Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Key Educational Day-Long Programing Events Held at Convention for AHCA/NCAL’s LTC Providers

Dana Halvorson, Rachel Reeves and Daniel Ciolek

AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual National Convention & Expo in DC this week, AHCA/NCAL held a variety of day-long educational programming events for its long term and post-acute care providers. On Sunday, Oct. 5, a day was held specifically for NCAL members, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) providers, and Therapy providers.

NCAL Day welcomed more than 250 assisted living owners, operators and vendor partners to discover ways to enhance leadership skills as well as person-centered care. Beyond keynote speakers and education sessions geared specifically for assisted living providers, participants celebrated the 2014 NCAL Award Program winners at a special ceremony.

Those participating in a day for ID/DD providers had the opportunity to hear from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expert on the Agency’s work on the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IID) program, and from a Department of Justice expert on the Department’s work on policies and issues impacting ID/DD Residential Services Providers.

During a day for therapy providers, jointly presented by AHCA and the National Association for Long Term CARE (NASL) on Sunday, October 5, clinicians, managers, operators were provided an intensive and interactive program covering current therapy-related Medicare issues. In addition, CMS and other experts discussed various alternative payment models being proposed and tested, and the various important quality and policy research activities that AHCA and its members are undertaking to support such efforts. 

A day for Not for Profit Providers was held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and participants heard from both CMS and VA experts on policies and issues impacting the LTC world.

Be sure to mark your calendars for AHCA/NCAL’s 66th Annual National Convention & Expo being held next year from October 4-7, 2015, in San Antonio, TX.  

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