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CAHF, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit attendance to any conference session.

Please refer to CAHF Meets or the printed program (provided at the 2019 CAHF Spring Legislative Conference) for class locations.

Attendees can also access room information in your nightly emails.

  • Sunday, March 24
  • Monday, March 25
  • Tuesday, March 26

NOON - 5:00 PM

Conference Registration

NOON - 5:00 PM

Spring Fever Silent Auction (all new)!

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Nursing Home Leader Academy of Excellence (NHLAE)

1:00 - 2:50 PM

Legal Series: All About Staffing: Legal Issues in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Mark Reagan, Esq., Managing Partner | Hooper, Lundy & Bookman
Bill Wilson, Partner/Attorney | Wilson Getty LLP

The recent implementation of the 3.5/2.4 staffing mandate and the issuance of waivers by the California Department of Public Health has raised a variety of legal concerns, questions and potential threats. Learn how new staffing requirements can increase legal risks and how to implement staffing decisions as part of an overall risk management strategy.


2:00 - 3:50 PM

Products & Services Committee

3:00 - 3:50 PM

QCHF Board of Trustees

3:00 - 4:50 PM

Legal Series: The Intricacies of Abuse Reporting and Investigations

Jillian Somers Donovan, Esq. | Hanson Bridgett
Ann Mary Olson, Esq. |Hanson Bridgett

Get ready for an in-depth discussion of the intricacies of abuse reporting requirements. Learn about the process for abuse reporting, potential pitfalls and best practices. Examples will be provided to help identify abuse reporting actions. 


4:00 - 4:50 PM

Business Management Committee

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Silent Auction Reception - Meet & Greet w/wine and cheese

5:00 - 8:30 PM

Brews Around the Block

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Conference Registration

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Spring Fever Silent Auction

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Legislative Visits

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Nursing Home Leader Academy of Excellence (NHLAE)

8:00 - 9:10 AM

General Session: Opening Forum: Welcome and CAHF Update

Craig Cornett, President/CEO | CAHF


CAHF’s CEO and guests will highlight the current financial and political challenges in California and Washington, D.C. and discuss the priorities of the new Newsom administration. We’ll celebrate Showcase Award winners, recognize CAHF staff for service milestones and hear some advice on how to make the most of meeting your local lawmaker.


8:00 - 9:10 AM

General Session: How to Talk to Your Legislator

Amy Blumberg, Legislative Affairs Director | CAHF
John Latimer | Capitol Advocacy

Jennifer Snyder | Capitol Advocacy


Two former legislative staffers who have been on the receiving end of conversations with constituents will provide examples of how to conduct a productive meeting with your local legislator or their assistants. You will obtain key CAHF messages and tips for making a lasting impression. 


9:10 - 9:50 AM

General Session: You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Will Durst, Political Satirist | Durstco


In this lightning-paced, comedic tour- de- force presentation, California’s celebrated political satirist dissects the two year anniversary of Donald Trump’s reign by analyzing where we are, how we got here and the myriad of destinations that may lie ahead.  Expect mocking, scoffing and taunting, but with taste. 


10:00 - 11:50 AM

General Session: CDPH - Your CNA Workforce

Suzanna Nye, TPRU | CDPH
Gloria Gastelum, CNA Unit | CDPH


Get some insight into how CDPH views regulations and policies pertaining to the initial and renewal certification processes for CNAs, HHAs, and CHTs. Obtain advice on ways to create successful renewal package submissions and how to avoid common errors in completing a NATP provider application.  


NOON - 2:00 PM

Networking Luncheon & Show

1:00 - 1:50 PM

PAC Board of Directors

2:00 - 2:50 PM

General Session: Multi/Non-Prop/IO Conference: CDPH - Meet the New Director

Heidi Steinecker, Deputy Director | CDPH


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the newly appointed Licensing and Certification chief of the California Department of Public Health who will outline her vision, the department’s priorities for 2019, and challenges she sees for the sector.  


2:30 - 4:30 PM

Associate Member Council

3:00 - 3:50 PM

General Session: CDPH - 3.5/2.4 Staff Audit Process

Debra Gonzales, Section Chief, Staffing Audits Section | CDPH


Attendees will get an overview of the CDPH perspective regarding the 3.5/2.4 direct care service hours per patient day staffing audit process. Session will include a preliminary status update on FY 2018-19 audit results and discuss the calculation of nurse assistant hours. 


3:00 - 4:00 PM

Public Advocacy Committee

3:00 - 4:50 PM

GR Workforce Subcommittee

3:00 - 4:50 PM

GR Payment Subcommittee

4:00 - 4:50 PM

Breakout Session: Healthcare Mergers: Impact on Providers & Consumers

Mary Watanabe, Deputy Director of Health Policy & Stakeholder Relations | DMHC


The healthcare profession is experiencing a significant number of mergers to achieve economies of scale. Learn about the role of the state Department of Managed Care in overseeing mergers, conditions of approval and more. 


4:00 - 4:50 PM

Breakout Session: Tools for Managing Customer Expectations

Lori Cooper, NHA, MPA, COO | Healthmark Services Inc
Alicia Newton, Assist Administrator | Stonebrook HC Ctr


Admitting a loved one to a post-acute care center may be overwhelming, especially when you’re unsure of what to expect. Attendees at this session will learn the tools and approaches to use to manage customer expectations and create positive customer experiences.


5:00 - 5:30 PM

Nurse Council Business Meeting

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Legislative Reception

Downtown & Vine's Harvest Room - 1200 K Street #9

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Conference Registration

7:00 AM - NOON

Spring Fever Silent Auction - Bidding ends at 12 NOON PST!!

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 11:30 AM

Legislative Visits Table

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Regulatory Hot Topics

Patti Owens, Director of Regulatory Affairs | CAHF


Explore legislative and regulatory changes expected in 2019 and get your questions answered regarding the new staffing rules, K-tags, E-tags and survey team priorities. Gain insight into the impact of the opioid epidemic and learn what’s trending with CMS and OIG. 


8:00 - 9:50 AM

Chapter Presidents

8:00 - 9:50 AM

GR Legal Subcommittee

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Reimbursement Hot Topics


Jennifer Breen, Assistant Director of Reimbursement | CAHF
Jeff Sandman, Director of Reimbursement | CAHF


Rates! Rates! Rates! CAHF’s Reimbursement team will delve into hot topics, issues and concerns relating to Medi-Cal and Medicare reimbursement, with an emphasis on rate repayment going into effect this year and beyond. 


9:00 - 9:50 AM

Behavioral Health RAP Session: Managed Care - Challenges & Opportunities for Improvement

Karen Widerynski, Managed Care Specialist | CAHF


Various operational and reimbursement challenges face IMDs and other providers serving residents with behavioral health issues as a result of continued expansion of managed care. We'll provide an opportunity to discuss specific difficulties, share strategies, and work on solutions to share with health plans.


10:00 - 11:50 AM

GR Regulatory Subcommittee

10:00 - 11:50 AM

Closing Session - AHCA/PDPM

Mike Cheek, Sr. V.P. Reimbursement Policy | AHCA/NCAL


Presenters from AHCA will provide an outline of the PDPM and recommended approaches for transition, including an overview of a PDPM Transition Plan.  The speakers will facilitate a panel discussion among CAHF members who have initiated PDPM transition work.  


10:00 - 11: 50 AM

Convention Committee

10:00 - 11: 50 AM

GR Quality Improvement Subcommittee

11:00 - 11:50 AM

AHCA Committee Representatives Meeting

NOON - 2:00 PM

Government Relations

2:00 - 3:00 PM

CAHF Board of Directors