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Volume 23 Issue 22 - May 20, 2016


VIDEO: Zika Threat Knocking On Florida's Door

Mosquito controllers say the Zika threat is at Florida's doorstep. A few infected mosquitoes can cause a large outbreak. In Broward County, they're getting 500 requests for mosquito spraying every day -- 10 times the normal amount.

Rick Scott Asks HHS For Federal Zika Aid

As the number of Zika cases climbs in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell for federal aid and also called for members of Congress to hold a hearing in Miami. Scott, who traveled to Washington, is seeking federal money for such things as Zika "preparedness" kits and additional staffing at mosquito control districts, his office said in a statement after the meeting with Burwell.

LeadingAge Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment Task Force
By Susan C. Langston

The LeadingAge Florida Advocacy Team met with Navigant this week in preliminary discussions regarding the upcoming study of the prospective payment system.

During the Legislative Session, LeadingAge Florida supported and advocated for Governor Scott’s and the Florida Legislature’s effort to fund the development of a plan for converting from a cost-based system of Medicaid nursing home payments to a prospective payment system. With the help of LeadingAge Florida’s advocacy team, the funding for the study was included in the General Appropriations Act passed by the Legislature and signed into law.

LeadingAge Florida is being afforded the opportunity to ensure high-quality is put at the forefront of any payment system. With that in mind, LeadingAge Florida has established a Medicaid Prospective Payment Task Force with the following charge:

          The LeadingAge Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment Task Force will guide the
          work of the Association related to the development of a new Medicaid prospective
          payment plan to ensure that the payment plan priorities established by the
          Association are accurately conveyed to AHCA and the study contractor and
          reflected in the final study recommendations.

We are seeking members who are interested in participating on the LeadingAge Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment Task Force. If you or a qualified representative of your organization is interested in shaping this important public policy and being part of the LeadingAge Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment Task Force, please contact Susan Langston at slangston@leadingageflorida.org or (850) 671-3700 by May 27, 2016.
Your Board of Trustees met at the Inn on the Pond in Clearwater this week for its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, and to conduct a planning session to provide the association with clarity and direction for the coming years. The facilitated half-day session produced compelling conversations, strategic insights, and a focused list of goals that will drive LeadingAge Florida as we continue to build your association into the future. Please be on the lookout for future messages detailing those goals and our approaches to achieving them. Our sincere thanks to Rob Goldstein and his team at the Inn on the Pond for hosting us.


26 - Working WITH, not AGAINST Elders with Dementia Using Jujutsu Webinar:  This presentation will explore the sources of difficulties providing a peaceful, quality of life for our aging elders, both at home and in aging services communities. The principles presented will enable staff to reduce antipsychotic medications while providing care.

7 - Educational Series (1 Meeting, 3 Locations) Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care:  Join us for a workshop designed to help aging services providers understand the potential impacts of these changes, to deliver the latest critical information about the plans and the nuances of their processes, and to help prepare for what may well be the next major shift in the aging services environment.

14 - Preceptor Training, Location: Vicar's Landing, Ponte Vedra Beach

16 - Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemption Webinar
June (continued)
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!

23 - Preceptor Refresher 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


Vi At Bentley Village’s New Fitness Facility
Retirement communities making adjustments to gyms, wellness programs for its residents.
By Liz Freeman


VIDEO: Enhanced v. Traditional Dining
Reach out to our Clinical & Compliance Specialist, Connie Cheren, RN, MSW by phone 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.
22nd Annual Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation Resident Art Show & Contest
The 22nd Annual Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation Resident Art Show will be hosted this year by Westminster Oaks. This show features submitted art from all 18 Westminster communities throughout the state.  The gallery is open to the public Thursday, May 19, through Thursday, May 26, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Plymouth Harbor On Sarasota Bay Celebrates History At 50th Anniversary
On Monday, May 23, 2016, Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on MacNeil Day 2016 — an annual tribute to Plymouth Harbor’s founder, The Rev. Dr. John Whitney MacNeil. The commemorative event will take place at 4:00 p.m. in Plymouth Harbor’s Mayflower Restaurant and Café, and will include remarks by Harry E. Hobson, President and CEO, Plymouth Harbor. 
Cypress Cove Appoints Two To Key Assisted Living Posts
Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida Announced the recent appointment of two key staff as preparations for the summertime opening of the community’s visionary and technically advanced memory care facility, The Cottage, moves forward. Named to the highly qualified team of caregivers are Donna Cook, a RN and certified Assisted Living Facilities administrator who will serve as Assisted Living Manager, and Dementia Program Manager Carleigh Racinski.

Dr. Celeste Philip Named Florida Surgeon General
In an email to Department of Health employees on Wednesday, newly appointed state surgeon general Celeste Philip said she was “dedicated” to making Florida “a national leader in public health."
By Christine Sexton

Sharing Specific Regulatory References Or Tags
In March 2016 CMS released a memo regarding Sharing Specific Regulatory References or Tags.  

VIDEO: Using The Nonprofit Mission To Guide Innovation 
A nonprofit should call on its mission to be creative in envisioning what it will look like in the next 10 years. 

VIDEO: When & How to Sell Your 202
If your organization is considering selling or buying a HUD 202 property, The Gates Dunaway Group has a webinar that may be of value to your board.
Where Solutions Create Value
By Alan Obringer, RPh, CPh, CGP

Do you currently work in the healthcare field as a medical director, administrator, physician’s assistant, nurse, or as a volunteer who has contact with patients? You as a worker of the healthcare field can help prevent medication errors by simply following quality assurance steps visible to the naked eye.

Registration is OPEN for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!
Call For Awards Nominations
The LeadingAge Florida Annual Awards Program honors those who embody excellence in leadership, care, service innovation, and who are making outstanding contributions to their communities in the field of long-term care, affordable and supportive housing, retirement housing, assisted living or home and community-based services.  Please nominate a LeadingAge Florida member for an award!  Awards will be presented at our 53rd Annual Convention and Exposition, July 25-27, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Nominations are due, Friday, May 20, 2016!


Did you know that more than 20 million senior volunteers give nearly 3 billion hours of service annually?


Elder Update: The Elder Update is the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ bimonthly newspaper directed to Florida seniors.


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 in to remind providers about the businesses available for them, and we hope you will consider them in planning your next project.
     • Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
     • Ponce de Leon LTC RRG, Inc.
     • Bouchard Insurance
     • Brown & Brown, Inc.
     • Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc.
     • BB&T Insurance Services
     • NPIS, Non-Profit Services
     • Combined Worksite Solutions
     • Glatfelter Healthcare Practice
     • Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
Saludos de Bobby Bernal… Hello From The Road With Value First!

A few minutes of your time can bring savings to your community.  

Please keep me up to date on developments where Value First could possibly assist you and your community.  Value First can provide quotes or direct you to any of the 400 contracted vendors or cost reports. 

          Office Expense Report results in the highest savings to date!!!
          An office expense cost report for a Southwest Florida Community
          identified 31% price reduction.
          The savings were based on a product by product comparison by
          comparing Value First contracted office supply vendor.

Let Value First confirm you are getting the best prices – or let us help with better pricing – all it takes is a cost report. The only requirement is one month of expense data for a particular category and we do the rest of the work. To get a cost report conducted, call me at 850 671-3700. 

Specials From Our Value First Partners
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



22nd Annual Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation Resident Art Show & Contest

Congratulations to Betty Sittig on winning the Directors Award at the Westminster Art Show & Contest for her watercolor “Cash Crop.”


Quote Of The Day

Remember... all the fears you have overcome.

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

Experience a myriad of unforgettable restaurants and bars at Boca Raton Resort & Club! From fine dining and cocktails to grab-and-go snacks, there are plenty of options to choose from — all with the quintessential True Waldorf Service.

Choose the perfect room in one of five locations at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club and Boca Beach Club. Every room presents timeless sophistication, style and design.

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.

Program Advertisements Available- Plan your involvement at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Annual Convention and Expo. Be sure to get the prime real estate in the Program. Click here for additional information or contact Julie Copeland at (850)702-0317.

Seventy-five percent of adults age 50+ take prescription drugs, most say they are too costly.
Most age 50+ adults think prescription drugs are too expensive and most say it is important for politicians to support efforts to make prescription drugs more affordable.

Source: AARP
Come for the Education. Stay for the Party!: LeadingAge Florida invites you to attend the 53rd Annual Convention & Exposition, July 25-27, 2016, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Check out the full range of education sessions focused on Executive Leadership, Leadership Growth & Development, Healthcare/Nursing, and Housing. And relax at your choice of social events - highlighted by A Night In The Caribbean - where you can meet friends and network with colleagues.

Rulemaking: Draft ALF Guide for Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has released a draft of the Guide for Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication for Assisted Living Facilities. The guide is referenced in the proposed rule to implement 2015 legislative changes presently going through the rulemaking process.

LeadingAge Florida's 53rd Convention & Exposition Activity Highlights: 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. This year's program lineup features: KEYNOTE Speaker Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder of Priceline.com, 60+ Hours of CEUs, An Evening In the Caribbean, Exposition & Events, and the Innovation Stage.

OSHA releases new workplace injury and illness reporting requirement
By Emily Mongan

Skilled nursing facilities will be required to electronically submit their workplace injury and illness data under a new final rule released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Click here for thorough summary of the Final OSHA reporting rule that was published in the Federal Register.

Outlook Of The Not-For-Profit Senior Living Provider
This spring, a group of senior living executives participated in a development symposium co-hosted by Ziegler and Greystone. Attendees were surveyed about their outlook regarding the economy, the real estate market and the overall health of their organization among other hot topics.

2016 Cost of Care Overview
Click here to reference interactive information and/or download the listed resources to find and compare the cost of care.

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President/CEO: Steve Bahmer
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