Association News

ICD-10 Coding Training Added to the Calendar

LAI has added an ICD-10 Coding Workshop to the calendar on September 18.  The program will provide instruction on how to code, evaluate how to use correct diagnoses to the highest specificity for RUGS and PDPM and will utilize examples and scenarios to apply learning.  The program is appropriate for staff who assign ICD-10-CM codes to MDS assessments and insurance claims to include but not limited to MDS coordinators and HIM coordinators/staff as well as medical records staff, nursing home administrators, nurses, and billing personnel in nursing facilities.  Click here to register.


2019 Salary Survey Report Available for Sale!

Order the new 2019 LAI Salary Survey Results to ensure your salary structure is up to date.  The LeadingAge Iowa Wage Survey captures relevant, Iowa-based wage data so that employers can remain competitive in the field without violating antitrust laws. All members are strongly encouraged to utilize such a survey when evaluating compensation rates. 

Please click here to view and/or print an order form and contact LeadingAge Iowa with any questions.



LeadingAge Iowa Introduces the Workforce Toolkit

 LAI is excited to announce the roll out of our new resource for members, the LeadingAge Workforce Toolkit.  This member-only toolkit provides members with tools and resources that will foster a culture of team member engagement—resulting in increased staff retention and improved workplace productivity. This toolkit is based on quality improvement and performance excellence principles.

The tools and resources are organized around five core principles of team member engagement. These principles include: 

1. Welcoming a Team Member to the Organization
2. Introduction to the Organization’s Culture
3. Leveraging an Organization’s Mission, Vision, and Values
4. Career Pathways and Role Specific Challenges
5. Teamwork and Building Relationships in the Workplace

Each of the core principles provides materials for your staff’s use, including a Facilitator Guide, Readiness Assessment, and training documents and supporting tools. The training document supporting tools are designed to enable each organization to customize the tools and resources to community specific culture, resources, and processes. 

Please visit our website and search under Provider Resources > Workforce Center> Workforce Toolkit or follow this link to view the resources.


New Intergenerational Programming Toolkit Available for Members

 In 2016 and 2017, Generations United (GU) and the Leading Age LTSS Center @UMass Boston received funding from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) to explore the range and nature of intergenerational programming within senior housing and develop a toolkit to help senior housing providers strengthen intergenerational programming. Findings from that research suggested that there is a growing interest among housing providers in using intergenerational programming as a vehicle for dispelling negative age-related stereotypes, preparing a future workforce for the field of aging services, and improving the well-being of both older adults and youth.

The ultimate goal of this ongoing work is to ensure that intergenerational programming becomes part of every housing community in the nation, and that housing-based staff become part of a network of professionals who can support and encourage one another in planning and implementing activities that connect older residents to people of all ages in their communities.

This toolkit was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. The materials contained in the toolkit can help with program development and/or provide tips on deepening or expanding intergenerational work. The toolkit features a variety of tools including:   

• Organizational assessment questions.
• Survey templates to assess resident interests.
• Concrete planning and implementation strategies and tips.
• Ideas for both short- and long-term activities.
• Examples of promising practices.
• Evaluation tools to better understand your program’s impact. 

All LeadingAge members are encouraged to take advantage of these research-based materials. 


 2019 LeadingAge Iowa Award Nominations Due July 1

LeadingAge Iowa's award program recognizes individuals and organizations that put quality first, deliver excellence and inspire others to do the same. LeadingAge Iowa organizational members are invited to submit nominations for the 2019 LeadingAge Iowa awards program.  Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Award of Honor
  • Excellence in Leadership Award
  • Caregiver of the Year Award
  • Support and Service Professional of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Board Member of the Year Award
  • Excellence in the Workplace Award
  • LeadingEdge Care and Services Award
  • Public Trust Award

Click here for Nomination Form.  Nominations must be received by LeadingAge Iowa no later than the end of the day on Monday, July 1, 2019Click here to submit a sterling recognition for those who have worked at your facility for 25 years or more.

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