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News and Notes

August 15, 2018

Mark your Calendars

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

Aug 21- QAPI Basics

Sept 4 - Nursing Component of PDPM: What you Need to Know

Peer Networking Forums

Sept 4 - Dining Professionals

Oct 23 - Service Coordinators

Oct 24 - Life Enrichment

November 7 - Staff Educators

November 8 - Social Workers

November 14 - MDS Coordinators

Registration is now open for:

LeadingAge Maryland Fall Leaders Forum- September 11

2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC Marketing Symposium- September 19

Town Hall- October 11

Other events

Hospice Collaborative Session- Aug 20

New Webinar - Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives- September 13

Annual Strategy and Finance Symposium - November 29

LeadingAge Maryland has inked an agreement with LeadingAge to provide tools and resources to equip LeadingAge members across the country to comply with the CMS Phase 3 Requirements of Participation regarding the implementation of trauma-informed care.Under the brand, Resilience for All Ages (RFAA), the first toolkit,Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care,is complete. It includes a primer on trauma-informed care, six short “bites” on trauma-informed care for staff, and slides that can be used with board members, staff leadership and all staff. LeadingAge has scheduled a national webinar for September 12 to introduce trauma-informed care and these resources and we will be doing a session at the national conference in Philadelphia. The next resource, a Guidebook for Implementing Trauma-Informed Care,will be available in November. We are working on grant funding to be able to do four regional trainings in Maryland, and are working with Dr. Robyn Stone and Dr. Taryn Patterson at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @ UMass Boston on research and evaluation. This is an exciting opportunity for LeadingAge Maryland! Let us know how you would like to be involved.



Submit a proposal for our 2019 Conference! The call for presentation proposalsfor the LeadingAge Maryland 2019 conference is now open.Details can be found on our website at

LeadingAge Annual Meeting Registration is Open

The 2018 LeadingAge Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia PA from October 28- October 31.The conference has something for everyone and Philadelphia is a quick train ride. Register at

The LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland reception will be held on Monday, October 29 from 5:15 – 7:15PM in the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. It’s a great time, so please join us. No registration is necessary.

Recent Events

Fahrney Keedy Expands Space and Services

The campus of Fahrney Keedy Home and Village in Boonsboro, Maryland will look quite different in the years to come. During a recent visit, we had the pleasure of learning about their expansion plans, which include a large adult day and community center, and renovation and expansion of their memory care areas. In addition to their forward-thinking renovations, the team at Fahrney Keedy takes an active role in collaborating with others in the greater community. Currently they are partnering with the Hospice of Washington County to pilot a new telemedicine program. To learn more about Fahrney Keedy and their journey,


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

Upcoming Education and Events

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

A few seats remaining -sign up today!Register online here.

Location: Maryland Masonic Homes, in Cockeysville, MD.

2018 Fall Leaders Forum – Collaborations and Partnerships

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

Ginger Cove Retirement Community, Annapolis, Maryland

Join us for a day of interactive learning, sharing, and planning.Learn what's happening across the region, share what's happening in your own organization, find new ways to partner, and help us explore new ways to address challenges collectively.

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’

Continuing education for nursing home administrators has been applied for.Continuing education for social workers will be provided.

Clickherefor more information or to register.

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

September 19, 2018, 8:30 -3:30pm,Covenant Woods Retirement Community in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

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

October 11, 1-4pm -Broadmead - Cockeysville, Maryland.

There is No fee for Town Hall, but we need an accurate count, so please Register today!

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.

Peer Networks

Peer networks are designed to provide our not-for-profit provider members with time for learning, networking and peer-to-peer problem solving.There is no cost to attend. To attend a forum or for more information please contact Allison Ciborowski.

Dining Professionals - September 4 – 10am-1pm-Broadmead Retirement Community, Cockeysville.

Service Coordinators - October 23 - 10am-12:30pm -Village Crossroads, Nottingham.

Life Enrichment - October 24 - 10am-2pm -Edenwald Retirement Community, Towson.

Staff Educators - November 7 - 10am-1pm -Buckingham's Choice, Frederick.

Social Workers - November 8 - 10am-2pm -Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg.

MDS Coordinators - November 14 - 10am-12:30pm- Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster.


Webinar on PDPM from LeadingAge-The ABCs of the New Skilled Nursing Payment Model

Wednesday, August 22,2-3 p.m. ET


Learn more or sign uphere.


The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) represents the future of Medicare payment and will rely heavily on beneficiary clinical characteristics. This means changes to the number and frequency of Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments, more emphasis on newer sections of the MDS (particularly Section GG), and the need to gain competence in ICD-10 coding.



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.

Overview of SNF Value Based Purchasing

October 3, 2018, 12-1pm

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

Presented in collaboration with LW Consulting.Speaker:Patty Klinefelter, RN, MBA, Director, Post Acute Care, LW Consulting

An overview of the SNF VBP Program will be discussed including which SNFs will be effected, the financial impact, the quality measure, confidential quality reports, performance score calculations and the time period.


Tuesday StandUp

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

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

August 21 QAPI Basics – LW Consulting

September 4 Nursing Component of PDPM: What you Need to Know

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

Housing Happenings

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC are excited to announce our new, educational teleconference series designed specifically for affordable housing professionals. Call in the third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:15am- Simply dial 310-372-7549,and enter conference code 505134. Click here for more information.

Upcoming sessions:

September 19 - 9-9:15am - Bed Bugs: The Basics

October 17 - 9-9:15am - How to Effectively Work With and Engage Residents

November 21 - 9-9:15am - Housing Highlights from LeadingAge National Conference

Member News

St. John’s Towers, an amazing senior housing organization in Havre de Grace, will be celebrating its 50thAnniversary on August 23, 2018. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting of the Memorial Flower Garden. Congratulations St. John’s on providing affordable housing for older adults for 50 years!

Integrace Copper Ridge was featured in a new documentary that premiered at the International Alzheimer’s Association conference in Chicago. Visit:

To learn more about this documentary please visit:

LeadingAge News/Resources


CMS Finalizes PDPM Rule

Care centers are set to receive an increase in funding as a result of the final payment and policy rule released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The rule also contains a new case-mix model, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), that will determine reimbursement levels based on condition and care needs rather than the amount of care provided.

Highlights of the rule include:

  • New rates for Oct. 1, 2018 include a 2.4 percent inflation factor;
  • Oct. 1 rates will be the first to be adjusted by Value-Based Purchasing, meaning rates will not be the same for every facility in the region;
  • The new case-mix system (PDPM) will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2019

    Read more

New Guidelines for Medicare Advantage Plans Released

CMS has released new guidance for Medicare Advantage plans’ annual application process. The new guidance shares that “primarily health related” supplemental benefits will be expanded to include many services offered by community-based organizations in the aging network. In the past, supplemental benefits were required to be “primarily health related” and only included items or services to prevent, cure, or diminish an illness or injury. In the 2019 Medicare Advantage Call Letter, CMS announced that they will change the scope of “primarily health related” supplemental benefits to include the following items and services beginning with 2019 applications:

  • Services or items that are used for diagnosis;
  • Services or items used to compensate for physical impairments;
  • Services or items that improve the functional or psychological impact of injuries or health conditions;
  • Services or items that reduce avoidable emergency and health care utilization.

Examples of newly allowable benefits that meet this definition include:

  • Adult day care services
  • Home-based palliative care
  • In-home support services
  • Support for caregivers of enrollees
  • Medically-approved non-opioid pain management
  • Stand-alone memory fitness benefit
  • Home and bathroom safety devices and modifications
  • Transportation
  • Over the counter drug benefits

This new policy provides greater opportunities to integrate evidence-based programs and other key community-based services and supports into Medicare Advantage Plans. To find out more for what this mean for you, click here for helpful information from the National Council on Aging.

McKnight’s: CMS Grants Skilled Nursing $820 Million Raise in Final Payment Rule

Timely and Accurate PBJ Data is More Important Than Ever

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds all nursing facilities that the deadline for submission of Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data for the period April 1 –June 30, 2018, is Aug. 14. Timely and accurate submission of data is especially important, because CMS now uses PBJ data to calculate staffing measures in Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System.

CMS has made clear that it will only use data that is submitted and accepted by each quarterly deadline for these calculations.Data submitted or corrected after the deadline has passed is not used by CMS.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019 on August 8, 2018 in the Federal Register.

Student Program at LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia

LeadingAge is once again offering a student program at the Annual Meeting. If you work with any University programs or host students/interns, please share this information with them. This year's program in Philadelphia will include:

  • Student orientation
  • Opportunity to be mentored by aging services providers
  • Two keynotes
  • LeadingAge Career Path -get career advice, find a mentor, etc.
  • Education sessions...and more!

Scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel and registration for full time students. The Scholarship Application is now open and the deadline to apply is Friday, September 7.

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 along with the best business solutions and best value for your food service operation. Click hereto learn more about Value First.


When it comes to balancing resident satisfaction and foodservice costs, you face many challenges. As specialists working with senior living and long-term care communities, US Foods can help you provide your residents with nutritious and satisfying meals that fit your budget. But the program goes far beyond food costs. US Foods industry-leading tools and resources can support your entire operation by reducing costs and increasing efficiencies at every step of your supply chain.Click here to learn more.

For more information, contact:
Cindy Pearson
Value First Business Development Manager
202-508-1215 (Office)
202-904-0672 (Cell)


Other News and Resources

Design for New Technology: How innovation is shaping the world of Senior Living

Technology in all its forms are essential to today's senior living, including smart design and green practices, all which will bring greater opportunities for wellness, convenience, security, as well as engagement of older adults.Read article.

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