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January 10, 2020

Creating Solutions and Driving Change

LeadingAge Maryland begins 2020 with a new set of strategic directions and priorities approved by the Board of Directors at its December meeting. Board and staff spent nearly a full year studying trends in aging and associations, gathering perspectives from members, and engaging in strategic discussion. We will work to assure that our members thrive and also mobilize our members and many others to create solutions and drive change. Here is a quick summary of our plan. We hope you will join us in this exciting work!

Strong Members Fulfilling Their Missions

  • Leadership Development
  • Advocacy
  • Education and Training
  • First-Thought Resource
  • Expanding Awareness

Strong Members Collaborating for Greater Creativity and Impact

  • Collegial Community
  • Collective Work
    • Supportive/Palliative Care Work Group
    • Continuing Care at Home Work Group
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • TBD based on needs and opportunities

Strong Members Together with Many Others to Drive Change

  • Workforce
  • Public and Private Partners
  • Identify Key Issues for LeadingAge Maryland Leadership

View the 2020-2020 LeadingAge Maryland Strategic Plan here >


- Jill | President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland 

Upcoming Events

Webinars & Events

February 11 - Legislative Reception

March 12 - Affordable Housing Event

Legislative Updates
Bi-Weekly | Monday 11 AM

January 13 - *first call*

Tuesday StandUp
Bi-Weekly | Tuesday 10-10:15 AM

January 21 - Cyber Liability

February 4 - Accident Prevention

Workforce Wednesdays
Monthly | 12-12:30 PM

February 5 - Cultural Competence for an Inclusive Staff

March 4 - How to Measure Employee Satisfaction with Health Benefits & Improve Retention

Housing Happenings
Monthly | 9-9:15 AM

January 15 - Dementia vs. Depression

February 19 - Medical Marijuana and Affordable Senior Housing

Peer Networking Forums
Members Only | Contact Allison for more details 

January 14 - Executive Assistants

January 15 - Dining

February 4 - Directors of Nursing

February 12 - Social Workers

March 4 - Nursing Home Administrators

March 18 - Spiritual Life

March 25 - Life Enrichment


New Member Welcome: Abilities Network - "Seeing abilities not disabilities"

We are excited to welcome Abilities Network Senior Services as a member of LeadingAge Maryland. Abilities Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that seeks to challenge the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities. As part of their mission, Abilities Network offers a robust Senior Move Management service, which specializes in downsizing and move coordination services for older adults and their families. We look forward to the new perspectives and expertise Abilities Network will bring to our community. To learn more, we invite you to visit

Welcome New Board Member

LeadingAge Maryland welcomes Stephen La Pierre to its Board of Directors. Stephen is Vice President of the Chesapeake Region for Acts Retirement-Life Communities and oversees five communities in Maryland and one in Delaware. We look forward to his contributions to our governance. 

Leadership Development Opportunities with LeadingAge Maryland

We help our members develop their leadership abilities from Emerging Leaders - through to enhancing the leadership capabilities of individuals who are in, or rising to, executive and C-suite levels.  

Our Emerging Leaders program is for anyone wanting to grow effective leadership abilities. We offer Fall and Spring Cohorts that meet monthly for 4 months. Spring cohort applications are due January 31 so apply today! 
Learn More and Apply > 

LeadingAge DC, Maryland and Virginia Leadership Academy is modeled on the national Leadership Academy. This year-long cohort program knits together a long-lasting group of successful colleagues. Applications and supporting materials must be received by 5PM on February 14, 2020. 
Learn More and Apply > 

Dial In for Updates During the 2020 Maryland Legislative Session

Every other Monday morning at 11:00AM beginning January 13, 2020, join LeadingAge Maryland for teleconference updates during the 2020 legislative session. Aaron Greenfield, Annapolis government relations leader, will provide content and context of interest to older adults and our field. In just a short phone call, you can stay informed and know just when and how to make a difference.

Join from your computer at OR you can also dial in using your phone +1 (872) 240-3212 OR one-touch: tel:+18722403212,,408452269#

Access Code: 408-452-269

Register Now for Legislative Reception on February 11

We have once again invited members of the Maryland Senate Finance Committee and House Health and Government Operations Committee to join us for an informal reception from 6:00- 8:00PM at the Chart House in Annapolis. These events are always well-attended by legislators and are a great opportunity to build relationships and share information. Please join us – register here.

- Sponsor Highlight -

LeadingAge Maryland is excited to announce that MatrixCare has joined us as a Silver Sponsor for 2020!

MatrixCare offers a complete and fully integrated set of features to address the clinical and back office needs of facilities-based care settings.

Tired of pointing and clicking? Learn how our intuitive software lets you spend more time providing quality care >


Webinars & Events


Legislative Reception


February 11 | 6-8PM

Chart  House, Annapolis, MD


Register Now

The 2020 Maryland Legislative Session will be an important one for organizations that provide housing, supports and services and for older adults in Maryland.

LeadingAge Maryland is hosting a reception for our non-profit members and members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee on February 11, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Chart House in Annapolis.

This is a great opportunity to build relationships with seasoned and new legislators and committee members and it has proved popular with legislators as well as LeadingAge Maryland not-for-profit members. It is very important that we have a great turnout of LeadingAge Maryland members so that legislators know what a great resource we are and how not-for-profit organizations see the issues. Come by for a chance to connect with members of the Maryland Senate Finance Committee and the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with legislators who address issues of interest to us. We look forward to seeing you and your team!

Please register and bring your colleagues! Tickets are $99.00 towards the cost of the event

Bi-Weekly Maryland Legislative Session Calls Begin Monday, January 13 at 11AM

Learn about the issues being discussed during the 2020 Maryland legislative session. 

Join by computer:

Or you can also dial in using your phone.  +1 (872) 240-3212

- One-touch: tel:+18722403212,,408452269#

Access Code: 408-452-269


*Registration Coming Soon*

Affordable Housing Event

March 12 | 10AM-2PM

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC are partnering with the Montgomery County Office on Aging and the Montgomery County Community College to provide an in-person educational program for affordable senior housing professionals. Topics include: Fair Housing and Property Management, Mental Health, and Engagement & Socialization.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Fair Housing Update
    Lisa Tunick, Reno & Cavanaugh, LLC
  • Behavioral Health and Older Adults
    Kim Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs, and Casey Saylor, Older Adult Project Manager, Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Panel Discussion: Promoting Wellness Through Social Connection
    Dennis Poremski, Director of Wellness, Asbury Solomon's
    Susan Messina, Deputy Director, Iona Senior Services
    Ryan Elza, Social Entrepreneur, AARP Foundation

The 2020 theme is "Together"

We are a community of aging services professionals dedicated to one common purpose: advancing the lives of millions of elders in our collective care. Although we each play separate roles, we are able to accomplish more together than any of us could on our own. Join us as we explore together bold new strategies for propelling our field forward.


What: A narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue associated with providing care, supports and services for older adults.

When: All calls are held 10-10:15AM every-other Tuesday. 


How to join:

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 669-224-3412 
Access Code: 584-828-189 

Upcoming Sessions:

January 21 - Cyber Liability
Alexandra Bretschnieder, Account Executive - Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

February 4 - Accident Prevention
John Kiefner, VP Risk Control - Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

What: LeadingAge national has partnered with LeadingAge Maryland to offer a new, convenient way for members to explore practical ideas and solutions related to building engaged, healthy workforces within their organizations. A variety of topics, ideas, practices, and solutions will be discussed.

When: All calls are held 12-12:30PM on the first Wednesday of each month.


How to join:

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 
Access Code: 839-421-413

Upcoming Sessions:

February 5 - Cultural Competence for an Inclusive Staff
Natasha Bryant, Managing Director/Senior Research Associate - LeadingAge

March 4 - How to Measure Employee Satisfaction with Health Benefits & Improve Retention
Derrick Smith, Senior Marketing Manager - NonStop Wellness

What: LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge Ohio are excited to offer these short, practical learning sessions designed specifically for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings.

When: The third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:30am


How to join:

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 646-749-3122 
Access Code: 389-687-645

Upcoming Sessions:

January 15 - Dementia vs. Depression
Dr. Berko, Berko Psychological

February 19 - Medical Marijuana and Affordable Senior Housing
Lisa Tunick, JD, Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC

Free networking and learning opportunities exclusively for non-profit members. Please share these opportunities with others in your organizations who would be interested to connect with and learn from peers. Most networks meet quarterly for an in person meeting. To be added to the email list for any of the our networks, please contact Allison Ciborowski. Find out more about our Peer Networks here

January 14 - Executive Assistants
10AM-2PM | Miller's Grant

January 15 - Dining
10AM-2PM | Roland Park Place

January 21- Staff Educators
10AM-2PM | TBD

February 4 - Directors of Nursing
10AM-2PM | TBD

February 12 - Social Workers
10AM-2PM | Asbury Methodist Village

March 4 - Nursing Home Administrators
10-11:30AM | Virtual Meeting Join Info >

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contact Allison Ciborowski or 410-925-1295. 


PDPM and Phase 3 FAQ | Recorded Webinar

PDPM consulting experts from Health-Pro Heritage answered Frequently Asked Questions on PDPM and Beyond in this open-door forum.

View the recorded presentation here.

Contracts 101 | Recorded Webinar

This webinar, by Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, covers basic contracts: how they’re structured, problem areas to look for and other important tips you should know.

View the recorded presentation here.

Did you miss a recent #TuesdayStandUp #WorkforceWednesday or #HousingHappenings call? Don't worry, recordings are now available.

Survey Update
Patrick Campbell, National Account Director, Providigm, a HealthStream Company
Listen Now >

HUD Hot Topics Update
Lisa Tunick, JD, Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC
Listen Now >

LeadingAge National Workforce Initiatives Update
Susan Hildebrandt, Vice President Workforce Initiatives, LeadingAge
Listen Now >

Listen to our past calls:

Housing Happenings >

Tuesday StandUp >

Workforce Wednesdays >



SOCIAL WORKER - Broadmead, Cockeysville, MD


DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY LIFE - Roland Park Place, Baltimore, MD

NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR - St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Baltimore, MD


DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT - Homewood at Frederick, Frederick, MD

Visit our jobs page to see full listings.

To include an opening on our job board, please email our Communications Manager, Deanne Bellin.



David M.W. Denton has joined Mercy Ridge as Executive Director as of November 4, 2019.   

Megan Barbour has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Collington. She has served as Administrator/Director of Operations at Collington since September 2018. 



Asbury Announces Albright Care Services Affiliation

As a result of the affiliation, Asbury will grow to eight continuing care retirement communities in three states. With the addition of Albright’s pharmacy services line, innovative LIFE centers providing day services operating under the federal Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and a third HUD property, Asbury will serve more than 4,500 seniors and employ approximately 3,000 associates. 

“It is becoming increasingly common for senior living organizations to join together to further their charitable missions by offering new services, creating operational efficiencies, and enhancing the quality and breadth of how they serve seniors,” said Sandra Lawson, Chief Strategic Alliances and Growth Officer for Asbury. “Asbury and Albright are excited about the ways in which such a partnership would expand and further secure our shared missions well into the future.”

Read the full press release >


RLPS Part of Team Awarded Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards' Best Independent Living Design of 2019

The compact independent living campus near downtown Lititz, Pennsylvannia, was designed with the same small-town feel as the surrounding area. Its design reflects Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) principles with elements such as different types of housing, plentiful green and public space and a network of pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks. Architecture firm RLPS Architects brought the plan to life in a design that strengthened connections to the surrounding town. Read the full article >

Extending Housing and Services to the Middle Market | On-Demand Webinar

The middle market is the fastest growing demographic in senior living. In a recent webinar, Baker Tilly, BB&T Capital Markets, RLPS Architects and Love & Company highlight potential service offerings for the middle market using primary research of senior living providers nationally. Listen to the on-demand recording >


Financial Ratios and Trends for Continuing Care Retirement Communities | On-Demand Webinar

In this webinar, Baker Tilly, CARF International, Ingleside and Ziegler help you and your organization understand how to use financial benchmarks and analyze findings regarding what financial ratios reveal about the direction of the industry. Listen to the on-demand recording and download the presentation >


We love to hear from our members. Please send any information regarding transitions, events, accomplishments and awards to Deanne Bellin: 


If you're a member and not receiving notices from LeadingAge, be sure to create a new account. Not a member? Learn more about becoming a member.

Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) - Member Call-In and New Web Page

New MFAR web page has all the resources for the proposed MFAR on one page and will continue to be updated as more resources become available.

Please join our member Call-In on January 16 at 3:00 PM to discuss the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). LeadingAge staff will present an overview of the proposed regulation and its potential implications for life plan communities and for the Medicaid program in general. Register for the Call-In >

CAST Releases HIE Selection Tool

Explore the new health information exchange tool, find tech pilot best practices, learn how to address the growing threat of cyberattacks, and more. If you haven't yet explored CAST's new Health Information Exchange (HIE) Technology Selection Tool, I encourage you to read a recent article in McKnight's Long-Term Care News, "LeadingAge CAST launches tool to assist tech adoption." Then check out the tool itself, which includes a white paper, an interactive guideselection tool and Matrix of existing HIEs, and three provider case studies to help you choose the best HIE for your organization.

HUD Guidance Forthcoming on PRAC Rent Increases

LeadingAge has learned that, given the number of Section 202 communities with Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) that requested larger rent increases to prepare for recapitalization in fiscal year 2019, HUD plans to develop new guidance for HUD staff to evaluate these requests and prioritize those properties with the greatest need. Read the Article > 

2020 Medicare Part B Therapy Rate Tool Available

Now available for members is the 2020 Medicare Part B therapy rate calculator. The tool includes commonly used therapy procedure codes that skilled nursing facilities and others are paid for under the physician fee schedule for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2020. Use the tool > 

Revisions and Interpretive Guidance for Emergency Preparedness Requirements

In a burden reduction rule finalized in September 2019, CMS revised requirements for emergency preparedness for all providers. These requirements impact providers across the LeadingAge membership including hospital- and community-based hospices, home health agencies, Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and nursing homes, including nursing homes that are part of a Life Plan Community. More Info >

Abuse Posters Now Available on OHCQ Website

OHCQ Resident Abuse and Complaint Posters are now available for download. It is recommended that any of OHCQ posters are printed in color on 8.5" x 11" size paper. Posters should be displayed in areas visible to all facility residents, staff, and visitors. 


Webinar | How to Achieve a Community of Caring by Making Caring Communication the Universal Language | Monday, January 27, 2020

Staff in long-term care are caring people. Yet, with heavy workloads and stress, it is not unusual to become so task-oriented that they don’t COMMUNICATE their caring. The result: Residents, families and coworkers don’t experience them as the caring people they are. Through this webinar, you will learn new strategies for developing staff so every individual makes their caring visible and felt in everyday interactions. More Information and Register >

'Ok Boomer" is Whitewashing Today's Generation GAP

In this opinion piece from Newsweek, writers note, "Those who fail to understand and address the interplay between race and age will fail to understand today's political landscape and miss a big chance to build alliances across racial and generational divides." Read the full article >

Community Search

Maryland Legislative Update Call

Directors of Nursing - Peer Networking Forum

Tuesday StandUp - Accident Prevention

Workforce Wednesday - Filling the Care Gap: Integrating Foreign-Born Staff into LTSS field

Maryland Legislative Update Call

Social Workers - Peer Networking Forum

Housing Happenings - Medical Marijuana and Affordable Senior Housing

Maryland Legislative Update Call