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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 Sponsor Recognition

Opening General Session
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.​

Sponsor Social Break
Location: Stuio Foyer

​Sponsor Recognition
Location: Galerie 1&2​


Sponsor Recognition
Location: Galerie 1&2​

“Owner to Owner” Town Hall
Location: Galerie 1&2

Facilitator: Jeff Call, Focus & Execute

Networking Dinner


 Thursday, March 15

Breakfast and Registration

​Washington Update​

Sponsor Social 
Concurrent Sessions

Driving the Right Census: Retooling Care Offerings to Fit the Changing Senior Living Marketplace

Speaker:  Gaurie Rodman, Direct Supply Aptura

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.

How to Create Financial Opportunity in an Uncertain Payment Reform Environment

Speaker:  Pamela Pelizzari, Milliman

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.

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

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

Breakfast and Registration

​Concurrent Sessions

The Evolution of the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Model: Examining Trends and Opportunities for Successful Partnerships

Speaker:  Alexis Bortniker, Foley & Lardner, LLP

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.

How to Become a High Performing Organization

Speaker: Maureen McCarthy, Celtic Consulting

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.


Closing General Session

Think Outside the Shoe

Keynote Speaker:  Jessica Cox 
As the first armless pilot, Jessica 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. ​