Florida’s Advocate for Long Term Care
Providers and the Elders They Serve

Nurse Leadership Program Meet the Speakers

                                                    

 

Deborah Afasano

Deborah Afasano, BSN, RNC,CDONA, HCRM  is a certified Director of Nurses, a certified end of life ELNEC trainer, and a health care risk manager. Her diverse nursing background spans over 40 years in acute and long term care settings. Debbie is currently the Vice President of Clinical Services for KR Management, LLC with skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Florida. She is a former governor appointee to the Florida Center for Nursing, and the founding chair of the FHCA Senior Clinicians Council. Debbie is the 2011 recipient of the NADONA Spirit of Nursing Presidents Award, and an inductee into the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

Pre-Session:
Alzheimer’s Training
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

Melody Arnold

Melody Arnold is currently the Associate Director of Government Affairs for the Florida Health Care Association. Previously, she held the title of Government Affairs Manager. Prior to joining the Association, Melody served in various roles for the Republican Party of Florida and then went on to work in the Florida’s Executive Office of the Governor. She is a fourth generation alumnus of Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

 

 

Legislative Update

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

 

Jodi Bennett

Jodi Bennett is a central Florida native with an education in Psychology and Criminology from The Florida State University. Jodi’s passion for working with survivors of human trafficking began during her work with the Florida Department of Children and Families as an Investigator. In 2014 Jodi assisted in the opening of The Porch Light safe home and operated as the homes first Supervisor. Jodi now functions as The Director of The Porch Light and oversees the Voices for Florida Open Doors Outreach Network team within Central Florida.

 

 

Special Session: Human Trafficking

Thursday, May 31, 2018
2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

 

Robin Bleier

Robin A. Bleier is President of RB Health Partners, Inc., a clinical, risk, Medicare and operations consultancy firm that consults with FHCA on quality affairs. Robin is a featured state and national presenter, a special topics advisor to the FHCA Quality Foundation, immediate post Chair of the FHCA Emergency Preparedness Council, immediate post chair of the FHC PAC, past executive board member of FADONA, a vested long term care advocate through her volunteerism and affiliation with numerous professional committees, and Consultant to FHCA Quality Affairs Department. She is the FHCA RAI-PPS Certificate/ Endorsement Program Educator, and has been educating on this and other topics since 1998.

 

 

Integrating Quality Assessment and Assurance, QAPI into Successful Risk Outcomes
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Developing Your Successful Elopement Prevention and Response Plans
Friday, June 1, 2018
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 

Julie Britton

Julie Britton has spent the last 32 years working in post-acute and long term care settings. Julie began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and returned to school to obtain her Associate Degree in Nursing from L.S.U. then went to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Temple University and from there went and obtained her Master’s Degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Gwynedd Mercy University where she was awarded the Nurse Excellence Award from Sigma Theta Tau. In 2011 Julie was one of 14 nurses selected nationwide to participate and complete the Sigma Theta Tau Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy Fellowship program. Julie is Board Certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology and is certified as a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Julie’s experience includes being a charge nurse, Medicare nurse, nursing supervisor and ADON, and was a Sr. Director of Nursing of a 240 bed long term care center for 10 years and during this time was awarded the Director of Nursing of the Year award from Genesis HealthCare. Julie has also been a Manger of Clinical Operations, Director of Clinical Operations and her current role is Corporate Vice President of Clinical Operations for Genesis HealthCare. Julie also is an adjunct faculty member at Gwynedd Mercy University. Julie is currently active in the AADNS, NADONA, AHCA where she serves on the Regulatory/Survey Committee, Chairperson of Pennsylvania Health Care Association’s Quality Committee, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing where she has served as Vice President of their Iota Kappa Chapter, American Nurses Association where she served on the Care Coordination Quality Measures Panel, and Pennsylvania State Nurses Association where she is a CE reviewer.

 

Measuring Clinical Competencies
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Broom

Kim Broom has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and 20 of those years in long term care. She is a Licensed Risk Manager and for six years was the administrator of a 68 bed assisted living center with an ECC license. She came to FHCA in May of 2017 and is the liaison to FHCA's FCAL Committee.

 

 

Laws and Rules

Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and
  10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 

Lorraine Fabry


Lorraine Fabry, is a register nurse, who has experience in many roles, such as Director of Education, MDS Coordinator, Risk Manager, Resident Care Coordinator, and Director of Nursing for Hawthorne Village facilities. Lorraine has had twenty-four years’ experience in hospital critical care, emergency room and home health. She is graduate of University of Tampa with Bachelor of Science Degree.  Lorraine has published several   power point presentations on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders for ALF Level, I & II and Medical Error Preventions and article on Future in Home Health Nursing.  She has received Hawthorne Village Shining Star, and Director’s Award for outstanding service.

Pre-Session:

LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer for RN Instructors
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Irene Fleshner


Irene Fleshner, RN, MHSA, FACHE, is a Principal for the consulting company Reno, Davis and Associates, Inc. Prior to her current role, she spent 20 years with Genesis HealthCare, most recently as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Nursing Initiatives. Irene speaks nationally on issues related to LTPAC and health care workforce.

Measuring Clinical Competencies
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and

10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 

 

 

Karen Goldsmith

Karen Goldsmith has been legal counsel for FHCA since 1980.  She currently serves as FHCA's regulatory counsel. She is on the AHCA Legal Subcommittee and served as its chair for 3 years. She is active in the American Health Lawyers Association and served as chair of their long term care subgroup for 2 years. She has published in several books produced by AHLA. She practices primarily in long term care.

 

 

 

 

Awards Luncheon & Regulatory Hot Topics
Thursday, May 31, 2018
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Dr. Leonard Hock

Dr. Hock has an outstanding 43-year experience in Internal Medicine. He is working as a Doctor of Internal Medicine in West Palm Beach, FL. He is now working with Harbor Palliative Care Services, Inc. in a group of other 14 Doctors. Dr. Leonard obtained its degree in Internal Medicine from Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in the year 1976. Dr. Hock has been awarded more than three times for marvelous work in Internal Medicine field. He is an affiliated MD in Boca Raton Regional Hospital and many other Hospitals. Dr. Hock is a member of the following Boards: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospice Medical Director Certifying Board, Certified Medical Director (CMD). He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Palliative Care for TrustBridge Health.

Palliative Care Reduces Rehospitalizations 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

 

Dr. Matthew Nessetti

Matthew Nessetti, PhD, MD, JD is a 25+ year veteran in behavioral health.  He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1993 and MD in 2004.  He completed his JD in 2016. He is a board certified Family Medicine Physician and Medical Psychologist/Psychopharmacologist.  He has served as Medical Director for outpatient, skilled nursing, and hospital based settings for the last 20 years.  He is presently the Medical Director for Hawthorne Village of Sarasota and AllCare Medical Centers.  His daily clinical activities include serving as attending in skilled nursing as well as consultation/liaison psych services director.  He is the father of four beautiful daughters and his wife is a practicing gynecologist at AllCare.  

RoP Behavioral Health Requirements and the Role of Medical Directors 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Tom Parker

Tom Parker has over ten years of reimbursement experience and currently serves as the Director of Reimbursement for Florida Health Care Association. On behalf of FHCA, he serves as a liaison to the Florida Legislature, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Elder Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American Health Care Association Reimbursement Committee, FHCA Reimbursement Committee and other relevant state and federal entities regarding issues of reimbursement and health care finance policy.  

 

 

Legislative Update

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

 

Kim Smoak

 

Kim Smoak, Ms. Smoak has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since August 1995. She is the Bureau Chief of Field Operations located in the Division of Health Quality Assurance. She is responsible for ensuring both federal and state survey work is completed timely, monitors quality improvement/quality assurance indicators for the Division, training of survey staff and other Division staff, data management and support functions and oversees the field operations within the division. She develops and implements strategies to improve consistency among the field offices and the program units as those functions relate to the Survey and Certification functions of the Agency under contract with the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in addition to monitoring state requirements and timeframes. She provides technical assistance regarding programmatic issues and assists in interpreting rules, policies and standards. She previously worked for eight years as a surveyor surveying Nursing Homes, ICF/IIDs, Crisis Stabilization Units, Residential Treatment Facilities, and Rehabilitation Centers. Ms. Smoak holds a Masters of Science in Health with the program emphasis in Aging Studies. She is also a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). She has served as the project lead for the implementation of the Quality Indicator Survey implementation in Florida since 2006 and is a certified as a CMS Quality Indicator Survey Trainer. In 2009, she received the Survey & Certification Achievement Award, presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, for high quality work implementing the Quality Indicator Survey process in an early pilot State.  Ms. Smoak also is a Certified CMS Instructor for the federal Basic Long Term Care QIS survey process. In 2009 to 2010 Ms. Smoak also was part of a group of surveyors in Florida to work on the development of the QIS Federal Basic Long Term Care which has been in place since August 2010 and continues to this date.
 

 

CMS Requirements of Participation and the New Survey Process for Long Term Care Facilities 

Friday, June 1, 2018
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.