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News and Notes

February 4,2019

Mark your Calendars

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

Feb 5- Resident Falls and Safety: Creative Strategies
Feb 19- Employee Claims Analysis: What are we learning about memory care settings?

Workforce Wednesdays-sessions held 12- 12:30 PM

February 6- The Journey to Becoming a Great Place to Work

Housing Happenings all sessions held 9 to 9:15 AM

Feb 20- Managing Resident Expectations and Satisfaction

Peer Networking Forums

February 12- Social Workers
February 19 Staff Educators
Feb 21- Service Coordinators
February 26- Facility/Property Managers
February 27- MDS Coordinators
February 28- Directors of Nursing

Legislative Update Call:

Feb 4- Biweekly Update
Feb 18- Biweekly Update


Feb 7- PDPM Strategy Discussion: Providing Quality Care and Thriving Under the New Payment Model

Feb 19- PDPM- How it Works (Really)

What If…

What if we dreamed without limits?

What if we could start from scratch?

What if we focus on abilities?

What if we become more inclusive?

What if we joined forces to make big changes?

What if we could translate challenges into opportunities?

What if…?

What if… is the LeadingAge Maryland theme for 2019. I’d love to hear your “what if” dreams.

Together in LeadingAge Maryland we can ask not only what if? But also, why not?





Planning for the future of LeadingAge Maryland

Thanks to the nearly 100 of you who have responded to our three minute survey as we seek perspectives to plan for LeadingAge Maryland’s future. It is not too late to add your thoughts.

Clickhereto respond.

Legislative Update

LeadingAge Maryland continues to offer update phone calls every other Monday morning at 11:00AM. The next one is scheduled for February 4th. Dial 310-372-7549 and use pass code 505134.

Aaron Greenfield will review bills of interest introduced thus far in the session including: minimum wage; cooperative health insurance purchasing; death with dignity; and the state budget. Many more are still to be introduced. We will also briefly review federal issues.

2019 Relationships

We are pleased to report that our three major platinum sponsor are with us again for 2019. Many thanks to Assisted Rehab, Remedi SeniorCare and Ziegler. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us as a business member or sponsor. And, we’ll be sending dues invoices for our 120 not-for-profit members in the next few weeks, so please look for those.

Upcoming Events

2019 Technology Symposium:

How technology enables the values of courage,community, catalyst and stewardship

March 27, 2019 - 8:30am-12:00pm - The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Ellicott City, MD

What is the role of technology in not-for-profit aging services organizations?Beyond simply “keeping the lights on,” technology has the capacity to transform healthcare organizations and help them to achieve new standards of service and care. This event will provide an inside look at how local organizations are using technology in strategic and innovative ways to improve their cybersecurity posture, promote partnerships, enhance the resident experience, and meet compliance obligations.

Registration opening soon.

2019 Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC Marketing and Communications Symposium

Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

Date: September 18, 2019

Covenant Woods Retirement Community in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Join other marketing and communications professionals and learn the latest trends in digital marketing, public relations and applications.There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with your peers.

Skilled Nursing Seminar: Preparing for Success Under PDPM and Phase 3

Offered in partnership with LeadingAge DC

March 7, 2019,9am -4pm,The Village at Rockville, Rockville, MD

Join us for an interactive day of learning focused on what you and your teams will need to know to prepare for coming changes. Topics will include a deep-dive into the Patient-Driven Payment Model, an overview of SNF Value-Based Purchasing program, an update on where we are and what we’ve learned about survey, and an introduction to the new trauma-informed care requirements.

Click here to register

LeadingAge DC, Maryland, Virginia Leadership Academy Now taking Applications!

The 2020 Leadership Academy application process is open! This year-long program will kick off in June 2019 at the LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference in Norfolk. Focusing on advocacy, collaboration, self-reflection, work-life balance and innovation, Fellows will be immersed in leadership theory and practice. They will explore how these pillars are working in member communities across the Mid-Atlantic region, and they will spend time with area leaders in our field to understand their path to leadership.

Click hereto learn more about the Academy

Click here to apply


Legislative Reception

Nearly every member of the Maryland Senate Finance Committee and House Health and Government Operations Committee joined LeadingAge Maryland members on January 22nd for a lively reception at the Chart House in Annapolis. It was a great opportunity to build relationships and explore issues and hopes in a relaxed environment. Be sure to join us next year.

Spiritual Life Peer Network Gathers at Ingleside at King Farm

On January 23, chaplains gathered for a morning of discussion and sharing. Topics included the chaplain as part of the interdisciplinary team, how to support ever-diversifying communities, supporting individuals through end of life, and many others. The group will meet next on August 15 at The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant. Interested in attending? Contact Allison to learn more.

Member News

Top Ten P4P in Maryland

Congratulations to these six LeadingAge Maryland members who are among the top ten nursing homes ranked by Pay for Performance:


St. Joseph’s Asbury Solomons The Village at Rockville
Friends Nursing Home Ingleside at King Farm Copper Ridge

Acts Retirement-Life Communities Announces Affiliation With Integrace
Acts to Expand in Maryland and Serve More Than 11,000 Residents in Nine States

Acts Retirement-Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organizations, has entered into an agreement to affiliate withIntegraceand assume management and operation of its four senior living communities located throughout Maryland. The affiliation is expected to close on May 1, 2019, at which time Integrace and its current entities will become affiliated with Acts.

Ingleside Renovations and Construction Makes Way for New Center for Healthy Living


Construction is underway at Ingleside at King Farm for several new spaces and living options. A new Center for Healthy Living will boast community space, wellness and fitness spaces, adult day services, as well as clinic space for medical providers. The new independent living building will host more than 100 new residences. We look forward to seeing the finished product!


Congratulations to Mark Beggs on his new role at Edenwald as thenew Chief Executive Officer on January 7, 2019.Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Mark Beggs has almost 30 years in the senior living profession, serving in a variety of senior management positions within continuum of care organizations.

Yolanda Johnson has recently and excitedly joined the team at Broadmead in the role of Vice President of Human Resources on January 7, 2019. Congratulations Yolanda on your new venture.

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 censor@leadingagemaryland.organd we'll put it in next edition of News and Notes.



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.

February 12- Social Workers- Ingleside at King Farm, Rockville
February 19 Staff Educators- Location TBD
Feb 21- Service Coordinators- Weinberg Village
February 26- Facility/Property Managers- Mercy Ridge
February 27- MDS Coordinators- Friends House Retirement Community
February 28- Directors of Nursing- Buckingham's Choice

Tuesday StandUp

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

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

Feb 5- Resident Falls and Safety: Creative Strategies
Feb 19- Employee Claims Analysis: What are we learning about memory care settings?
Mar 5- Clostridum Difficile: The Bottom Line
Mar 19- Staff Competencies: How to be compliant

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

Workforce Wednesdays – NEW Distance Learning Opportunity

When:The first Wednesday of each month from 12-12:30pm

To join simply, call1 310-372-7549, passcode – 505134

Gain practical ideas and strategies during our new distance learning opportunity – Workforce Wednesdays. Grab your lunch and join us the as we dig into strategies for better building and retaining engaged workforces in our organizations. Each call will include a 20 minute presentation, as well as time for questions and discussion.

February 6 - The Journey to Becoming a Great Place to Work

Presented by Manny Ocascio, Chief Human Resource Officer, Asbury

March 6 - Challenges and Successes in Building an Engaged Dining Team

Presented by Reggie Stephens, Director of Dining Services, Roland Park Place



Free Webinar:PDPM Strategy Discussion: Providing Quality Care and Thriving Under the New Payment Model

Thursday February 7, 2019 - 12-1:15pm

Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC and Gravity Healthcare Consulting

Learn more or register here.

As providers prepare for the upcoming transition to the Patient Driven Payment Model, or PDPM, several questions arise about how to effectively manage the provision of services under the new structure. Compliance, quality measures and functional outcomes still remain the essential focus of all providers, regardless of the payment model. Because PDPM changes the structure of the payment system andMore redistributes the reimbursement across the patient characteristics, providers need to better understand the strategies for successfully transitioning into the new model. This webinar will focus on a higher-level strategy discussion about the opportunities to improve care provision under the new model to meet and exceed the quality goals and initiatives of each community, while receiving the most accurate reimbursement in alignment with the services provided. Participants should come prepared with a basic understanding of the new payment model.

A free, comprehensive overview of PDPM can be accessed here:

Select Rehabilitation is pleased to present the first in a series of special complimentary webinars dedicated to positioning providers for success under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) to LeadingAge Maryland members.


February 19, 2019

PDPM: How it Works (Really)

March 19, 2019

Depression & Cognition: Navigating PHQ-9 and BIMS Interviews

April 16, 2019

Here We Go: The Proposed Rule and MDS Changes

May 21, 2019

Reimbursement under PDPM: The Impact of ICD-10 and Coding Sections I / J

June 18, 2019

Section GG: The Impact on PDPM and SNF QRP

July 16, 2019

The Importance and Impact of Accurate Nursing Documentation

August 20, 2019

The Final Rule: PDPM, Here We Come!

September 17, 2019

We’re All in This Together: Final Prep for PDPM


Clickhereto register

LeadingAge News/Resources

LeadingAge Members can watch the next Leader’s Board "The Reasons for Growth" Webinar

Wednesday, February 1312:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Presented by:

• Katie Smith Sloan - President & CEO, LeadingAge
• John Cochrane - President & CEO, HumanGood
• Doug Leidig - President & CEO, Asbury
• Tom Mann - Chief Marketing Innovation Officer, Love & Company

During this special webinar, you will hear valuable insights from some of senior living’s leading organizations, and topics covered will include:

•Understanding the demographics behind the senior housing surge
• Resources available to LeadingAge organizations interested in growth and where to find them
• Reimagining Life Plan Communities/CCRCs

Click here to register

Congress Must Enact HUD FY19 Bill Now
Tell Congress: Enact Bill Before Funding Expires on February 15

Congress has until February 15 to enact a fiscal year 2019 (FY19) HUD funding bill. After February 15, the current continuing resolution, which is funding HUD programs at fiscal year 2018 (FY18) levels 5 months into FY19, will expire.

LeadingAge is concerned that FY18 funding levels, which are in effect during this short-term continuing resolution, are insufficient to fully fund some contract renewals given the increased renewal costs from FY18 to FY19. Congress must enact an FY19 HUD bill as soon as possible.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Urge your senators and representative TODAY to protect older adults and enact a final FY19 HUD funding bill.

How You Can Help:

Steps for Calling Your Lawmakers:

  • Dial this toll-free number: 888-339-2181.
  • Feel free to use the talking points below when you talk to the staff person who answers the phone.
  • After talking with the staff person, do not hang up. Allow the staff person to hang up, and the automated system will then connect you to your next lawmaker.

Talking Points:

  • Please enact a fiscal year 2019 HUD spending bill that provides strong funding for affordable housing programs, such as the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly and Project-Based Rental Assistance programs.
  • Because of increased contract renewal costs from fiscal year 2018 to 2019, any more continuing resolutions or shutdowns will be devastating to HUD’s programs that serve older adults

    What has LeadingAge National Done for You Lately? – January 2019


    The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government was historic in nature and devastating for LeadingAge housing members who struggled to continue their operations while the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was shuttered. LeadingAge spent most of January keeping in close contact with members and HUD officials to ensure the continuation of high-quality housing for older Americans with low incomes.

    At the same time, we devoted significant energy to educating the public about the high toll the shutdown was taking on LeadingAge members and the people they serve. Linda Couch, vice president of housing policy, quickly established herself as a trusted source of information and analysis in a blog for The Hill and interviews with The Washington Post and other news outlets.

    LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan welcomed the shutdown’s end on Jan. 25, but expressed concern that the interim deal to reopen the government may not be long lasting. Sloan pressed HUD to get expired contracts renewed before Feb. 15 and urged Congress to pass a HUD spending bill covering the rest of the fiscal year “in order to restore stability to programs that house older people who have no other resources.”

Other News and Resources

Free Newsletter from FacilitiesNet

Maintenance Daily is a free newsletter from FacilitiesNet that addresses topics of interest to your profession. The Jan 23 edition features an article on Legionnaire’s Disease, a topic with increasing visibility due to a recent outbreaks and inclusion in the Medicare Requirements of Participation skilled care communities.

Subscriptions are free at Facilities Net Subscriptions.


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