Dr. Pearl Merritt Honored with a Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing
Pearl E. Merritt EdD.,MS.,MSN.,RN has been selected for Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her outstanding contributions and achievements in nursing. This Fellowship is the highest honor in the nursing profession and carries with it a great sense of service as Academy Fellows "have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health care system". Dr. Merritt will be inducted as a Fellow in the Academy in October 2012. Congratulations, Dr. Merritt!
Visit www.aannet.org/fellows to learn more about Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing!
"How to Get The Most of Your Doctor's Visit"
Free Seminar Hosted by Morningside Ministries
In an effort to provide answers regarding insurance, benefits, doctors visits, healthcare options and more, Morningside Ministries will host a free Healthcare Symposium featuring Dr. Margaret Finley who will educate attendees on what they need to know and how to get the most of their doctor's visits.
This free Healthcare Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 3:00 PM at Morningside Ministries at The Manor-Kaulbach Assisted Living Auditorium located at 602 Babcock Road. The community is welcomed to this free event. Seating is limited. To RSVP please call (210) 731-1204.
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Morningside Ministries Cheers on the Spurs in Senior Style!
On Friday, May 18 long-time fans, better known as residents, will cheer on the San Antonio Spurs! Adorned in black and silver, Seniors will sing original cheers written by residents, dance to festive music and rally their favorite players on to win against the Clippers this weekend!
Local Seniors who are spurs fans are welcomed to join in this festive rally. The pep rally will be held on Friday, May 18 at Morningside Ministries at The Meadows located at 730 Babcock Road at 11:00 AM.
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Kruse Village - Events in May
Click here to view Kruse Village's May 2012 activity calendar.
Participate in the Community Member Spotlight
The Community Member Spotlight helps members learn more about fellow LeadingAge Texas Community Members! Participating communities are featured weekly in The Connection and on the Web site. We have enjoyed "spotlighting" eight communities so far, but hope that each community participates to make this unique opportunity of getting to know information about other Community Members a success! Please click here to fill out the questionnaire on behalf of your community.
CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Open Door Forum
Thursday, May 24 | 2:00 PM ET
Conference Leaders: Jeanette Kranacs and Gregory Price
Agenda (subject to change):
I. Opening Remarks
II. Announcements & Updates
Update of Quality Measure 802/676 forms and instructions Lori Grocholski (OCSQ)
Procedures for MDS Questions
Coding Therapy Start and End Date
Updated Skilled Nursing Facility Data
Claims Processing Update
III. Open Q&A
The next Open Door Forum is set for Thursday, July 12. Contact email: SNF_LTCODF-L@cms.hhs.gov
Letters from DADS
Federal S&C Letter No. 12-29-ALL: Publication of Final Rule "Medicare and Medicaid Program; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction CMS-9070-F"
Information Letter 12-40: Important July 1, 2012, EDI 5010 Compliance Deadline Information -- affects Provider Claim Payment for ANSI Claim Submitters Only
Adult Foster Care (AFC) Providers
Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs)
Community Attendant Services (CAS) Providers
Community Based Alternatives (CBA) Providers
Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) Providers
Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Providers
Consumer Managed Personal Attendant Services (CMPAS) Providers
Day Activity Home Services (DAHS) Providers
Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) Providers
Emergency Response Services (ERS) Providers
Family Care (FC) Providers
Home Delivered Meals (HDM) Providers
Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID)
Local Authorities (LA)
Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) Providers
Primary Home Care (PHC) Providers
Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Providers
Special Services to Persons with Disabilities (SSPD) Providers
Transition Assistance Services (TAS) Providers
Activities in a Person Directed Environment:
DADS Culture Change Initiative Webinars Series Continues
DADS invites you to the third in a series of four webinars on topics addressing culture change in nursing homes. The event, Activities in a Person Directed Environment, will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT.
The session will discuss the concepts of:
person directed and person centered activities,
how to get started with supporting person directed activities, and
will illustrate examples of ways to adapt person directed activities that may suit your home's environment.
Click here to register for this Webinar.
Life Safety Code & Environmental Services Symposium
July 11-12, 2012 - Austin, TX
Join us in July for our annual Life Safety Code & Environmental Services Symposium hosted by Fred Worley, Architectural Unit Manager with DADS. This year's sessions will include a wide variety of topics on upcoming changes for your communities, and you'll receive the latest information from Fred, joined by a pool of experts. Just a few topics will be the Top Ten Deficiencies for FY 2011, changes in 2012 Life Safety Code, 2012 TAS, fire stopping, energy efficiency, essentials for first-time maintenance directors, and operational trends.
Back by popular demand, there are two days of this training being offered this year (July 11 for Nursing Facilities; July 12 for Assisted Living). Those involved with both are encouraged to attend throughout; there is a discounted price for those attending both days. Click here for more information and to register today!
2012 Conference Call Series for Activity Professionals
This conference call series is designed to help the busy activity professional learn at lunch! Join us from 12:00-1:00 PM on the last Tuesday of the month in 2012 (excluding May and December).
This series was successful in 2011 and will continue in 2012 with all-new topics including: Applying the Concept of Retrogenesis into Activity Programs for Alzheimer's and Dementia Residents, Activities that Bring the Outdoors Inside, and Working with Activities that Engage Family Members with the Resident. This is your chance to earn CEU's while learning about the latest in the world of long-term care activity professionals. It is open to anyone who works with activities in the aging services context, or just has an interest in gaining knowledge on the subject matter.
Bring a sack lunch and join us for this informative conference call series! Click here for a list of dates and topics and to register today.
Archived Governance Webinars Available for Purchase
Thanks to EIA's partnership with LeadingAge Ohio, the following archived Webinars are available for purchase. Click on the below links to learn more about how to order a DVD of the courses for your community. Both are presented by the partners of ORBoardworks, James L. Reinertsen, MD and James E. Orlikoff, recognized experts in healthcare governance and leadership.
Effective Governance in the Time of Reform: New Models for Best Practices - Boards of aging services organizations face an unprecedented convergence of revolutionary trends, including: Health Reform; the aging of the Baby Boomers; downward pressure on reimbursement due to hard economic times and looming Medicare insolvency. For boards, the quality of governance that was sufficient to get your organization where it is today will be insufficient to get it where it needs to be. Learn new approaches to best practices governance and practical tools and techniques to upgrade your aging services organization board to maximum effectiveness.
Aging Services Organizations and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) - How Do They Fit? - In communities across the US, healthcare providers are scrambling to create Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in response to health reform. Hospitals, physician groups, and insurers are major stakeholders in these efforts, and often see themselves as the primary source of either capital, management or clinical skills needed to make an ACO successful. But how will aging services organizations fit in with the ACO movement? What should aging services organization leaders understand about this new movement? What's the business model for success? What capabilities must any organization have to buy or build, in order to be a successful ACO? Where is this all headed, long-term? Beprepared to ask some hard questions about "accountable care" at your next board discussion.
Online Education with LeadingAge Texas and EIA
Looking for a quick and easy way to earn CEUs? Register for a Webinar and learn on your schedule. Visit the Archived Webinars page or click on the name of each course below to view more information. New online courses will be added soon, so stay tuned!
Management or Leadership: Which is More Important?
By Annette Anderson, Executive and Leadership Coach
This is the third in a series of six articles on leadership, management, and topics helpful in leading and directing an organization or work unit. This series runs on the third Thursday of each month.
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter F. Drucker
Management is as distinct from leadership as day is from night. Both are necessary, however, for a high-performance organization. By contrasting them and understanding their differences, we can better balance and improve these essential roles.
"Leadership and management are two distinctive and complementary systems of action. Each has its own function and characteristic activities. Both are necessary for success in an increasingly complex and volatile business environment...strong leadership with weak management is no better, and is sometimes actually worse, than the reverse. The real challenge is to combine strong leadership and strong management and use each to balance the other." - John Kotter, Management/Leadership Author and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School
The terms "management" and "leadership" are often interchanged. In fact, many people view them as basically the same thing. Yet management is as distinct from leadership as day is from night. Both are necessary, however, for a high-performance organization. By contrasting them and understanding their differences, we can better balance and improve these essential roles.
One key distinction between management and leadership is that we manage things and lead people. Things include physical assets, processes, and systems. People include customers, external partners, and people throughout our team or organization (or "internal partners"). When dealing with things, we talk about a way of doing. In the people realm, we're talking about a way of being.
For example, entrepreneurial start-up companies often have strong vision, passion, and energy (leadership) and may also have good technological or technical skills. But their lack of systems and processes or poor management discipline leads to a lot of errors, poor service/quality, and frustration for customers and people in the organization.
In the new economy, where value comes increasingly from the knowledge of people, and where workers are no longer undifferentiated cogs in an industrial machine, management and leadership are not easily separated. People look to their managers, not just to assign them a task, but to define for them a purpose. And managers must organize workers, not just to maximize efficiency, but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results.
The late management guru Peter Drucker identified the emergence of the "knowledge worker," and the profound differences that would cause in the way business was organized. With the rise of the knowledge worker, "one does not 'manage' people," Mr. Drucker wrote. "The task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual."
The most common weakness in an organization, however, is in leadership. A well-balanced organization has leadership as its foundation. This allows management and technology to serve rather than enslave producers, servers, and customers.
Another complicating factor is that needs are easily misidentified. For example, most organizations have communication problems of one kind or another. Often these are seen as leadership issues. Many times they are. But just as often the roots of the problem are intertwined with poor processes, systems, or structure - all of which are management issues.
While it is important to recognize the differences between leadership and management, it is also important to appreciate that the two have complementary strengths, as well.
Warren Bennis, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California, has been extensively studying and writing about leadership for many decades. He explains why leaders are so much more successful than managers, in harnessing people power: "Management is getting people to do what needs to be done. Leadership is getting people to want to do what needs to be done. Managers push. Leaders pull. Managers command. Leaders communicate."
Both management and leadership are needed to make teams and organizations successful. Trying to decide which is more important, is like trying to decide whether the right or left wing is more important to an airplane's flight. If I'm on board, I'd like both please!
Portions of this article were adapted from a compilation of Leadership Development on www.jimclemmer.com; and from "The Wall Street Journal Guide to Management" by Alan Murray, published by Harper Business.
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LeadingAge Texas Career Center
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Let the LeadingAge Texas Career Center help you make your next employment connection! Those employers who sign up for the LeadingAge Texas Career Center will automatically receive postings of the position in the LeadingAge Texas Connection. Click on the links below to find the Career Center postings for these jobs.
CFO / Controller - EdenHill Communities - New Braunfels, TX
Director of Dietary and Nutritional Services - Christian Care Center, Mesquite Campus - Mesquite, TX
Director of Nursing - Carillon Senior LifeCare Community - Lubbock, TX
Executive Director - Morningside Ministries - San Antonio, TX
Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator - Lakewood Village - Fort Worth, TX
Social Worker - EdenHill Communities - New Braunfels, TX