All sessions will be recorded for later viewing. 

For instructions on how to login to your member dashboard and access the QCHF Online learning center, click here. 

For instructions on how to begin the course in your online learning center, click here. 

Please note: There will be a quiz at the end of each session in order to obtain your CEs. 

Staff Contact: Jamie Meamber 

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  • Monday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Wednesday, March 17
  • Thursday, March 18

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

QCHF Board Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Matt Yarwood

Staff Liaison: Claire Enright

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workforce Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Cherie Busse

Staff Liaison: Claire Enright

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

CAHF PAC Board Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Tiffany Karlin

Staff Liaison: Amy Blumberg

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Public Advocacy Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Rebecca Turner

Staff Liaison: Deborah Pacyna

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Business Management Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Deb Friedman

Staff Liaison: Tonja Fontes

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Opening Session | State of the Association

Craig Cornett  •  President/CEO, CAHF

John Latimer  •  Managing Partner, Capitol Advocacy

The Symposium with kick off with an overview of the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on skilled nursing residents, employees, families and facilities in California and across the country. Hear about the short-term (through summer) and longer-term (through 2022) recovery plan for SNFs and ICF-DDs - and learn how the Governor’s state budget and the new Biden Administration’s plans will affect the long term care profession. We will also honor the winners of the annual Showcase Award.


9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Vaccines: A Look Back and the Way Forward

Dr. Nimalie Stone  •  Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion  •  ​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Erin Epson  •  Medical Director and Chief, Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program at the CA Department of Health

The progress of the COVID-19 vaccine will guide the processes within SNFs for years to come. Be among the first to hear about the current vaccine distribution results, including the length of immune response, and impact on infection and survival rates. Take a forward look at guidance changes that will affect all involved.


10:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Civil Liability & COVID-19


Mark Reagan  •  Managing Partner, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman


Bill Wilson  •  Managing Partner, Wilson Getty

Bryan Reid  •  Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Ryan Canavan  •  Associate, Wilson Getty

The team of experts will explore the current state of resident/family civil liability claims involving COVID-19 infections and the risks they present to long-term care providers. Best practices for defending these cases, including the use of the PREP Act and “federal officer” statute to support federal court jurisdiction and other applicable defenses will be addressed.


12:10 PM - 12:40 PM


12:40 PM - 1:30 PM

Labor Law Update

Keahn Morris  •  Partner, SheppardMullin

Understand new developments in California labor and employment law, including wage and hour issues (including the California Supreme Court’s decision in Donohue v. AMN Services), PAGA, severance/settlement agreements, employee benefits and leaves, mandatory vaccines, employment discrimination and retaliation, hiring and criminal convictions, adequate employment investigations, and more­­­.


1:40 PM - 2:30 PM

Latest Updates on Cal/OSHA: What You Need to Know

Karen Tynan  •  Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Kevin Bland  •  Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted how our state handles worker safety issues and Cal/OSHA is ground zero for these changes. This presentation will delve into best practices and employer process to comply with the 2021 Cal/OSHA COVID 19 standard, regulations pertaining to testing, outbreaks and notices and California’s COVID prevention program do’s and don’ts.


2:40 PM - 4:20 PM

CARES Act Funding: What We Should Be Doing Now

Mark Reagan  •  Managing Shareholder, Hooper Lundy & Bookman

Jeff Sandman  •   Director of Reimbursement, CAHF 

Jennifer Breen  •   Assistant Director of Reimbursement, CAHF 

This session will help you understand the structure of the various federal payments received during 2020 and continuing into 2021. Presenters will explore the reporting and auditing implications associated with the CARES Act and the 10 percent COVID-19 add-on to AB 1629 rate issued by the Department of Health Care Services.


4:30 PM - 5:20 PM

COVID-19 and CDPH: Meet the New Director

Tomas Aragon  •  Director & State Public Health Officer, CA Department of Health

CDPH’s new director will discuss his priorities for 2021, share how the department will continue to support SNFs and ICD/DDs as they continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic - and how the state, CAHF and other stakeholders can work together to ensure the stability of long term care facilities that provide quality care to some of the state’s most frail and vulnerable individuals.


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sip & Splurge Event

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Legislative Training

Jennifer Snyder  •  Partner, Capitol Advocacy

Amy Blumberg  •  Director of Legislative Affairs, CAHF

Conor Sweeney  •  Grassroots Coordinator, CAHF

This session will help you understand the current political landscape and how it effects the trajectory of legislation. Learn how to make an impact and clearly advocate for priority issues during your encounters with policymakers. Hear about effective messaging in meetings with lawmakers and their staff, learn about Capitol meeting etiquette and what to expect in the building or on Zoom calls with your legislators.


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Legislative Staff Panel

Jaspreet Johl  •  Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, State of CA

Elizabeth Fuller  •  Chief Consultant of the Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-term Care, State of CA

Vincent Marchand  •  Principal Consultant for the Senate Committee on Health, State of CA

Current legislative staffers share what it is like to be on the receiving end of effective and ineffective advocacy meetings. They will discuss the duties associated with their positions and how they tie into the overall lawmaking process. Attendees will also be able to ask the panelists questions.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

AB 1054: Feeding Assistants

Dr. Joaquin Arambula  •  Assemblymember, State of CA

Assembly member Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D) Fresno, chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, will speak about his proposed legislation to allow feeding assistants in skilled nursing homes and other legislative initiatives.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Report Out

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Chapter Presidents Meeting

Committee Chair: Deb Friedman

Staff Liaison: Deborah Pacyna

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Convention Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Mark Payne

Staff Liaison: Laura Thomas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Government Relations Committee Meeting

Committee Chair: Matt Yarwood

Staff Liaison: Rita Chen Fujisawa

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Board Meeting

Committee Chair: Mike Williams

Staff Liaison: Rita Chen Fujisawa