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AHCA Joint Trainings for Assisted Living Facilities

Event Location

2019 Dates/Locations

September 17, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Sunrise - Sawgrass Mills
13400 W Sunrise Blvd
Sunrise, FL 33323
Room rate: $105
Parking is complimentary
Room Block Cut Off: August 15

September 20, 2019
The Westin Lake Mary
2974 International Pkwy
Lake Mary, FL 32746
For Reservations: 321-249-8036
Room rate: $135
Parking is complimentary
Room Block Cut Off: August 23

September 24, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

4500 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-4800
Room rate: $119
Parking is complimentary
Room Block Cut Off: September 1

September 27, 2019
Florida Health Care Association – Education and Training Center

307 West Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Valet Parking is complimentary
Hotel Suggestions: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tallahassee; Aloft Tallahassee Downtown

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

The AHCA 2019 Joint Training for Assisted Living Facilities offers interpretations of regulatory compliance by leaders from the Agency for Health Care Administration. Clinical and legal professionals will also highlight best practice guidelines and professional guidance. Featured speakers includes representatives from the Agency for Health Care Administration, Karen Goldsmith of Goldsmith & Grout, Robin Bleier of RB Health Partners, Inc. and other knowledgeable assisted living professionals. 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.

Attendee Information

Continuing Education

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.

Thank You to All of Our Sponsors

  • Click here for a complete list of our 2019 sponsors at each location. 

Event Agenda

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.


8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

How to Get It Right: Top 10 Opportunities for Improvement

Serita Evans, Agency for Health Care Administration
Achieving full compliance with regulations to prevent deficiencies has its challenges. This presentation will outline the top 10 opportunities for centers to improve their compliance and ensure better survey outcomes.

9:15 to 10:00 a.m.

Enforcement: Recommended Plans of Correction (RPOC) Cases

Donah Heiberg, Agency for Health Care Administration
To improve compliance, AHCA is tasked with providing enforcement of Recommended Plans of Corrections (RPOC) being implemented. This presentation will review past cases of RPOCs, the events leading to the RPOC, and how the Agency contributed to the implementation by providing firm guidance and appropriate checkpoints to confirm the adjustments.

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.


10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Update: Medical Marijuana Issues and DNROs/CPR in Assisted Living

Karen Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Grout, P.A. and Kim Broom, Florida Health Care Association
Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill 182 into law on March 18, 2019. The law allows a qualified physician to determine that smoking is an appropriate route of administration for medical marijuana. However, the issues of how to manage the prescriptions of medical marijuana and of protecting residents from second-hand smoke are still a gray area for long term care providers. This presentation will provide current updates to state law on the use of medical marijuana and what providers need to know when instituting policies and
procedures. Issues surrounding Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNRO) and CPR will also be discussed.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

Love It or List It: Uncorrected Environmental Issues and Fire Marshal Report Review

Serita Evans, Agency for Health Care Administration
Corrections to poor living environment citations is a growing issue. Compliance often requires direct assistance from AHCA staff and local Fire Marshals. Quality of life in assisted living facilities is impacted by many factors, with safety and physical conditions being two of the most important. This presentation will provide case study materials that highlight the corrections being made and the best practices for better compliance.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Does your Resident Meet Continued Residency Criteria?

Anne Sosiak, Agency for Health Care Administration
The care needs of older adults seeking assisted living continues to evolve. This increase in medical acuity requires the facility to conduct ongoing monitoring of the acute ALF resident for appropriateness of admission and continued residency, even while the resident is receiving the required services identified by the health care provider. Residents who are admitted to hospice services should also be monitored since they require ongoing care planning by the facility and hospice to ensure needs are met. This presentation will address admission clarifications outlined in the ALF Rule and how your facility and staff can be better equipped to meet the changing care needs of your residents.

2:00 to 2:15 p.m.


2:15 to 4:00 p.m.

Risk Management: Identifying, Reporting, and Investigating

Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.
Identifying, reporting, and investigating risk events requires understanding of the requirements and principles of risk management. This presentation will identify ways to manage risk to promote quality of care and maintain compliance. An emphasis will be placed on the identification, reporting, and investigation process of risk events. Guidance on proactive strategies that recognize the role staff plays in creating a culture of open communication with non-punitive reporting practices will be discussed (FS Title XXX, Chapter 429.23).