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Education and Agenda



Continuing education (CEUs) have been requested for approval for nursing home administrators, assisted living administrators, and nurses. Individuals seeking approval for all other professional licensures must file independently and should contact Teresa Eyet, AHCA Director, Educational Development for the materials needed.​

Preliminary Agenda*

* AHCA/NCAL is currently finalizing education sessions and speakers for this event. The final agenda should be ready in early February.

(All education sessions take place in the Salon 3 Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton)


 Wednesday, April 9

Education Sessions
4:00pm - 4:45pm - Welcome, Introductions, and Sponsor Recognitions

Glenn Van Ekeren, AHCA/NCAL Regional Multifacility Council Co-Chair, President, Vetter Health Services, Omaha, NE; Gail Clarkson, AHCA/NCAL Regional Multifacility Council Co-Chair, CEO, The Medilodge Group, Washington, MI

4:45pm – 5:00pm - Remarks from AHCA and NCAL Board Chairs
Leonard Russ, AHCA Chair, Managing Partner/Administrator, Bayberry Care Center, New Rochelle, NY; 
Pat Giorgio, NCAL Chair, President, Evergreen Estates, Cedar Rapids, IA
5:00pm – 6:00pm - Keynote Address - Governor Haley Barbour

​6:30pm - 8:45pm - Welcome Reception and Dinner  (on property - Main Pool/Ocean Bar & Grill)

9:00pm - 11:00pm - After Dinner Lounge  (on property - Eight, Sports Lounge)


 Thursday, April 10

7:30am - 8:00am - Breakfast (Salon 3 Foyer)

8:00am - 9:00am - What's Happening in Washington? Legislative Issues Update

Mark Parkinson, President & CEO; Clifton Porter, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, AHCA/NCAL, Washington, DC; Jim McCrery, Partner, CapitolCounsel, LLC, Washington, DC; Fran Kirley, President, Nexion Healthcare, Sykesville, MD; Norman Estes, President, Northport Health Services, Tuscaloosa, AL  

9:00am - 10:00am - The Evolution of Bundling as a Payment Model
James Michel, Director, Medicare Research & Reimbursement, AHCA, Washington, DC

10:00am - 11:15am - Maintaining Census with New Payment Models 
Ellen LukensAvalere, Washington, DC

11:15am - Morning Sessions End - Transition to Afternoon Activities
Afternoon Activities
(Limited number of participants) 

  • Spouse/Guest Activity Coastal Nature Walk (Off-property 9:30am-11:00 am- Complimentary. Meet at Hotel’s Front Lobby for Departure at 9:30am. All spouses and guests welcome) 
  • Golf Outing –(Shotgun start at 12:30pm)  The Golf Club of Amelia Island is located  steps away from the hotel’s main lobby. We will walk over at 11:45am from the hotel’s main lobby and play the18-hole championship golf course designed by Mark McCumber and Gene Littler.  It is a Par 72 course , with 6,692 yards. (Limited to 40 participants)
  • Wine Pairing Experience Salt Restaurant (On property 12:00pm-2:00pm. Includes Lunch. Limited to 40 participants)
  • Fishing ExpeditionEnjoy fishing near the jetties off the Inter-coastal Waterway (Off – property. Meet at Hotel’s Front Lobby for departure at 12 Noon. Limited to 15 participants)

6:15pm - 8:45pm - Reception and Dinner (on property - North Beach)
9:00pm - 11:00pm - After Dinner Lounge (on property - Eight, Sports Lounge)


 Friday, April 11

7:30am - 8:00am - Breakfast 

8:15am - 9:15am - The Future of Medicine: There's an App for That

Daniel Kraft, a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator, offers a revealing preview of the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by an era of digital medicine, where new tools, tests and apps bring diagnostic information to the patient's bedside. Kraft deftly helps audiences understand how health and medical technology will empower the patient, enable the doctor, enhance wellness, and begin to cure the well before they get sick.

9:15am – 10:15am - Proven Models to Achieve 2015 Customer and Staff Satisfaction Quality Initiative Goals

Bryan Williams, PhD, President, BW Enterprises, Bowie, MD

10:15am – 11:30am - A Culture of High Performance: Achieving Higher Quality at a Lower Cost

Quint Studer, Founder and President, The Studer Group, Gulf Breeze, FL

Conference concludes at 11:30am

Important Note:  For those conference attendees whose schedules permit, our regular, informal “post-conference debriefing” session will be held during breakfast on Friday from 7:45am – 8:00am.  Your comments provide AHCA/NCAL staff with invaluable feedback in order to continually improve our conference’s program content and format.