• Sunday, November 13
  • Monday, November 14
  • Tuesday, November 15
  • Wednesday, November 16

Schedule is regularly updated.

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Attendee Self Registration  •  California Ballroom Foyer

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

GR Payment Subcommittee •  Ventura

11:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Products and Services Committee  •  Andreas

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

GR Quality Improvement Subcommittee  •  Sierra

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

GR Legal Subcommittee  •  Ventura

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

GR Workforce Subcommittee  •  Sierra

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Public Advocacy Committee • Andreas

1:00 PM - 3:50 PM


Armed Intruder/Active Shooter Workshop: Managing “The Unthinkable"  •  Pasadena

  • Stan Szpytek - Fire & Life Safety, Inc./ CAHF Life Safety Consultant
  • Jason Belden - Director of Emergency Preparedness and Physical Plant Services, CAHF
  • Derrick Denis - Emergency Preparedness Consultant, Certified Range Instructor and Martial Arts Expert

The possibility of an armed intruder or active shooter entering any residence or facility is now a reality that we all must face. Long-term care (LTC) facilities are not immune to this threat. This informative and interactive session will review real-world incidents that occurred in LTC facilities, share options and protocols that providers can implement to survive “The Unthinkable,” and provide a facilitated, scenario-based tabletop exercise to show you how to best manage such catastrophic events.


1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-In & Badge Pick-Up  •  Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G & H

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

QCHF Board of Trustees • Andreas

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

GR Regulatory Subcommittee • Ventura

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


CAHFinated – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About YOUR Association​ • Pasadena

Laura Thomas - Director of Meetings & Member Services, CAHF

All employees of member facilities are members of CAHF by virtue of their employment. Meet CAHF staff and leadership who will share how your association works for you and the skilled nursing profession. Learn about the structure and governance of the association, how to get the most out of your membership, and find out about our committees and how you can get involved! Suggested for all first-timers.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Business Management Committee • Sierra

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


HPSI Welcome Luau Reception • California Ballroom Foyer & Terrace

Enjoy a taste of tropical paradise and say “Aloha” to an evening of good times! The Welcome Luau is an outstanding opportunity to mingle with friends while dining on Hawaiian inspired appetizers and gearing up for the days ahead. We encourage you to wear your best surf and sun attire while enjoying the evening with live entertainment .

Schedule is regularly updated.

7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Attendee Self Registration & Credentialing of Delegates  •  California Ballroom Foyer

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast  •  California Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Opening General Session

The Road Ahead: The State of Our Sector  •  California Ballroom

Craig Cornett - CEO/President, CAHF

CAHF's CEO/President will share an overview of pertinent topics concerning SNFs and ICF/DDs, including a preview of where the sector may be heading in the next five years. Gain insight on COVID-19 recovery and outlook, and changes in the sector's laws and regulations at the federal and Sate levels. The sessions will also cover new state Medi-Cal reimbursement systems and related quality incentive progras; new state and federal workforce standards; workforce challenges (and what CAHF and AHCA are doing to address them); new state requirements per the upcoming CalAIM carve-in; the outcomes and implications of the 2022 elections for the long-term care sector; and more.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN/1

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

General - Keynote Speaker

Opening Keynote: Adaptability in a Changing Landscape  •  California Ballroom

Jay Samit - Author/Speaker

The internationally bestselling author will share 12 truths needed to thrive in this era of endless innovation. Thematically, the presenter will discuss topics addressed in his books, "Disrupt You!" and "Future Proofing You."


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM


Strengthening the Direct Support Workforce - Developmental Services Conference  •  Pueblo

Robert Espinoza - Executive Vice President of Policy, PHI

Direct support professionals are critical to the health and well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, despite their enormous value, these workers remain undervalued, poorly compensated - and they struggle with multiple barriers on the job and in their daily lives. This session will provide an overview of the direct support workforce, including its primary challenges. Learn why workers are leaving these jobs, and what it takes to improve recruitment and retention in the sector.


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM


Integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Long-Term Care  •  San Jacinto

Tim Vincent, MS, MFT California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center

Long-term care (LTC) providers can retain employees while providing a welcoming and prosperous environment for residents via the continued evolution and growth of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Hear all about the benefits and challenges of DEI in this presentation that will share data and recommendations concerning integrating the DEI initiatives in LTC.


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM


Readmissions, Transfers and Discharges – Ways to Ensure Compliance  •  Mojave Learning Center

  • Holly Johnson, JD - Attorney, Law Office of Holly L. Johnson, Inc.
  • Liz Tyler, JD - Attorney, Tyler & Wilson, LLP

As of Jan. 1, there is a new hearing process concerning facility readmissions, transfers and discharges, and increased penalties for failure to follow it. Hear how you can prepare for the discharge and readmission appeal process. 


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM


Enhanced Care Management & Community Supports  •  Santa Rosa

Anwar Zoueihid - Vice President, Long-Term Services & Supports, Partners in Care Foundation

A significant aspect of CalAIM is the support provided for Enhanced Care Management and Community Supports, which is designed to offer alternative care sites – and when possible - divert Medi-Cal beneficiaries from institutionalized care. Learn more about CalAIM, Community Supports, and the upcoming Enhanced Care Management population of focus specific to Nursing Facility Transition/Diversion.


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Nurse Council Business Meeting  •  Andreas 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Associate Council Meeting  •  Palm Springs Convention Center - tables at end of aisle 100

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-In  •  Palm Springs Convention Center

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Exhibitors & Expo Only Badge Pick-Up  •  Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G & H

11:00 AM - 11:50 PM


Long-Term Care Services for LGBTQ+ Communities  •  San Jacinto

Tim Vincent - MS, MFT, California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center

Over three million older adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) in the United States. For many, the prospect of long-term care provokes fear and anxiety out of concern about mistreatment by residents and staff. Learn about the required elements for responding to the emerging needs of long-term care organizations to provide sensitive and respectful services to LGBTQ+ residents.

CE Hours: NHAP-P,BRN (1)

11:00 AM - 11:50 PM


Medi-Cal Audit Appeals: Substantive Issues and Procedural Pitfalls  •  Mojave Learning Center

  • Stanton Stock - Partner, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman
  • Mike Lesnick - Nursing Home Administrator, Axiom Healthcare

California’s unique Long-Term Care Reimbursement Act (AB 1629) was intended to reimburse providers in a manner that promotes quality care and decreases administrative inefficiency. However, Medi-Cal audits conducted by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) often result in inaccurate or inequitable findings. This discussion will review key substantive issues and potential pitfalls in Medi-Cal audit appeals to help providers receive the Medi-Cal reimbursement they are entitled to.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN, MCLE (1)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM


Polypharmacy in Older Adults: Team Approach to Optimizing Medications  •  Santa Rosa

  • Dev Naik, Pharm.D. - Consultant Pharmacist, Consonus Pharmacy
  • Vic Patel, Pharm.D. - Consultant Pharmacist, Consonus Pharmacy

Polypharmacy, the simultaneous use of multiple drugs to treat a single ailment or condition, has become an increasing area of concern for the elderly - especially those living in long-term care settings. An increase in medications taken by older adults is linked to a rise in adverse outcomes, including negative drug interactions, falls and hospitalizations. Learn how to identify polypharmacy and its contributing factors and how you can adopt an interdisciplinary team strategy to safely reduce potentially inappropriate medications.

CE Hours: NHAP-P, BRN (1)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Behavioral Health Roundtable •  Andreas

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Super Star Lunch  •  California Ballroom

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Multi/Non Prop/IO Meeting  •  Andreas

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

AHCA Committee Representatives  •  Palm Springs Convention Center, Agua Caliente

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Expo Open with Happy Hour Munchies & More  •  Palm Springs Convention Center

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

CAHF House of Delegates 1  •  Primrose A/B Convention Center

The House of Delegates, an assembly of provider members representing CAHF’s 19 chapters in California,  conducts its annual business meeting for the association. In Session 1, CAHF CEO/President Craig Cornett will address the State of the Association. Winners of the prestigious CAHF 2022 Del Callaway Administrative Excellence and Nurse of the Year awards will be announced, and nomination speeches for CAHF’s statewide officers and Regional Chairs (2 and 4) will occur. All non-credentialed attendees are welcome to sit in the gallery to hear the proceedings. If you are serving as a Delegate, please check in and get credentialed at the Attendee Self-Registration Desk in the California Ballroom Foyer.

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM (or immediately following the House of Delegates Session 1)

Tribute to Former CAHF CEO/President Jim Gomez  •  Primrose A/B Convention Center

Immediately following the House of Delegates 1, colleagues and friends will pay tribute to the late Jim Gomez: CAHF’s former CEO/President, by sharing the impactful lessons he made in the long-term care profession.

Schedule is regularly updated.

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Attendee Self Registration  & Credentialing of Delegates •  California Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Continental Breakfast  •  Primrose A/B Convention Center

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

CAHF House of Delegates 2  •  Primrose A/B Convention Center

The House of Delegates (HOD), an assembly of provider members representing CAHF's 19 chapters in California, conducts its annual business meeting for the association. The functions of HOD during Session 2 are to elect officers for the 2023 Board of Directors and vote on membership dues. The 2022 Patrons of the Association will be recognized for their generous sponsorship of CAHF activities.

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Exhibitor Access ONLY  •  Palm Springs Convention Center

9:00 AM - 2023 Priority Placement (ONLINE ONLY)

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Exhibitors & Expo Only Badge Pick-Up  •  Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G & H

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

RCI Taskforce Meeting  •  Andreas

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

General & Workforce

Building a CareForce  •  Primrose A/B Convention Center

  • Holly Johnson, JD Attorney, Law Office of Holly L. Johnson, Inc.
  • Liz Tyler, JD Attorney, Tyler & Wilson, LLP

As of Jan. 1, there is a new hearing process concerning facility readmissions, transfers and discharges, and increased penalties for failure to follow it. Hear how you can prepare for the discharge and readmission appeal process. This is the same session that was presented on Monday– if you have already attended, please let others have the opportunity to do so.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

PAC Board  •  Palm Springs Convention Center, Agua Caliente

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Expo Open with Chat 'n Chew Food Stations  •  Palm Springs Convention Center

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM


Skin Health and Its Impact on Reimbursement  •  Smoketree F

Chrystalbelle Rogers MSN, RN, CWCN, CENP - Director of Clinical Services Skin Health Post-acute, Medline

Are you stressed about improving outcomes with current staffing constraints? Prepare to meet the challenges faced by facilities today through the holistic approach to skin health. Find creative ways to improve patient and resident clinical outcomes and satisfaction while engaging and empowering staff through a cost-effective, evidence-based approach.

CE Hours: NHAP-P, BRN (1)

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM


Paper is Bad for Business: Compliance in a Digital Age  •  Mojave Learning Center

  • Jennifer Breen - Assistant Director of Reimbursement, CAHF
  • James McArthur - Customer Success Manager, Zipline

The skilled nursing sector is reliant on paper-based reporting to be compliant. However, the risk of this type of reporting is high due to inevitable human error resulting in non-compliance, fines, penalties and impacts to patient quality. Learn a more efficient way for SNFs to be compliant via redesigning workflows with technology, which can enhance your reputation, grow your facility, and avoid costly errors.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM


Creating an Employee-Centered Care Culture  •  Smoketree DE

Lorie S. Rodriguez Ed.D. -Vice President of Behavioral Health & Social Services, Rockport Healthcare Services

Workforce leadership has a significant impact on employee turnover. It is crucial for leaders to create a workplace culture that encourages employees to want to stay. This presentation will share tips on how to produce this type of atmosphere. Attendees will also complete a facility workforce self-assessment with action plans and utilize the workforce leadership skill toolkit to enhance leadership skills created by the CAHF GR Quality Improvement Subcommittee.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM


The Unrepresented Resident IDT: Working with the OPR​  •  Smoketree ABC

Chris Wilson RN, JD, MS, HEC-C - Director, Community Healthcare Ethics

This presentation will address the roles and responsibilities of both the facility interdisciplinary team (IDT) members and the Office of the Patient Representative (OPR) in preparing for and participating in the IDT meeting.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN, MCLE (1)

2:30 PM - 3:40 PM


One Voice  •  San Jacinto

Kathleen Wiessburg MS, OTD, OTR/L, CMDCP, CDPNational Director of Education, Select Rehabilitation

While communication within a team can be functional or even successful, an organization is ultimately measured by its ability to project a shared, unified voice across many such teams. Achieving this “one voice” can be a challenge. This session provides usable skills and insights to begin to bridge your silos, improve workforce efficiency and reach the pinnacle of organizational communication: one voice.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

2:30 PM - 3:40 PM


PDPM: ReZoom for Operational Success​  •  Santa Rosa

Maria Arrellano MS, RN, RAC-CT - Product Manager, Net Health

This session highlights a deeper dive into national Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) data, including the payment drivers that accumulated since October 2020. Learn from provider case studies and hear ideas for strategies to identify and address unfavorable trends and missed opportunities. Join us as we gain PDPM insights from the last three years to move forward with data driven decisions for a successful tomorrow.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

2:30 PM - 3:40 PM


Sharing Electronic Health Information  •  Mojave Learning Center

  • Andrea Frey - Attorney, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman
  • Barabara Philips - Consultant Coordinator, Anderson Health Information Consulting
  • Rhonda Anderson - President, Anderson Health Information Consulting

The 21st Century Cures Act and the implementing of federal Information Blocking Rules represent a significant milestone in the push for greater data interoperability and easier access to electronic health information (EHI). This session will provide a high-level summary of the rules as well as similar California data exchange efforts and their interplay with federal and state between privacy laws. The presenters will also share practical tips and suggestions on how to approach compliance.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN, MCLE (1)

3:40 PM - 4:30 PM


Using Data to Tell Your Story  •  Mojave Learning Center

  • Jennifer Breen - Assistant Director of Reimbursement, CAHF
  • DeAnn Walters - Director of Clinical Affairs, CAHF

Data can tell the story of great clinical outcomes, resident and staff engagement, and your focus on quality improvement. How do you want your story told? What data you should share, how best to use it, and to whom it should be shared with are the important questions to contemplate. This presentation will help you discover different formats to present data to enhance meaning and value.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

3:40 PM - 4:30 PM

Breakout - CAHF Members Only

Current Issues in Civil Liability  •  California Ballroom - Catalina & Madera

  • Bill Wilson - Attorney, Wilson Getty
  • Darryl Ross - Associate General Counsel, Mariner Health Care
  • Rima Badawiya - Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Mark Reagan (moderator and Lead) - General Counsel, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman

This session will explore current issues involving civil liability claims against SNFs and other long-term care providers from some of the most prominent defense attorneys in California. It will also cover trends of current claims and approaches as well as provide risk management tools.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN, MCLE (1)

3:40 PM - 5:15 PM

Chapter Presidents//Regional and Conference Chairs Meeting   •  Sierra/Ventura

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Dining with the Stars  •  Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn (Outdoors)

The glitz and glam of Hollywood are on full display during this special evening where the stars in the long-term care profession get their moment in the spotlight. This red carpet event features the announcement of this year’s winners in several award categories (Thomas E. Spindle, Nurse of the Year, and Del Callaway Administrative Excellence). Plus, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to congratulate CAHF’s new board members during the installation ceremony. A formal dinner will be served to guests, and Rembrandt is back by popular demand for live music and dancing. Tickets to this event must have been purchased by Nov. 4.

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Zip-Gala After Party​  •  Santa Rosa/San Jacinto

The fun continues at the After Party sponsored by Zipline at the Renaissance Hotel.

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Attendee Self Registration  •  California Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast  •  California Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Convention Committee  •  Andreas

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM


Countdown to CalAIM – A Panel Discussion​  •  California Ballroom - Catalina & Madera

Karen Widerynski (Moderator) - Managed Care Specialist, CAHF
Beau Hennemann - Director of Special Programs, CA Medicaid, Anthem
Sydney A. Turner - Director of Special Projects, Health Net
Katherine Barresi - RN, BSN, PHN, CCM Director Care Coordination, Partnership HealthPlan of California

On January 1, all residents in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will be carved into managed care plans as this phase of the Department of Health Care Services’ California Advancing & Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) is implemented. Representatives from three California health plans will discuss plan readiness, review the opportunities and challenges for SNFs, and address provider concerns. The panel will also share what managed care organizations are doing to improve patient care in the Medi-Cal expansion in 2023 and beyond.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM


Public Health & Prevention: A State Perspective  •  California Ballroom - Catalina & Madera

Tomas Aragón - State Public Health Officer, Director, California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH)

Using a population health science approach, CDPH addresses the ever-evolving changes of public health crises ranging from emerging infectious diseases, health disparities, chronic disease impacts, climate change, and more. This session will address the role CDPH has in promoting and protecting the health of Californians and emerging public health topics from the perspective of the State Public Health Officer.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN (1)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Pathways to Success – AB 1629, WQIP and Workforce Standards​  •  California Ballroom - Catalina & Madera

  • Craig Cornett - CEO/President, CAHF
  • Mark Reagan - General Counsel, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman
  • Jeff Sandman - Director of Reimbursement, CAHF
  • Jennifer Breen - (Moderator), Assistant Director of Reimbursement, CAHF

This panel will cover details of the updated Medi-Cal SNF rates for 2023 and beyond, including effects of workforce standards and the new Workforce Quality Incentive Program (WQIP). Learn how you can prepare to meet workforce standards and be successful in WQIP.

CE Hours: NHAP, BRN, MCLE (1)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Government Relations Committee  •  Sierra/Ventura

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

CAHF Board of Directors Meeting  •  Sierra/Ventura