LeadingAge Need to Know - 1.29.21

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Monday’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update

Join us next week as we return to our normal schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday updates. On Monday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET, Dr. Alice Bonner from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, will talk about some great resources for vaccine distribution and will provide some key updates on what is being learned at Project ECHO sessions as they discuss COVID-19. Register now to join us.

Promoting Person-Centered Care: A Toolkit for Policymakers

A new toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston outlines steps that policymakers at the state level can take to implement a pay-for-performance (P4P) program that uses Medicaid funds to promote person-centered care in nursing homes. Using Medicaid Funds to Promote Person-Centered Care in Nursing Homes: A Toolkit for Policymakers focuses on lessons learned from implementation of the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK 2.0), a program that helps Kansas nursing homes implement person-centered care.

Linda Coleman Receives RWJF Award for Health Equity

LeadingAge has awarded the 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Award for Health Equity to Linda Coleman, vice president of resident services at HumanGood. Launched in 2015, the RWJF Award for Health Equity celebrates individuals who have changed systems and policies at a local level to increase the chance that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Coleman has taken a variety of approaches to helping HumanGood advance health equity. She has forged partnerships with health plan and health providers, engaged in health planning at the local level, participated in research, and enlisted student nurses to help HumanGood residents remain healthy.

CEO/ED Roundtable: Ethics and Equity in a Pandemic

Join us Thursday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET for a highly interactive event will address the ethical impact of the coronavirus pandemic on aging services and society in general. Ethics expert Dr. Michael Gillette will help us explore equity issues, allocation challenges and the tension between individual autonomy and public health. Register today.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers on COVID-19 and beyond, including LeadingAge and VNAA Vaccination Letter to the White House. A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.