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Volume 24 Issue 34 - August 4, 2017

Resident Stories Grab Heartstrings and Build Brands
By Pam McDonald

"It's so amazing, I just love it! I've been in assisted living for nearly 30 years and I wish it had been around when I started." That's Jane Randolph, VP of Resident Engagement for Civitas Senior Living, talking about OneDay – for Senior Living, a resident storytelling video app, and Senior Housing Forum partner.

This powerful mobile app lets staff record their residents stories, themselves, other employees, or family members and, in an instant, have edited HQ (YouTube quality) video that's branded with their community's logo.
LeadingAge Florida is having a Record Year with Value First
LeadingAge Florida is setting records for member participation and involvement. Through hard-work and diligent follow-up, LeadingAge Florida has produced 60 Value First cost studies to date in 2017, surpassing our goal of 48 cost studies - with five months remaining in the year!

Value First Inc. is a member-driven solution to purchasing in the aging services field. As a GPO, Value First is designed for senior providers who seek expanded choice, intelligent solutions and significant savings. It offers collective buying power and contracts negotiated specifically for customers whose mission is high-quality care and better outcomes for older adults.
Although it may feel as though the legislative session just ended, your LeadingAge Florida Advocacy Team has already been hard at work preparing for the 2018 session, which begins in January.

This week, we participated in a special meeting for the Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Council to discuss a new draft bill of reforms to Chapter 651, the section of state law that regulates our CCRC members. As you’ll recall, we waged quite a battle earlier this year to defeat a reform effort that was overly broad.

Since then, our members have met with the Office of Insurance Regulation, and we have been in discussions with our partners at FLiCRA, about this year’s proposal, and the result is a draft bill that is significantly better than last year’s. We are continuing to work on refinements, and we’ll be suggesting our own reforms as well that will streamline certain regulations, correct conflicts in current law, and reward high-performing providers.

The Governor’s Council meets again on August 17, and we will keep you posted on the latest developments.

Meanwhile, a number of our members have applied to participate on the Prospective Payment System working group that AHCA will administer. Formation of the group was a component of our successful effort to delay implementation of the plan, and they’ll be working through the fall on ways to rationalize and improve the plan before it goes into effect in September of next year. More to come on this as well.

Lastly, as I’ve mentioned before, we were delighted to have HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speak at our annual convention a couple of weeks ago. But the relationships we’ve built with his staff at HUD are perhaps the most important outcome of his visit with us.

Secretary Carson’s Washington staff is working right now to schedule meetings with us and his policy team so we can have a truly substantive discussion about the senior housing crisis in Florida and around the country. This is a unique and exciting opportunity, and we will obviously provide updates as this materializes.

Stay tuned as we work through the interim on these and many other issues. We truly appreciate your engagement and support.
Please take our survey!
We would love to receive your feedback on this year's event to help us plan for 2018. Plus, if you respond by Friday, August 4, 2017, you could win a free conference registration for the 55th Annual Convention & Exposition, July 29-August 1, at Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando.
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Grassroots advocacy is the cornerstone of any effective effort to persuade legislators to support your position – especially when the opposition is formidable.

Our success in advocating our issues this past session was due, in a large part, to aggressive grassroots support generated by you - our members. This support took the form of outreach to legislators in their district office and in the capitol through: phone calls, emails, in-person visits, testimony at committee meetings, press conferences, Op Eds, press releases, txt messages, and social media platforms.

Local historian delivers presentation at Vicars Landing on 1942 Nazi attack off Jacksonville Beach
By Benjamin Naim

Local historian Scott Grant delivered a presentation July 18 to Vicar's Landing residents about a German U-boat commander who destroyed 24 merchant ships, including the SS Gulf America oil tanker, less than 10 miles off the coast of Jacksonville Beach in a six-month period described by Grant as one of the “worst disasters in American naval history,” taking more lives than 9/11 or Pearl Harbor.

Mega Rule Change Workshop: November 2017 Changes to Nursing Home Regulations - August 24, 2017
Join industry expert Connie Cheren at the Requirements of Participation Phase II Workshop, which is designed to help nursing homes meet the Phase II changes in regulations which become effective on November 28, 2017.

Register and attend this workshop and you will earn up to contact hours of credit for Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, and Social Workers licensed in the State of Florida.

This workshop is specifically designed to educate Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Risk Managers, Social Workers and MDS Coordinators.

Reach out to LeadingAge Florida's Clinical & Compliance Specialist, Connie Cheren, RN, MSW at (678) 778-0561 or via ccheren@LeadingAgeFlorida.org. Connie is available to all members as a value-added service, paid for by LeadingAge Florida, to help answer questions before, during and after surveys! She can help nursing home and assisted living facility members improve regulatory compliance and clinical outcomes and offer suggestions about survey results and corrective plans of action.



9 - Antipsychotics: Analyzing 5-Star Quality Measures and Applying QAPI Principles Webinar: The session focuses on best practices for reducing antipsychotic medications and chemical restraints in your facility and how to improve these measures using a QAPI framework with emphasis on reduction of common MDS coding errors and implementation of a facility specific Five Star road map action plan.

24 - Mega Rule Change Workshop: November 2017 Changes to Nursing Home Regulations: This important workshop, being taught by the one and only Connie Cheren, is designed to help nursing homes meet the phase II changes in regulations which become effective November 28, 2017.

AHCA Joint Trainings for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Offers a forum for the Agency for Health Care Administration and leading long-term care experts to brief providers, advocates and state surveyors on regulatory compliance with enforcement provisions explained. Networking tables will be available from Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman and other LTC stakeholders.
6 - Sunrise
12 - Tampa
14 - Orlando
18 - Tallahassee

AHCA Joint Training for Assisted Living Facilities: offers interpretations of regulatory compliance by leaders from the Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Elder Affairs. Clinical and legal professionals will also highlight best practice guidelines and professional guidance. Networking tables will also be available from Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman and other LTC stakeholders.
7 - Sunrise
13 - Tampa
15 - Orlando
19 - Tallahassee

20 - Analyzing 5-Star UTI and Catheter Quality Measures and Applying QAPI Principles Webinar: This webinar will review the RoP infection prevention and control program updates and UTI and catheter insert/left in bladder quality measures that impact the Quality Measure component of the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating system.

It all starts with the “cost study.”

A cost study is a detailed apples to apples process. At Value First, we won’t try to gain your business with numbers that we can’t back up.

Value First will sit across from the table with you and dive into exactly where you want to save money in four purchasing categories – Medical, Food, Office Supplies, Environmental/Janitorial/Sanitation.

Value First will work hand-in-hand with your purchasing team to analyze your current expenses and give you line item comparisons on exactly how much you can save.

Value First Partners

Direct Supply:
Direct Supply is offering a Customer Appreciation sale that is valid for the entire month of July and offers 15% off. Orders must be placed online at www.DirectSupply.net. Use coupon code SERVEYOU15. There is a $300 maximum savings per order and some exclusions apply.

Cushman Utility Carts:
Cushman brand commercial and utility vehicles are known for versatility, durability and dependability. Cushman offers a complete range of heavy-duty, industrial material-handling vehicles, comfortable personnel transport and food & beverage vehicles. Gasoline- and electric-powered models plus an extensive list of options and accessories make Cushman the most versatile choice in utility vehicles.

K.A.I Total Pavement Management:
They are the leading national parking lot maintenance, repair and reconstruction company for asphalt and concrete. They deliver quality solutions and services for companies wanting to provide safe, compliant, and sustainable parking lots for employees and residents. With experts in ADA compliance, storm water drainage, base repair and more, K.A.I. Total Pavement Management is a Kansas Asphalt, Inc. company and a certified Woman Owned Business. For more information, please contact Christie Knable at (864) 918-4446.

PPG Paints:
PPG has been providing quality paints and stains for homeowners and professionals alike for well over 100 years. Today, PPG’s line-up of well-respected residential, commercial and industrial paint brands offers a wide range of choices to meet the varying needs of consumers, interior designers, painting contractors, property managers, developers and architects around the globe.

Sherwin Williams:
With 150 years of experience and, more than 4,000 stores worldwide, Sherwin-Williams knows paint. As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting painting professionals with exceptional products; resources to make confident color selections; and expert, personalized service focused on your unique project needs.

For information about how Value First can help you and your community, please give me a call at (850) 671-3700.

See you on the road!
Village On The Isle Human Resources Director Selected as Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year
Village On The Isle’s Director of Human Resources, Christine Clyne, has been recognized as the 2017 Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year for medium-sized organizations (251-999 employees). Clyne was one of seven finalists for this prestigious and highly competitive award. Nominees are evaluated on their professional contributions to their organization, their community volunteer efforts, and commitment towards professional development.

“Christine is an outstanding, self-driven leader and an expert in the field of human resources and organizational management, says Joel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Village On The Isle. She is always seeking ways to improve outcomes for our residents, staff members, and community which is a true blessing.”

3rd Annual Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Symposium

The Lodge at Cypress Cove Earns Five-Star CMS Rating
Mega Rule Change Workshop: November 2017 Changes to Nursing Home Regulations with Connie Cheren
Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This workshop is designed to help nursing homes meet the phase II changes in regulations which become effective November 28, 2017.

Robotic pets — a memory-impaired senior's best friend?
By Kate Santich

In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects at Harbour's Edge
LeadingAge Florida Business Members:
Security | Emergency Monitoring Systems
It is LeadingAge Florida's goal to deliver the highest quality of service to all of our members. Striving to increase value and return on investment for all involved, LeadingAge Florida features business members by specialty to remind providers a
bout the services available to them from high-quality businesses. Please consider these businesses for any projects at your community.
Accurate Biometrics
CISCOR Emergency Call Systems
Cornell Communications, Inc.
Protect-Alert Emergency Call Systems, LLC

5 Steps to Create Medical Quality Without Trying

No check boxes and no administrators can create quality. It's up to you. Here's how.
Register for Mega Rule Change Workshop - August 24 - Orlando FL: Join industry expert Connie Cheren RN, MSW at this workshop designed to assist nursing homes to understand the November 28th, 2017 mega changes in regulation for nursing homes, the newly issued interpretive guidelines as well as the revised survey process.

3rd Annual Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Symposium: Nationally known experts will focus on a range of both clinical and policy related issues. Topics will include the evolving role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, transitions of care, medical foster homes, and the evolution from a fee-based reimbursement system to one that is value-based.

Secretary Carson Announces Additional $179 Million to Help States Recover from 2015 and 2016 Disasters: Funding to support recovery in hard-hit areas of Florida, West Virginia, Texas, and the Carolinas.

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