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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 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. 

*All education sessions are held at the
New Orleans Marriott

 Wednesday, March 14

Registration Opens
Location: Preservation Hall Foyer
Welcome and Opening General Session
​Location: Galerie 1 & 2
Leadership Lessons…from an Old Guy
Speaker:  Glenn Van Ekeren, Vetter Health Services, Inc.

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 in which people work. Hear strategies for moving your team into the future.​

Marketplace Meet Up – Studio Foyer​
“Owner to Owner” Town Hall
Location: Galerie 1&2

In this always popular session, owners from around the country discuss challenges and best practices pertinent to the current operating environment.
Facilitator: Jeff Call, Focus & Execute

Networking Dinner
Bourbon Vieux
501 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130​


 Thursday, March 15


LocationPreservation Hall Foyer

Breakfast - Galerie 1 & 2

What's Happening in Washington?
Location: Galerie 1 & 2

This session provides and update on recent legislative activity as well as a look ahead at what’s happening in Congress.
Speakers: The Honorable Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group; The Honorable Jim McCrery, Capital Counsel; Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO and Clifton Porter, II, AHCA Senior Vice President of Government Relations​

Marketplace Meet Up – Studio Foyer​
Concurrent Sessions

Driving the Right Census: Retooling Care Offerings to Fit the Changing Senior Living Marketplace
Location: Galerie 1 & 2

As the industry transitions from serving the “Silent Generation” to attracting the “Boomer Generation”, are you ready for higher levels of acuity, consumer-driven programming, alternative payment models, industry partnerships and technology integration?  Learn how to analyze your current operations and profile who you serve today.  Understand who you will be serving tomorrow.  Align and grow your operations to provide services to both generations.  Learn ways to be flexible, adaptable and transformational in a shifting marketplace.
Speaker:  Gaurie Rodman, Direct Supply Aptura​

How to Create Financial Opportunity in an Uncertain Payment Reform Environment
Location: Studio 9 & 10

A former Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation leader and payment reform expert will explain the drivers of payment reform and how to apply this understanding to a specific company's situation.  Learn to interpret how various alternative payment models may influence a company and their service offerings in the next 12 to 36 months.  Develop an action plan for creating revenue opportunities in an uncertain payment reform environment.
Speaker:  Pamela Pelizzari, Miliman; Erin Smith, Cardinal Health


Afternoon Networking Activities​
 more info​
(additional registration fees apply)

Shuttle bus pick-up/drop off at the Canal Street front entrance of the New Orleans Marriott

Mardi Gras World
See the real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras during this thee-hour tour.  

National World War II (WWII) Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world.  ​

New Orleans School of Cooking
Visit the Andiamo Restaurant in the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and enjoy a wine and food pairing by the hotel's sommelier.


 Friday, March 16


Location: Preservation Hall Foyer​

Breakfast Galerie 1 & 2 

​Concurrent Sessions

The Evolution of the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Model: Examining Trends and Opportunities for Successful Partnerships
Location: Stuido 1 & 2

ACOs continue to grow in number and popularity across the country.  As ACO options expand, so do the opportunities and implications for providers looking to partner.  Understand the evolution of provider risk-sharing models, with emphasis on the Medicaid ACO and the Next Generation ACO model, which seeks to give providers even more tools to manage the care of their aligned beneficiaries.  Discuss national trends and the impact ACOs are having on the management and utilization of post-acute care services.
Speaker: Torrey K. Young Foley & Lardner, LLP

How to Become a High Performing Organization
Location: Studio 9 & 10

Examine how to prepare rather than what to prepare for.  Build on the basic components of SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) and SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measures and understand how these programs influence payments.  Learn how to provide best practice solutions on utilizing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) to improve outcomes.  Analyze downstream partners to improve claims-based measures such as rehospitalizations, emergency department use, and successful discharges to the community.
Speaker: Maureen McCarthy, Celtic Consulting

************Networking Break***********​

Closing General Session

Think Outside the Shoe
Location: Galerie 1 & 2
As the first armless pilot, Jessica Cox embodies the spirit of adaptability.  She provides critical insight on how best to approach a challenge, redefining the concept of innovative thinking.  Jessica believes in combining creativity, desire, persistence, and fearlessness; with them, nothing is impossible.  Listen to her journey of learning to fly with her feet that began on the playground as a little girl learning to tie her shoes. ​