Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last Chance to Register for NCAL Day!

Katherine Preede

Do not miss the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of NCAL Day. Advance registration for the event ends today. NCAL Day has traditionally been a must-attend event for assisted living providers and the 2016 event is sure to exceed expectations.

Keynote speakers Dr. Manny Alvarez, Senior Managing Health Editor for Fox News and Jim Carroll, a futurist, trends and innovation expert, will share their thoughts and insider information on future trends and workforce challenges in the profession.

NCAL Day’s luncheon promises a moving ceremony recognizing the best in the assisted living profession. Awards will be bestowed to recipients of:

· NCAL Administrator of the Year

· NCAL Nurse of the Year

· NCAL Noble Caregiver of the Year

· NCAL National Assisted Living Week® Programming Award

· Jan Thayer Pioneer Award

Learn more about each NCAL Day education session below, and then register for Convention, making sure you add your ticket to NCAL Day as part of your package. Adding NCAL Day to your full meeting package only costs $195. For those only attending NCAL Day, members can purchase a ticket for $495, non-members for $645.

Emerging Regulatory & Policy Trends in Assisted Living

Speaker: Paula Carder, PhD, Associate Professor at Portland State University Institute on Aging

This session will include an overview of the ASPE Compendium, which is a comprehensive review of assisted living regulations in each state including trends and changes. An overview of emerging trends including new payment models, the importance of data in working with other providers, and other changes in the industry.

Innovations in Benchmarking


· Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Co-Director, Program on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

· Pat Giorgio, MPS, President /CEO, Evergreen Estates, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

· Lindsay Schwartz, PhD, Senior Director, Workforce & Quality Improvement, National Center for Assisted Living

Measurement and quality improvement has lagged in assisted living. To address this shortcoming, an environmental scan was conducted to identify and evaluate evidence-based tools (measures and instruments) for quality improvement in assisted living and other health and long term care settings, with a priority focus on five domains: person-centered care, medication management, resident/patient quality outcomes, care coordination/transitions, and workforce.

The Future of Technology in Assisted Living


· Jim Walker, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Inworks Servicing, LLC

· Steve Schwartz, CEO, Wave Sensor, Inc.

· Amy Johnson, Co-Founder , LifeLoop

· Jim Bridges, MHA, CEO, PayRight Health Solutions, LLC

As assisted living and senior care continue to change and evolve, so do the needs surrounding technology both for providers and residents. During this session, attendees will hear from three leading companies in the technology space on what innovations and changes are on the horizon for assisted living and how providers can ensure their operations keep up with the demand and need to be cutting edge.

Affordability in Assisted Living


· Rod Burkett, CEO, Gardant Management Solutions, Inc, Eastern Illinois Unversity

· Wayne Smallwood, Executive Director, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition, Southern Illinois University

There is a growing need to make more assisted living available as the country braces for the unprecedented number of seniors that will require housing with services in the next 15 years. This session will provide a blueprint for how develop and operate assisted living for all income levels, but especially those seniors with low to moderate incomes.

Learn more about the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo this October 16-19 in Nashville at

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