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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. ​


 Wednesday, April 26

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Welcome, Introductions, and Sponsor Recognition

Glenn Van Ekeren, AHCA/NCAL Regional Multifacility Council Co-Chair, President, Vetter Health Services, Omaha, NE; Fred Benjamin, AHCA/NCAL Regional Multifacility Council Co-Chair, President LTC Division, Lexington Health Network, Lombard, IL​; Emmett Reed, President & CEO, Florida Health Care Association, Tallahassee, FL

4:30pm – 6:00pm

What’s Happening in Washington? 

In this always popular session, Mark Parkinson and Clifton J. Porter, II, provide an update on the First 100 Days of the new administration. and on what’s happening in Congress. Joining Mark and Clif will be The Honorable Haley Barbour, Partner BGR, Brian D. Ballard, President, Ballard Partners, and Bob Russell, Founding Partner with The Simmons & Russell Group. 


6:30pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner

9:00pm – 11:00pm

​After Dinner Lounge


 Thursday, April 27

7:30am – 8:00am


8:00am – 9:00am

Risk/Gain Sharing Opportunities for Skilled Nursing Providers

Jason Feuerman Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and Managed Care, Genesis HealthCare, will provide an overview of how PAC providers can participate in the BPCI world and the emerging opportunity of participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  Moreover, comparing and contrasting the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Medicare Advantage Institutional Special Needs program or I-SNP. 

9:00am - 9:15am


9:15am –10:15am

CJR: What Do We Know from the Initial Data

This session will examine early provider experience in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment demonstration. AHCA’s James Michel, Senior Director, Medicare Research & Reimbursement, will provide a look at what we know from trends in the most recent data, as well as a discussion of questions that remain unanswered. They will provide an overview of the strategies that both hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have employed in response to the CJR program, and the impacts they are having on SNF business. Speakers will also provide an overview of AHCA member resources on alternative payment models. 

 10:15am – 11:15am

​Leadership Lessons…from an Old Guy​

Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Health Services believes that leaders are the heartbeat of their organization. To inspire, you must be inspired. To motivate, you must be motivated. To lead, you must be prepared to greet the personal and professional demands of leading with confidence, determination and a dose of unquenchable passion. There are rejuvenating principles that will refresh your zest for leadership, revitalize your commitment to people and renew the culture people work in. You will hear strategies for moving your team into the future.​


Morning Sessions End – Transition to Afternoon Activities 

Afternoon Activities (additional registration fees apply)

  • Golf OutingTiburon Golf Course​ (on propert at Ritz-Carlton Resort)  
  • Wine Pairing Experience
  • Fishing Expedition 

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

Reception and Dinner

9:00pm – 11:00pm

After Dinner Lounge 


 Friday, April 28

7:30am – 8:00am


8:00am – 9:00am

​How to Create an Advantageous ACO Partnership

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are likely to continue to figure prominently in the health care space. Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) must continue to explore creative strategies to build viable relationships. This session, Shawn Matheson of Leavitt Partners LLC, will probe business strategies and value propositions for building successful SNF-ACO partnerships. Analysis will include: a) results from Leavitt Partner’s interviews of ACO leaders on their specific PAC strategies, b) a discussion of fraud & abuse and three-day waivers, c) a highlight of various SNF partnership frameworks. The session will also include an ACO’s presentation on their success with SNF optimization. Attendees will have an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

9:00am – 10:00am

Value Based Purchasing: Best Practices to Ensure Readiness in 2018

Dr. David Gifford, AHCA’s Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory, and Stacey Hord, Vice President of Operations and Quality at Golden Living and Chair of the AHCA Quality Improvement Committee, will share data with attendees on each of their Center’s rehospitalization rates and lead a panel discussion on strategies for operating in a value-based purchasing environment that focuses on rehospitalization and shorter Length of Stay. 

To take full advantage of the session, you should register your organization with Long Term Care Trend Tracker.  You can do so here​. ​

10:00am – 11:00am
How to Utilize Technology to Solve Your Workforce Headache

Healthcare organizations are facing tremendous challenges in recruiting, developing and retaining their clinical workforce. Our panel will explore multiple perspectives on how providers are developing career pathways starting with CNA programs that utilize technology to offer customizable pre-licensure education.
The panel will be moderated by John Reinhart, President Academic Platforms and will feature Steve Ackerson, CEO, Iowa Health Care Assocation, Todd Mahaffey, COO, Consulate Healthcare, Gary Marsh, Masonic Homes of Kentucky, and Jeanne Boschert, Nurse Educator & Author of AHCA’s How to Be a Nurse Assistant


Conference concludes​

​Thank you for joining us.


AHCA/NCAL Fall 2017 Conference for Multifacility CEOs and Senior Executive Leaders

November 8-10, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort, Marana, AZ