Cost-Saving Solutions

LeadingAge Illinois understands the importance of fiscal responsibility and designs many programs that actually help you lower the cost of doing business. Bottom line? We have the best of what you need to run your community day-to-day, and the potential for significant savings exclusively designed for LeadingAge Illinois members.

 



Value First has arrived! LeadingAge Illinois is an owner of this exciting new business model for group purchasing designed by and for aging services professionals. This free benefit to our members allows access to nationally negotiated pricing for a wide array of goods and services.  Contact our Group Purchasing Advisor, Terry Romin to discussing your purchasing needs and have a complimentary cost study completed.

LeadingAge Illinois is one of 25 similar associations which, along with LeadingAge, have built value into Value First – both for our members and for your community. Value First draws from LeadingAge’s foundation in group purchasing and builds greater opportunities and options for LeadingAge members and affiliates.


Through this partnership we offer to our members:

  • Leverage by having created a collective buying pool of as many as 7,000+ aging services providers. 
  • Unprecedented national buying power through a partnership with national group purchasing specialist Vizient. Vizient is leading provider of supply chain management, supplies and centralized procurement. 
  • Broad customer service from LeadingAge Illinois, the Value First team and the LeadingAge Savings and Solutions Center. 
  • Access to more than 400 contracted vendors. 
  • Association strength by earning ownership benefits that help keep LeadingAge Illinois working for you.

  • Value First’s portfolio of vendors is large. Here is just a sample:

  • Construction services 
  • Food distributors 
  • Medical supplies 
  • Facility operations 
  • Furniture 
  • Equipment 
  • Technology

  • There is no cost to enroll. Communities who are ready to join Value First or who have any questions can learn more by visiting the Value First web site at www.valuefirstonline.com or contact our Group Purchasing AdvisorTerry Romin.



    The Annual Skilled Nursing Resident Power Survey from inQ Experience Surveys is free to members, along with electronic reporting of this survey’s results.

    The inQ Annual Skilled Nursing Resident Power Survey is a best-practice-based short-format survey. Its questions cover all of the areas in the skilled nursing community that have a significant impact on resident satisfaction and on the likelihood that residents and their families would recommend the community to friends and others.

    The free survey benefit is available to LeadingAge Illinois members who are new inQ Experience Survey customers as well as LeadingAge Illinois members who already purchase surveys from inQ. Other inQ Experience Survey products remain available to LeadingAge Illinois members at substantially discounted pricing.

    LeadingAge Illinois members should visit surveys.symbria.com or leadingageil.org and click on the home page link to request more information or call inQ Experience Surveys at (630) 981-8181 to learn more.


    inQ Experience Survey products are developed and designed for the senior-living market and available to providers nationwide. They are offered under the Symbria Analytics brand.

    Click here for additional information. 



    By providing world-class unemployment claims administration, a live HR hotline with expert HR personnel and an exhaustive library, as well as online claims monitoring, organizations that join Unemployment Services Trust (UST) see their average unemployment claim cost drop to $2,287, compared to the national average of $5,174 per claim. 

    Founded by not-for-profits for not-for-profits, UST has more than 30 years of experience in helping 501(c)(3)'s with 10 or more employees opt out of their state unemployment insurance (SUI/SUTA) taxes and instead reimburse the dollar-for-dollar cost of unemployment insurance benefits awarded to their former employees. 

    Last year, UST found $3,532,485.26 in potential unemployment cost savings for 200 not-for-profits that submitted a Savings Evaluation. Learn more about whether UST can help your organization save. 

    Ready for a free unemployment cost consultation? Call one of UST's expert Unemployment Cost Advisors at (888) 249-4788. 

     

    Your Membership (Career Center Site)

    We recognize that searching for candidates within our very specialized niche can be time-consuming and challenging. The LeadingAge Illinois Career Center is your solution and helps streamline the recruitment process by focusing on our industry and offering employers and recruiters a unique set of candidates targeted toward your organization's needs.

    The Career Center is an easy-to-use, cost-effective tool and unique in its ability to:

    • provide a highly-targeted focus on employment opportuniities within our industry and geography
    • offer anonymous resume posting and job application - enabling job candidates to stay connected to the employment market while maintaining full control over their confidential information
    • deliver an advanced Job Alert system that notifies candidates of new opportunities matching your own pre-selected criteria
    • provide access to industry-specific jobs often not seen on popular job search sites
    Our Career Center is an ideal place to begin recruitment for your next employee. Access the Career Center to search through resumes and post your positions.


    Affinity Partners

    LeadingAge Illinois Affinity Partners are vendors that offer discounts on products or services to our Provider Members. Our Affinity Partners are approved and selected by LeadingAge Illinois Staff and Board of Directors. Our partnership involves a co-branded effort in promoting significant savings to members, as well as a revenue share opportunity for the association, which enhances our ability to provide quality education and support for members. Current Affinity Partners Include:  

     

    What is Quality Apex?

    Quality Apex is an online suite of tools for Skilled Nursing Facilities that analyzes REAL TIME MDS 3.0 data to:

    • Improve quality outcomes
    • Manage risk
    • Increase efficiency
    • Maximize reimbursement
    • Audit for coding accuracy
    • Assist direct care staff with developing effective individualized care plans
    • View your facility-specific trends


    Download the flyer here or visit qualityapex.com 

    For more information, contact Marguerite Carroll at contact@qualityapex.com or call 518-867-8383 ext. 108 


    Employee Benefits/Health Insurance



     

    NFP offers their Lifestyle Health Plan to LeadingAge Illinois Members at a 7-10% discount off the US Market Rate. 

    The Employee Benefit Program offers participants a unique and powerful tool for managing healthcare expenses while improving employees' health. 



    • Core belief: the only long-term solution to control healthcare costs is through individual health improvement and focus.
    • Provides immediate savings to participating employer through use of product integration.
    • Based upon a proven incentive-based model to encourage participation, behavioral change and lifestyle improvement.
    • Provides for a multi-year strategy to create a 'culture of health' over long-term
    • Designed with an understanding the healthcare delivery model is key to maintain employee beneifts while controlling costs. 

    Call today for more information on the Lifestyle Health Plans offered by NFP, or visit www.nfp.com/corporate-benefits. Contact David Nelson at 224-649-5023 or david.n.nelson@nfp.com 



    Employee Benefits/Government Tax Credits, Voluntary Benefits


    We help clients recover money from the Government as well as educate employees on how to recover monies from the Government, increasing client profitability while enhancing employee satisfaction and stabilizing turnover.

    WHO QUALIFIES

     

    Employees in certain wage categories are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program.

    HOW IT WORKS

     

    Through the IRS Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC), low to moderate income earning individuals and couples can receive thousands of dollars in tax credits. Unfortunately, most employees are not aware of this program. A large percentage of eligible families do not claim this credit annually.

    Imagine what your employees can do with an extra up to $6,000 in their pockets. When employees receive government refund checks in the mail, it reflects positively on employers and management while employees’ lives are improved.

    EITC BENEFITS

     

    – Receiving thousands of dollars in tax credits
    – Lowering employee turnover
    – Improving the lives of employees
    – Establishing a better rapport between employers, management, and employees
    – Incentive to work which stabilizes employee retention while growing a business’s bottom line


    Contact Howard Labow at 800-966-6637 or hlabow@nesbenefits.com for more information. 



    OnShift PBJ Software Solution


    On July 1, 2016 CMS mandated that long-term care organizations are now required to submit staffing and census information using the CMS Payroll-based Journal (PBJ) system. This represents a significant change from the current way providers are collecting this information and a challenge to weave into already busy schedules. Over the last 3 months, we’ve listened to your concerns about this change and looked for a solution to help.
    HELP IS HERE.
    LeadingAge Silver Partner, OnShift, is offering their OnShift Payroll-Based Journal Reporting Software to LeadingAge members exclusively through a special discount program.

    HOW WILL THE SOFTWARE HELP?
    The OnShift PBJ software is easy to use and simple to install. Benefits include: Collects employee, direct care hours, and census information from multiple systems. Provides an easy-to-use check-in application.Classifies direct care hours automatically. Enables a user to view direct care hours by job code, labor category, employee and date. Provides submission-ready reports that comply with CMS’ technical specifications.  

    WHAT WILL IT COST?
    LeadingAge members receive a 33% discount on the monthly fees with a 3-year contract. Costs include:
    One-time enrollment fee = $1,000
    Discounted Monthly fee = $100
    TOTAL SAVINGS OVER 3 YEARS = $1,800    

    DON'T GET CAUGHT UNPREPARED. 
    SIGN UP TODAY!

    Rehabilitation/Therapy Services 



    HealthPRO® Heritage, offers strategic consulting resources in the areas of health care reform, reimbursement, compliance, and clinical transformation, in addition to therapy services that produce optimal outcomes for providers across the continuum.  Leading the industry in Strategic Care Redesign, Value-Based Programming and Payment Reform Readiness, their proven approach drives market share, aligns with CMS’ Triple Aim and optimizes clinical/financial outcomes.

    How does HealthPRO help?


    • Proven Market Assessment and Positioning
    • Sophisticated Clinical Resources, Care Redesign Expertise & Therapy Services
    • Comprehensive RCS-1 Readiness
    • Comprehensive Regulatory Support & Technology for Outcome Reporting/Case Management


    As a LeadingAge Illinois member, HealthPRO is offering new client communities 20% off of Healthcare Reform Consulting Services (full package) and the RCS - 1 Readiness and Impact Analysis.



    Call today for more information or visit www.healthpro-heritage.comContact Julie Bringas at jbringas@healthpro-rehab.com or call 847-629-0302.



    Energy/Utility Services 



    In deregulated states, consumers are able to choose who supplies their natural gas and electricity – their local utility is not their only option. Today, IGS Energy is one of the largest independent retail energy suppliers in the country over 25 years under our belt and over 1,000,000 happy customers. We also offer a full suite of value-added Home Protection products to help consumers further manage their budgets.

    For more information contact Casey Stierwalt at 312.489.2541 or Casey.Stierwalt@igs.com or visit https://www.igsenergy.com/ 


    Vendors interested in the Affinity Partner Program should contact Brandi Beckley at 630-325-6170.

    What is Quality Apex?

    Quality Apex is an online suite of tools for Skilled Nursing Facilities that analyzes REAL TIME MDS 3.0 data to:

    • Improve quality outcomes
    • Manage risk
    • Increase efficiency
    • Maximize reimbursement
    • Audit for coding accuracy
    • Assist direct care staff with developing effective individualized care plans
    • View your facility-specific trends

    Download the flyer here or visit qualityapex.com 

    For more information, contact Marguerite Carroll at contact@qualityapez.com or call 518-867-8383 ext. 108 

    What is Quality Apex?

    Quality Apex is an online suite of tools for Skilled Nursing Facilities that analyzes REAL TIME MDS 3.0 data to:

    • Improve quality outcomes
    • Manage risk
    • Increase efficiency
    • Maximize reimbursement
    • Audit for coding accuracy
    • Assist direct care staff with developing effective individualized care plans
    • View your facility-specific trends

    Download the flyer here or visit qualityapex.com 

    For more information, contact Marguerite Carroll at contact@qualityapez.com or call 518-867-8383 ext. 108