What Have We Done for You Lately? – September 2017

Our Story | September 27, 2017

LeadingAge is proud of the work it does every day to serve our members. Here are some highlights of our work for you during September 2017.

Raised $340,000 for Members Affected by Hurricanes

LeadingAge has raised more than $340,000 to help member communities, their team members, and their residents who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The LeadingAge Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund has received hundreds of donations. The outpouring of support from people across the country has been incredible. We are awed by your generosity.

All donations to the relief fund will go directly to members who need recovery assistance. Working with our state partners, LeadingAge is currently identifying priority needs and issuing checks to communities accordingly.

We will continue to provide updates on our hurricane relief efforts, and to share countless stories about how members are reaching out to help others by delivering food and water, offering to house and transport residents, sharing fuel, and simply doing whatever is needed.

Urged Members of Congress to Strengthen LTSS

LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan and Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker recently wrote a letter urging all Members of Congress to “begin a serious conversation between lawmakers, consumers, and providers on long-term services and supports (LTSS).” Sloan and Haberaecker told members of Congress that their organizations “are more than willing to lead this long overdue effort.”

Formed a New Nursing Home Advisory Group

More than 50 LeadingAge members have joined the new LeadingAge Nursing Home Advisory Group. Advisory Group members will offer their perspectives and operational expertise to help LeadingAge comment on proposed legislation, regulations, rules, draft guidance and quality measures. The group will also help identify innovative models of practice, and develop educational materials and proposals to help LeadingAge members further their missions. For more information, contact Janine Finck-Boyle, director of health regulation and policy, at jfinck-boyle@leadingage.org.


Launched a Workforce Innovators Podcast

LeadingAge recently launched a new Workforce Innovators podcast to help members learn how their colleagues in the LTSS field are addressing pressing workforce-related challenges. Tune in to hear 10- to 20-minute podcast episodes exploring:

  • WeCare Connect, a program that uses phone, email or mobile app messages to inform organizational leaders about issues that could lead to a resignation.
  • The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice Initiative, a program designed to help members attract and retain employees and residents.
  • The role that staff played in helping Byron Health Center adopt a culture based on commitment, communication, compassion, integrity, passion and respect.
  • The Intergenerational Living Program at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence (SJR), which gives area college students the opportunity to live and work at SJR.
  • The Workforce Solutions Initiative at LeadingAge Massachusetts.
  • The Emerging Leadership Program at Goodwin House, which helps current employees move up the career ladder.

Released New Tools for Housing Members

LeadingAge has updated key tools to help our housing members fully engage in advocacy. Check out our:

  • New budget chart for selected HUD programs.
  • New issue brief on securing the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) for Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC) housing preservation tool. 
  • New fact sheets on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit bills now before Congress.

Launched an Emergency Preparedness Regulation Dashboard

Our new Emergency Preparedness Regulation Dashboard provides members with critical information about the emergency preparedness requirements for providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The final Emergency Preparedness Rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last September. Home health, hospice, nursing homes, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) have until Nov. 15, 2017 to implement the new emergency preparedness requirements.

Advocated for Changes in Federal Policy

During September, our Advocacy Team made its voice heard on your behalf by:

  • Submitting comments on the major changes proposed in the CY2018 prospective payment system rate update released by CMS.
  • Supporting an amendment from Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) that would add $2.5 million to the $573 million allocated to the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program in the House omnibus appropriations bill. We also opposed an amendment from Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-FL) that would cut Project-Based Rental Assistance by $266 million for fiscal year 2018.

Explored Mission-Driven Governance

The September-October issue of LeadingAge magazine explores how boards of directors of LeadingAge members are reevaluating and sometimes restructuring their governance models. The issue’s 9 governance-related articles provide myriad insights about how to build better boards, and the board’s role in mergers and acquisitions, repositioning, organizational overhaul and leadership succession.

Connected LeadingAge Members with a Global Network

Almost 100 LeadingAge members attended the Global Ageing Network conference in Switzerland in mid-September, and learned how their colleagues in other countries can help them address the challenges facing all LTSS providers around the globe. All LeadingAge provider members are members of the Global Ageing Network.