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February 12, 2018




February 12, 2018




Off to a strong start

LeadingAge Maryland is off to an active start in the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. Be sure to call in every-other-Friday at 11:00AM to our Policy Update Calls and put March 22 on your calendar for our Legislative Dinner in Annapolis. A written update on bills of interest will be provided periodically. As of this writing it looks like the new paid time off provisions will go into effect on February 11 and I know that many of you have specific questions about this, particularly as it pertains to PRN employees. The Department of Labor has not yet provided specifics, but we are working with Whiteford Taylor Preston to get answers to your questions, so please stay tuned. Much is moving at the national level as well, so be certain you have updated your preferences in your MyLeadingAge account to be sure you are receiving all of the information you desire from LeadingAge.


We are putting the final touches on the 2018 LeadingAge Maryland Annual Conference Life on Purpose and it promises to be our best conference yet. Be sure to put April 17-18 on your calendars. Registration will open soon.




Jill Schumann

President and CEO




Applications open for Leadership Academy

The LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia 2018-2019 Leadership Academy is now accepting applications.Theyear-long leadership program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit aging services leaders.Clickhereto learn more and download the application. Deadline is March 2.


Spring intern

Antonio Phillips is the Spring Intern at LeadingAge Maryland who is helping to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Antonio has interned in the past for Maxim Healthcare Services, a staffing agency built to help meet the needs of their patients, families, and customers. Antonio is currently finishing his undergraduate career at Towson University, studying in the field of Healthcare Management with an aspiration to one day become CEO of a leading healthcare organization.



LeadingAge Maryland maintains a Job Board on our website and posts jobs free of charge to members. To post a job, please contact Jill Clickhereto see current job postings.





Policy Update Calls - next call February 16

February 16 and every-other-Friday at 11:00AM, join us for our Policy Update Calls. Aaron Greenfield and Jill Schumann will provide updates on the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session and highlights of Federal issues. Dial 310-372-7549 and use pass code 505134.


Tuesday StandUp - next session February 20

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 February 20. Dial 310-372-7549 and use pass code 505134 to join the call!


Creative Ageing with Jennie Smith-Peters - February 21

The Global Ageing Network’s next Wisdom Talk will focus on creative ageing and the importance of giving a voice to older adults through the arts. Our featured speaker is Jennie Smith-Peers, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), an organization that is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy ageing, and to developing programs that build upon that relationship. February 21 at 4:00 pm, 2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. RSVP through LeadingAgehere.


Life Enrichment Peer Network

Peer Networks

Social Workers on February 27

Nursing Home Administrators on March 7

Interested in networking and collaborating with professional peers on important issues? Join a Peer Network!

  • The Social Work Peer Network Forum will be held on February 27 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM and will be hosted by Mercy Ridge, 2525 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD.
  • The Nursing Home Administrators Peer Network Forum will be heldMarch 7 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Asbury Methodist Village, 301 RussellAvenue, Gaithersburg, MD.


For more information or to RSVP, contact Allison Ciborowski


PEAK Leadership Summit - March 18-21

Broaden your perspective and expand your thinking, at the preeminent leadership forum for top-tier executives in the aging services field. The PEAK Leadership Summit is your professional community's meeting place-where like minds and divergent thinkers come together to explore the strategies and best practices needed to respond with quality to the ever-changing needs of the aging population. Ask questions, address issues, tackle challenges, and harness the opportunities of a fast-growing field-all in four thought-provoking days of personal interaction and high-level idea exchange. Save the date and join the country's top aging services business leaders, experts, and advocates in Washington, DC, March 18 - 21, 2018.Learn more here.


Legislative Dinner - March 22

Please plan to attend the annual LeadingAge Maryland Legislative Dinner. This year we will be hosting members of the Maryland Senate Finance Committee and the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee at the Chart House in Annapolis on March 22 beginning at 6:30PM. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with legislators who address issues of interest to us.


LeadingAge Maryland Annual Conference: Life on Purpose - April 17-18

We’ve got a great line up of speakers, workshops, Experience Exchanges, and more! Be sure to mark your calendars now and bring your team. Registration will open soon. For information about exhibiting, please contact Jill Schumann –


NABVerify: your personal continuing education account

Long-term care administrators (NHA, RCAL, and/or HCBS) must create a CE registry account for your continuing education credits to be verified. Beginning onApril 1, 2018, program sponsors will be required to upload their conference records into NAB's CE Registry. Credits cannot be uploaded by an individual licensee or by a NAB sponsor until the individual practitioner creates an account and has a NAB CE Registry ID number. Before creating your new account, please read theNABVerify User Guide. After you have activated your account, log in at: Once logged in, you will see a link directing you to the "HSE Application/CE Registry."


On-Demand Training

New Requirements of Participation Phase 1 & 2 Tools and Resources


CMS Surveyor Emergency Preparedness Training

(Click "I am a provider." Next, click on the course catalog and search for the "Emergency Preparedness" course. You do not need a username and password when accessing the course through the provider link.)


CMS archived podcast and transcripts


CMS September 7 Nursing Home Home Facility Assessment Tool and State Operations Manual Revision call

presentation, audio and transcript


Affordable Housing: HUDchannel


Predictions: Adult Day and Community Services in the New Administration





ASC 606: Implementation guidance for CCRCs

February 22, 2018

12-1 pm

Join Baker Tilly and A.V. Powell & Associates for a webinar focused on the recently released ASC 606 draft implementation guidance for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Obtain an understanding of FASB ASC 606 and review the AICPAs implementation guidance for FASB ASC 606 specific to CCRCs, including: accounting for monthly/periodic fees, nonrefundable entrance fees and refundable entrance fees, obligation to provide future services and facilities, significant financing component considerations for CCRC contracts.Register here.





Sagepoint receives nonprofit of the year award

Sagepoint Senior Living Services named 2017 St. Charles Chamber nonprofit of the year

Sagepoint Senior Living Services was selected as the 2017 Chamber Non-Profit of the Year by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a Charles County Chamber organization that exemplifies high standards of ethics in public service. Sagepoint has built strong relationships with local health providers, faith organizations and community resources to provide a continuum of the best care for senior residents.


The Graham Company now employee owned

In 2017, LeadingAge Maryland Gold Sponsor, The Graham Company, one of the region’s largest insurance and employee benefits brokers, became a 100% employee-owned company through an Employee stock Ownership Plan.




CEO transitions

  • Dr. Edgar Mallick retired as CEO of Ginger Cove at the end of 2017 and Bill Holman began as CEO in January. We wish both of them the best.
  • Andrea Dwyer is serving as Interim Administrator at Sagepoint Senior Living Services.
  • Sal Molite, CEO of Edenwald, passed away suddenly on New Year's Eve. Our sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.


Messina joins HJ Sims

HJ Sims has named Melissa Messina as a senior vice president of investment banking. Prior to joining HJ Sims, she was a principal in the Baltimore and Washington DC offices of Miles & Stockbridge and a member of the firm's Real Estate and Transactional Finance Practice.





New Listserv

For LeadingAge members who work in communications, social media, and media relations, this listserv is a resource for connection, sharing and discussing approaches, best practices, opportunities and insights on message creation, management, and media outreach. You can join the listserv by logging intomyleadingage.organd selecting the listserv on the subscription page. It will go live on Feb. 13.


LeadingAge approves advocacy policy priorities

The LeadingAge National Board of Directors recently approved a set of advocacy priorities for 2018. Read morehere.


CMS Nursing Home Five-Star updates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Ratings report included important information about the Health Inspection Rating. Beginning in February, the survey findings of the new Long-Term Care Survey Process will be published on Nursing Home Compare. The health inspection ratings will be based on two cycles of data instead of three. Cycle 1 (most recent surveys prior to November 28, 2017) and Cycle 2 (previous surveys from November 28, 2015 through November 27, 2016). The technical user guide has yet to be released.


CMS will be using fourth quarter 2017 PBJ data to replace the existing staffing measures posted on Nursing Home Compare website and used in the Five-Star Quality Rating System.CMS also reminded providers that PBJ deadline for October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 is February 14, 2018, and CMS is planning to introduce PBJ based staffing measures in April 2018. There is discussion about discontinuing the CMS 671 staffing form around the same time. The initial data from one quarter will be reported. Providers who have not submitted staffing data by the deadline will have their overall staffing and RN staffing ratings suppressed. CMS will release the methodology for the staffing measures prior to displaying the new measures on Nursing Home Compare website.






How do you help employees "stick" to your organization?

Therese Provencher, Talent and Culture Learning Director, at National Lutheran Communities and Services (a LeadingAge Maryland member organization), recently published a blog post for the Association for Talent Development.Read the article here. Want to learn more? Therese will also be presenting a webinar on this topic on February 16 from 1:00-2:00PM EST.More information can be found here.



HJ Sims white paper on tax reform

Access it here.


New dementia care guidance from Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association last week released new recommendations designed to shape dementia care practices in nursing homes, assisted living, and home and community-based services. They will share these recommendations with federal policymakers in February. The guidelines specifically focus on guiding person-centered care in all settings that provide long term services and supports, including tips for community-based and residential care providers on detecting, diagnosing and medically managing patients. Other topics include assessment and care planning; information, education and support; ongoing care for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia; support of activities in daily living; staffing; supportive and therapeutic environments; transitions and coordination of services. For more information, seeDementia Care Practice Recommendations.


CMS updates LTCSP resources

CMS has updated the Long Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP) resources listed on the dedicatednursing home webpage; specifically, the scope and severity grid that outlines assessment factors used to determine the seriousness of deficiency matrix. In addition, this page includes information such as, LTCSP training slides, F-tag crosswalk, LTC Survey Pathways, and the LTCSP interim revisit instructions.


CMS releases revised survey protocol on home health conditions of participation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releasedrevised protocol for surveyorsrelating to the new Home Health Conditions of Participation that are in effect as of January 13. The update provides more information on how home health agencies will be surveyed under the new CoPs, which dictate how providers qualify to offer Medicare-certified services. The update comes as home health agencies are still waiting on the finalized interpretive guidelines (IGs) from CMS on the new regulations. The IGs are likely to offer additional explanations for certain requirements. The revised CoP protocols assign new survey G tags to the standards and provide more information about how surveyors will prepare for home health agency surveys. The new tags went into use on January 22. CMS will be hosting a Home Health Review and Correct Reports Webinar on Tuesday, March 6, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST.Click here to register. Please see theHome Health Quality Reporting Training webpagefor details.



















Questions? Contact Jill Schumann atjschumann@leadingagemaryland.orgor 410-274-2893.

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