Association News

PDPM Readiness Series Now Open for Registration

LAI has opened registration for a 14-part Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) webinar series targeted for MDS coordinators, therapy personnel, ICD-10 coders, business office and finance personnel, administrators, DONs, and all other members of the interdisciplinary team accountable for payment. LAI selected a nationally recognized expert and a webinar series approach to facilitate a methodical, systematic, and thorough approach to understanding the PDPM. Each of the 14 sessions dives deeper into each element of the PDPM process and will provide the necessary coding instruction for each of those elements including how the ICD-10 codes fit into the PDPM clinical categories and drive reimbursement. The new PDPM begins October 1, 2019, and is a significant change which will require in-depth, detailed training and planning. To be ready for PDPM, LAI encourages all SNFs to participate in this series. First webinar is on February 28, so register now!  For more information and to register:



2019 Emerge Leadership Academy Fellows

 LAI is excited to announce the 2019 Emerge Leadership Academy fellows:

Shanda Birkett

Friendship Haven

Alex Burrows

Luther Manor Communities

Amber Franzen

Aging Services, Inc.

Courtney Friedman

Luther Manor Communities

Emily Hammond

Friendship Village

Kim Harkey

Luther Manor Communities

Josh Heitkamp

On With Life at Glenwood

Molly Ott

Western Home Communities

Patricia Raasch

Luther Park Community

Lindsey Reed

Oaknoll Retirement Residence

Chris Schenkelberg

Sunrise Retirement Community

Bailey Schwarck

On With Life at Ankeny

Christopher Selusi

Meth-Wick Community

Taylor Wheeler

Simpson Memorial Home


Our moderators and coaches are gearing up to make this year the best leadership experience in LAI Emerge history. We look forward to a successful year and watching our fellows grow and take their leadership to their own next level. 

We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors from Ryun, Givens & Company, P.L.C.;  Marsh & McLennan Agency; Healthcare Services Group; and Lee Agency, Inc., without whose support this class would not be possible.


New Mental Health Training Tool Available for LeadingAge members

The LeadingAge Learning Hub, which was launched this summer, has a free video series on mental health. Take advantage of this opportunity during a lunch and learn with staff or kick off meetings with a segment of the series. The training includes common questions, essentials, hoarding, depression, anxiety, dementia, depression vs. dementia, personality disorder, delirium, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, psychosis, paranoia and fixed delusions. 

Also available is access to the 30-page Tips and Techniques for Supporting Residents with Mental Illness: A Guide for Staff in Housing for Older Adults. Go to the Content Library on the Learning Hub website and search “mental health” to find the training series.


Discount to Help Staff Walk Safe This Winter 

Winter slip and falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries.  February and March tend to be key months for winter slip and falls due to the inevitable thaw and re-freeze that occurs during Iowa winters.  Most often these falls occur as people step out of vehicles when arriving to work or when walking to their cars to head home.  To combat this risk, LAI business partner, UnitedHeartland, is offering LAI members discounted rates on salt/sand shaker bottles to help combat slips and falls.  This is just one of many aspects of the UnitedHeartland Walk Safe program, which includes a variety of resources to help your team keep your employees and guests safe as they arrive and depart from your campus.  

The shakers can be kept in common areas or given to employees to fit into vehicle cupholders to use as needed.  You fill the shakers with sand or salt to help with traction on those slippery days.  The shaker bottles cost $1.60 + shipping and handling or $2.10 if you would like to add your business logo.  Please contact Keith Paulsen at the Vernon Company ([email protected] or 605-421-8839) and be sure to reference the UnitedHeartland Walk Safe campaign.




New Regulatory Tracking Tool Available

LeadingAge is happy to announce the launch of the new “Regulatory Roundup 2.0,” a quick and easy tracker to help find pertinent rules and federal regulations for LeadingAge members.  This tracker replaces the current “Regulatory Roundups” and will cover all grounds for our members, e.g. housing, nursing home, home and community-based services, etc.  It will be updated weekly, so members have the most up-to-date information.

Specific features of the new tracker include:

  • Direct links to “Rules/Notices”.
  • Important dates for comments and compliance.
  • A short, high-level summary provides basic information about each entry.
  • “LeadingAge Actions” will have the actions that we are taking, i.e. commented, reviewing, monitoring.
  • If we submit comments, there will be a link to click on. Feel free to use them to develop and submit your own comments.
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