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Education and Agenda



​The current agenda offers 7 continuing education credits (CEUs) for nursing home administrators, assisted living administrators, and urses. Individuals seeking approval for all other professional licensures must file independently and should contact Teresa Eyet, AHCA/NCAL Senior Director, Educational Development, for the materials needed.​​


 Wednesday, November 8

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Welcome, Introductions, and Sponsor Recognition

Fred Benjamin, AHCA/NCAL Regional Multifacility Council Chair, President LTC Division, Lexington Health Network; Kathleen Collins Pagels, Executive Director, Arizona Health Care Association ​

3:00pm – 4:30pm

What’s Happening in Washington? 

In this always popular session, Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL and Clifton J. Porter, II, AHCA/NCAL’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations will provide an update on the last year’s legislative activity as well as a look ahead at what’s happening in Congress. Joining Mark and Clif will be Kyle Simmons, Partner at Simmons Russell Group, Bob Russell, Partner at Simmons Russell Group and The Honorable Jim McCrery, Partner at Capitol Counsel. 

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Keynote Speaker – Oz Pearlman

Oz Pearlman amazed the country on TV’s #1 rated show, America’s Got Talent. Week after week, he performed mind-blowing mentalism routines never seen before and quickly became a fan favorite, winning third place out of thousands of acts. His client list reads like a who's who of politicians, professional athletes, A-list celebrities, and Fortune 500 companies. Oz’s other television appearances have aired on both national and international networks, including appearances on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the TODAY Show.​

*****Break Before Dinner*****

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Kiva Room & Sunset Lawn – The Golf Club at Dove Mountain

9:00pm – 11:00pm

​​After Dinner Lounge
Kiva Room & Patio – The Golf Club at Dove Mountain


 Thursday, November 9

7:30am – 8:00am

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom Terraces​

8:00am – 10:15am

The Two Big Unfixables – Aging and Dying. A Discussion about Being Mortal

During the session, we will screen the FRONTLINE documentary that follows renowned writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for those in aging decline, chronic disease, and the dying.  It shows how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited, and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. Following the screening we will hear from Phil Fogg, Jr., President & CEO of the Marquis Companies and Consonus Healthcare, Gail Sheridan, Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Tealwood Senior Living, and Dr. David Gifford, AHCA/NCAL’s Senior Vice President for Quality and Regulatory on the importance of these discussions in long term care settings and how to incorporate them into your care culture.

Note: there will be a 10-minute break after the screening and before the discussion begins

10:15am –11:15am

Risk Bearing Opportunities

At the Spring, 2017 conference, we presented a session that dealt with participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Another risk bearing opportunity can be found in DSNIPs and ISNIPs, David Norsworthy, CEO, Central Arkansas Nursing Centers, Jason Lee, CEO, Arkansas Superior Select/Tribute Health Plans, and Cleo Kitt, Director of Special Projects-Operations and Executive Director of LifeWorks Advantage will discuss the challenges and benefits to being your own managed care company.


Morning Sessions End – Transition to Afternoon Activities 

Afternoon Activities​ (additional registration fees apply)

  • Golf Outing 
  • Wine Pairing Experience
  • Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour

Please check the conference app for complete event details​​.
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner 
Turquesa Latin Grill​ (On Property)

9:00pm – 11:00pm

After Dinner Lounge
Turquesa Latin Grill​​ (On Property)​


 Friday, November 10

7:30am – 8:00am

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom Terraces

8:00am – 9:00am

What the Senior Executive Team Need to Know about the New CMS Survey Process

Dr. David Gifford, AHCA’s Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs will provide information on the new CMS survey process. 

9:00am – 10:00am

The Latest Occupancy and Rate Data and What It Means for the Future 

Join Robert G. Kramer, Founder and Strategic Advisor, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) as he discusses the NIC data, what it is, what it means, and how we can prepare for upcoming changes.



Conference concludes​​


AHCA/NCAL 2018 Spring Conference for Multifacility CEOs and Senior Executive Leaders

April 25-27, 2018

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort, Amelia Island, FL