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News and Notes

November 9, 2018

Mark your Calendars

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

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

November 8-Social Workers
November 14- MDS Coordinators


November 13- Managing Liability in the #Me Too Era
November 15- Root Cause Analysis for Long Term Care
December 4- Getting Value of out Value-Based Purchasing

Registration is now open for:

Finance and Strategy Symposium- Nov 29


Great LeadingAge Meeting in Philadelphia

It was good to see so many LeadingAge Maryland members at the national annual meeting in Philadelphia. As always, the conference was terrific, with more than 7,000 people attending. Workshops, deep dives, keynote addresses, events and concurrent sessions were targeted to a wide range of professionals, residents, board members and types of services. The exhibit hall was enormous! If you missed the meeting, please take a look at some of the key sessions in the LeadingAge Learning Hub.

We are proud to say that speakers included people from many LeadingAge Maryland members and sponsors: ACTs Retirement - Life Communities, Asbury Communities, Baker Tilly, BB&T, Broadmead, Functional Pathways, HJ Sims, Hord Coplan Macht Architects, Kendal, LeadingAge Maryland, Perkins Eastman, RLPS Architects, Roland Park Place, Sodexo Seniors, Whiteford Taylor Preston, and Ziegler.

The LeadingAge DC, DE and Maryland reception was packed! At one point it was nearly impossible to move from one end of the room to the other and the room was much bigger than last year’s. Many thanks to Remedi SeniorCare and Whiteford Taylor Preston for sponsoring the reception.

You’ll want to put October 25-27, 2019 on your calendar for the next LeadingAge Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA! And, even sooner, you’ll want to register for our Finance and Strategy Symposium on November 29th – the content is terrific!







Don't forget to Register for The Finance And StrategySymposium November 29th

LeadingAge Maryland and Ziegler are again joining forces for this symposium targeted to future-thinking staff and board leaders ofnot-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- Maansi Raswant, (VP of Policy and Data Analytics, Maryland Hospital Association)
    -Implications of renegotiated Medicare waiver; health care landscape.

Register here.Not-for-profit members register now as space is limited.

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 contact Allison Ciborowski.

November 8-Social Workers- Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg
November 14- MDS Coordinators-
Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster


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.

Root Cause Analysis

November 15, 12-1pm

Complimentary session offered by the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Effective root causes analysis (RCA) is a key component of quality improvement. Learn the basics of an effective RCA, when to do an RCA, principles for getting to the root cause, tools for an effective RCA and strategies for developing an action plan. This webinar will be presented by Bonnie DiPietro, RN, MS, Director of Operations at the Maryland Patient Safety Center.

Presented by Bonnie DiPietro, RN, MS, Director of Operations at the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Click here to register.

Getting Value out of Value-Based Purchasing

December 4th, 12-1pm

At the beginning of October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began enforcing Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program . The program was the most recent endeavor to improve health care by paying providers based on the quality of their care instead of the quantity.

Presented by PattyKlinefelter, LW Consulting

Tuesday StandUp

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

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

Nov 13- 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 contact Allison Ciborowskior 240-750-9925.Miss one of our previous Tuesday StandUp sessions? Check out the recordings here.Recently added sessions include “Fostering a Culture of Safety” and “Prepping Your Team for Survey”.

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 - Simply dial310-372-7549,and enter conference code 505134. Click here for 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

LeadingAge Maryland staff had a great time at member sponsored events at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo on Philadelphia.

Service Coordinators Gather at Village Crossroads

On September 23, Service Coordinators from LeadingAge Maryland organizations met for a morning of learning and networking. Kim Fry of Kimberly Fry Consulting Services led an interactive discussion of ethics and liability in service coordination, and industrial hygienist Denise Copperthite provided an informative session on bed bugs. Special thanks to Jerrod Harris and the entire Village Crossroads team for hosting.


Staff Educators meet at Buckingham’s Choice

Creative recruitment, onboarding, and retention strategies were the top discussion item at this morning’s Staff Educators Network meeting. We spent time listening to retention guru Cara Siletto’s LED Talk on the impact of millenials on turnover. Check out the video here: The group also shared their experiences around measuring staff competencies and preparing for coming regulation changes.

Life Enrichment Network meets Arts for the Aging

On September 24, the Life Enrichment Network met with Director of Arts for the Aging (AFTA), Janine Tursini, to learn more about the benefits of the arts and how to engage with AFTA. Special thanks to Kate Kavitski and the entire Ingleside at King Farm Team for hosting this time of networking and learning!


LeadingAge News/Resources


Requesting Input on Proposed Immigration Rule

LeadingAge is seeking input from its members on a proposed immigration rule released by Department on Homeland Security (DHS). The proposed rule would deny entry to individuals seeking admission to the United States or adjusting their immigration status to become a permanent resident (green card holder) if there is any likelihood that the individual will become a “public charge” at any time in the future.DHS defines a public charge as “an alien who receives one or more public benefits”. Factors considered to make the determination for entry and/or adjustment of status include age; health; family status; assets, resources, and financial status; education and skills. The public charge benefits mentioned in the proposed rule are:

  • Medicaid (with limited exceptions including Medicaid coverage of an "emergency medical condition," and certain disability services related to education);
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)(formerly called food stamps);=
  • Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (assistance in purchasing medicine);
  • Federal Public Housing, Section 8 housing vouchers and Section 8 Project Based rental assistance.

LeadingAge will work with partner organizations to draft a letter explaining the impact of this new rule on member organizations. Please send your comments/feedback/story to Eram Abbasi at by November 12, 2018.

LeadingAge Center for Managed Care Solutions and Innovations

LeadingAge has launched a new members-only Center focused on tools, information and resources regarding the variety of managed care and alternative payment arrangements occurring across the field. They will continue to add content to the Center over time and will be forming issue groups and other interactive conversations. Please check it out on the LeadingAge website. Use your MyLeadingAge log in and if you need assistance with that, please let us know.

LeadingAge CAST Tackles Falls Detection, Prevention and More with New Safety Technologies Toolkit

CAST introduced its first-ever toolkit devoted to safety technology for use in long-term and post-acute care environments. The five-part resource educates providers of aging services and LeadingAge members on the breadth of available devices, applications and services available to help improve safety, sense of security, peace of mind and quality of life and care for older adults and their caregivers.

“Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Research shows that those who receive help within one hour of a fall are nearly six times more likely to survive than those who wait longer for aid,” said Majd Alwan, PhD, Executive Director of CAST. “Tech devices to either prevent falls or summon help after a fall, as well as check-in systems and community-wide communication systems, improve older adults’ safety and the quality of their care in many ways, whether the older adults live independently or in a community. Our toolkit helps providers and consumers with the identification, planning for and selection of the best products and services to meet users’ needs.”

Available online at no cost, the toolkit includes: a whitepaper, an interactive guide, an online product selection tool and a product selection matrix, both comparing 34 products from 18 vendors, and case studies from providers utilizing safety technology.

An additional resource in the toolkit whitepaper is a section for providers on Medicaid waiver coverage of safety technologies, as well as a discussion of other potential opportunities to incorporate these technologies into business and care delivery models, their return-on-investment (ROI) and how to calculate such ROI. Click here to view the full article from

Member News

Congratulations to Several LeadingAge Maryland Members who were rated as the best Nursing homes in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Click here to view the full article.

Asbury Solomons


Little Sisters of the Poor

Bayleigh Chase

Ginger Cove

Maryland Masonic Home


Glen Meadows

Roland Park Place

Buckingham’s Choice

Goodwill Retirement Community

St. Joseph’s Ministries

Carroll Lutheran Village

Heron Point at Chestertown

The Village at Rockville

Collington Continuing Care Retirement Community

Homewood at Crumland Farms


Copper Ridge

Ingleside at King Farm



Broadmead Inc. Breaks Ground on Campus New Construction, Renovation

Construction and renovation of the Hunt Valley senior living community to last until late 2020. Broadmead, a 92 acre dynamic senior living community located in Hunt Valley, had its groundbreaking ceremony on October 26thannouncing the new Hillside Homes and Community Master Plan. Broadmead will expand its independent living, assisted living, and comprehensive care, as well as upgrade and renovate the Broadmead Center.The Hillside Homes, 52 new independent living apartments, will be available for move-in in 2020, and these homes are already 94% reserved. Broadmead will expand its campus physically, allowing service to a far greater number of older adults, while preserving its natural beauty and landscape. Programmatically, the Master Plan will transform Broadmead, adding greatly upgraded dementia and health and wellness services along with the best-in-class senior living services that residents have come to expect.

Keswick teamed with a Baltimore startup to build a tech platform thatpowers community-based healthcare

As Keswick looks to expand new forms of care for aging populations, it worked with Aperio Health to develop a system that would meet its needs. Now the two believe there's room to grow.

Four years ago, the organization saw a shift toward providing services to a person before they needed to leave home. A big focus, said Keswick President and CEO Carmel Roques, was on extending care to people who were still living at home, and taking steps that focused on preventative care and how a person’s environment influences their health. To provide this care, the organization spun out a new nonprofit called Keswick Community Health.

“Our board made a decision that we could have the kind of mission impact we wanted to have by addressing programs and service initiatives to those who were living in the community, and integrating that with the campus based services,” Roques said. Over the next few years, Roques expects the nonprofit to grow. It recently opened a hub called theWise & Well Center for Healthy Living that emphasizes classes and coaching, rather than treatment.Click here for the full article.

Asbury Solomons announces Kelly Friedman at the next Executive DirectorAsbury Solomons

Kelly Friedman is the next Executive Director at Asbury Solomons! You might recall that Kelly was hired in August to serve as the Associate Executive Director, and during the leadership transition at the community it became apparent she was well qualified to serve in this role.

When Kelly began at Solomons we said at the time that we were excited to be able to bring her on board because she fit what we were looking for: a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LHNA) with the attributes and experience to serve in a high-level leadership role. As Executive Director, those same qualities, as well as the depth of experience in her 30-year career of working with older persons, will serve her well. And just as those qualities set her up to lead the community, she will also continue using her expertise to serve as the community's LHNA/Administrator, and will do so with the support and experience of other highly qualified clinical leaders. That team includes the new Director of Nursing (DON), DeeDee Williams, who previously served as the Solomons DON in the early years of the community and happily returns to this position, and Vicky Balderson, who recently transitioned to the Assisted Living Manager role.

CHAI announces new Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Lisa K. Budlow as CHAI’s Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

During her 2 ½ year tenure with the agency, Lisa served as Vice President for Aging in Community, Chief Operating Officer, and most recently, Interim CEO. Through Lisa’s strategic leadership, CHAI expanded its services to older adults, providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement, supporting safe, secure housing and helping seniors to live well and independently in the community. As COO and Interim CEO, Lisa worked collaboratively to continue the positive momentum of CHAI’s community development and housing development work. Lisa demonstrated tremendous leadership within the agency, The Associated system and the Baltimore community whose interests are at the core of CHAI’s mission.

Certified INTERACT™ 4.0 Champion (CIC) Program for Skilled Nursing

Two Days: November 13-14, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Multi-Purpose Room
9000 Father’s Legacy
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Why is becoming a Champion important?

• To discover interventions needed to Reduce Acute Care Transfers, the INTERACT™ program focuses on improving the identification, evaluation and management of acute changes in the condition of nursing home residents.
• Your payers and hospitals are all looking to reduce unnecessary admissions. INTERACT™ will help your organization become an attractive partner who reduces readmissions.
• The INTERACT™ program also assists nursing homes in meeting the new requirement for a robust quality assurance performance improvement program, being rolled out by the federal government this year.
• Champions make it work! Selecting and training INTERACT™ Champions who engage direct care staff in the program successfully overcome barriers to implementation and have been associated with the effective implementation of the INTERACT™ program.
• To attend at half of the cost of the National programs.
• CE credits offered to NHA & RNs

The deadline to receive a completed registration form (see attached) is Friday, 11/9/18. Please let us know if you have any questions. Click here for more information and to register.

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


HUD announced the launch of “Humans of HUD,”

Aphotoblog dedicated to documenting the journeys of people who benefit from the agency’s programs and services. This photoblog features a collection of portraits and interviews that aims to create a window into the lives of America’s most vulnerable populations. The series will be featured regularly on HUD’s social media outlets and archived on Individuals interested in sharing their story can submit it to (HUD, October 16)

Interested in Joining a landmark study on Life Plan Communities?

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is partnering with Northwestern University in conducting the Age Well Study, a five-year analysis of the impact of living in a Life Plan Community. They are seeking Life Plan Communities to join the 80 sites currently participating in the Age Well Study, and add to the more than 5,000 resident-respondents. These additional communities will participate in the remainder of the study starting in 2019.

As a participating organization, you’ll receive an individual report summarizing your unique resident data as well as a copy of the comprehensive report.

Interested in participating? Review details here, then sign up by Friday, November 30.

The Age Well Study is being conducted by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University, in partnership with ASHA, LeadingAge, Ziegler, Novare, Life Care Services, and National Investment Center.

CMS Releases Home Health Final Rule
On October 31, 2018 CMS released the 2019 home health prospective payment system rate update and 2020 case-mix adjustment methodology refinements for public inspection
available at . It will be published in the Federal Register on November 13.CMS projects that Medicare payments to home health agencies in calendar year 2019 will be increased by 2.2%, which is slightly higher than what was announced in the proposed rule.It also finalizes the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), however a key language shift states on or after January 1, 2020 indicating the possibility for a later start date. However, LeadingAge encourages home health providers to begin planning for a January 1 start date. LeadingAge will analyze the rule and provide an analysis in the near future along with updates to the home health rate calculator based on the information in the final rule.

Nursing Home Compare and 5 Star Reports

Nursing Home Compare now includes SNF QRP quality data that allows you to compare SNF providers by their performance on important indicators of quality. The following 5 SNF QRP measures are now being displayed on Nursing Home Compare:

Assessment-based measures:

  • Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers that are New or Worsened (Short-stay)
  • Application of Percent of Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan that Addresses Function
  • Application of Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury

Claims-based measures:

  • Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary
  • Discharge to Community

A sixth measure dealing with rehospitalization after discharge still needs more work so it will be added at a later date.The LeadingAge 5 Star Reports will be updated in the near future.Watch for the link via email.

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.LeadingAgeparticipants may purchase the results at the reduced price of $165, versus the $350 nonparticipant rate.
Read press release. Questionnaires are available on theHCSwebsite:

Meet Cindy Pearson, your Value First Business Development Manager.

Her job is to help LeadingAge members to get the best pricing on their food service operations, office supplies,janitorial supplies, and sanitation supplies.

Cindy brings over 25 years of business development experience to LeadingAge and is excited about helping eadinAge members save on their purchases.

She can be reached at 202-904-0672 or at

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