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NEWS & NOTES

May 3, 2018

 

FIRST QUARTER RECAP

 

The first months of 2018 have been extremely positive and productive for LeadingAge Maryland. We have welcomed new members Baywoods of Annapolis, Edenwald and Hospice of the Chesapeake. New staff members Allison Ciborowski and Christen Ensor have hit the ground running. We had great advocacy success in the 2018 Maryland legislative session and hosted a Legislator Reception. Our Annual Conference was the biggest and best yet. Education, knowledge sharing and collective work is occurring through peer network forums, a training on the new skilled nursing survey process, and planning for many events, trainings, work sessions and webinars in the next few months. The first Leadership Academy Fellows completed their trainingand the second cohort has been selected. The Emerging Leaders program which is targeted to new supervisors/ managers is now accepting applications for the program beginning September 12. Members of LeadingAge DC, VA, OH, ME and NH now regularly join our Tuesday Stand-Up Calls. There is so much more - and we look forward to your involvement and ideas.


Jill

 

Jill Schumann

President and CEO

 

LeadingAge Maryland New Addition:

Christen Ensor has recently joined the LeadingAge Maryland team as the new Communications Manager. She has over 15 years Marketing and Communications experience and holds a degree in Marketing and Master in Business Administration. She has a wealth of experience working with different nonprofits and is excited to lead the communications strategy. She looks forward to working with LeadingAge members and affiliates. She can be reached at censor@leadingagemaryland.org.

 

ACTION ALERT

Tell Congress to Pass Legislation Ending theMandatory Certified Nursing Assistant Training Lockout

Quality nursing home care the public can trust is a priority for LeadingAge. Our members have pioneered innovations in care and services that have made a major difference in the lives of nursing home residents and their families.

 

However, current law has a severe penalty that causes nursing homes with fines over a certain level ($10,483 as of 2017) to automatically lose their ability to train CNAs for 2 years - even if the care deficiencies cited are unrelated to the nursing home’s CNA training program.

 

The loss of CNA training authority runs directly counter to the a nursing home’s ability to provide the highest quality of care. At a time of workforce shortages, this lockout can be a major barrier to improving and maintaining high quality of care.

 

Tell Congress that now is the time to end the mandatory CNA training lockout!

Please be sure to add your personal story to your message to Congress, especially if your organization has experience with this issue. If you are not experiencing a lockout you can still make your voice heard and your members of Congress will hear you.

 

STATE NEWS

LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Study Deadline

The LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefitsstudy deadline of May 7th is fast approaching. Members that need additional time past the deadline of May 7th, may contact Rich Cioffe,RJCioffe@hhcsinc.comfor an extension. Questionnaires are available at: http://www.hhcsinc.com/survey-questionnaires.html

The HCS study is conducted in cooperation with LeadingAge and covers 98 jobs, fringe benefits, shift differentials, turnover rates, and more. LeadingAge participants may purchase the results at the reduced rate of $165, compared to the $350 non-participant rate. The published results will report data by revenue size, profit type, bed-size, region, state, and CBSA.

NATIONAL NEWS

Proposed Payment Rule Update

On April 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)released proposed updates to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Hospice Medicare Prospective Payment Systems, the annual rules controlling payment and updating policy related to these providers. Both rules contain extensive quality provisions. The Proposed SNF rule also includes changes to the Value Based Purchasing and Quality Reporting Program. Increases of 2.4% to the market basked for skilled nursing and 1.8% for hospice are among the proposed updates, as well as significant changes to the classification systems. Comments are due by June 26, 2018.Read more at

http://leadingage.org/regulation/cms-issues-proposed-2019-payment-rule-snfs-and-hospice

 

LeadingAge National:

We launched a petition to expand and protect affordable senior housing. This petition is part of our effort to engage and grow the Seniors Action Network. Please sign the petition yourselves and encourage your members to do so as well. Here is information you can cut and paste into your newsletter and social media networks.

 

Tell Congress that we must invest more in affordable senior housing and reject the President’s proposed 22% cut to next year’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) budget.

 

We need to be loud and clear that more affordable housing is needed and any cuts to funding that threaten the availability of quality housing for older adults is unacceptable.

 

Sign the Seniors Action Network Petition for Affordable Senior Housing and tell Congress to make older adults a priority. Forward this email to your networks and ask them to stand up for affordable housing with you.SIGN THE PETITION NOW: https://bit.ly/2J8usDe

 

RECENT EVENTS

The LeadingAge Maryland Annual Conference took place on April 17 & 18, 2018 at Turf Valley Resort. The conference saw an increase of over 20% in attendees. The highlights included inspiring presentations by John Cochrane and Tiffany Manuel as well as many informative breakout sessions from industry members focusing on issues ranging from legal matters to trauma informed care. There were many opportunities to network and collaborate and motivate.

 

The Nuts and Bolts of the New Survey Process – April 5, The Village at Rockville

On April 5, more than 50 professionals from Maryland and DC gathered at The Village at Rockville to learn about the nuts and bolts of the new survey process. This interactive day featured engaging sessions lead by Maureen Kelly of LW Consulting, Inc., Jordan Darnall of Providigm, and a panel of LeadingAge Maryland members who shared personal experiences from their recent surveys.

Administrator Peer Networking Forum – March 7, Asbury Methodist Village.

On March 7th, we convened our quarterly Administrator Peer Networking Forum.

Individuals from Little Sisters of the Poor, Broadmead, Farhney-Keedy, and Asbury Methodist Village were in attendance. The day featured a discussion of recent survey experiences, products and programs that are working well, and a guest presentation by Rich Rigali of Assisted Rehab on the proposed RCS-1 payment reform. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday June 19 at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson.

 

EDUCATION, TRAINING & COLLABORATION

Congratulations to LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Leadership Academy Fellows

The first class of Leadership Academy Fellows completed the year-long program focused on collaboration, advocacy, self-reflection, work-life balance and innovation. The Academy was a great success, and that success is credited entirely to the fellows, coaches and facilitator who embraced the journey and one another. Congratulations to the 2018 Academy Fellows:



  • Donna Bolton, The Lewinsville Retirement Residence

  • Delaine Caldwell, Hermitage in Roanoke

  • Brandy Day, Williamsburg Landing

  • Anne Ellestad, Asbury Methodist Village

  • Maggie Falzone, Willowbrook Court, Country House

  • Heather Gearhart, Warm Hearth, Inc

  • Stacey Iden, The Village at Orchard Ridge

  • Heather Kennedy, Glen Meadows Retirement Community

  • Stephanie Lawrence, Vinson Hall Retirement Community

  • Elizabeth Lewis, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury

  • Matthew Meinertzhagen, Lake Prince Woods

  • Melinda Noland, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

  • Dennis Olaniyi, Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home

  • Traci Powers, Heron Point of Chestertown

  • Brian Tenney, Westminster at Lake Ridge

  • Robert Wagner, Birmingham Green


The 2019 Class of Fellows includes several people from Maryland:

  • Carla Brown, St. Joseph’s Place

  • Heather Mattingly, Asbury Solomons and Calvert County Nursing Center

  • Cynthia Perez, Asbury Methodist Village

  • Dennis Poremski, Asbury Solomons

  • Cecelia Roe, Ingleside Senior Living

We know they, too, will have a great experience!


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 Tuesday StandUp Schedule is below.Dial 310-372-7549 and use pass code 505134 to join the call!


May 15 - Managing Customer Expectations -Raf Haciski and Bette McNee

May 29- Onboarding Best Practices- Raf Haciski and Bette McNee

June 12-Pharmacogenomics: Uses and Benefits- Jen Diveny, PharmD

June 26-Ethics Case Study Discussion - Michael Gillette, Phd


To listen to recordings of past sessions, please click here.

 

 

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:


  • Life Enrichment Professionals- May 15, 10am-3pm at Baywoods of Annapolis

          Guest speakers will address the following topics: Honoring autonomy of the individual and family wishes;                  Apps and solutions for elders and caregivers, and how to evaluate and select technology solutions.

  • Dining Professionals - Inaugural Meeting - June 5, 10am-2:30pmat Roland Park Place

    This inaugural meeting with convene dining directors and managers from across the state.

  • Social Workers- June 6, 10am-3pmat Broadmead

    Guest speakers will address the following topics: Overview of the "Money Follows the Person Program" by Rebecca Raggio of the Maryland Department of Health; Overview of the new revised SNFABN requirements by Maureen Kelly of LW Consulting.

    Service Coordinators - Inaugural Meeting - July 11 - Location TBD

  • This inaugural meeting with convene service coordinators who work in affordable senior housing communities. Any service coordinator who works for a LeadingAge Maryland non-profit member organization is invited to attend.


For more information or to RSVP, contact Allison Ciborowski at aciborowski@leadingagemaryland.orgor 240-750-9925.

 

 

WEBINARS

Practical Steps for Compliance with Maryland’s New Sick Leave Law

May 30

12:00pm

Clickhereto Register

Practical Steps for Compliance with Maryland’s New Sick Leave Law

Many of you have questions, so Whiteford Taylor Preston will host a webinar for us on May 30, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00PM outlining the details of complying with the new sick/safe leave law. Peter Guattery, a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will be the presenter. There is no cost, but you must register here.


We are grateful for this Gold Sponsor who is always willing to lend their expertise. Nine members of the firm presented legal updates at the Annual Conference and this webinar grows out of questions raised there. Please let us know if there are additional topics of interest.

 

MEMBER NEWS

Two graduate students at the University of Maryland School of Music are serving as artists-in-residence at the Collington Continuing Care retirement Community, living alongside residents and filling their lives with the transformative power of music. To watch the video and learn more please visit: https://collington.kendal.org/.

 

LeadingAge Maryland was honored to attend the building dedication of the newly remodeled Golden Ring Co-Op, a member of CSI Support and Development. This notable event was attended by co-op residents, CSI staff, community members and partners, and members of the state and local legislature. Fred Brown, President of the resident-run co-op, says that the newly renovated building has “helped us feel we are living with dignity. When we left our apartments, they felt like apartments. Now we feel we are living in new homes.” Resident Annie Ring proclaimed, “I love this place. I’m sorry you all don’t live here!”. The beautifully appointed community living areas and renovated apartments were designed by LeadingAge Maryland business member Hord Caplan Macht, and built by the Baltimore-based Southway Builders, Incorporated. LeadingAge Maryland is proud to have CSI as a member, and thanks them for their dedication to providing homes and fostering community for older adults across the State. To learn more about CSI and their work, please click here:http://www.csi.coop/en/component/mtree/MD/baltimore.

 

  • CSI Support and Development also received a grant from Weinberg to have service coordinators in every one of their Maryland Communities.

 

SPONSOR NEWS

  • Stephanie S. Kessler has earned the Certified HIPAA Professional designation. Kessler is a partner at RKL, a nationally recognized Senior Living Services Consulting Group.

 

LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Study Deadline

The LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefitsstudy deadline of May 7th is fast approaching. Members that need additional time past the deadline of May 7th, may contact Rich Cioffe,RJCioffe@hhcsinc.comfor an extension. Questionnaires are available at: http://www.hhcsinc.com/survey-questionnaires.html

The HCS study is conducted in cooperation with LeadingAge and covers 98 jobs, fringe benefits, shift differentials, turnover rates, and more. LeadingAge participants may purchase the results at the reduced rate of $165, compared to the $350 non-participant rate. The published results will report data by revenue size, profit type, bed-size, region, state, and CBSA.

 

TRANSITIONS:

 

Congratulations to Phillip Burkholder for becoming the Executive Director of Integrace, Fairhaven in February.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?LeadingAge Maryland maintains a Job Board on our website and posts jobs free of charge to members. To post a job, please contact Christen Ensor at censor@leadingagemaryland.org. Click here to see current job postings.

 

 

 

 

 
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