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Volume 23 Issue 29 - July 8, 2016

Hotel reservations for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition at the group rate are subject to availability.
Audits Renew Focus on HIPAA Provisions
By Sarah Conroy, CliftonLarsonAllen

With the implementation of the ACA and other important employee benefits, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has fallen out of the spotlight. It’s time we take this guidance down from the shelf and revisit its provisions for those looking to understand how HIPAA relates to these new benefits.
VIDEO: Wonder. Innovate. Party. Educate.
Be the difference.

Join us for motivational and educational sessions that explore how you can Be the Difference in the lives of the seniors you serve. The Annual Convention and Exposition provides you three days of the best education in Aging Services plus incredible networking opportunities. Convention attendees earn up to 14.5 hours of continuing education credit. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get together with your colleagues and learn best practices from people who do what you do.

This is your premier opportunity to strengthen your career and your community. Online registration closes July 18. Click Here to Register! 
During our strategic planning session in May, your Board of Trustees asked the LeadingAge Staff to pursue a number of new initiatives, two of which were to seek meaningful collaboration opportunities with our partner associations, and to explore ways to understand the return our members are realizing on their investments in various technologies.

This week, we made early progress on both. LeadingAge Florida hosted a roundtable with several senior services organizations and AHCA on Thursday to discuss current funding opportunities for the implementation of Health Information Exchange technology, as well as ways to better understand current HIE adoption rates and barriers to adoption.

LeadingAge Florida has been a leader in these conversations in the past, and we are proud to take the lead in re-energizing this effort. We will keep you posted as we identify funding and models for ways in which HIE can deliver both healthcare and business value.

Our thanks to AHCA for their help with this project and for hosting our first meeting.
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!

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 - Preceptor 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
Moorings Park Launches Platinum and Diamond Membership Programs
LeadingAge Florida member, Moorings Park, recently launched an initiative allowing consumers to experience some of the benefits of a continuing care lifestyle before entering into a contract. Moorings Park’s innovative Platinum and Diamond Membership Programs are designed to provide those considering making Moorings Park their future home, an opportunity to experience the community’s onsite healthcare, engaging social activities, and celebrated dining prior to committing to residency.

By Connie Cheren

Change is the word that best describes long-term care right now, and some of these changes are significant.

All of the LeadingAge staff, both LeadingAge Florida and national, are learning as much as we can about how to successfully implement these changes so we can keep you, our members, informed and prepared to implement the changes on time. This is certainly one of the benefits of being a member of LeadingAge Florida. Changes include:
  • Payroll Based Journal requirement - implementation July 1, 2016
  • New MDS section GG - implementation October 1, 2016
  • Right To Access Medical Records
  • Survey changes for Dementia units
We will be discussing all of these changes at the Nursing Home Roundtable at the LeadingAge Florida Convention from July 25-27 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Ukulele & Cycling Interests Defy 80-Something Age Norms
Yakov Ever is proving people can and do learn at any age. In his mid-80s, this Abbey Delray South resident always wanted to learn a musical instrument. Of all things, he picked up the ukulele. Over the past year, his passion led him to create a ukulele club. The group of a dozen residents practice weekly and hold concerts. Beyond music, Yakov likes to stay in shape. If he’s not biking, he’s doing yoga, swimming, or involved in fitness classes.

Direct Messaging Service Webinar
Register for Florida's Health IT Direct Messaging Service Webinar on July 13, 2016, 11:00 AM ET. The webinar is an overview of Direct Messaging Service. This service allows for simple, HIPAA-compliant, encrypted transmission of Protected Health Information. Join and hear how DMS can assist providers in meeting Meaningful Use Requirements.

You've Got Questions. CMS Has Answers
Following is a list of provider-raised questions and CMS responses supplemental to the PBJ FAQ. 

You Can’t Have “Housing Plus Services” Without Housing
By Alisha Sanders

A few months ago, The Wall Street Journal ran a story about how many older Americans are increasingly getting pinched by rising rents. Seniors living on fixed incomes can be hit hard by rent increases, Journal reporters argued, particularly in high-cost areas like California. Then, they profiled individuals experiencing big jumps in their rent.

Traveling Art Show
The Consecra Housing Network is hosting a "traveling" Art Show comprised of art work from residents and staff at all of Consecra Housing Network sites. This adventure has been over a year in the making, notifying the residents, collecting their art work, and shipping out of state for viewing. Now the entire art show will be brought to Florida!

Florida Housing Coalition Releases Residential Rehabilitation Guide & Contractor Handbook
The purpose of the Residential Rehabilitation Guide and Contractor Handbook is to assist local State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) Administrators working with Contractors to implement Rehabilitation Programs funded by SHIP.

Get ready for Priceline.com Co-founder Jeff Hoffman’s keynote speech kicking-off the LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition
His legendary, inquisitive mind and willingness to go outside of his comfort zone pads an internationally renowned resume as an entrepreneur and motivator! Jeff is the Co-founder of global juggernaut Priceline.com – he helped set the foundations that the $65B company is today. As a master problem solver Jeff has spent the last three-and-a-half years mentoring entrepreneurs around the globe. A millionaire before the age of 30, Hoffman developed a philosophy saying it is important to create a mentality in the workplace of “I get to go to work” versus “I have to go to work.” In his keynote, Jeff will tell his stories of hard work, perseverance and vision coupled with the value of wonder and play. You won’t want to miss this author, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur who is changing the world one start-up at a time!
AHCA Announces Florida Center Name Change
The Agency for Health Care Administration announced the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis will be known as the Florida Center for Health Information and Transparency. The name change, a product of House Bill 1175, reflects the Center’s shift in focus following the findings from the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding.

Few Young Doctors Training To Care For Elderly
By Kara Lofton

At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right behind Maine and Florida. But Goldberg is one of only 36 geriatricians in the state. 

LeadingAge Florida Business Members - Spotlight On:
Medical Services

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.
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I had a wondeful time this week visiting with Brooke McLean at Air Force Enlisted Village in Shalimar. I look forward to my return trip to Southwest Florida next week.

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See you on the road


Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.

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

The LeadingAge Florida Convention wouldn’t be complete without group led discussion at our Roundtables.

The Roundtables offer LeadingAge Florida members an opportunity to engage in structured discussion of a topic/theme, without a formal presentation. Our experienced Roundtable Leaders will encourage attendees to engage in timely topics with their peers on issues most relevant to their field.

Three Roundtables are planned for the Convention:
     • Service Coordinator Roundtable, Monday, July 25, 2016, 4:15 - 5:15 pm, 1 CEU
       Led by Kathy Rhoden, Service Coordinator, Riverside Presbyterian House
     • CCRC Roundtable, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 8:30 - 10:00 am, 1.5 CEUs
       Led by D. Bruce Jones, LeadingAge Florida CCRC Chair & CEO, LCPS Management, Inc.
       Mary Ellen Early, Public Policy Liaison, LeadingAge Florida
     • Nursing Home Roundtable, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 8:30 - 10:00 am, 1.5 CEUs
       Led by Jenny R. George, LeadingAge Florida Nursing Home Chair & Administrator,
       Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran
       Connie Cheren, RN, MSN, Clinical and Compliance Specialist, LeadingAge Florida

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.



At the 2015 LeadingAge Florida Convention, attendees earned 3,535 CEUs while in Orlando.  Convention attendees at the 2016 LeadingAge Florida Convention and Exposition can earn up to 14.5 hours of continuing education credit.


Time Is Running Out – Register Today!: Registered for the LeadingAge Florida’s 53rd Annual Convention and Exposition July 25-27 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. If you've been thinking about coming to Convention, now is the time to act!

Silent Auction - Call for Donations: LeadingAge Florida will be holding a Silent Auction in conjunction with our 53rd Annual Convention and Exposition, July 25-27 in Boca Raton, Florida. You can you help by donating Silent Auction Items.

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