2018 LeadingAge Golf & Tennis Classic 

LeadingAge New Jersey would like to thank everyone who attended and/or contributed to the 2019 Annual Golf & Tennis Classic.  Difficult to consider that just a week ago, we were golfing in warmer temperatures and well, now it's starting to feel like the Fall!

More than 72 golfers completed 18 holes of golf and an additional 20 guests attended the cocktail reception.  This event was so successful and it is your participation that once again made this outing an overwhelming success. 

Special thank you to all of our sponsors as well as our new venue host, Cherry Valley Country Club.  Based on the energy and chatter throughout the entire outing, it was clear everyone enjoyed the course and venue, which is very important to us.  

We also want to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers that helped and kept everything running smoothly.  As we continue to grow, please know that the continued support of our volunteers is vital to the success of this organization.  They are truly appreciated. 

To those of you who were unable to attend this year, we missed you and hope to see you next year!  

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


We hope to see you at State Night!

Thank you to our State Night Gold Sponsor!

2019 Call for Presentations is now OPEN! 

L eadingAge New Jersey is seeking substantive, engaging, interactive educational sessions that are applicable across the continuum of aging services for our Annual Meeting & EXPO.  We  invite you to share your expertise in the field of aging by submitting a proposal to be a presenter!  

*Please note that we are now accepting proposals online via Survey Monkey*  

For more information, visit our website by  clicking here

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
*Evening Session*

Bayshore Medical Center
727 North Beers Street
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Meeting Agenda
  • Meet & Greet
  • Overview of topics and future meetings
  • Review from NJHIMA Annual Meeting - LTC topics
  • Scheduled Educational Topic
  • LTC Roundtable
    • Discussion will be on the New Jersey Department of Health Survey Guidelines and how they specifically relate to the Medical Record Department and associated Health Information Professionals.
Registration Information
  • *1 CEU will be offered
  • Light snacks will be served
  • To register, please contact Marie Rommel (908) 771-5709 mrommel@ucnj.org
  • Registration Deadline: October 25, 2018


Friday, November 2, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am


CentraState Healthcare System
901 West Main Street
Freehold, New Jersey, 07728

Friday, November 9, 2018
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

LeadingAge New Jersey, New Jersey Hospital Association and the Health Care Association of New Jersey are pleased to announce that we have scheduled a train-the-trainer education program for the dining assistant curriculum that has been verbally approved by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH).  DOH has given us approval to move forward with the program in which they will be a participant.

The dining assistant curriculum was designed by a clinical team made up of members from NJHA, HCANJ and LeadingAge NJ and is compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Federal Tag F-811 and 42 CFR 432.160 related to the use of paid dining assistants in nursing homes. This will be the only NJDOH approved curriculum.  The federal regulations give each state the flexibility to allow nursing homes to use dining assistants to supplement the services of nursing staff if their use is consistent with state law, and if the dining assistants successfully complete a state-approved training program. We have decided to use the term dining assistant, rather than feeding assistant, because we believe it is a term that is more aligned with person-centered care and resident dignity.

This program is intended to train the primary instructors of paid dining assistants in nursing homes. The primary instructor must be a registered nurse with previous long-term care experience and a current New Jersey license.  Ideally, the curriculum would be taught with other team members such as a registered dietitian, licensed physical, speech, and/or occupational therapist, and/or a licensed social worker.

Registration Information
Content will be the same for the webinar and the in-person sessions. There is NO fee but registration is required.  

For the webinar registration, click here.

For the in-person registration, please fill out the attached form  (click here) and email to rmercado@njha.com. Attendance is limited to the first 70 people for the in-person session.   
News & Updates
We are committed to keeping you up to date with news, updates and information that will help you and your organization thrive.  

New Bundled Payment Initiative: Why You Should Care

LeadingAge (October 16, 2018)  In its latest Medicare bundled payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCI-A), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) limited the role of post-acute care providers to that of "convener", preventing PAC providers from leading bundling arrangements as "episode initiators". Although this development is disappointing, it doesn't mean post-acute care and long-term services and supports providers will be unaffected or cannot be involved.

The BPCI-A model is scheduled to run October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2023. It covers 32 clinical episodes (29 inpatient, 3 outpatient). The most commonly selected episodes by BPCI-A participants include: major joint replacement of the lower extremity, congestive heart failure, and sepsis.

CMMI has signed agreements with nearly  1,300 entities, including 832 acute care hospitals and 715 physician group practices, to participate in BPCI-A.  The BPCI-A model will be tested in 49 states, Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico.  

Click here to read the full article.

SNF Cost Comparison Report: Financial Challenges

LeadingAge (October 17, 2018)  The report lists factors with which LeadingAge nursing home members are all too familiar: lower occupancy, "a less desirable payor mix", increased regulatory scrutiny, and transition to a new Medicare payment system.  

According to the report's analysis of 2017 data, the 25% of nursing homes with the best financial performance averaged payment margins of five percent. The 25% of nursing homes with the least successful financial performance had payment margins averaging negative six percent, which, the report notes, "question the sustainability of the lowest performing organizations."

The report points out that current trends provide opportunties as well as risks and it predicts that strong-performing nursing homes that can find ways to provide quality care at reasonable cost will survive and thrive. 

We at LeadingAge continue working to ensure that our nursing home members are able to successfully negotiate changing trends in the long-term care field. In terms of government policy, our top advocacy priorities are improved Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies and relief from excessive and counterproductive regulation. Our  Center on Workforce Solutions provides a range of tools to assist our members with one of the greatest challenges most of them face. We also provide materials for our members on managed care and alternative payment systems.

We will do everything possible to ensure that our nursing home members, many of which have served their communities for over a century, can continue providing the high-quality care on which their residents and their families rely.

Click here 
to download the 33rd annual Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the required notice that must be posted and distributed to all New Jersey employees under the earned sick leave law.   The compliance date is November 29, 2018.

Additional resources will be available soon at: 

A public hearing on the draft regulations will be held on November 13, 2018. 

Current Job Openings
For more information, contact A my Greenbaum, Association Services Coordinator  at AGreenbaum@leadingagenj.org or call the LeadingAge New Jersey office at (609) 452-1161.  
Policy & Advocacy
We are your voice, advocating for you collectively and individually.  Our goal is to ensure that our members' best interests are advanced at all levels of government.  
Pou's Bill To Clarify Definition of Health Care Service Firms and Homemaker-Home Health Aides Clears Committee

New Jersey Senate Democrats | October 16, 2018

TRENTON - A bill sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou that would revise the current law to clarify the definition of health care service firms and homemaker-home health aides advanced yesterday in the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill, 
S2773 , would clarify that any firm that employs, places or arranges the placement of an individual to provide companion, personal or health care services in the personal residence of a person with a disability or who is 60 years old or older, must register as a health care service firm.

"This bill will ensure that all firms acting as health care agencies for our elderly, including the ones using the Internet to arrange and provide companions or health care services are properly registered." said Senator Pou (D-Bergen / Passaic). "We need to ensure that adequate care is provided with registered and qualified caregivers at all times."

The bill would authorize the Division of Consumer Affairs to enforce the health care service firm registration, a prerequisite upon any person who operates a firm that is subject to the registration requirement, whether the operations include the direct employment of individuals, the use of an Internet website or application, or any other process or business model.

Currently there are more than 1,000 health care service firms registered in the state of New Jersey.

In addition to any other penalty provided by law, the bill would provide that a person is liable for a penalty of $500 per each day that the person continues to operate a firm without being registered as a health care service firm as required.

The bill would also clarify that certified homemaker-home health aides must work under the supervision of a duly licensed registered professional nurse, which is provided by the home care services agency that directly employs the homemaker-home health aide when following a delegated nursing regimen.

The bill was released from the Senate Commerce Committee by a vote of 4-0 and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.