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AHCA Joint Training for Assisted Living Facilities

October 5 in Coral Springs | October 8 in Tallahassee | October 19 in Tampa | October 22 in Lake Mary

Click here to access the AHCA SNF Joint Training web page.

The AHCA 2021 Joint Training for Assisted Living Facilities offers interpretations of regulatory compliance by leaders from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Clinical and legal professionals will also highlight best practice guidelines and professional guidance. Featured speakers include representatives from the AHCA Division of Health Quality Assurance, regulatory expert Karen Goldsmith, the Florida Department of Health and Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with state surveyors from local field offices and learn the latest regulatory requirements directly from AHCA, with the opportunity to ask questions on the spot.

Topics Include:

  • State Expectations for Infection Control and Prevention for ALFs
  • Medicaid Updates
  • Advanced Directives
  • Top 10 Opportunities for Improvement in ALFs  
  • ALF CEMP Rule Update and Emergency Preparedness
  • Bed Bugs - Prevention and Treatment

Download the Joint Training Brochure for Assisted Living Facilities


Joint Training Safety Plan:

Click here to review the current Joint Training Event Safety Plan, which emphasizes our goal of creating an atmosphere in which all meeting attendees, speakers and exhibitors will feel safe. 

Continuing Education

FHCA is approved for 6 hours of continuing education – Provider Number 50-720: Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Florida Board of Nursing, Florida Board of Clinical Social Work and Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Contact FHCA at (850) 224-3907 or with any questions.

Event Agenda

7:00 to 8:00 a.m.


8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

State Expectations for Infection Control and Prevention for ALFs

Laura Jensen, Agency for Health Care Administration

In the current environment, assisted living facilities face specific challenges with meeting compliance expectations for the infection control requirements. Session attendees will discuss infection control basics, identifying any gaps in the prevention practices, and steps necessary to continue to protect those living and working in the varying levels of an assisted living facility. 

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Ombudsman – Unique Advocate for LTC Residents

Michael Phillips, State Ombudsman, FL Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Hear from Florida's Ombudsman, Michael Phillips, yesterday, today, and beyond in relation to advocacy for the elderly in long-term care. While there is a foundation and structure, there are changes and a future for the partnership for the residents served. Be informed about who the Ombudsman is, what they do and why they do it.

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.


10:15 to 11:00 a.m.

Medicaid Updates

Ann Dalton, Agency for Health Care Administration

Medicaid services provide funding that enable vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities to receive long-term care services and supports in the setting most suited to their needs, including assisted living facilities. Hear about the latest changes for home and community-based services that will affect your operations with the most up-to-date rules to ensure compliance for the Medicaid beneficiaries.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Yes, Bed Bugs: Prevention and Treatment

Roberto M. Pereira, Ph.D., University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department (Sunrise) and Dr. Phil Koehler/Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department (Lake Mary, Tampa, and Tallahassee)

No matter how they arrive, bed bugs in a long-term care facility can cause serious concerns and issues for staff and residents. This session will discuss the statewide overview of the research and data collected regarding infestations and how to effectively identify, treat and vanquish bed bugs in your facility.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.


1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

ALF CEMP Rule Update and Emergency Preparedness

Serita Evans, Agency for Health Care Administration

For assisted living facilities, elevated requirements and necessary regulation changes continued to evolve throughout the pandemic and beyond. Session attendees will learn about the current requirements for CEMP criteria, Environmental Control plans, and reporting into the Emergency Status System (ESS), and any changes and how it may impact facilities. The agency will present guidance so the provider will fully understand the regulations for implementation. The presenter will also provide information about the draft rule text, as discussed in a public workshop in April 2021. 

2:00 to 2:15 p.m.


2:15 to 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Directives

Karen Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Grout, PA

Keeping it straight is not as easy as it sounds with understanding Advance Directives. Hear from Karen Goldsmith and receive clear guidance and information to manage the very important subject related to Advance Directives and caring for the residents in your assisted living facility.                      

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Top 10 Opportunities for Improvement in ALFs

Donah Heiberg, Agency for Health Care Administration

Assisted living facilities are often presented with particular challenges in meeting regulations. This session will outline the latest assisted living facility top 10 opportunities for improvement. Attendees will learn how to interpret the new changes and what steps to take for quality improvement and to ensure your facility is in compliance, for your residents and your facility surveys.