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Volume 23 Issue 23 - May 27, 2016

AHCA Announces Applications Available for Telehealth Advisory Council
The Agency for Healthcare Administration (Agency) announced that it will begin accepting applications for the newly-created Telehealth Advisory Council (Council). The Council will fulfill the responsibilities outlined in HB 7087, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 14, 2016. The Council is tasked with examining the types of telehealth services that are available in Florida, who uses them and how they are covered by health plans. The members will then make recommendations about how to increase access to telehealth services for Floridians in a final report to the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by October 31, 2017.

Agency Secretary Elizabeth Dudek, who will serve as the Chair of the Advisory Council said, “I look forward to working with the members of the Telehealth Advisory Council to bring better healthcare to all Floridians. Together we will look at the most practical ways available technology can be used to provide healthcare services to more Florida communities.”

The Council will consist of 14 additional members, nine of which will be appointed by Secretary Dudek. Florida’s Surgeon General, will also serve on the Council and appoint four members.

Value First Brings You Choices, Solutions, & Savings
By Bobby Bernal

Value First is already a part of your community! It’s true – 95% of the time, your community is already using Value First contracted vendors. It’s also true that in many cases, Value First can offer you better pricing for products from your current vendors. Ask us about conducting a simply cost study analysis to find out how much you could be saving. Our goal is to save you money!
It was my privilege this week to attend the grand opening of The Woodlands at John Knox Village of Florida in Pompano Beach. It was a standing-room-only event attended by AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek and other local and state officials, in addition to many residents who will enjoy the fruits of a years-long effort to open the first Life Plan Community Green House Project in Florida. My thanks to CEO Gerry Stryker for the invitation to the grand opening, and our congratulations to Gerry and his staff for a terrific event and a wonderful accomplishment.

I also want to take a moment to thank the veterans we serve. Memorial Day is important as it is a day to give thanks, show respect, and remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

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:  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

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

The Woodlands at John Knox Village, Florida's First Life Plan Community Green House Project, Celebrates Grand Opening
The Woodlands at John Knox Village is the first skilled nursing care center at a Life Plan Community in Florida to adopt The Green House model of care – Meaningful Life in a Real Home with care provided by Empowered Staff. This project creates caring homes for elders. Each elder will have a private room with bath. They can move freely through the home, build quality relationships with each other and even participate in preparing their own meals. It is based on a philosophy seeking to reverse the enforced dependency of life in a traditional nursing home by creating small intentional communities of 12 elders designed to foster late-life development and growth. The Green House model goes beyond better, safer, elder-centered health care: it's a way to demonstrate the values of our community—which is already so strong—to support our elders, to empower our staff, and to create a real home within a health care environment. This health care is less about performing duties and following procedures, and more about providing individual care for elders.

How To Be Meaningfully Engaged
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.
Westminster Oaks Veterans View F-22 Fighter
What a treat it was for Westminster Oaks veterans of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam, to visit the home of the first operationsal F-22 Raptor fighter plane squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City.

QUICK HITS— IN THE NEWS…            
LAST CALL! 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.

Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders
The Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) maintains a Resource Directory as an informational service to help elders, their families, caregivers, and others interested in elder issues learn about available resources and organizations in their respective areas.

Florida Housing Proposed Rules
As the result of three rules workshops, Florida Housing Finance Corporation has posted proposed rules and other items to its website.

VIDEO: Plymouth Harbor 50th Anniversary
On Monday, May 23, 2016, Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community,celebrated its 50th anniversary on MacNeil Day 2016 — an annual tribute to Plymouth Harbor’s founder, The Rev. Dr. John Whitney MacNeil.

AHCA Introduces Health Care Alerts Webpage
New ALERT Sytem makes it easier for interested parties to receive agency updates. 

Implementing the ACA: Lessons Learned
Implementation of the ACA in 2015 proved challenging for employers. Here are three areas of focus to help make next year’s efforts more efficient.

Proposed HUD Rule Changes: Handbook 4232 DRAFT
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released an update to its Sec. 232 Handbook proposing changes aimed at benefitting senior housing and care providers seeking debt financing.

Topics Needed for Retirement Community Roundtable Session
By Mary Ellen Early

In conjunction with the LeadingAge Florida Annual Convention & Exposition at the Boca Resort & Club, a Continuing Care Retirement Community Roundtable Session on July 26, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Although the session is billed for CCRCs, the topics that will be discussed are of relevance to CCRC look-alikes.

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

DOEA holds Hearing on ALF Proposed Rulemaking – May 16, 2016

On May 16th, the Department of Elder Affairs held a public hearing on additional proposed changes to specific sections of Rule 58A-5 FAC relating to assisted living facilities.  This hearing was in follow-up to the March 23rd Rule Development Workshop and was noticed as an opportunity to present evidence and argument regarding the proposed rule changes as revised after the workshop. Many of the changes proposed are intended to implement statutory changes enacted after passage of ALF legislation during the 2015 Session. This was also the first opportunity to comment on the revised Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication Guide which is incorporated into the rule by reference.  If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Daniel Looke at looked@elderaffairs.org (850-414-2096) or Susan Langston at slangston@leadingageflorida.org.

Celebrate Older Americans Month with LeadingAge
This year's Older Americans Month theme is “Blaze a Trail” and we hope you will join us in making this a month of promoting activities, inclusion, and wellness for older Americans in your community.

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.
          • Bluespire Senior Living
          • Love & Company, Inc.
          • Retirement Dynamics, Inc.
Saludos de Bobby Bernal… Hello From The Road With Value First!

Be sure to check out the "Just The Facts - Expert Opinion" section of the newsletter for an article I wrote about 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.  

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


A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life

Memorial Day 2016 
As we head toward Memorial Day 2016, please honor and remember those who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

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

Unforgettable experiences await you at Boca Raton Resort & Club. With a wide variety of activities and attractions, from fun-filled pool days to golf, spa, sunny beach days and surfing, you'll have everything you need for a perfect stay on Florida's Gold Coast.

Designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner, Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has reigned as an icon of elegance for more than 80 years. Today, the resort remains faithful to its glamorous past, while radiating a vibrant energy, offering infinite amenities to every type of guest. Situated on 356-acres in fabled South Florida, this eclectic, private village offers the best of all worlds: an award-winning spa, championship golf and tennis, expansive beach and luxury marina – all just steps from your door.

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.

End-Of-Life Talks Once Labeled 'Death Panels'
Three non-profits — the California Health Care Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation and John A. Hartford Foundation — fielded a poll of 736 doctors who see patients 65 and older. Only 14 percent said they had already billed Medicare for the new counseling, though the survey was conducted February 18 through March 7, meaning the earliest participants only had about six weeks from the start of the benefit. Altogether, 95 percent of doctors in the poll expressed support for the Medicare benefit and a big majority considered such conversations important.

Need CEUs?: Upcoming Webinars - Register Today! Registration Fees: You pay one fee and invite as many of your employees as you wish from the same community to participate. The fee applies to each phone line that connects to each of the webinar's below.

Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Reporting Required, Register Now!: LeadingAge Florida encourages you to register as a first step in familiarizing yourself with the PBJ process and system. Only 60.5% of Florida providers have registered to date, so it’s critical that you enroll in the program as soon as possible to prepare for the July 1st deadline.

LeadingAge Florida's 53rd Annual Convention - Have You Reserved Your Hotel Room Yet?: Boca Raton Resort and Club Offers Convention Guests Discounts! Unforgettable experiences await you in this world-class resort offering diverse amenities and activities, including the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Spa, tennis center, golf and a half-mile private beach.

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