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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 Senior Director, Educational Development for the materials needed.​​


* AHCA/NCAL is currently finalizing some of the speakers for this event, and speakers are subject to change without notice. ​

(All Education Sessions will take place in the Oriental Ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas)

 Wednesday, November 11

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Welcome, Introductions, and Sponsor Recognition

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, Vice President, Nexcare Health Systems, LLC, Brighton, MI; Daniel Mathis, President & CEO, Nevada Health Care Association

4:00pm – 5:00pm

What’s Happening in Washington? 

Mark Parkinson, President & CEO, AHCA/NCAL, Washington DC; Clifton J. Porter, II, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, AHCA/NCAL, Washington, DC; Dan Elling, Senior Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird, LLP, Washington, DC; Haley Barbour, Founding Partner, BGR Group, Washington, DC


5:00pm – 6:00pm

Sabato's Crystal Ball

Larry Sabato, PhD, Author, Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

What does it take to know election results before the race happens? How can you predict the winners  with 99% accuracy  of every congressional, senatorial, and gubernatorial race in the country, while also predicting the Electoral College count with the smallest possible margin of error? Only one man in the country knows the answers to those questions, Dr. Larry Sabato. Larry Sabato provides expert knowledge of what is coming down the pike, preparing us for the changing of the guard in Washington and across the nation. He bridges the gap between rhetoric and reality, showing audiences how the art of politics and the science of the American voting psyche will come together to produce our nation’s next batch of leaders.​

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner - ​8th Floor Pool (on property)

9:00pm – 11:00pm

​After Dinner Lounge - 604 Suite (on property)


 Thursday, November 12

7:30am – 8:00am


8:00am – 11:15am

Competitive Market Advantage: How to be Attractive to Third Party Payers

Facilitator: Ellen Lukens, Senior Vice President, Avalere Health, Washington, DC

ACO Panelists: Michael Hensley, Chief Marketing Officer; Kristen Thrun, Administrator, Burgess Square Healthcare & Rehabilitation Centre, Westmont, IL; Patricia O'Dea-Evans, MS, RN, LCPC, CCM, Post-Acute Network Manager, Advocate Healthcare, ACO Administration, Downers Grove, IL    

​Medicare Managed Care Panelists: (panelist confirmation pending)

Medicare Fee for Service Panelists: (panelist confirmation pending)

This session will begin with an overview by Ellen Lukens of the key factors necessary to be a viable partner in any payment network including infrastructure, contracting, and outcomes.  After the overview, a checklist of the specific “must haves” and strategy points will be discussed for each of three payment networks: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Medicare Advantage – Medicare Managed Care, and Medicare Fee-for-Service – Hospitals Part A. Each network will be addressed separately by providers and payers who have had success in building partnerships. There will be ample time for Q&A and there will be a 15-minute break.


8:00am – 8:15am

AHCA and NCAL Updates

AHCA and NCAL Board Chairs will provide updates​


Morning Sessions End – Transition to Afternoon Activities

Afternoon Activities

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner - Mandarin Bar (on property)

9:00pm – 11:00pm

After Dinner LoungeMandarin Bar (on property)


 Friday, November 13

7:45am – 8:15am


8:15am – 8:30am

Group Feedback Session  

For those conference attendees whose schedules permit, our regular, informal “post-conference debriefing.” Your comments provide AHCA/NCAL staff with invaluable feedback in order to continually improve our conference’s program content and format.

8:30am – 10:30am

The Professional and Personal World of CyberSpace

Corey Perlman, Social Media Expert and Best-Selling Author of eBoot Camp

Perlman will discuss how to operate successfully in cyberspace, how to understand and manage your digital profile and footprint, and how to protect your company and yourself from the negative aspects of online interactions. ​