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AHCA Joint Trainings for Assisted Living Facilities

Event Location

2019 Dates/Locations TBD

Locations by Region:

South Florida

North Florida

Central Florida

West Florida

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

The AHCA 2018 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 include representatives from the Agency for Health Care Administration, Karen Goldsmith and Jon Grout with Goldsmith & Grout, and other experts in assisted living laws and rules. 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

  • Click here to access the MTS Tracking Link to review your CEUs (for questions, contact Sarah Duff at FHCA).

FHCA submitted contact hours based on scan records to CE Broker for transmission to the Florida Department of Health. (FHCA Provider Number 50-720: FL Board of Nursing Home Administrators; FL Board of Nursing; FL Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling; FL Board of Occupational Therapy).

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 Our 2018 Sponsors! 

  • Click here for a complete list of our sponsors. 

Event Agenda

7:30-8:30 am


8:30-8:45 am

Welcome & Introductions

8:45-9:30 am

Who Does What: Clarifying the Role of Hospice in Assisted Living Centers

Laura Manville, Serita Evans and Anne Sosiak, Agency for Health Care Administration

Representatives from the Agency will review the role and responsibilities of hospice care providers in assisted living settings and discuss decision factors in determining when a resident may need to move to a higher level of care.

9:30-9:45 am


9:45-10:45 am

Agency Updates and Assisted Living Deficiency Trends

Laura Manville, Serita Evans and Anne Sosiak, Agency for Health Care Administration

Did your center receive a citation among the top 10 deficiencies cited list? In this session, Agency staff will discuss the top 10 deficiencies and why centers were cited, along with helpful strategies so assisted living centers can improve quality in these areas. Additional Agency and regulatory updates will also be discussed.

10:45-11:45 am

Emergency Preparedness Requirements and the CEMP

Kim Smoak, Agency for Health Care Administration

Emergency preparedness is a hot topic every year in Florida, but the new Emergency Power Plan rules add a new focus on what it means to be prepared. In this session, Bureau Chief Kim Smoak will review the requirements outlined in the Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) criteria, along with regulatory updates and use of the Emergency Status System for online reporting.

11:45 am-12:45 pm


12:45-1:30 pm

Elopement: Regulatory Review and Best Practices

Karen Goldsmith and Jon Grout, Goldsmith & Grout, PA

In this session led by attorney Karen Goldsmith, attendees will learn about the risk of elopement in an assisted living setting, the regulatory requirements for addressing this risk and valuable best practice strategies.

1:30-2:00 pm

The Role of the Ombudsman

Mike Milliken, Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Florida's Long Term Care Ombudsman will discuss the ombudsman’s role as an advocate for residents of Florida’s long term care centers, including assisted living centers. Key strategies for reaching the mutual goal of honoring residents’ rights will be highlighted.    

2:00-2:15 pm


2:15-4:15 pm

Change is Here: Florida's New Assisted Living Rule (F.A.C. 58A-5)

Anne Sosiak and Laura Manville, Agency for Health Care Administration

Agency representatives will provide a comprehensive overview of the new ALF rule revised by the 2018 Legislature. Included will be information about the significant changes and additions to the regulation governing provision of assisted living services in Florida.