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November 29, 2017




November 29, 2017


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Growth and Change

LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to welcome new members Edenwald and Baywoods of Annapolis, as well as new business associate members Functional Pathways and Labor4orce. We look forward to their participation in our community.


And, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Ziegler/LeadingAge Maryland Finance and Strategy Symposium on November 30; the LeadingAge DC, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Marketing Symposium on December 5; and the Ingleside King Farm/ LeadingAge Maryland Dementia Symposium on December 15.


While we are looking ahead with great anticipation and have exciting things on the horizon for 2018, we are also saying goodbye. Deborah Adler will be leaving LeadingAge Maryland in mid-December, though she will be doing some contract work with us after that. We are grateful for her significant contributions during her time with us. She has grown the Peer Networks; shepherded the education program including Tuesday Stand Up calls; established new communication vehicles; developed good relationships with members; and has turned her hand with good spirit to whatever needs to be done. Deborah is looking forward to her next opportunity in the field of aging.


We are also saying thank you and goodbye to several LeadingAge Maryland board members who are completing their terms of service: Yolanda Johnson, Doug Leidig, Ed Mallick and Robin Somers. These folks were among those founding board members who have launched LeadingAge Maryland. We will be welcoming new board members in January – Bill Holman, John Howl, Candace McMullen and Steve Powell.


Growth and change indeed!




Jill Schumann

President and CEO




Community for Life Initiative

On November 15, LeadingAge Maryland members met with Secretary of Aging Rona Kramer and Innovation Director Hal Rogoff at The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant in Ellicott City to learn about the Maryland Department of Aging’s Community for Life initiative. Learn more here.




LeadingAge Maryland maintains a Job Board on our website and posts jobs free of charge to members. To post a job, please contact Deborah Adler at Click here to see current job postings.




Remarkable Older Person


LeadingAge Magazine Requests Stories

LeadingAge magazine is collecting stories of remarkable residents, clients and staff as part of its “People We Serve” series. Since 2012 it has published more than 390 short profiles, written by LeadingAge members, of residents, clients, staff, volunteers and board members who have lived remarkable lives, are actively making the world a better place, or who are simply loved by those around them.


Do you want to tell the LeadingAge community about someone special? Please write up a brief sketch in the range of 200-300 words and e-mail it, along with a photo or even a video link if possible, to Gene Mitchell. Contact Gene at 202-508-9424 or with any questions.




Tuesday StandUp

LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to offer Tuesday StandUp, a clinical learning opportunity, every other Tuesday at 10:00 am. The call is designed to be a narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience, referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue.  The next Tuesday StandUp will be on December 12. Kristy Yoskey of HealthPro/Heritage will be speaking on Phase 2 LTC Rules of Participation- Burden Updates for LTC Providers. Dial 310-372-7549 and use pass code 505134 to join the call!



Life Enrichment Peer Network


Peer Networks

Interested in networking and collaborating with professional peers on important issues? Join a Peer Network! Upcoming Peer Network Forums are already scheduled for

  • Social Workers (January 9 at Ginger Cove)

  • Staff Educators (January 24 at The Village at Rockville)

  • Life Enrichment Professionals (February 6 at Friends House)

Meetings for LNHAs and Facility Managers are in the process of being scheduled for early 2018. For more information or to register, contact Deborah Adler at or 240-750-9925.


Finance & Strategy Symposium 2017

November 30, 2017

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC bring you the 2017 Finance & Strategy Symposium! This one-day event, sponsored by Ziegler, provides an overview of the most recent industry trends, highlights of innovative case studies from around the country, and ample time for networking. Learn more here.


LeadingAge Mid-Atlantic CCRC/Life Plan Community Marketing Symposium

December 5, 2017

LeadingAge Maryland, along with LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Virginia, will host the LeadingAge Mid-Atlantic CCRC/Life Plan Community Marketing Symposium on December 5 in Mechanicsville, Virginia. To register or learn more, click here.


Dementia Symposium

December 15, 2017

Join LeadingAge Maryland, LeadingAge DC and Ingleside at King Farm for Bridging the Gap-- Dementia Symposium 2017: Practical Solutions for Family and Professional Care Partners.  This one day symposium, to be held on December 15, 2017 at Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, is geared toward family caregivers as well as professionals.Learn more here.


Senior Housing Manager Program

January 24-25, 2018

Join LeadingAge Virginia for a two day Senior Housing Manager Program.

This workshop targets Independent Living and Affordable Housing Managers. For additional details, click here.


Focus on Aging: Matters of the Soul

December 5, 2017

The Center for the Study of Aging at McDaniel College presents Focus on Aging: Matters of the Soul on December 5 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn more here.




Register Now for CMS Webinars in December

Mark your calendars! CMS is hosting two December webinars on the IMPACT Act and corresponding post-acute care Quality Reporting Programs. For details, click here.


Getting Savvy with the New LTC Survey Process

November 30, 2017, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Join LW Consulting for Getting Savvy with the New LTC Survey Process. Topics include:

* Regulation Reform (including the Affordable Care Act and the Impact Act)

* F-Tag Renumbering

* New Interpretive Guidelines (Appendix PP)

* The Traditional Survey Process

* Goals of the Quality Indicator Survey

* The Seven Sections of the New LTC Survey

Learn more here.


Person Directed Care in Adult Day: Meeting the Needs of Those Living with Dementia

December 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Person-directed practices empower adult day teams to be highly responsive and creative care partners to those who live with dementia. The key is to reframe so-called “behaviors” as the unmet needs that the individual is trying to communicate.  Participants will explore specific tools designed to highlight and address expressions of need, which include seven domains of well-being and the antidotes to loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  These impactful approaches are highly practical, proactive rather than reactive, and also prepare teams to meet regulatory expectations that are increasingly focused on practices that put the person first. There is no need to pre-register. Simply join the meeting by Skype right before.Then call 240-669-5802 and use conference ID 357949.




Collington Bistro


New Dining Venue Slated to Open in December at Collington

Construction of a new Bistro dining area at Collington, scheduled for completion in late November, will give residents new and more varied dining options. The Bistro is just one facet of the project, which also includes renovating the current dining room, improving its acoustics and enhancing views of nearby Lake Collington. Click here to learn more and to see the architect's rendering of the space.


Love & Company Gathering Survey Data

Love & Company is gathering survey responses from CEOs and Executive Directors to determine the success of communities in attracting residents of different ethnicities, races and sexual preference to independent living. For more information, please contact Hannah Thompson at


Baker Tilly to Host 2018 Not-for-Profit and Healthcare Executive Forum

Save January 25, 2018 from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm to join Baker Tilly’s assurance, tax and risk consulting specialists as they discuss the latest accounting, financial and operational issues and developments to help enhance a not-for-profit organization’s effectiveness. CPE credits will be provided. More details will be provided soon.




Alzheimer's Council Seeks Expertise

The Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council has a seat available for a "licensed nurse practitioner with expertise in end-of-life care and pain management."  Interested nurse practitioners should contact Jill Schumann at or 410-274-2893 no later than January 5, 2018.


Updated LTC Contacts for Maryland DHR

The Maryland Department of Human Resources has released an updated contact list for LTC contacts.  Click here to download.




CMS News


CMS Extends Enforcement Delay to 18 months for some Phase 2 Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be giving long-term care providers 18 months to adapt to some of the new requirements for participation without facing penalties. Learn more here.


LeadingAge Overview of S&C 18-04-NH

Click here for LeadingAge analysis.


The first memo 18-04 combines the Phase 2 f-tag moratorium and Five Star Freeze. Highlights: the moratorium is now 18 months from the previously communicated 12 months. In the Five Star freeze, surveys started before November 28 as well as a request for IDR and independent IDR will be calculated in a facility's five star rating-- including a revisit.


The second memo 18-05 states Appendix P will no longer be accessible. The LTCSP procedure guide will replace Appendix P.


LeadingAge Submits Feedback to CMS Innovation Center (CMMI)

The CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market driven reforms.  The RFI focused on empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs. Learn more here.


Housing News


Annual Adjustment Factors for 2018 Go Into Effect Immediately

HUD has announced the fiscal year 2018 Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs) for adjustment of contract rents on the anniversary of those assistance contracts for months beginning after November 8, 2017. Learn more here.


Other National News


Analyzing the Financial Challenges of Middle-Income Elders

The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston is helping the National Council on Aging assess the financial challenges facing middle-income older adults. Learn more here.


SNF Medicare Rate Calculation Tools Update

LeadingAge has updated Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System and Part B- Therapy calculators to help members assess and estimate the impact of payment changes. Access to this tool requires login via MyLeadingAge. Learn more here.


Member-Exclusive Resources Available on LeadingAge Site

RoP Tools and Resources are available on the LeadingAge website.  New Phase 2 tools and resources include the following topics:


  • Behavioral Health & Dementia Care QuickPATH
  • Staff Competency QuickPATH
  • Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation QuickPATH
  • Transfer, Notice, and Discharge QuickPATH
  • QAPI QuickPATH
  • Resident Rights QuickPATH
  • Antibiotic Stewardship QuickPATH
  • Baseline Care Plan QuickPATH
  • Infection Prevention QuickPATH
  • Medication Management QuickPATH
  • Psychotropic Medication QuickPATH
  • Self-Administration of Medications QuickPATH
  • Smoking Policy QuickPATH


LeadingAge Maryland members may also join LeadingAge listservs, a great way to connect with peers, get answers to questions and share knowledge with colleagues. As a reminder, these tools are for LeadingAge provider members only. You will need to create a MyLeadingAge Login. Visit to sign up.







Questions? Contact Jill Schumann at or 410-274-2893.

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