2018 and several LeadingAge Maryland members were mentioned as top performers! Congratulations to Bayleigh Chase, Broadmead, Collington, Fairhaven, Heron Point of Chestertown, Ingleside at King Farm, Little Sisters of the Poor and Roland Park Place! Click here to see more.




LeadingAge Maryland maintains a Job Board on our website and posts jobs free of charge to members. To post a job, please contact Deborah Adler at Click here to see current job postings.




Make Your Voice Heard

Congress is currently considering many issues that affect the lives of seniors and their service providers. We need your help to make sure Congress hears how their actions impact you. Please take a moment to contact your representatives. Two main issues are in the news this week:

  • Tax Legislation Could Hurt Seniors 
  • Housing Funding on the Line

Click here to learn how to make your voice heard.





Tuesday StandUp

LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to offer Tuesday StandUp, a clinical learning opportunity, every other Tuesday at 10:00 am. The call is designed to be a narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience, referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue. The next Tuesday StandUp will be on November 14. Denise Shope of RCM&D will be speaking on Documentation from the Medical/Legal Perspective. Dial 310-372-7549 and use pass code 505134 to join the call!



Life Enrichment Peer Network


Peer Networks

Interested in networking and collaborating with professional peers on important issues? Join a Peer Network! Upcoming Peer Network Forums are already scheduled for

  • Social Workers (January 9 at Ginger Cove)

  • Staff Educators (January 24 at The Village at Rockville)

  • Life Enrichment Professionals (February 6 at Friends House)

Meetings for LNHAs and Facility Managers are in the process of being scheduled for early 2018. For more information or to register, contact Deborah Adler at or 240-750-9925.


Finance & Strategy Symposium 2017

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC bring you the 2017 Finance & Strategy Symposium! This one-day event, sponsored by Ziegler, provides an overview of the most recent industry trends, highlights of innovative case studies from around the country, and ample time for networking!

Topics will include:

  • A State of Aging Services overview based on Ziegler research and experience
  • Insights on cyber security as well as perspectives from a member organization victimized by a phishing scam
  • How to be a talent magnet in an era of workforce challenges
  • Case studies of one campus that has made a turnaround and another that is growing rapidly
  • A panel of board members who will reflect on the role of governance in the future and what keeps them up at night

Learn more here.


LeadingAge Mid-Atlantic CCRC/Life Plan Community Marketing Symposium

LeadingAge Maryland, along with LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Virginia, will host the LeadingAge Mid-Atlantic CCRC/Life Plan Community Marketing Symposium on December 5 in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Topics include

  • Reframing Aging
  • Budgeting for Marketing as an Investment
  • Digital and Integrated Marketing Strategies
  • Segmentation
  • Research on How Consumers Use the Internet
  • Roundtables on Topics of Interest.

To register or learn more, click here.


Dementia Symposium 2017

Join LeadingAge Maryland, LeadingAge DC and Ingleside at King Farm for Bridging the Gap-- Dementia Symposium 2017: Practical Solutions for Family and Professional Care Partners.  This one day symposium, to be held on December 15, 2017 at Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, is geared toward family caregivers as well as professionals, and will cover:

  • The Benefits of Caregiving
  • Research Update
  • Panel Discussion on Hot Topics and Common Challenges Care Partners Face
  • Eldercare/Resident Rights
  • Thoughts from a Neurologist
  • Care Partner Perspectives

Learn more here.


Senior Housing Manager Program

January 24-25, 2018

Join LeadingAge Virginia for a two day Senior Housing Manager Program.

This workshop targets Independent Living and Affordable Housing Managers, and covers many topics specific to housing, such as legal and financial issues, aging in place, resident safety, changes in resident levels of care, wellness programs, community partnerships, management and supervisory skills, emergency preparedness, and much more. For additional details, click here.


SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program FY 2018 Final Rule Call 

November 16, 2017, 1:30 pm  to 3 pm

Learn how the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program will affect Medicare’s payments to your SNF beginning October 1, 2018, as well as details on how CMS will translate SNF performance scores into value-based incentive payments. CMS will also discuss policies finalized in the FY 2018 final rule. Learn more here.


New Provider Training on LTC Survey Process

There is new Provider training on the LTC survey process posted on the Surveyor Training Website. Run time is about an hour. Click here to learn more.  


Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter Educational Tool

A new Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter Educational Tool is available. Learn about:

* How to avoid common billing errors and other erroneous activities

* How to address and avoid the top issues this quarter. Learn more here.


The ECRI Institute Releases Two New White Papers

Click on the titles below to download the latest white papers from the ECRI Institute.




Phase 2 Requirements of Participation: Are You Ready?

November 16, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Join LeadingAge for an expert-led presentation on the key strategies for successful implementation of the new Phase 2 Requirements for Participation scheduled to take effect Nov. 28, 2017. This engaging webinar will outline the most current information and key components of the new requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home providers. Click here to register and learn more.


Getting Savvy with the New LTC Survey Process

November 30, 2017, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Join LW Consulting for Getting Savvy with the New LTC Survey Process. Topics include:

* Regulation Reform (including the Affordable Care Act and the Impact Act)

* F-Tag Renumbering

* New Interpretive Guidelines (Appendix PP)

* The Traditional Survey Process

* Goals of the Quality Indicator Survey

* The Seven Sections of the New LTC Survey

Learn more here.


Person Directed Care in Adult Day: Meeting the Needs of Those Living with Dementia

December 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Person-directed practices empower adult day teams to be highly responsive and creative care partners to those who live with dementia. The key is to reframe so-called “behaviors” as the unmet needs that the individual is trying to communicate.  Participants will explore specific tools designed to highlight and address expressions of need, which include seven domains of well-being and the antidotes to loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  These impactful approaches are highly practical, proactive rather than reactive, and also prepare teams to meet regulatory expectations that are increasingly focused on practices that put the person first. There is no need to pre-register. Simply join the meeting by Skype right before.Then call 240-669-5802 and use conference ID 357949.




CHAI's Senior Shuttles Arrive

At long last, CHAI's new Senior Shuttles have arrived! Through a grant from the MTA, CHAI has added two new buses to the Northwest Senior Shuttle. The new vehicles will enable the organization to expand its services in Park Heights and Pikesville.


Integrace Institute to Host Research Forum

The Integrace Institute at Copper Ridge is hosting its inaugural Person-Centered Research Forum on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The day will feature transparent conversations about findings, implications and the challenges and opportunities of conducting research within the aging services field.  For more information or to register, click here. Special rates are available for family caregivers and students.


Baker Tilly to Host 2018 Not-for-Profit and Healthcare Executive Forum

Save January 25, 2018 from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm to join Baker Tilly’s assurance, tax and risk consulting specialists as they discuss the latest accounting, financial and operational issues and developments to help enhance a not-for-profit organization’s effectiveness. CPE credits will be provided. More details will be provided soon.




CMS News


CMS Posts Survey and Certification Memo:  18-02-NH on Clarification Regarding Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program Waiver and Appeal Requirements

According to the memo, if a facility loses the authority to operate a NATCEP/CEP program it may regain the ability to operate its program prior to end the 2-year ban through the following:

  •  State Authority to Waive NATCEP/CEP disapproval
  •  CMS Regional Office authority to waive disapproval of NATCEP/CEP due to CMPs
  • Appeal Rights in Cases due to Extended/Partial Survey
  • Other Considerations such as IDR process

Download the Memo and the Grid for the waiver and appeals process.


MedPAC Discusses Transition to Unified PAC PPS

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) continued its analyses and recommendations supporting the shift to a unified post-acute care prospective payment system (PAC PPS) during its November meeting. In light of its previous recommendations, which support the implementation of a unified PAC PPS in 2021, much sooner than the timeline for consideration in the IMPACT Act of 2014, MedPAC explored policy options that could become recommendations in advance of a new system. Learn more here.


Medicaid Chief Announces New 'Vision' for Program

The future of Medicaid will include a stronger focus on the relationship between the federal and state governments, as well as fewer barriers to innovation within the program, the head of the program shared recently.

Recent growth within the Medicaid program has bumped up the amount of oversight and regulations states have had to deal with, conceded Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. Click here to learn more.


Draft Interpretive Guidance- HH CoPs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a draft version of the home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) Interpretative Guidelines (IGs). The final rule delaying the new Home Health CoPs was posted in the July 10, 2017 Federal Register.  The rule delays the effective/compliance date for an additional six months until January 13, 2018. Learn more here.


Housing News


Mandatory Use of Capital Needs Assessment Tool (CNA e Tool) Begins

Mandatory use of this new tool for new FHA insurance applications began November 1; additional use requirements will begin February 1, 2018. Tutorials on the tool and other resources are also now available online. Click here for details.


Submit CY18 Service Coordinator Grant Extensions by November 20

HUD document Grant Extension Application Instructions for the Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing for the Elderly and Disabled for calendar year 2018 (CY 2018) is now available and must be acted on by November 20. Learn more here.


Comment on Draft Service Coordination Guide by November 27

A draft of a new, more comprehensive guide for service coordinators in Multifamily Housing for the Elderly and Disabled and quality assurance professionals has been developed by HUD and was posted online on October 26, 2017, for a 30 day comment period. Learn more here.


Other National News


HHS Strategic Plan Focuses on Workforce and Person Centered Care in HCBS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft of its FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan in the Federal Register for comments. LeadingAge is pleased to see workforce, person-centered care and the federal government collaborating with faith based community organizations to serve older adults and persons with disabilities listed as future strategy priorities in the HHS Draft strategic plan. View details here.


Participate in a Landmark Study on Life Plan Communities

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is partnering with Northwestern University in conducting the Age Well Study, a five-year analysis of the benefits of living in a Life Plan Community–-and your community is invited to participate! Click here to learn more.


Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health Grant Opportunity:Improving Individual and Family Outcomes through Continuity and Coordination of Care in Hospice (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) Synopsis 1

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research that focuses on reducing negative individual and family outcomes related to unwanted transitions at the end of life and optimizing the individual and family outcomes related to high quality coordination of care of care of individuals who are enrolled in hospice.  Learn more here.


Member-Exclusive Resources Available on LeadingAge Site

RoP Tools and Resources are available on the LeadingAge website.  New Phase 2 tools and resources include the following topics:

  • Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation QuickPath
  • Staff Competency QuickPath
  • Transfer, Notice, and Discharge QuickPath
  • Medication Management QuickPath
  • QAPI QuickPath
  • Resident Rights QuickPath


LeadingAge Maryland members may also join LeadingAge listservs, a great way to connect with peers, get answers to questions and share knowledge with colleagues. As a reminder, these tools are for LeadingAge provider members only. You will need to create a MyLeadingAge Login. Visit to sign up.







Questions? Contact Jill Schumann at or 410-274-2893.

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