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AHCA Joint Trainings for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Event Location

2019 Dates/Locations

September 16, 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 19, 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 23, 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 26, 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 ALF Joint Training web page.

The AHCA 2019 Joint Training for Skilled Nursing Facilities offers the unique opportunity for providers, advocates and state surveyors to hear from AHCA leadership, as well as leading long term care experts, on current regulatory compliance requirements and details of enforcement provisions. Featured speakers include representatives from the AHCA Division of Health Quality Assurance, the Florida Department of Health and the Health Services Advisory Group, along with regulatory expert Karen Goldsmith of Goldsmith & Grout. Attendees can engage with AHCA representatives, learn the latest regulatory updates directly from state and federal agency experts and ask questions on the spot.

Attendee Information

Continuing Education

Approved for Six (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 the 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 list of our 2019 sponsors at each location. 

Event Agenda

7:30 to 8:30 am


8:30 to 9:15 am

CMS QIO 12th Statement of Work and Reducing Sepsis Readmissions

Jo Ann Bukovinsky, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

This presentation will include an overview of the CMS Quality Improvement Organization’s (QIO) 12th Statement of Work (SOW) mission to increase performance of the health care system by improving quality and reducing the burden associated with achieving that quality. It will also review Sepsis as a leading cause of readmission and provide prevention strategies centers can use now.

9:15 to 10:00 a.m.

How to Get it Right: Top 10 Opportunities for Improvement

Donah Heiberg, 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.

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.


10:15 to 11:00 a.m.

Immediate Jeopardy Case Studies

Mary Maloney, Agency for Health Care Administration
Immediate Jeopardy citations are extremely serious and complicated. This presentation will breakdown the series of events and causes in specific cases and offer insights into how centers can be prepared to respond and document appropriately.

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


12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

Advance Directive and CPR: Case Studies of Immediate Jeopardy

Karen Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Grout, P.A.
Advance care planning is often a difficult conversation among family members. As a result, residents and their families often misunderstand the importance of having an official Advance Directive. This presentation will discuss case studies that cover the legalities and necessities of supporting the resident’s need for an Advance Directive. Discussion will also include how this can impact the actions of care in an emergency situation.

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

CMS Phase III Implementation

Michelle Dillehay, Agency for Health Care Administration
The CMS Phase III Requirements of Participation take effect November 28, 2019. Providers should already have plans underway to implement these programs, including Trauma-Informed Care, infection prevention and control, compliance and ethics, abuse and neglect policies, and staff training. This presentation will give an overview of the Phase III requirements and strategies for coming into compliance before the deadline.

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.


1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

Healthcare-Associated Infection: Overview and Guidance

Sebastian Arenas, Nicole Castro, Sasha Nelson and Nychie Dotson, all with Florida Department of Health
Through partnerships and the commitment of stakeholders, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) HAI Prevention Program supports healthcare facilities in implementing best practices for preventing the spread of health care-associated infections (HAI). This presentation will cover HAI prevention strategies to be used in centers.

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Minimum Elements of Investigations

Kim Smoak, Agency for Health Care Administration
Investigations represent the due diligence necessary for ensuring the safety
and security of residents’ health and well-being. This session will outline the
elements involved in an effective investigation.