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Volume 23 Issue 25 - June 10, 2016

Finding Illumination On PBJ
By Elizabeth Leis Newman

Residents' families want to know who is taking care of their loved one. When you are choosing a facility, it's not unreasonable to question if there will be enough nurses on the unit, and how much direct care is being directed toward residents.

Plenty of facilities are doing a solid job with staffing. But it's being tracked via a two-week snapshot in a given year, and consumers don't know how staffing is fluctuating. It's also often on a piece of paper, not audited, and not quantified.

That's not to say the PBJ system is going to be perfect. But if there was another point hammered home in Shulman's presentation, it was CMS listened to providers who asked for time to prepare.

In the voluntary reporting process, there are no risks to the providers. Many have spent months tweaking their systems so that when they turn in their files for the first quarter (which starts July 1), the process goes smoothly.

What Do You Do When You Have 15 Minutes With A Successful Entrepreneur, Proven CEO, Motivational Speaker, Author, Hollywood Film Producer, & Grammy Winner?
By Greg Ungru

Recently, LeadingAge Florida was afforded the opportunity to sit down with Priceline.com co-founder & LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition Keynote Speaker Jeff Hoffman.

In this exchange, Hoffman shares insights and tricks he has used to be innovative and to stay at the forefront of innovation. His motivating message on commitment, excellence, and what it means to bring an attitude of excellence to each new day truly is contagious.

Get ready for Priceline.com co-founder Jeff Hoffman’s keynote speech kicking-off the LeadingAge Florida Convention and Exposition on Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
As I mentioned in this message a couple of weeks ago, your Board of Trustees held a strategic planning meeting in May to lay out a 3 to 5-year plan for the association. I’d like to add just a bit of detail this week regarding the goals that came out of that meeting. The LeadingAge Florida staff is working hard now to put together the plans that will support the achievement of these goals, and I’ll have more information about those plans, and how you can help support our efforts, in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we are focused on six key areas:
     • Maintaining and building on our strong reputation for advocacy success.
     • Collaborating with other associations and other partners to strengthen LeadingAge Florida
        in a number of areas.
     • Strengthening our expertise in key disciplines to improve our service to you.
     • Building on recent improvements in our communications efforts to ensure that you have
       the information you need, when you need it.
     • Improving our education and training programs to assist you and your team in managing
       the ever-changing aging services landscape.
     • Reducing our reliance on dues to operate the association by identifying and implementing
       creative approaches to increase non-dues revenue sources.

Thank you for your commitment to LeadingAge Florida and to the residents you serve. I look forward to working with each of you to continue moving your association forward.
14 - Preceptor Training, Location: Vicar's Landing, Ponte Vedra Beach:  This program prepares nursing home administrators to serve as Preceptors for students in the Administrator-In-Training (AIT) Program or College-Based Internship required for those planning on becoming licensed nursing home administrators. This preceptor training meets requirements set by the Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

16 - Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemption Webinar:  This webinar will present the finalized regulations and any unexpected surprises as nearly every employer in the nation will be affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed revisions. 

22 - Risk Management in Long-Term Care Webinar: This webinar will emphasize risk management and survey deficiency exposures associated with care transitions and the importance of efficient processes for transferring patients from the acute-care hospital (ACH) to skilled nursing facility/nursing facility (SNF/NF) and from SNF/NF to ACH, including the emergency department (ED).

25-27 - 53rd Annual Convention & Exposition: Join us for motivational and educational sessions that explore how you can Be the Difference in the lives of the seniors you serve. 

Registration is OPEN for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!

10 -  Evidence Based Falls Risk Assessment & Intervention Webinar

23 - Preceptor Refresher Webinar

25 - It's Time to "Restore" Your Restorative Nursing Program Webinar

30 - ICD-10 Refresher Webinar

28 - Educational Series (1 Meeting, 3 Locations) Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care

30 - Educational Series (1 Meeting, 3 Locations) Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care
Pastor Tom Hafer Releases Fourth Book - Soul Man
Pastor Tom Hafer, director of spiritual services for Gulf Coast Village, Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, has released his fourth book titled, "Soul Man" by Xlibris Publishing. A fiction narrative, "Soul Man" takes readers on a long journey inward towards peace of mind, body, and soul.

Restorative Care
Reach out to our Clinical & Compliance Specialist, Connie Cheren, RN, MSW at (678) 778-0561 or via  ccheren@LeadingAgeFlorida.org.  Connie is available to our members as a value-added service, paid for by LeadingAge Florida, to help answer questions before, during and after surveys OR anytime throughout the year! She can help nursing home and assisted living facility members improve regulatory compliance and clinical outcomes and to offer suggestions about survey results and corrective plans of action.
Carmin & Ruth Ginter Are In The Spotlight At LakeView Terrace
Active in many local and state organizations, Ruth was selected as “Woman of the Year” in Walled Lake because of her community involvement. The Ginters were chosen as Grand Marshalls of the annual July 4th Parade, honoring them for their public service. Ruth is still active at Lakeview Terrace. She is the Wear House Shoppe Manager. This used to be a three person job that she currently does herself. Carmin says “she is there 8 days a week.”

QUICK HITS— IN THE NEWS…            
Banner Week For LeadingAge Florida Member Nursing Homes
The Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care met to review the most recent Gold Seal applicants for recommendation to Governor Scott. Five of the nursing homes recommended by the Panel for this award are LeadingAge Florida members: including Florida Presbyterian Home, River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged, Sunnyside Nursing Home, Vicars Landing, and Village on the Green. Each of these members has received the Gold Seal designation multiple times - an indication of long-standing efforts to recruit and retain qualified and caring staff and provide resident-centered care and services. 

AHCA Provides Report Regarding Dementia Care
Recently released data from the National Partnership To Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes shows Florida is now ranked 26 of 51. This is the first time Florida has moved significantly since the partnership started in 2012. There has been a decrease of 28.8 percent of long-stay nursing home residents receiving an antipsychotic medication, to a national prevalence of 17.0 percent in 2015, Quarter 4.

OSHA Electronic Injury & Illness Reporting Rule
LeadingAge recently distributed an alert regarding a published final rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), saying OSHA will improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Nursing Home Memo Released
The Nursing Home Enforcement Reports in this document cover years 2006-2014. They provide general information regarding enforcement actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Offices or State Survey Agencies when a nursing home is not in compliance with Medicare and/or Medicaid requirements at 42 C.F.R Part 483. Enforcement actions refer to remedies, described below, that CMS imposed against noncompliant nursing homes.

VIDEO: CMS Provider Minute Videos for Part A & Part B Providers and DMEPOS Suppliers
The Medicare Learning Network has a series of CMS Provider Minute videos on compliance for Part A and Part B providers and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotic, and Supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers. These videos have tips to help you properly submit claims with sufficient documentation in order to receive correct payment the first time.

Thank You To Our Convention Sponsors
We would like to thank our sponsors for support the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition! Many of our sponsors will have booths in the Exhibition Hall. We are looking forward to having an exceptional event at the Boca Resort with five hours of exposition time. Thank you to our sponsors for investing the time and resources to help recognize and appreciate our members and provide cutting edge products and education for the aging services industry. 

Registration is OPEN for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!

Quality Measures & The IMPACT Act Call - Registration Open
Visit MLN Connects Event Registration. During this call, CMS experts discuss key quality measures related to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) and how they will affect you.

Medicaid Managed Care Rule: Implications For Managed Long-Term Services & Supports
CMS recently released new regulations guiding Medicaid Managed Care. This is the first update of regulations in over a decade and incorporates Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). This webinar will provide an analysis of relevant provisions, including enrollment, network adequacy, stakeholder engagement, beneficiary support system, and quality.

SNF Quality Reporting Program Provider Training
CMS is hosting a 2-day, in-person, train-the trainer event on June 21 & 22, for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for SNF providers, associations, and organizations. The objective is to provide SNFs with an overview of the requirements under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) and the QRP.

Transportation/Bus Companies
Our goal at LeadingAge Florida is to increase member value for our provider members and our business members.  We are featuring various “categories” of business members to remind providers about the businesses available for them, and we hope you will consider them in planning your next project.
     • Alliance Bus Group
     • Florida Transportation Systems, Inc.
     • Matthews Buses Commercial
Saludos de Bobby Bernal… Hello From The Road With Value First!

I am currently at the Value First National Sales Meeting.  We are focusing on best practices and how to bring you more value in an efficient, streamlined and expeditious manner.  I will provide a full report on that next week. This week, I'd like to share with you a testimonial from one of members regarding their experience with Value First:

     At first, we were reluctant, when Mr. Bernal approached us with the Value First Program.
     However, after reviewing the Value First Cost Analysis we were surprised at the savings.
     Thank you, LeadingAge Florida!
          ~Caridad Vinas, CEO / President Canterbury Tower

The most important first step is to generate a cost report. All I need is one month of actual invoices, and I will do the rest of the work to provide you with an "apples to apples” pricing comparison. Please keep me posted on any new developments where Value First could possibly assist, whether it’s a quote or direction to any of the 400 contracted vendors or cost reports.

Doing a cost study through Value First you may find that what you thought was a good price three years ago, is no longer true. Over time, pricing for products change! Don’t take for granted that you are getting the best deal! Let Value First CONFIRM you are getting the best prices – or let us help you get the best prices – by doing a cost report.

Specials From Our Value First Partners

Look out in the very near future for information on the new improved incontinence products by our partners at TENA.

Sherwin Williams
:  Please see the new group-buy flier from Sherwin Williams for the months of May and June. To access special pricing you will need to have a L.O.P. on file. Please contact me if you need assistance.

Direct Supply:
 Trust Direct Supply to keep your large projects running smoothly. Please see the Capitol Projects Program by Direct Supply.

See you on the road


LeadingAge Florida Efforts Highlighted At Value First National Meeting
Our very own Bobby Bernal is currently at the Value First National Sales Meeting. During one of the training sessions, Value First Director of Business Trish Korsgren used the LeadingAge Florida weekly newsletter - The LeadingLink - as an example to other LeadingAge states of effective communications. Way to go, Bobby!
Happiness starts with you.
Not with your relationship, your friends, or your job.  But with you.

There is something for everyone at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition.

July 25-27, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Join us for motivational and educational sessions that explore how you can Be the Difference in the lives of the older adults that you serve. LeadingAge Florida’s special group rate is $162/night, plus a daily $10 resort fee (plus tax if applicable). Hotel reservations must be made by July 3, 2016. Rooms at the group rate are subject to availability. To use your community’s tax exempt status, please provide a copy of your tax exempt form upon check- in at the hotel.

Registration is OPEN for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!

Silent Auction Donations – LeadingAge Florida will host a Silent Auction at the Annual Convention, and is requesting donations. Some ideas for donated items include: jewelry, books, gift certificates, theme baskets, sport memorabilia or make a cash donation and leave the shopping to us! Click here for more information on the donations.  LeadingAge Florida is a nonprofit educational charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; therefore, your Silent Auction donation is fully tax-deductible.



The rate of deficiency-free nursing home surveys in 2014 was 10.2%, up from 8.8% in 2009, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Do You Understand the New Wage and Hour Laws for Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees: Fair Labor Standards Act Webinar - Rules Impacting Overtime and Exemption Status

LeadingAge Florida Southeast Region Election: To access the ballot, please click here.
LeadingAge Florida Southwest Region Election: To access the ballot, please click here.
LeadingAge Florida Central Region Election: To access the ballot, please click here.

Senior Housing Plus Services Congressional Briefing:
A LeadingAge congressional briefing will be taking place at the Capitol Hill Visitors Center on Monday, June 20. LeadingAge urges all members to call or forward this invitation to your member of congress and ask them to attend on behalf of their constituents.

Business Partners, Exhibitors and Sponsors:
Thank you to all of our 2016 Business Partners, Exhibitors and Sponsors!

OSHA Electronic Injury & Illness Reporting Rule:
LeadingAge recently distributed an alert regarding a published final rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), saying OSHA will improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.

Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors:
Support our sponsors!

HUD Bed Bug Guidelines Webinar:
You will understand how and with whom you should collaborate to achieve successful results.

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