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News and Notes

October 17, 2018

Mark your Calendars

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

Oct 30- Fostering a Culture of Safety
Nov 13- Medicare Changes and Rehab
Nov 27- Practical Falls Prevention

Housing Happenings all sessions held 9:00 to 9:15 AM

November 21- Housing Highlights from LeadingAge National Conference
December 12- Hoarding: What you should know, and what you can do

Peer Networking Forums

October 23- Service Coordinator
October 24- Life Enrichment
November 7- Staff Educators
November 8-Social Workers
November 14- MDS Coordinators

Registration is now open for:

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Webinar- Oct 18

LeadingAge Annual Meeting- Oct 28-31st, Philadelphia, PA

Finance and Strategy Symposium- Nov 29


Trauma-Informed Care

LeadingAge Maryland has formally launched Resilience for All Ages, our trauma-informed care initiative. So far in October we have conducted a webinar for LeadingAge members across the country, and presented at the Peace Church Compliance Program conference and at the LeadingAge DC Conference.

The first toolkit “Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care” has been uploaded to the LeadingAge website for members across the country to download. It contains a primer, six short lessons for staff members, and two slide decks with explanatory notes. Later this month we will be presenting at the LeadingAge national conference in Philadelphia.

We are preparing a guidebook which will assist organizations to plan for trauma-informed care implementation, and then will release a toolkit for Level One implementation. We are growing our group of adjuncts knowledgeable about many aspects of trauma-informed care. While nursing homes participating in Medicare and/or Medicaid must implement trauma-informed care by November 2019, trauma-informed care with older adults is of growing interest across all settings. We are eager to make Maryland a leader in this important work.

Click here to view the Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care Toolkit







Going to the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo?

Please join the LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland receptionon Monday, October 29 from 5:15 – 7:15 PM in the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in room 401-403.
Nonprofit and business members welcome. No registration is


Don't Miss The Finance And Strategy Symposium November 29th

LeadingAge Maryland and Ziegler are again joining forces for this symposium targeted to future-thinking staff and board leaders of not-for-profit organizations that provide supports and services to older adults. It will be held in Asbury’s new Support and Collaboration Center in Frederick, MD – an open design concept you will want to see!

The agenda includes:

  • The State of Senior Living 2018 – Amy Castleberry & Lisa McCracken (Ziegler)
    - Key trends in the sector; expansion & contraction; capital markets
  • Positioning for the Future: Asbury Communities Case Study – Doug Leidig (Asbury)
    - Asbury’s bets for the future; portfolio re-balancing; new opportunities
  • The State of Construction 2018 – Frank Muraca (ARCH Consultants), Ken Noreen (Wohlsen Construction), Amy Young (Wagman, Inc.)
    -Impact of tariffs, labor markets, supply chain, bright spots, challenges
  • Positioning for the Future: Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Case Study – Grant Tribble (CFO, ELGSS)
    - Rationale for affiliation with large health system in the Midwest; lessons learned expanding home health; creation of an Institutional Special Needs Plan & more
  • Maryland Healthcare Update
    -Implications of renegotiated Medicare waiver; health care landscape

Register here. Limited space so register early.

Save the Date

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.

October 23- Service Coordinator, Village Crossroads, Nottingham
October 24- Life Enrichment,
Ingleside at King Farm
November 7- Staff Educators -
Buckingham Choice, Frederick
November 8-Social Workers-
Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg
November 14- MDS Coordinators-
Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster


QAPI Seminar,An In-Depth DiscussionOffered by LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC

October 18, 9:00am- 12:00pm

Presented by Sophie A. Campbell, MSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, CNDLTC,Director, Clinical Advisory Services, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

To Learn more or sign up clickhere.

It’s Time to Take a Fresh Look at Your Investment Policy

November 6 – 12-1pm Register here

Complimentary session offered in collaboration with Oppenheimer

A lot has changed in your community over the last 10 years and your reserve funds have probably changed too. Has your investment policy kept up with these changes? This webinar will look at best practices among other communities’ policies and address the following questions: What makes for a good investment policy? Have the objective, time horizon or size of your reserves changed since 2008? How do you and your Board view risk now? We will demonstrate examples of good policies, rules of thumb as well as practical measures, discuss how to keep the board and committees engaged and updated, and how to manage expectations. Learning objectives will include:

1. Recognize the characteristics of good investment policies

2. Articulate to committee and Board the best practices for investment policies

3. Lead a review of the policy with the goal of incorporating those best practices

Presented by Cynthia L. Keith, CFA, Executive Director-Investments, Senior Portfolio Manager - Omega Group, Oppenheimer

New Webinar:Managing Liability in the #MeToo Era

November 13, 12- 1pm.

Complimentary session offered in collaboration with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston

Human resources management and employment law are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the modern workplace. This is especially true with respect to the #MeToo movement. This webinar, sponsored by Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and LeadingAge Maryland, will cover best practices to minimize liability for discrimination and harassment claims, including sexual harassment, by reviewing essential policies addressing harassment and discrimination (for employees and members/directors) and responding to complaints of harassment.

Speakers: Tiffany M. Releford & Jennifer S. Jackman

Click here to register.

Tuesday StandUp

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

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

Oct 30- Fostering a Culture of Safety
Medicare Changes and Rehab- What You Should Know
Nov 27-
Practical Falls Prevention

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

Housing Happenings

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC have come together to provide 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 - Simplydial310-372-7549,and enter conference code 505134. Clickherefor more information.

Upcoming sessions:

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

Recent Events

Emerging Leaders Meet for Second of Four Sessions: How I Interact with and Lead Others Part 1

On October 12, the fall 2018 Emerging Leaders cohort spent the day learning practical strategies for engaging in productive conflict and communicating effectively with their teams. Through a variety of sessions and interactive learning experiences, attendees examined their own thinking and tendencies around conflict, practiced listening and understanding others, and applied productive conflict strategies to real-life situations in their work. Cohort members said that the day helped them realize the importance of listening, how to tune in and be aware of their own “destructive responses” in conflict situations, and how reframe their thinking and responses.

Leadership Academy

The LeadingAge DC, Maryland, Virginia Leadership Academy met in Washington, DC during the first week of October.Participants heard from the policy staff at LeadingAge and conducted visits to Capitol Hill. A site visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, work on Action Learning Projects, and time with Leaders in Residence were also highlights of the two-day meeting.



Town Hall Highlights

LeadingAge Maryland, in partnership with LeadingAge national policy staff, held its first Town Hall at Broadmead last week. Using a world café approach, participants shared their experiences and perspectives on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal and state levels. Insights were rich and will help to shape advocacy initiatives.


Boards of Directors and LeadingAge Maryland

Did you know that LeadingAge Maryland is available to work with your board of directors? The boards of not-for-profit organizations play a pivotal role in an organization’s success. Boards need to be equipped to provide leadership for an increasingly complex future. In the past month, Jill Schumann presented on trends in aging and aging services to the Homewood Retirement Communities board of directors at its retreat in Hot Springs, VA. She also facilitated the RolandPark Place board’s retreat session to formulate a new mission statement and worked with the board of an organization in northwestern PA on strategic planning, as well as a governance tune-up. We are assisting the board of another organization to plan for executive transition. Jill has worked with more than a hundred boards over the years so, please reach out if we can be of assistance.


LeadingAge News/Resources


LeadingAge Silver Partner CliftonLarsonAllen recently released their annual SNF Cost Comparison Report.

Click here to download the 33rd edition of the Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison report to see how the downward trend in many SNFs may impact the industry as a whole.

2018-2019 Assisted Living Salary & Benefit Study

Participation is now open for the 2018 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits study. The deadline is November 12th with publication in January. LeadingAge participants may purchase the results at the reduced price of $165, versus the $350 nonparticipant rate. Read press release. Questionnaires are available on the HCS website:

---Action Alerts---

Bill to End Mandatory Nurse Aide Training Lock-Out Needs Cosponsors

The Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act, H.R. 6986, would make the certified nursing assistant training lock-out discretionary, rather than mandatory. In addition, the lock-out would end when the nursing home corrected the deficiencies that had led to the lock-out. Click here to learn more and voice your opinion.

Aging Services 2019 Funding Set for Now

Congress marked the beginning of fiscal year 2019 on October 1 by passing H.R. 6157, legislation to fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This measure, which covers many home- and community-based servicesprograms,wasthe first Labor-Health and Human Services appropriationto be enacted in over a decade. Click here to learn more and voice your opinion.

Member News

The Kendal Corporation, One of the largest non-profit senior housing operators in the U.S. has a new chief operating officer.

The Kendal Corporation named Marvell Adams Jr. as its new COO, the organization announced Monday. He succeeds Judy Braun, who retired in July as COO after a 17-year tenure with Kendal. Adams will transition to his new role over the next few months.

Adams previously served as executive director and CEO of Kendal’s Washington, D.C.-area affiliate, Collington. There, he helped improve the community’s occupancy from less than 70% in 2011 to more than 95% by the end of 2017. He also successfully restructured Collington’s debt and led the organization’s investment of more than $30 million in infrastructure. For the rest of the article click here.

Source: Senior Housing News

Mercy Ridge Wins Gold Award – Training, Senior Living

“In healthcare – especially senior care with a mix of independent and assisted living – it’s essential to keep a constant pulse on our facility and our residents, and the best way we’re able to do that is consistent, accurate and timely communication,” said Sara Wyatt, director of resident services at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community, Timonium, MD.

Mercy Ridge, winner of the Gold Award in the Training category of the Senior Living track, accomplishes that goal through a risk management and automated mass communication tool called SARA, and a self-service tablet called CATIE, both from Status Solutions.

With SARA, Wyatt said, “We’re able to streamline and centralize our alert and communication systems so that all alerts flow through one place. This efficiency alone has made a significant impact on our internal monitoring, alerting and reporting processes.”

Groundbreaking at Broadmead

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Hillside Homes at Broadmead will take place on October 26, 2018. Congratulations to Broadmead on this exciting new opportunity!

Do you have something important to share?

We love to hear from our members. Please send any information regarding transitions, events, accomplishments and awards to Christen Ensor at and we'll put it in next edition of News and Notes.


Other News and Resources


Medicare Burden Reduction

CMS has released proposed rules that to remove unnecessary Medicare compliance requirements. LeadingAge and its members participated actively in suggesting ways to streamline requirements. A short fact sheet can be found here -

Skilled Nursing Providers Have One Shot at Payment Success Under PDPM

Of all the changes coming to the skilled nursing industry when a new payment model takes effect next fall, the most pressing may be one of the most basic: Starting in October 2019, providers will have a single opportunity to set themselves up for financial success with a patient’s initial assessment.

The Patient-Driven Payment Model, set to take effect in October 2019, will shift payment incentives away from billable therapy hours and toward general treatment of the patients’ overall health issues, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) specifically citing a desire to reduce the possibility of fraud among providers.Read more...

Source: Skilled Nursing News, September 25, 2018

A recentreportby the AARP Public Policy Institute provides valuable data on the population receiving aging services and the ways in which these services are provided, broken out by state.

Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports discusses demographics, social indicators, income levels, costs of care, insurance coverage and Medicaid participation, and other factors relevant to our field. Among the report's findings:

  • The population aged 85 and over will triple by the year 2050;
  • Ethnic diversity within this population is increasing;

States are devoting more of their Medicaid long-term services and supports budgets to home and community-based services.

Did you know that LeadingAge Maryland Members have access to Value First?

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 here to learn more about Value First.

Let Us Help You Make It Easy

When it comes to balancing resident satisfaction and food service costs, you face many challenges. As specialists working with senior living and long-term care communities, USFoods 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.

Contact:Cindy Pearson

Value First Business Development Manager
202-508-1215 (Office)
202-904-0672 (Cell)

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