LeadingAge Need to Know - 2.23.21

Members | February 23, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know, February 23, 2021

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.

This Week’s Online Coronavirus Policy Updates

Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET, returning expert Dr. Monica Gandhi will join us to talk about the new COVID-19 variants and what is ahead with vaccines. On Thursday, we’ll discuss how COVID-19 has made an impact on older adults with dementia with Dr. Rebecca Edekmayer from the Alzheimer’s Association. Register now to join us.

McKnight’s Women of Distinction

McKnight’s has announced its 2021 Women of DIstinction awards program honorees and LeadingAge is well-represented. Dr. Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research, and Nancy Hooks, vice president of state and affiliate relations, join the Hall of Honor Class of 2021. The Hall of Honor recognizes executive-level professionals who have made a significant impact in the skilled nursing or senior living industries. Jodi Eyigor, director of nursing home quality and policy, is being honored in the Rising Stars category.

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 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.

Survey Results: Tech Spending & Care Transitions

In this month's message from Majd Alwan, executive director, Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), he looks at the shortcomings in hospital and skilled nursing setting care transitions. He also talks about ways video implementations can re-engage older adults and reduce ageism among staff and how tech can ease hospice nurse burnout. Read the entire message.

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 Mental Health Insights - Interview with Dr. Bill Mansbach February 22, 2021. ​​​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.