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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 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. ​

* Slides from education session presentations shall be posted on this page closer to the conference dates if the scheduled speaker provides them and grants permission for their distribution. ​


 Wednesday, November 16

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; Fred Benjamin, COO, Medicalodges Inc., Coffeyville, KS

4:00pm – 5:00pm

What’s Happening in Washington? 

In this always popular session, Mark Parkinson and Clifton J. Porter, II, provide an update on current and future Congressional policy initiatives that have an impact on the membership. The Honorable Blanche Lincoln of Lincoln Policy Group and The Honorable Jim McCrery, Capitol Counsel LLC, round out the panel and Bob Russell, founding partner with The Simmons & Russell Group.  


5:00pm – 6:00pm

Thriving in Times of Chaos and Change

Rich Karlgaard, Economic & Business Innovation Thought Leader, Publisher, and Columnist for Forbes Entrepreneur, and Author 

As Publisher of Forbes magazine, Rich Karlgaard writes a biweekly column known for its witty and honest assessment of current business issues. More than just a business journalist, Karlgaard as a private investor and board director understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. Rich is also the author of Team Genius, which focuses on management strategy, and The Soft Edge. On stage he shares insights ranging from politics to the economy to relevant business strategies that help people to see the global marketplace with new eyes and what it means for the American economy.

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner (Ocean Lawn - on property)

9:00pm – 11:00pm

​After Dinner Lounge (The Courtyard - on property)


 Thursday, November 17

7:30am – 8:00am

Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer and Courtyard

8:00am – 8:50am

Reimbursement Issues Update

Brent T. Feorene, MBA, Vice President of Integrative Delivery Models with Health Dimensions Group (HDG) will provide updates on key reimbursement policy issues including recent development in alternative payment models, managed care market penetration, early results from the CJR bundle program, and more. 


9:00am –10:00am

​Strategies for Success from High Performing Providers

Do you have long-tenured administrators? Has your team successfully lowered your re-hospitalization rates? Have you made strides in managing staff turnover?  Mark Parkinson leads a panel discussion with the CEOs of three provider companies. Glenn Van Ekeren, President, Vetter Health Service, Garen Cox, President & CEO, Medicalodges, Inc., and Barry Port, Chief Operating Officer, Ensign Services, Inc., will share how they worked with their teams to tackle these common challenges and how success in these areas shaped or were shaped by their corporate cultures. 

10:00am – 11:00am
Strategies for Staff Stability in a Multi-generational Workforce 

Lindsey Pollak is widely recognized as the leading expert on the millennial generation in the workplace. Lindsay’s sessions offer practical and actionable advice on how members of all generations can thrive in today’s multigenerational work environment.

Morning Sessions End – Transition to Afternoon Activities 

Afternoon Activities (additional registration fees apply)

  • Golf OutingPelican Hill Golf Club​(Off-property at Pelican Hill Resort)  
  • Wine Pairing Experience –(Loft North - on property)
  • Sailing Experience – (Dana Point Harbor - off property)

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner - (Studio Restaurant -on property)

9:00pm – 11:00pm

After Dinner Lounge - (Studio Restaurant Fire Pit - on property)


 Friday, November 18

7:30am – 8:00am

BreakfastGrand Ballroom Foyer and Courtyard

8:00am – 8:10am

​Impact of ANCC RN Certification on Quality in Nursing Facilities

Dave Kyllo, Vice President, Insurance and Member Programs, AHCA/NCAL shares how facilities with ANCC certified nurses are twice as likely to be 5-star. 

8:10am – 8:55am

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

Join Robert G. Kramer, CEO of the National Investment Center (NIC) as discusses the NIC data, what it is, what it means, and how we can prepare for upcoming changes. 

8:55am – 10:30am

Risk Management Round Up​

During this session we will take a look at three key risk management issues facing providers.
  • ​​8:45am – 9:45am            It's a Mad, Mad Cyber World

    Sarah Swale and Darin M. Sands, Shareholders with Lane Powell takes a look social media abuses and cyber security and their impact on our sector. 

  • ​​​9:45am – 10:30am        Active Shooter/Workplace Violence


Conference concludes​

​Thank you for joining us.


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

April 26-28, 2017

Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, FL