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Volume 23 Issue 33 - August 12, 2016

Living The Legacy
At the annual Florida Conference on Aging, Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Samuel Verghese announced a new initiative to honor Florida seniors. The podcast – Living the Legacy – features interviews with Florida elders and shares their life experiences, wisdom, and contributions.

“One of our main goals at the Department of Elder Affairs is to celebrate our elders,” said Verghese. “I’m thrilled to announce this podcast and share amazing stories of dedication and sacrifice as we expand our efforts to honor the legacies of our elders.”

With nearly 5 million residents age 60 and older, Florida leads the nation with the highest population percentage of seniors and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. DOEA pays tribute to seniors, not just through services, but also through initiatives like Living the Legacy that recognize the numerous contributions of elders to their communities and the state overall.

The first interview, a two-part episode, features Lieutenant General Lawrence Snowden, USMC (Ret.), who shares his experience at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. During the course of his service, General Snowden was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Purple Heart. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1979 after 37 years of service.

Living the Legacy is available at livingthelegacy.us. Listeners can also submit the names and stories of Florida elders for consideration for a future interview.
Co-founder of Priceline.com Jeff Hoffman Keynote Speech - LeadingAge Florida 2016 Convention
Be the difference... 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.”
Several weeks ago I reported in this space that LeadingAge Florida, led by Dr. Erwin Bodo, had testified at an AHCA hearing about the development of a price-based system for reimbursing nursing homes through Medicaid. Since then, Erwin has developed the conceptual framework for a new, price-based reimbursement plan, based on a set of reimbursement principles that emphasize high-quality care. He will present that framework to AHCA and Navigant at the agency’s next public hearing next Thursday, and we will keep you posted about both the outcome of the hearing and the larger process as it nears its conclusion later this year. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about the process, the framework, or the principles that are driving our efforts.
DOEA ALF Rule Hearing Recap: The Department of Elder Affairs held an ALF Rulemaking Public Hearing as a continuation of the ALF rulemaking process that has been underway since last fall to implement changes in the law enacted in the 2015 Legislative Session.
By Susan Langston

23 - Preceptors Refresher Webinar: Board of Nursing Home Administrator regulations pursuant to 64B10- 16.0025 (2), FAC, require all Florida Nursing Home Administrators with Preceptor Certification to take a two (2) hour Preceptor Refresher Course upon license renewal every two years.

25 - It's Time to "Restore" Your Restorative Nursing Program Webinar: Restorative Nursing is based on a belief in the dignity and worth of each individual, moving away from stereotyping or labeling by injury, age or diagnosis.

30 - ICD-10 Refresher Webinar: Back to Basics and Lessons Learned: This webinar is designed for anyone involved in coding and will refresh recent knowledge gained in last year’s ICD-10 Workshop on how miscoding affects regulatory compliance, reimbursement and quality measures.   

28 - Educational Series: Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care: This workshop helps aging services providers understand the potential impacts of changes to managed care, 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 - Moving From Survey to Regulation Workshop: The workshop is a forum for LeadingAge Florida and AHCA to share examples of non-compliance with CMS regulations through review of survey findings. The focus is on helping facilities understand the regulations and interpretive guidelines and putting systems in place to assure compliance with nursing, social services, physician services, laundry, environmental services and activities.

30 - Educational Series: Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care: This workshop will help aging services providers understand potential impacts of managed care. The presentation will deliver the latest critical information about managed care plans, and help prepare attendees for what may well be the next major shift in the aging services environment.

New ARNP Rounds Out ACV Medical Team: Natalie Gordon, ARNP-C, recently joined the medical staff at Copeland Medical Clinic in Dowling Park. She specializes in geriatrics

Connie Says
Attendees of the ever-popular Nursing Home Survey Trends Workshop held earlier this year submitted questions to Connie regarding best practices, tricks of the trade, survey guidance, and regulatory compliance. The compiled questions and answers will be shared with you over the coming weeks.

Q1: Do you have to give each surveyor a laptop during survey?
Connie says: No, facilities are not required to give each surveyor a laptop during survey. F514 states if the facility has electronic health records they must grant surveyor access to the records, provide a tutorial on how to use its particular electronic system and designate an individual who is able to respond to any questions or assist the surveyor as needed in accessing electronic information in a timely fashion. Having more than one laptop available to the surveyor may allow required tasks to be completed more quickly.

Q2: Why are non-skids socks in a dementia unit being questioned?
Connie says: Non-skid socks could be considered a dignity issue under the focused dementia care guidelines issued November 27, 2015, S&C: 16-04 NH. A high percentage of residents wearing socks/non-skid socks may indicate that staff has not been successful in finding ways to have the residents accept needed care/grooming.

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 offer suggestions about survey results and corrective plans of action.

I hope to see you at the Moving From Survey to Regulation Workshop on October 14.

Saludos de Bobby Bernal…
Hello From The Road With Value First!

What a wonderful week I had. I was on the road in beautiful South Florida, like homecoming for me. Did you know... I try to take a picture of the entrance to each community I visit. This year I am up to 101 visits to date.

This week I had the pleasure to meet with Heidi Brown CEO and David Larson CFO of Kobernick Anchin Benderson, Charee Russell Regional Director of SPM Properties and a number of Catholic Housing Management Property Managers such as Tony Vasquez at St. Elizabeth Gardens, Johanka Alonso of Stella Maris, Mario Yanes of Archbishop Carroll Manor & St. Dominic, Maria Amaro of Palmer House, Blanca Albelo of St. Mary Towers, Carol Nicols of St. Andrew Towers, and my visit would not have been complete without meeting with the Head of Catholic Housing Management Juana Mejia.

Along the way, I also had the pleasure of meeting with a new member - Innovations Senior Management, (Palm Terraces Assisted Living & Adult Day Care).   I concluded my week on the road with a meeting with Steve Protulis CEO of EHDOC.

 Again, I want to thank all of you for your time.

I encourage you to let Value First determine how much money you can save by using our group purchasing rates. Cost reports can be run in four categories - Medical, Food, Environmental or Office Supplies. All Value First needs from you is one month of bills/invoices. There is no fee or obligation required for these cost reports. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 850 671-3700 or my cell at 850 509-8112.

LeadingAge is offering the opportunity to win a registration to the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Indianapolis! Click here for a free cost study and start saving money with Value First.

Specials From Our Value First Partners
Direct Supply: Direct Supply, a leading provider of equipment and solutions for senior living, is currently offering significant savings to LeadingAge members - savings through deep discounts, free shipping and free products, with many offers good until September 30, 2016. Some notable deals that might interest you include: 25% savings on Panacea Mattresses (Original and Support) - Up to 5 Redemptions, $200 savings on select Joerns Bed + Mattress Combos - Unlimited Redemptions, Free shipping on lifts, slings and HVAC units, and Free water filtration system with purchase of select ice machines.

Sherwin Williams:
Take a look at July/August Group Buy Specials with our Partners at Sherwin Williams.  With 150 years of experience & 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. 

See you on the Road!

Vibrant Exhibit Displays Seniors' Ageless Creativity in Month-Long Show
Shell Point Retirement Community and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) are partnering to present a month-long exhibition titled Ageless Creativity: The Artists of Shell Point, which will open concurrently with the annual Art Fest Fort Myers on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers.


Preventing Zika Virus: Insect Repellent Available Through Medicaid Health Plans


OIR Provides Guidance on Use of New Name for CCRCs
By Mary Ellen Early

NCCI Estimates Florida Supreme Court Decisions Create Workers Compensation Unfunded Liability Potentially Exceeding $1 Billion

HUD Expands Internet Access Program for Low-Income Seniors
By Lois A. Bowers


Alzheimer's Research Hitting The Road
By Mark Schreiner

LeadingAge magazine is looking for members who promote and facilitate volunteerism by residents—especially volunteerism that goes beyond the walls of the organization.

Comfort Shield Barrier Cream Cloths by Sage Products: Recall - Product Contamination

A Smart Way to Curb Senior Loneliness: Take Two Friendships and Call Me in the Morning

The 2016 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report is now available!

LeadingAge Florida Business Members - Spotlight On:
Health Care Consulting
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.

You only have 18 seconds
- that's the average time a doctor waits before interrupting a patient.

Educational Offerings: LeadingAge Florida's August Educational Offerings! Sign up for upcoming Events, Webinars, and Workshops.

Take Our Survey: We would love to get your feedback on this year's event to help us plan for 2017. Plus, if you respond by Friday, September 2, 2016, you could win a free conference registration for the 54th Annual Convention & Exposition, July 17-19, 2017, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs & Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff: The Agency for Health Care Administration recently forwarded a memo from CMS regarding Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff.

Request for Speaker Presentation Proposals: LeadingAge Florida is seeking original, thought-provoking ideas for educational sessions that will enable aging services providers to share creative approaches, innovative practices and emerging trends impacting the field. LeadingAge Florida 54th Annual Convention & Exposition, July 17- 19, 2017, Omni Resort at ChampionsGate Orlando. Submission Deadline Extended: Friday, September 30, 2016
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