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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.​


* AHCA/NCAL is currently finalizing some of the speakers for this event. 

(All sessions are held in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.)


 Wednesday, November 12

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; Kathleen Collins Pagels, Executive Director, Arizona Health Care Association, Phoenix, AZ

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: Lessons in Leadership

Mark King, Innovation Expert, President of adidas Group North America and Chairman of the TaylorMade Golf Company

Many people in business today are thrown into leadership positions with very little training. Although Mark was highly successful at running sales forces, once he assumed the role of President & Chairman he quickly realized his experience as a sales leader didn’t fully prepare him for the daily battles of leading a global company in a tough market. Mark shares with his audiences how a deeply passionate salesman used the skills he mastered as a sales professional and how he acquired the other skills needed to successfully re-energize TaylorMade, turn it around, and grow it into a market leader. 

​6:30pm - 8:45pm - Welcome Reception and Dinner  (on property - Cayton's Restaurant)

9:00pm - 11:00pm - After Dinner Lounge  (on property - Kiva Room)


 Thursday, November 13

7:30am - 8:00am - Breakfast (Ritz-Carlton Ballroom Terrace)

8:00am - 9:15am - What's Happening in Washington? A Post-Election Legislative and PAC Update

​Mark Parkinson, Pre​sident & CEO AHCA/NCAL, Washington, DC; Clifton Porter, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, AHCA/NCAL, Washington, DC; Jim McCrery, Partner, CapitolCounsel, LLC, Washington, DC

9:15am –10:45am Changes to Five Star in 2015
Mark Parkinson, Pre​sident & CEO AHCA/NCAL, Washington 

9:15am - 10:45am - The Impact of Demographic and Technological Advances on the Future of Long Term Care

Moderator: Mike Cheek, Sr. VP, Finance Policy & Legal Affairs, AHCA, Washington, DC
Panelists: Anne Tumlinson, Chief Strategist, Anne Tumlinson Innovations, LLC, Washington, DC; Katy Fike, PhD, Partner, Generator Ventures, Co-Founder, Aging2.0, San Francisco, CA

10:45am - 11:00am - AHCA/NCAL Payment Reform Task Force Update

Steve Cavanaugh
, Executive Vice President and COO, HCR ManorCare, Toledo, OH; James Gomez, President, California Association of Health Facilities, Sacramento, CA

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

  • Golf Outing –Shotgun start at 12:30pm.  The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is located  a short shuttle ride from the hotel’s lobby. Shuttles start departing at 11:30am from the hotel’s main lobby to play the Saguaro (Par 36 and 3,894 yards) & Tortolita (Par 36 and 3,955 yards) championship golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. (Limited to 40 participants)

  • Wine Pairing Experience – Arizona Wines, 12:00pm-2:00pm CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, Enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert on a 4 x 4 adventure! On – property(Limited to 40 participants)​
  • Outdoor Experience: Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour Departure at 12:30pm, meet at Hotel’s front lobby. Enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert on a 4 x 4 adventure! Off – property. Includes Boxed Lunch (Limited to 20 participants.) 
6:15pm - 8:45pm - Reception and Dinner (on property - Turquesa Latin Grill)
9:00pm - 11:00pm - After Dinner Lounge (on property - Turquesa Latin Grill)


 Friday, November 14

7:30am - 8:00am - Breakfast 

8:15am - 9:15am - Designing Buildings to Meet the Needs of Future LTC Consumers 

Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA, Chief Development Officer, Vetter Health Services, Inc., Elkhorn, Nebraska; Tim Huber, Director of Development, Ramsey Development, Tell City, IN; John Savitski, AIA LEED-AP, Architect, JW Design, Royal Oak, MI

9:15am – 10:15am - Managing Cultural Changes During Acquisitions

Don Robison, Managing Partner, metre22, Dallas, TX

10:15am – 11:30am - Ultra-High Therapy: What the Research Shows, and How it Might Impact the Future of SNF PPS 

Dan Ciolek, Senior Director, Therapy Advocacy, AHCA Washington, DC; co presenter confirmation pending

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.