AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo kicks off with catered constituency education
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – More than 200 assisted living professionals attended the 11th Annual NCAL Day today, a day-long educational event preceding the 68th Annual American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Convention & Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The annual convention comes two weeks after the Las Vegas mass shooting, which killed 58 people and wounded hundreds.
“After any tragedy, we find that we are stronger when we come together,” said NCAL Board Chair Chris Mason. “We’re not going to let this horrible event prevent us from living our lives, or especially, keep us from finding ways to better serve our residents.”
NCAL Day featured the association’s leadership addressing attendees about the latest issues in Washington, D.C. and encouraging members to take advantage of the AHCA/NCAL’s quality and data collection resources.
“Assisted living is not exempt from impact at the national level, as we’ve seen this year when talks of Medicaid reform arose,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “We must remain vigilant to ensure Congress understands our role within the long term care continuum, and that we continue to demonstrate our commitment to quality care.”
NCAL Day education sessions encouraged assisted living providers to think outside the box in the areas of clinical care, quality improvement, dementia care and organizational excellence. The opening keynote speaker Dr. Rishi Manchanda, a public health innovator, shared breakthrough solutions to reinvigorate health care by addressing the social and environmental conditions at the source of illness. Additionally, NCAL Day honored the 2017 recipients of the NCAL Awards Program and the Jan Thayer Pioneer Award at a special ceremony. NCAL Day closed with a panel of assisted living providers, diverse in their operational size, discussing key issues for the profession.
This first day of the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo held additional day-long educational programming for therapy providers, presented jointly with the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL). Sunday also offered intensive sessions on the Requirements of Participation for skilled nursing centers, dementia care, and workshops on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards Program.