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August 1, 2018

Mark your Calendars

Tuesday StandUp all sessions held 10:00-10:15 AM

Aug 7- Dining- What Surveyors are looking for and how to prep your team

Aug 21- QAPI Basics

Peer Networking Forums

Aug 15- Joint Life Enrichment/Social Work Peer Networking Forum

Sept 4- Dining Peer Networking Forum

Registration is now open for:

MDS Seminars“Back to Basics” and “Times of Change” – August 28-29

LeadingAge MarylandFall Leaders Forum- September 11th

2ndAnnual Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRCMarketing Symposium- September 19th

Town Hall Meeting- October 11, 2018

Other events

Hopsice Collaborative Session- Aug 20th

New Webinar- Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives- September 13th

The LeadingAge Maryland Annual ConferenceCall for Presentation Proposalsis now Open


The theme for the 2019 annual conferences for both LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge national is “What If…”As we plan for our April 16-17, 2019 Maryland conference, I’ve been thinking a great deal about “what if” and the possibilities inherent in that phrase.

Together in LeadingAge Maryland we have begun to ask “what if” and to try to find ways forward. What if together we could help older adults and their families embrace hospice in a more timely way? What if we were to work with others across the region to make a difference for people who provide hands-on supports and care? What if we could help people have more options to age in place? What if we could incorporate technology in new ways? What if we were able to expand the availability of affordable housing? What if everyone practiced trauma-informed care? What if we were able to reduce ageism and better use the gifts and experience of older adults?

What if…? How would you frame your passion around that question? Are there ways we can work together in LeadingAge Maryland to bring your “what if” closer to reality? We’ll be focusing throughout 2019 on What If…?Please note that the call for presentation proposals for the 2019 conference is now open. Details can be found on our website at



Recent Events

Inaugural MDS Coordinator Peer Networking Forum a Success

On July 25, we hosted our inaugural MDS Coordinator Peer Networking Forumat Friends House in Sandy Spring. MDS Coordinators from Friends House, Asbury Methodist Village, Carroll Lutheran Village,Roland Park Place, and Heron Point gathered for a morning of discussion and learning. Our next meeting will be held in November.


Coffee and Discussion at the Staff Educator Peer Networking Forum

On July 18, Staff Educators met for coffee and discussion at Baltimore Coffee and Tea in Frederick. The group shared ideas for creative and budget friendly ways to offer engaging educational programming to staff, resources to support staff development, best ways to onboard new nursing graduates, and best practices for evaluating competencies and skills. Our next meeting will take place in November at Buckingham’s Choice in Frederick, Maryland.

“Just Culture” - Safety Seminar Focuses on Organizational Systems that Support a Culture of Safety

On July 19, The Maryland Patient Safety Center offered their first-ever training aimed at long-term care providers. Several LeadingAge Maryland members were in attendance. The morning focused on the building a “just culture” within an organization, best practices related to safety and root cause analysis of incidents, and interactive ways to teach teams about safety. The Center will be presenting a Tuesday StandUp call for LeadingAge Maryland on Tuesday October 30 on the topic of “Fostering a Culture of Safety”. For more information, please


Upcoming Education and Events

August 28-29 – MDS Seminars “Back to Basics” and “Times of Change”

Location: Maryland Masonic Homes, in Cockeysville, MD.Register online today!

Due to popular demand, we will be offering an MDS seminar on both the basics of MDS, as well as coming changes. Attendees may choose to sign up for just one day, or both. These seminars will be taught by Terry Raser, RN, RAC-CT, of LW Consulting.Ideal for MDS/Resident Assessment Coordinators, nursing staff, administrators, and other members of your care teams.Please note: Registrations must be received by Friday August 10.

Day 1- August 28 – “Back to Basics”

  • Brief MDS History
  • Principles and Process of the RAI/MD
  • Assessment Types and Scheduling (OBRA and PPS)
  • Medicare Basics
  • MDS Supportive Documentation

Day 2- August 29 – “Times of Change”

  • Baseline Care Plan- F655
  • Resident Assessment Critical Pathway
  • October 1, 2018 MDS Updates
  • Proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model

2018 Fall Leaders Forum – Collaborations and Partnerships

September 11, 2018, 9am-3:30pm

Ginger Cove Retirement Community, Annapolis, Maryland

This year’s Forum will showcase a variety of partnerships and collaborations from across the region. Attendees will have the opportunity hear about initiatives, share about the partnerships and collaborations happening within their own organizations, hear “lessons learned” from fellow member organizations and peers, and explore new collaboration opportunities.

Topics will include...

·Partnering with other providers and community organizations to engage in county and community level advocacy and health initiatives

·Co-location of supports and services

·Investing in the future aging services workforce through collaborating with educational institutions

·Partnering with other providers to streamline and share services

·Partnering with specialists to create ‘Centers of Excellence’

Join us to hear real-life examples of collaborations and partnerships from LeadingAge provider members including Broadmead, Kendal at Collington, Integrace Fairhaven, Ingleside at King Farm, Weinberg Senior Living, Keswick Community Health, Asbury Methodist Village, Carroll Lutheran Village, and the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant.

Clickherefor more information or to register.

2018 Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC Marketing and Communications Symposium

Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

September 19, 2018, 9am-3:30pm

Covenant Woods Retirement Community in Mechanicsville, Virginia.Click here for directions.

Click here for more information or to register

Join us for our second annual Symposium designed for marketing and communications professionals. The day will feature presentations from members and marketing experts, as well as scheduled time for learning from peers and networking. Topics will include:

·Digital Tools and Techniques Essential for Today’s Marketing

·Marketing your Message with Public Relations

·Preparing for the Next Generation of Senior Living Consumers

·Creative and Unique Marketing Applications

Mark Your Calendar - Town Hall October 11, 2018

The LeadingAge Maryland Town Hall Conversation is your opportunity to provide input to LeadingAge about ways public policy is affecting you, the older adults you serve – and how policy could be changed for the better. LeadingAge has established a new public-policy setting process, the most important part of which is a Town Hall Conversation in each state. LeadingAge state and national staff, and a member of the LeadingAge national Board of Directors, will participate to hear directly from you. Results of the Conversation will be shared with LeadingAge’s Policy Committee, Board of Directors and staff, and will be used to set public policy priorities to better represent your interests and the interests of older adults in Washington, DC. The feedback from each Town Hall will be aggregated so we can identify the most pressing issues across states, themes and emerging issues.

We’ll also be discussing policy issues for Maryland to shape our agenda for 2019. The Town Hall will be held from 1:00 – 4:00PM on October 11, 2018 at Broadmead in Cockeysville. Then we’ll adjourn to Bar Louie at Hunt Valley Towne Center to enjoy a refreshing beverage and social networking time. There is no fee to register and registration is now open.

Peer Networks

Each peer networking forum includes time for learning, networking and peer-to-peer problem solving. Most peer networks meet quarterly from 10am-3pm. To attend a forum or for more information please contactAllison Ciborowski.

Joint Life Enrichment/Social Work- August 15 – 10am-3pm,The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant Ellicott City.

Update on Reducing the Use of Antipsychotics -Learn practical strategies and tools for reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in your community.Presented byDr. Elizabeth Galik of the University of Maryland School of Nursing

Managing Customer Expectations -Discover the relationship between expectations and liability even when there is quality care, explore examples of realistic and unrealistic customer expectation, and discuss strategies to respond effectively to unrealistic expectations.Presented byBette McNee, RN, NHA, Clinical Risk Management Consultant, The Graham Company

Dining- September 4 – 10am-1pm,Broadmead, Cockeysville

Life Enrichment- October 24, 10am -1pm,Edenwald, Towson

March 5, 2019, 10am-2pm,Heron Point, Chestertown

Staff Educators-November 6, 10am-2pm,Location TBD.

MDS Coordinators-November 7, 10am-1pm,Location TBD


Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives

September 13, 2018, 12-1pm

Free. Registration opening soon. Email Allison for more information.

Presented in collaboration with Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston

Speakers: Tiffany Releford and Sigrid Haines

Tuesday StandUp

Free, educational teleconferences held from 10-10:15am every other Tuesday.

To join, call 1 310-372-7549, Conference Code 505134

August 7Dining: What surveyors are looking for and how to prep your dining teams – LW Consulting

August 21QAPI Basics – LW Consulting

September 4Nursing Documentation and PDPM: What you need to know

September 18Reduce Readmissions by Strengthening Your Root Cause Analysis

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contactAllison Ciborowskior 240-750-9925.

Housing Happenings Kicks Off in August

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC are excited to announce our new, educational teleconference series designed specifically for affordable housing professionals. These short, practical learning sessions are designed specifically for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings. Call in the third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:15am - Simply dial310-372-7549,and enter conference code 505134. Clickhere for more information.

Upcoming sessions:


Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The Basics of Working with Older Adults

Tiffany Nicolette
Director of Resident Services
Weinberg Senior Living

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Bed Bugs: What you should know, and what you can do.

Linda Couch, VP of Housing Policy, and Colleen Bloom, Director of Housing Operations, LeadingAge National

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


How to Effectively Work with and Engage Residents

Tiffany Nicolette
Director of Resident Services
Weinberg Senior Living

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Housing Highlights from LeadingAge National Conference

Linda Couch, VP of Housing Policy, and Colleen Bloom, Director of Housing Operations, LeadingAge National

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Hoarding: What you should know, and what you can do.

Heather Murphy, Director of Move Management Services, Abilities Network

Member News

Roland Park Place/ WYPR Podcasts


To capture the amazing stories and wisdom of older adults, Roland Park Place has teamed up with WYPR to offer a series of podcasts,A Valuable Perspective. Recent topics include: the redevelopment of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, reflections on a career as an educator and as a musician. Find the podcastshere-

Baker Tilly Stewardship Day

On August 1, 2018, LeadingAge Maryland sponsor Baker Tilly will hold its third annual Stewardship Day. Team members will volunteer in more than 70 nonprofits in 30 cities. You can follow their activities on Facebook,LinkedIn andTwitter.


Position Postings Free on LeadingAge Maryland Website for Members

Did you know that you can post open positions on the LeadingAge Maryland website at no cost? All we ask is that you provide a short paragraph describing the position and a link that allows interested people to learn more. Contact our Communications Manager Christen Ensor

LeadingAge News/Resources


A study from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @ UMass Boston found that person-centered care produced positive outcomes: clickherefor more details.

New Podcast Episode on Ageism

For the third episode of Aging Unmasked, host Charlie Visconage explores ageism. This episode includes conversations with Tracey Gendron from the gerontology department of VCU, Front Porch's Roberta Jacobsen, and voicemails from people who have experienced ageism in their own lives.Listen here.

Revised Memorandum to Prevent Legionella Infections

On July 6th, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), Quality, Safety and Oversight Group(QSO) released the REVISED QSO-17-30-Hospitals/CAHs/NHs memo on the Requirement to Reduce LegionellaRisk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease (LD).Read more here.

HCBS 2019 Funding Approved by House Committee

On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2019 spending bill that funds home- and community-based services programs under the Older Americans Act. The measure also covers geriatrics education programs, low-income home energy assistance, Social Services Block Grants, and other programs that support aging services.

Geriatric Workforce Legislation Passes the House

On July 23, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3728, the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) Act. The legislation reauthorizes federal health professions workforce programs, including education and training in geriatrics.Read more.

Aging Services' Fiscal 2019 Funding Moving in Congress

To facilitate timely passage of 2019 spending bills and avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins on October 1, House and Senate appropriators are combining multiple individual spending bills into larger legislative packages.Read more here.

Rate Calculator: Proposed Home Health Medicare Rates for CY 2019

LeadingAge has updated our popular Home Health Agency (HHA) Medicare Rate Calculator to incorporate proposed changes for CY 2019, that, if promulgated later this summer, will become effective Jan. 1, 2018.Click here for more information.


CMS provided notifications to nursing homes that were determined to be out of compliance with Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for CY 2017. This will affect your FY 2019 Annual Payment Update. Non-compliance notifications were mailed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and placed into QIES CASPER folders on July 9.More

CDC releases new tools to aid in antibiotic stewardship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled out the second installment of its four-part online training course tied to antibiotic stewardship on Monday. Two more segments are set to follow later this year. This latest release focuses on, among other topics: outpatient antibiotic use in the United States, along with inappropriate antibiotic use, and communicating with patients when these medicines are unnecessary. Participation in the online courses also qualifies participants for continuing education credit. More

Hopsice Quality Reporting Quick Reference Guide

The Hospice QRP creates hospice quality reporting requirements, as mandated by Section 3004(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Each year, by October 1, CMS publishes the quality measures a hospice must report. click here.

Value First, Inc. is a group purchasing organization (GPO) and a LeadingAge member benefit that leverages the purchasing power of LeadingAge members across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive selection of high-quality products and services.
Value First now provides the ultimate food program for long-term care communities! In partnership with Vizient, the nations’ largest member-driven health care services company, Value First offers exceptional pricing through US Foods and Sysco along with the best business solutions and best value for your food service operation. Click hereto learn more about Value First.
Your Value First Contact is: Cindy Pearson
Phone: 202-508-1215
Cell: 202-904-0672

Other News and Resources

America is Running Out of Family Caregivers, Just When It Needs Them Most

Many Americans are now aging without family caregivers nearby, reports the Wall Street Journal.An estimated 34.2 million people currently provide unpaid care to those 50 and older, at a collective annual value of $500 billion, according to a 2017 Merrill Lynch study. In addition, the ratio of caregivers to recipients has been declining since its peak in 2010, largely due to shifting family dynamics. Read more.

The Love & Company July Report

Interested in how greater inclusivity may be the key to improving census? This Love Report combines an overview of emerging trends with original research, including insights from community leaders who are evolving their cultures and offerings. Click herefor the latest edition.

Loneliness Abounds in Section 202 Senior Housing Communities

A recent study from the Brown School at Washington University identified loneliness as a significant issue in senior housing communities. The study authors believe that there are simple, but significant ways to reduce isolation -Read more.

Community Search

2019 Summer Symposium - Technology: Now, and Not Yet

MDS Coordinators - Peer Networking Forum

Nursing Home Administrators - Peer Networking Forum

Social Workers - Peer Networking Forum

Spiritual Life - Peer Networking Forum