June 2019

June 11th Hazardous Materials Awareness Training, Madison Register Now  



#LATN2019 | What if you:

  • Experienced an aging services conference dedicated to YOU beginning at 1:00 on Monday, 7/29 and ending on Wednesday, 7/31, at 11:00 am?
  • Increased your knowledge and earned CEU's with over 16 sessions to choose from? The hardest part will be picking only 1 at a time!
  • Visit 25 exhibiting companies showcasing their latest products, technology, and services designed specifically for Aging Services, and found exactly what you needed?
You will not want to miss our Welcoming Reception on Monday at 4:30! There will be great networking, lots of food, tons of fun and a chance to win some hard, cold cash!
Sponsored by Jack York and It's Never 2 Late

 Click here to view our conference brochure and here to register! If you are registering multiple attendees, feel free to reach out to [email protected] and she'll make it easy for you!

Get to know our keynote speaker, Matt Thornhill, here!

 *Voting Deadline June 15th*

  Click here to nominate someone (or something!) for one of our #LATN2019 awards, and we will all celebrate them together on Tuesday morning at our Annual Meeting! 

Here's some moments from last years awards presentation!


Read your 2019 Legislative Closing Summary here!

SB28/HB37  - Creates the Alzheimer's disease and related dementia advisory council

Your state association will have a seat at this table so stay tuned for regular updates!

Other bills we followed in 2019: 

SB265/HB257 - Punishes specific offenses involving elderly adults.
SB711/HB686 - Public guardianship for the elderly.
SB664/HB1317 - Relocation of certain nursing home beds.
SB1211/HB339 - Penalty for those without a valid certificate of need.
SB807/HB951 - Licensure exemptions - direct care services.
SB1128/HB1350 - Report on nursing training needs.
SB1516/HB1510 - Statutory revisions required for implementation of the annual appropriations acts
B1201/HB557 - Addresses funds relative to nursing homes.
SB632/HB647 - Defines complex rehabilitation technology. 

View LeadingAge National Bill Tracker here. And the latest National Policy Updates here.

What have we done for you? Click here to see the latest.

Learn more about a new member resource PayActiv.  

Additional Need to Know Info:


Affordable Housing
Largest New 202 Funding Since 2010
HUD's New Proposed Changes in Eligibility (and Verifications) for New or Continued Assistance - Comments needed by July 9

Home & Community Based Services
CMS Announces PACE Final Rule
CMS to Host HCBS Settings Rule Webinar 

Nursing Homes
NH Staff Competency Toolkit (You will need your LeadingAge login to receive the information. If you have any issues accessing the information, contact Dana Parsons)


National Quality Partners Playbook Initiative

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has been awarded a Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) grant to access a limited number of copies of the National Quality Partners Playbook for Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care to distribute to long term care facilities across Tennessee. This playbook is a tool to assist long term care facilities in meeting each of CDC’s core elements of antibiotic stewardship as outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conditions of participation. We would like to supply your facility with this valuable resource free of charge! In order to do so, we need your help. Each recipient facility must complete a REDCap survey (link can be found below) describing your current stewardship activities. The results of this survey will help us give you feedback on opportunities for improvement for your antimicrobial stewardship program. We will follow up at 6 months and 12 months from receipt of the playbook to see how your facility’s program has progressed. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to help.


  • Using the REDCap link above fill out the survey. If there is no access to internet, please contact Cullen Adre, PharmD, Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program, TN Department of Health, [email protected] or 615.532.8482 

Around the Association  

Veterans from The Pavilion Senior Living of Lebanon visited the
Wilson County Veterans Museum in honor of Memorial Day.                 Pinnacle Assisted Living celebrating big this Memorial Day 2019!




Kristy Yoskey and Krista Olson with LATN Director, Gwyn Earl      


   Our 2019 Summer Road Show was a huge success thanks to HealthPRO Heritage! Kristy  Yoskey, Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategies, did a great job presenting "The Evolution of Care in Payment Reform' for attendees in Murfreesboro and Memphis.   Special thanks to Kristy and Krista Olson, Vice President of Business Development, for their support to LATN and our members!                       

Kristy Yoskey and Krista Olson with Director Gwyn Earl 





CARF International announced that Blakeford at Green Hills has earned a Five-Year Term of Accreditation. This latest accreditation is the second consecutive CCRC accreditation that has been achieved by Blakeford.
The accreditation is for the full continuum of Blakeford services. As part of that continuum, Blakeford At Home becomes the only provider of home and community services in the state of Tennessee to carry this distinction.
An organization receiving a Five-Year Term of Accreditation has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF’s accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CCRC accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services. 

Asbury Place Maryville is pleased to announce the opening of their newest memory care offering, The Beech Household! Read more here!

 Let us know what's new in your communities and organizations so that we can share the good news!  [email protected] [email protected] 


Our Story is Your Story: LeadingAge National to Launch Member Survey



On June 6, check your inboxes for LeadingAge National’s member survey!  Member organizations will receive one survey for each of their service lines. Each survey will arrive by email. 

We are asking you to take 10-12 minutes out of your day to complete the survey. Doing so ensures LeadingAge receives quality data to help design meaningful advocacy efforts that meet your needs and develop relevant programs and services for members. Here are 4 ways the LeadingAge member survey can help you tell your story:

  1. Compare yourself to others in the field. 
  2. Find out national and state-level staffing data. 
  3. Reap the benefits of data-driven advocacy at the state and federal levels.
  4. Lay the groundwork for the future. 

Your input will help LeadingAge understand its members better and in turn will help LeadingAge serve its members better. 

Visit LeadingAge.org/2019MemberSurvey for more information.


LeadingAge Tennessee Platinum Sponsor

LATN Director Gwyn Earl with Jared Schei, President & CEO of Value First and Terry Romin, Value First Advisor.
Introducing our LATN Value First Advisor, Terry Romin!  Terry has been working with Value First since February 2017 in Illinois and will now be supporting our great state as well. Terry has over 20 years in client and member relationships and will be reaching out to you in the next few months to help you take advantage of this free member benefit that helps your organization save money! She can work with you to ensure you are getting the best possible price for products your organization already purchases. "Do you know that Value First has a new contract for wound vacs for approximately $37.00 per day? I know remaining profitable is a challenge and I want to make sure the providers in Tennessee know where there are savings by making them aware of the Value First contract deals!"

Terry has roots in Tennessee with family both in East Tennessee and in the Nashville area, and enjoys spending lots of time in our state. Along with her family in Tennessee, she also has 4 children and 4 grandchildren in Northern IL.


  SAVE THE DATES for our upcoming PDN (Professional Development & Networking) Meetings!

View our current calendar of events for 2019!

LeadingAge Tennessee leads aging services members in their efforts to better serve aging Tennesseans through collaboration in advocacy, networking, services and education.

Gwyn E. Earl, Executive Director | [email protected] | 865-748-4932