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News & Notes-- December 12, 2017
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December 12, 2017




December 12, 2017



Happy New Year


Looking Forward to 2018

LeadingAge Maryland is ending 2017 with a strong finish.  In the past several weeks we’ve held the Finance and Strategy Symposium and the Mid-Atlantic CCRC Marketing Symposium. This week professionals and family caregivers will attend the Dementia Symposium LeadingAge Maryland is co-hosting with Ingleside at King Farm.  The Education Committee is planning for the 2018 spring conference (April 17-18, 2018) and many other education and training events. The first class of the LeadingAge DC, MD and VA Leadership Academy will be celebrating successful completion in mid-January, and recruitment for the next class will begin soon.


Maryland’s 2018 legislative session begins on January 10 and LeadingAge Maryland will be active in the session and will keep you updated on issues that matter to older adults and those who provide supports and services to them. And, LeadingAge continues to provide leadership on key federal legislative and regulatory matters – most especially this week on proposed tax reform and budget issues.


This will be the last issue of News and Notes for 2017. As we move into 2018 we are always eager to hear your ideas, concerns and interests. Thank you for the important work you do each day.


Wishing you the best in this holiday season.




Jill Schumann

President and CEO




Finance & Strategy Symposium


Finance & Strategy Symposium Attracts Wide Audience

On November 30, LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC held the 2017 Finance & Strategy Symposium! This one-day event, sponsored by Ziegler, provided an overview of the most recent industry trends, highlights of innovative case studies from around the country, and ample time for networking! Click here to learn more.


Marketing Symposium


Members from Across the Region Come Together for the CCRC/Life Plan Community Marketing symposium

LeadingAge members from Maryland, DC, North Carolina and Virginia came together on December 5 to explore a variety of topics including the use of technology to reach consumers and consumers’ use of technology to reach communities and gather information. 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 Jill Schumann at Click here to see current job postings.





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 January 9. Janine Finck-Boyle from LeadingAge will be speaking on The New Day in LTC. 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.


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.


National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and QAPI Call

During this call, learn how to work with physicians to ensure compliance with the new psychotropic medication prescribing requirements for long-term care facilities. Also, find out how nursing homes are putting the new Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirements into practice. Additionally, CMS experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and QAPI. Learn more here.




Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 – What Exempt Organizations Need to Know

December 20, 2017

11 am to 12 pm

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) represents the largest change to federal tax code in more than 30 years for individuals and businesses, as well as tax-exempt organizations. In this 60-minute presentation, BKD Partner Brian Todd and BKD Managing Director Rebekuh Eley will cover several provisions included in this significant tax legislation that will affect tax-exempt organizations. Learn more here.





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Catholic Charities Has Been Awarded 2017 Top Workplaces Award Catholic Charities of Baltimore has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Learn more here.


World War II


Asbury Solomons Oral History Project Grows Out of Veteran's Day Commemoration

For several years, residents who participated in World War II-- most through the armed services, but some as civlians-- have been sharing their historical experiences with students from nearby Patuxent High School. In 2012, Asbury Solomons decided to capture these stories in detail and share them with the community at large. Learn more here.




The Maryland Department of Human Resources has released updated asset and property verification procedures.  Click here to download a copy of the memo.




CMS News


CMS Finalizes Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Changes, Cancels Episode Payment Models & Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model

On November 30, CMS finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models that were to be operated by the CMS Innovation Center and implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. These changes will offer greater flexibility and choice for hospitals in providing care to Medicare patients. Learn more here.


Quality and Cost Measures under Consideration: CMS Releases List for 2018 Pre-rulemaking

CMS posted the Measures under Consideration List on the Pre-Rule Making webpage. Each year, CMS publishes a list of quality and cost measures that are under consideration for Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs and collaborates with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to get critical input from multiple stakeholders on the measures that are best suited for these programs. Learn more here.


Only One Quality Measure for SNFs Under New CMS Proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a shorter-than-usual list of potential Medicare quality measures last week, with only one aimed at skilled nursing providers. Learn more here.


HH CoPs Implementation On Schedule

Unfortunately the final interpretive guidelines for the new Home Health Conditions of Participation are not yet available; however, CMS announced that in the first year following the effective date of the new CoPs between January 13, 2018 to January 13, 2019, CMS will not impose any Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) on agencies, which are taking actions to be compliant unless there is an identified Immediate Jeopardy situation. Click here to learn more.


Other National News


GAO Wants Overhaul of Medicare, Medicaid Anti-fraud Strategy

The Government Accountability Office, in a new report, notes that CMS's anti-fraud initiatives only “partially align” with the office's fraud risk framework, which offers guidance on creating anti-fraud initiatives. 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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