May 2019


         May is Older Americans Month! Here's a tool kit to help you celebrate!        


#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! No time like the present to secure your early bird spot which ends 5/31!

Emails and social media posts coming soon on all of our speakers and sessions...stay tuned! Make your plans to join us beginning at 1:00 on Monday, July 29 until 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 31 for our full conference line up. We'll have great education and new activities planned that you don't want to miss!

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



  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!



Nashville -  Recently Passed in the House:

SB28/HB37  - Creates the Alzheimer's disease and related dementia advisory council.
(watch for additional news on this!)

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 act.
B1201/HB557 - Addresses funds relative to nursing homes.
SB632/HB647 - Defines complex rehabilitation technology.

2019 Session is set to end this week! You can continue to track/bills at


New Changes to CMS Nursing Home Compare Released 

Changes in methodology with the CMS Nursing Home Compare numbers kicked in last week. In conjunction with LeadingAge New York, we’ve done a preliminary run of the impact by state and sponsorship type for the overall 5 star rating and each of the 3 components (staffing, health inspections, and quality). Overall, 15% of nursing homes nationally gained 1 or more stars and 36% lost one or more stars. The variation by state and provider type can be substantial.  As expected, the inspection rating was almost equal for the ups and the downs. On staffing there were 3 times as many facilities losing a star as gained a star. On the quality measures 47% of facilities lost 1 or more stars and only 7% gained 1 or more stars. That is a major impact. LATN, along with HealthPRO Heritage, will provide all the updates to you during our May PDN Meetings.  Click the links below in our Upcoming Events & Education Section for full details and to register.

A complete look at state numbers can be found by clicking here. And our friends at LeadingAge New York have shared with us a ppt that explains the changes to the CMS Five-Star Quality Rating which you can view it here.  If you want to know more about you Five-Star Rating, contact [email protected] and she will be happy to help!

SNF Quality Reporting Program Deadline – May 15

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) can potentially avoid a 2% reduction on their Medicare Fee For Service (FFS) rates by ensuring they have submitted all necessary MDS data for admissions and discharges between October 1 – December 31 (Q4) of calendar year (CY) 2018 as part of the required reporting for the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP).  Four new measures pose the greatest threat to SNFs not meeting the reporting requirements for CY2018. Read full article here.

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

Find your Senior Housing Now Rally at Home Toolkit here.



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Learn more about a new member resource PayActiv.  

 Upcoming Events & Education  

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm CDT, Murfreesboro-
  • Ready for payment reform? Be PDGM ready! Register Now
  • Wednesday May 22, 2019 9:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT, Memphis -
  • Ready for payment reform? Be PDGM ready! Register Now
  • Tuesday June, 11 2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT, Madison -
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness Training Register Now 

 View our current calendar of events for 2019!



 Around the Association 

Our friends at Dominion Senior Living, Trezevant Manor, and Jamestown Assisted Living celebrated their Easter Weekend to the fullest! They enjoyed Hat decorating competitions, egg hunts, and special visitors with lots of treats!




 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

LeadingAge National will launch a biennial survey of its members in June 2019. The survey initiative is designed to produce a host of meaningful data that LeadingAge and its members can use to conduct data-driven planning and decision making. Member organizations will receive one survey for each of their service lines. Each survey will arrive by email and will take about 10-12 minutes to complete. Learn more here. 


  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