LeadingAge Need to Know - 5.14.21

Members | May 18, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know, May 14, 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.

Infrastructure Action Alert
Aging services are an essential part of the nation’s infrastructure. There are 52 million people over age 65, a population that is expected to double by 2040. Right now, we don’t have the infrastructure for aging services that we need—and the systems we do have are crumbling. The COVID-19 pandemic made clear the tragic human consequences that can happen when our systems are weak. ACT NOW by contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators and urge them to invest in our aging services infrastructure.

Do Know All You Should About the 21st Century Cures Act?

New rules around the 21st Century Cures Act are now in effect—but do you know how it applies to your organization? And if it does, what are the government requirements you should know about? LeadingAge’s next virtual event will cover all the implications for aging services and other LTPAC providers. The webinar on Tuesday, May 25 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET will walk through how the recently released rules support the seamless and secure access, exchange and use of electronic health information. Speakers include: 

  • Kianna Banks, Nurse Consultant, CMS
  • Scott Cooper, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS
  • Johnalyn Lyles, Division Deputy Director, Regulatory & Policy Affairs, ONC
  • Alex Mugge, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer, CMS

This virtual event is free, but registration is required. Save your spot now.

Shared Learning Virtual Series: Promoting Emotional Wellbeing

After a year of loss, trauma and grief, providers are acknowledging the mental toll on team members, elders, and family members. That is why we are launching a new virtual learning series, offering LeadingAge members in all types of roles the chance to find sustainable ways to support the emotional wellbeing of their colleagues and community members. The offering is limited to a 20-person cohort. Learn more and register here.

Building Communities of Strength Campaign

Join us throughout May as we mark Older Americans Month (OAM) and advocate for support of the aging services care infrastructure. Each May, the Administration for Community Living recognizes OAM to acknowledge the contribution of older adults. This year, the observance’s theme "Communities of Strength," is especially relevant as the country debates the value of supporting our national care infrastructure. We’re at a critical time for our country to renew and revitalize how we support older Americans and their families as millions of us live longer. Join us all month and check out our toolkit of materials and ideas on how to participate.

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, including CMS Publishes Guidance for HCBS FMAP Increase. 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.