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  • Sunday, Nov. 11
  • Monday, Nov. 12
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Shotgun Start - Golf

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Conditions of Participation Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nursing Home Leader Academy of Excellence (separate registration needed)

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Conditions of Participation Training for the ICF/IID Provider (separate registration needed)

NOON - 7:00 PM

Attendee Registration

1:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-In & Exhibitor Registration

1:00 - 1:50 PM

Breakout Session: Legal Series #1 - QA Privilege in the Era of QAPI

Joe LaMagna, Partner  | Hooper, Lundy & Bookman
Stanton Stock, Associate | Hooper, Lundy & Bookman

The quality assurance privilege offers valuable protection for candid dialogue to improve care and outcomes, but it can be difficult to establish and is easily waived. During this session, we will focus on establishing and maintaining the QA privilege while engaged in the QAPI process.

1:00 - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session: Life Safety Code Enforcement: Tales from the Trails - Part 1

Stan Szpytek, CAHF’s Life Safety Consultant | Fire and Safety, Inc.
Jason Belden, Disaster Preparedness Program Manager | CAHF
Joan Johnson, ED | Carlsbad by the Sea Care Ctr
Chris Ball, Regional Facilities Director | Rockport Healthcare Services
Ray Boudewyn, Director of Facilities | NCPHS

Life Safety Code compliance has become particularly challenging since enforcement of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101. This interactive session takes a deep dive into the regulations and enforcement practices, and also presents a panel of providers.

2:00 - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session: Legal Series #2 - The Dynamics of Disputing Federal Deficiencies

Jillian Somers Donovan, Senior Counsel | Hanson Bridgett

Understanding the process of receiving, analyzing and disputing a deficiency can be a daunting task. Learn about the options for challenging a deficiency, the timeliness of enforcement and appeal, and the process when there is a dual enforcement.

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Products & Services Committee

3:00 - 3:50 PM

Breakout Session: Legal Series #3 - Understanding Your Risk, Acuity & Workforce Waivers - Facility Wide Assessment

Bill Wilson, Partner/Attorney | Wilson Getty LLC

With the Acuity Waiver letter and Work Force Shortage Waiver, facilities face new risks in response to the new 3.5/2.4 staffing regulation. This session will cover the possible legal risks with the facility wide assessment form and ways to limit the risk of information in the public domain.

3:00 - 3:50 PM

QCHF Board of Trustees

3:00 - 4:50 PM

Breakout Session: Emergency Preparedness Enforcement: Tales from the Trails - Part 2

Stan Szpytek, CAHF’s Life Safety Consultant | Fire & Safety, Inc.
Jason Belden, Disaster Preparedness Program Manager | CAHF
Joan Johnson, ED | Carlsbad by the Sea Care Ctr
Chris Ball, Regional Facilities Director | Rockport Healthcare Services
Ray Boudewyn, Director of Facilities | NCPHS

New CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements of Participation (RoP) have placed extensive conditions on providers compelling them to be ready for all emergencies. We’ll cover the new RoPs being enforced in SNF’s by CMS and its contractors, strategies for EP program success and common deficiencies and strategies for compliance.

4:00 - 4:50 PM

Breakout Session: Legal Series #4 - Legal Challenges in Managed Care

Jennifer Hansen, Partner | Hooper, Lundy & Bookman

Review the current legal challenges facing managed care. We’ll cover case studies and provide insight on working collaboratively with payors.

4:00 - 4:50 PM

Business Management Committee

5:00 - 7:00 PM

HPSI Welcome: Desert Luau

6:15 - 6:45 AM

Wellness Activities - Yoga | Walking

6:30 - 9:30 AM

Exhibitor Move-In

6:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Exhibitor & Show Pass Only Registration

7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Attendee Registration & Credentialing of Delegates

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Super Star Breakfast | Super Star Awards Presentation
Keynote Speaker: "How Teams Make Magic" (ticket required)

Kenny Aronoff

As a world renowned drummer for John Mellencamp, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, and Smashing Pumpkins, Kenny has learned a thing or two about teamwork, achievement and leadership. In this keynote, he will show us the importance of leadership and in simple terms, how to ROCK!

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Developmental Services Conference

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

EXPO | Hosted Lunch | Solutions Showcase

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Solutions Showcase: Fall Prevention for Senior Living Facilities

Dr. Terry Sullivan, Chief Medical Officer | PacOrtho
Trenton Stillwell, Vice President of Operations | PacOrtho


Fall prevention in long term care facilities is an ongoing battle. This session will cover the macro PAC business environment, clinical challenges of fall prevention, mechanics of creating a patient centered customized solution, and the revenue model to drive total program adoption at all levels of the PAC continuum.

Sponsored by PacOrtho

11:10 AM - NOON

Solutions Showcase: The Power of Information

Bill Ulrich, CEO/President | Consolidated Billing Services, Inc

With easy access to the information super highway, data on your facility is just a click away. Learn what‘s available to consumers, what it says about your facility, and how it stacks up against its peer group.

Sponsored by CBSI

12:10 - 1:00 PM

Solutions Showcase: Beyond Motor Symptoms - Focusing on Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Dr. Jason Kellogg, Chief of Staff | Newport Bay Hospital

Understand non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) and learn new treatments.

Sponsored by Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists (ACADIA Pharmaceuticals)

1:00 - 1:50 PM

Nurses Council Business Meeting

1:00 - 1:50 PM

AHCA Representatives Meeting

1:10 - 2:00 PM

Solutions Showcase: Bundle and Alternate Payment Models - Get In, Stay In and Survive!

Ron Scharff, Assistant Vice President | Kindred Rehab Services

Bundled care and new payment models are the new norm in health care delivery and reimbursement. To compete, organizations must tightly couple clinical decisions with financial performance to achieve cost reduction and patient centered process improvements. This session will present examples and tools that your team can use and help them understand how to improve the quality and value of care provided to patients.

Sponsored by RehabCare

2:00 - 3:40 PM

General Session: PDPM Payment Model & The Final Rule

Dan Ciolek, Associate Vice President for Therapy Advocacy | AHCA

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is now final with implementation scheduled for October 2019. We’ll review the key elements of the new payment model including payment components, changes to minimum data set (MDS) assessments, reporting schedule and other conforming policy changes. Also, find out how to access available AHCA member PDPM operational readiness resources.

3:45 - 4:15 PM

Wellness Activity - Yoga | Hand and Chair Massage | Snack Break

4:15 - 6:15 PM

CAHF House of Delegates #1
State of the Association | Craig Cornett, President/CEO | CAHF
Chairman's Address | Lori Cooper, COO | Healthmark Services
Nomination and Speeches for Statewide Officers | Region 2 & 4 Chairs & Vice Chairs | Callaway Award

6:15 - 6:45 AM

Wellness Activities - Yoga | Walking

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Attendee Registration & Credentialing of Delegates

8:00 - 9:50 AM

House of Delegates #2
Keynote: "Creating a Work Culture with Staying Power"

Craig Zablocki | Craig Zablocki & Associates

People have different ideas about what ‘fun’ is. A state of openness and connection is fun, whether you are an introvert or extrovert, a medical director or certified nurse assistant. In this session, Craig will define qualities of a positive work culture and identify the distinctions between ‘fun’ and ‘funny.’ Discover the ways to bring your playfulness to work and access the spirit of creativity for yourself and your patients.

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Associate Council

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Exhibitor & Show Pass Only Registration

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Breakout Session: Multi/Non Prop/IO Conference - Hospital Utilization: Mandates, Metrics & Their Meanings

Steven Littlehale, MS, GCNS-BC, Vice President & Cheif Clinical Officer | PointRight

Learn how to identify the mandate around the reduction of hospital utilization, review the metrics which are used to judge performance and discover ways to leverage insights to strengthen clinical programs.

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Breakout Session: Choosing Your QAPI Focus - Understanding Metrics

Dr. Rebecca Ferrini, MPH, CMD | Edgemoor Hospital DP/SNF

One aspect of QAPI that is challenging long term care facilities is choosing and tracking data to measure success. We will review the gold standard in selecting metrics…with examples from a Gold Quality award facility.

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Breakout Session: Making the Most of Your Managed Care Contracting

Susie Mix, President/CEO | Mix Solutions Inc

During this interactive session, learn how to succeed with managed care and receive tips in contracting best practices and critical steps to apply for financial gains.

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Breakout Session: Behavioral Health Conference - Integrating QAPI, Person Centered Care & Psychotropic Drug Reduction in the Care of Residents with Dementia-Based Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Keith Savell, CEO, Geriatric HC Consultant | Mariposa Training
Dr. Mike Wasserman, CEO | Rockport Healthcare Services


In many situations, the use of pharmacological intervention in the care of residents with dementia-based challenging behaviors continues to be an inappropriate “first response.” Learn the tools needed to implement a best practice approach to dementia care and to integrate a person-centered care approach to psychotropic drug reduction.

10:00 - 10:50 AM

PAC Board

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Multi/Non Prop/IO Conference Business Meeting

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Behavioral Health Conference Business Meeting

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

EXPO | Hosted Lunch | Solutions Showcase

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Big Shot Booth - FREE Flu Shots for Attendees

Vaccines and Medical Supplies Sponsored by PharMerica

11:10 AM - NOON

Solutions Showcase: Dementia Care - Are Your Care Plans Patient Centered?

Valerie Greco, Director of Clinical Strategies | Intergro Rehab Services
Jessamine Downs, Vice President | Intergro Rehab Services


The beginning of patient-centered care models began way back when the 1987 OBRA Act was passed. Its evolution continues to progress on a hopeful continuum away from models of institutional hierarchy to an individualized plan of care. Learn about the new survey RoP Phase 2 guidelines as they relate to patient centered care and develop phase-specific care plans for residents with dementia.

Sponsored by Intergro Rehab Services

12:10 - 1:00 PM

Solutions Showcase: Improving Sleep Hygiene by Managing Nocturia

Tony Forsberg, RN, BSBA, WCC, CSPHA, National Clinic Director | Essity

A good night’s sleep is the key to a healthy state of mind and quality of life. Too often, though, elderly sleep is disrupted. In an effort to increase a more restorative sleep for your residents, this session will review the effects of sleep fragmentation and strategies to improve rest in care communities with a focus on nocturia management.

Sponsored by Essity North America Inc (TENA)

1:10 - 2:00 PM

Solutions Showcase: Acing the Survey - Facility Task Investigations

Kevin O'Connor, Vice President of Strategy | Providigm

Three of the top five F-tags cited have come out of the facility tasks conducted in the new long term care survey process. Explore the nine facility tasks that will be conducted during surveys and learn real-world tips to improve facility performance.

Sponsored by Providigm

2:00 - 3:50 PM

GR Payment Subcommittee

2:00 - 3:50 PM

GR Workforce Subcommittee

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Public Advocacy Committee

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Breakout Session: Labor Relations Training (closed session - CAHF Members ONLY)

Keahn Morris, Attorney | Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP

Information session on labor relations trends in healthcare.

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Breakout Session: Thriving Beyond Surviving

Craig Zablocki | Craig Zablocki & Associates

Let’s face it, we can’t give to others what we don’t have ourselves! In this highly engaging session, explore and experience a climate where all may thrive especially within an intense health care setting.

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Breakout Session: QRP / New GG Section

Ellen Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, Consultant | Rehab Resources and Consulting Inc

PT and OT professionals desire consistent functional measures that can begin to quantify the value of rehab services in facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed and finalized methods to achieve those measures. We will review the measures, define the data elements and share the importance of reliable and accurate data.

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Breakout Session: Pawn or Partner - The Future of SNFs in Managed Care - Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Mike Wasserman, CEO | Rockport Healthcare Services
Dr. Alexander Li, Deputy Chief Medical Officer | LA Care
Kurt Hubler, Chief Network Development Officer | Inland Empire Health Plan
Chris Esguerra, Senior Medical Director | Care 1st Corporation
Dr. Ramiro Zuniga, Sr. Medical Director | Medi-Cal, Health Net of California


Pressure to reduce the cost of health care has resulted in continued expansion of managed care plans. A panel of experts will discuss their plans’ efforts to manage health care, review how cost containment strategies will impact SNFs, and strategies providers should take to be part of the solution.

2:00 - 3:50 PM

Breakout Session: Facility Assessment Data Collection - Panel Discussion


2:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-Out

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Pre-Banquet Cocktail Reception

7:00 - 10:00 PM

Installation Banquet | CAHF Board of Directors Installation | Presentation of Spindle Award | Entertainment by Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (ticket required)

6:15 - 6:45 AM

Wellness Activity - Walking

7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Attendee Registration

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Chapter Presidents | Regional and Conference Chairs Meeting

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Quality Improvement Subcommittee

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Legal Subcommittee

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Breakout Session: Regulatory Hot Topics

Patti Owens, Director of Regulatory Affairs | CAHF

The regulatory landscape is changing rapidly, and you need to understand the key issues in play. Learn about new survey trends and the latest AFLs and S&C letters, and how they'll impact your facility.

10:00 - 11:50 AM

Breakout Session: Reimbursement Hot Topics

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


Getting paid for vital services you provide should be easier, but it isn't. Join us for a look at the best practices for managing audits, understanding their impacts and success in appeals. We will also be covering PDPM, VBP, QRP and market basket.

10:00 - 11:50 AM

Regulatory Subcommittee

10:00 - 11:50 AM

Convention Committee

NOON - 12:50 PM

Breakout Session: P is for Patient Care: Pain Management in Long Term Care

Lorie Rodriguez, Ed.D, Social Service Consultant | Geriatric Healthcare Consultants


Pain is common among long termcare residents and is often overlooked which results in unnecessary use of psychoactive medications. Explore the evidence related to pain in long term care residents, the resistance to treating pain and recommendations for optimizing pain management.

NOON - 2:30 PM

Government Relations Committee

1:00 - 1:50 PM

Breakout Session: P is for Patient Care: Psychosocial Needs of the Aging LGBT Residents

Tim Vincent, MS/MFT | Advocates for Equity


LGBT residents face some critical psychosocial challeneges in long term care. Understand the challenges and identify strategies to respond to the barriers LGBT face. Learn organizational and personal changes to ensure that patient rights for the LGBT residents are respected.

2:00 - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session: P is for Patient Care: Good Sleep

Pamela Galley, Vice President | Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Karl Steinberg, Chief Medical Officer | Mariner Health Care


Sleep fragmentation has a negative effect on facility quality metrics. Ensuring that your facility staff understands why restorative sleep is vital for improved outcomes will enhance quality metrics and customer satisfaction. Learn about interventions to protect sleep and receive completed training to take back to your facility.

2:30 - 4:00 PM

CAHF Board of Directors