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Volume 23 Issue 30 - July 15, 2016

Online Registration Closes at MIDNIGHT on MONDAY, July 18, 2016!
Six LeadingAge Florida Members Earn Prestigious Gold Seal Awards for Excellence
The Agency for Healthcare Administration recently announced 11 Gold Seal Award winners - six of the awardees are LeadingAge Florida member communities.

The six LeadingAge Florida communities earning the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care include:
  • The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers
  • Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc.
  • River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged
  • Sunnyside Nursing Center
  • Vicar's Landing
  • Village on the Green
Recipients included one new award and five renewals. River Garden Hebrew Home and Village on the Green have been recognized with their eighth Gold Seal Award. Both have continuously held this recognition since it was created in 2002. This is the seventh time Florida Presbyterian Homes and Sunnyside Nursing Home have earned the award. This is Vicar's Landing fifth time receiving the Gold Seal Award. This is Orlando Lutheran Towers first Gold Seal Award.

LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer congratulated the awardees for this high accomplishment and honor, “The Gold Seal honors the best in nursing home care, and I congratulate these outstanding LeadingAge Florida members for their unwavering commitment to quality.”

Recent Florida Supreme Court Decisions on Workers’ Compensation Could Lead to Higher Premiums

By Hayden Dempsey & Leslie Y. Dughi of Greenberg Traurig 

In two long-awaited decisions, the Florida Supreme Court declared several provisions of the state’s workers’ compensation statutes unconstitutional, weakening legislative reforms approved in 1994 and 2003 intended to curb the system’s growing costs and higher premiums for employers and businesses. The rulings, in Castellanos v. Next Door Company and Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg were released almost two years after the Court first heard oral arguments in the cases. The decisions struck down Florida laws that restricted the fees for claimants’ attorneys to a statutory formula tied to the benefits secured by the claimant and limited the recovery of benefits to 104 weeks for temporary total disability, respectively.

As part of the LeadingAge Florida Advocacy team, Hayden Dempsey and Leslie Dughi will be presenting at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition. Click Here to Register to attend their session, The Force Awakend: Political Strength Through Grassroots Advocacy to be held on Wednesday, July 27, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.!
A year ago, Department of Elder Affairs Sec. Sam Verghese announced his Dementia Care & Cure Initiative, an effort to engage communities across Florida to become more dementia friendly, to promote better care for Floridians affected by dementia, and to support research efforts to find a cure. Obviously, we and our members care deeply about this issue, and that’s why LeadingAge Florida has become active in helping spread the word about the initiative and offering our resources to assist in any way we can.

We met with the DOEA this week to identify communications and other opportunities to be supportive, and we’ll be attending stakeholder and advisory committee meetings going forward. Ultimately, I expect we’ll be calling on members to share your expertise and innovations in dementia care with the stakeholders and other interested parties.

It’s one more way that LeadingAge Florida is collaborating with partners in government to make a difference for Florida’s seniors. We will keep you posted as this effort gathers momentum.
How to Remove Your Business Location From Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go has taken mobile devices - and many businesses - by storm. Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon creatures, who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Pokémon Go can be a safety risk to you, your staff, and your residents. The game can disrupt your community with strangers showing up in your lobby or trespassing on private property. If this is the case, you can appeal to have your status removed as a Pokémon Gym or PokéStop. Click here to take the proper steps to remove your location from Pokémon Go.

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. 

Time is RUNNING OUT! Online Registration Closes at MIDNIGHT on MONDAY, July 18, 2016, for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!

Hotel reservations for the LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition at the group rate are subject to availability.

10 - Evidence Based Falls Risk Assessment & Intervention Webinar

11 - MDS 3.0 Update Workshop

23 - Preceptors Refresher Webinar

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

30 - ICD-10 Refresher Webinar: Back to Basics and Lessons Learned 

28 - Educational Series: Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care

14 - Moving From Survey to Regulation Workshop

30 - Educational Series: Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care
RiverOak CNA Class Held at ACV a Success
Following Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center's identity change to RiverOak Technical College (Live Oak, Florida) last year, the administration added several new program opportunities. Early this year, the college renewed its partnership with Advent Christian Village (ACV) in order to offer a unique, five-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class taught at Good Samaritan Center, ACV's skilled nursing community. This isn't the first class of this type to be taught at ACV and they are thrilled to be working with RiverOak to once again to offer more medical education in western Suwannee County.

Nursing Home Roundtable Discussion
By Connie Cheren

LeadingAge Florida invites you to register for the 2016 convention and attend the Nursing Home Roundtable Session on Wednesday, July 27, at 8:30 AM. The Roundtable Session offers an opportunity for convention attendees to network and share information.

The focus of the roundtable is to bring together individuals representing member communities to discuss and share how nursing homes are meeting the quickly changing environment in areas such as the payroll based journal; the addition of section GG to the MDS, changes to the exit conference for AHCA surveys and discussion on best practices for caring for dementia residents. Jenny George and I will facilitate the discussion - however the peer to peer sharing of actual experiences has proven to be a major factor in the success of our roundtables.

I look forward to seeing you at the Nursing Home Roundtable at the LeadingAge Florida Convention from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

Bob Hope Village Became a New Kind of Home for Me
By Amelia Hizer

Every great love story features some sort of adventure, and the story of Melvin and Marjorie is no different. For the first sixteen years of their lives, Marjorie and Melvin grew up within nine miles of one another in different New Jersey towns, although they never met. That all changed in April of their senior year of high school when they went on a blind date. The rest, as they say, is history.

Health Services Advisory Group is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Florida.
As the QIN-QIO for Florida, the Health Services Advisory Group convenes the National Nursing Home Quality Cares Collaborative (NNHQCC). HSAG is inviting Florida LTC providers to join this dynamic “all teach; all learn” initiative. Approximately 60% of Florida nursing homes have signed on. The framework of the NNHQCC in Florida is implementing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement practices to improve quality measures and outcomes to ensure that nursing home residents receive the highest quality of care and quality of life.

Increase in OSHA Penalties Will Take Effect August 1
Beginning August 1, 2016, the maximum penalty OSHA can assess will increase significantly due to legislation passed by Congress in November 2015, which requires federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. This adjustment is significant because the last time OSHA’s maximum penalties were adjusted was in 1990. Since that time, OSHA’s penalties were not adjusted because of a law that exempted OSHA from the requirement that federal agencies must raise their fines to keep up with inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 eliminates this exemption for OSHA, which has resulted in an increase of 78.156%.

Free Webinar: Strategies for PBJ Pain Points
Join BKD on Tuesday, July 19, at 10 a.m. for a discussion on the newly mandated Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system, which took effect July 1, 2016. This session will cover compliance for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and provide guidance on managing common program pain points and categorizing direct care staff into the appropriate job title code to capture “double-hatters.”

CMS 5 Star Technical Users' Guide Has Been Updated
CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.

Fee Increase for Private Duty Nursing Services
The Agency for Health Care Administration is amending the Medicaid fee schedules to reflect an increase to the reimbursement rate for private duty nursing services furnished by a licensed practical nurse through the home health services benefit under the Medicaid state plan. This fee increase is being implemented based on changes made in the General Appropriations Act during the 2016 Legislative Session and will be effective for dates of service on or after July 1, 2016.

The Force Awakens
By Leslie Y. Dughi, Greenberg Traurig Director, Government Law & Policy Practice

The quote "All politics is local" by longtime U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neill expresses the importance for local citizens to interact with their elected officials.  For long-term care communities, a strong grassroots network will strengthen your voice in Tallahassee.  As a result of gaining the trust and confidence of your local legislators, they will then turn to you as a resource for advice on important issues affecting your community, employees and residents.  It's time to awaken the "force" of local relationships to make your positions known by the Florida Legislature.
Learn more about how to get involved with grassroots advocacy by attending this workshop on Wednesday, July 27, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!
In Case You Missed It... Patient Look-Up Webinar
On Thursday, July 14, the Agency for Health Care Administration hosted a Patient Look-Up Webinar.  The Florida Health Information Exchange’s Patient Look-Up (PLU) service allows participating health care organizations and their affiliated users to query the medical records of other participating health care entities for individual patient data. Click here for materials from the webinar.

A Word to the Regulators: Enough Already!
By John O'Connor

You probably don't need to be reminded that skilled care is regulated quite severely. By some estimates, only nuclear power operators must comply with more mandates. And if it seems like things are getting worse for your facility, well that's because they probably are.

LeadingAge Florida Business Members - Spotlight On:
Capital Financing & Banking
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.
Saludos de Bobby Bernal… Hello From The Road With Value First!

I'd like to take a moment to highlight the Consecra Housing Network Traveling Art Show. The "traveling" Art Show is comprised of art work from residents and staff at all of Consecra Housing Network sites. 

My schedule kept me in Tallahassee for most of the week, working on a number of quotes and following up requests from a number of members. I am scheduling trips to Central Florida and I look forward, as always, to seeing you on the road.

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See you on the road


It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
- Muhammad Ali
There is something for everyone at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition.

While at the Boca Resort & Club you should expect three full days of educational sessions. There are four tracks of programming for Executive Leadership, Leadership Growth & Development, Healthcare/Nursing, and Housing.

LeadingAge Florida has arranged to have 40 dynamic speaker sessions and roundtables focused on long-term care. Earn up to 14.5 hours of continuing education credit at the LeadingAge Florida Conventions & Exposition.

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

Time is RUNNING OUT! Online Registration Closes at MIDNIGHT on MONDAY, July 18, 2016!


Nearly Half of patient face-to-face contact with healthcare providers, including checkups, emergency room stays and hospital admissions, were missing from their electronic health records, according to research in April's Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  Harvard Medical School investigators examined insurance claims and EHR data from more than 5,500 patients with depression or bipolar disorder and found their records were often incomplete, likely because various electronic record software systems are largely incompatible.

Online Registration Closes in One Week: The LeadingAge 53rd Annual Convention and Exposition is the best opportunity to share cutting-edge information and expertise with your colleagues. The convention will feature an array of speakers and instructors with the knowledge to assist you in your pursuit of excellence.

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