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AHCA Joint Trainings for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Event Location

2019 Dates/Locations TBD

Locations by Region:

South Florida

North Florida

Central Florida

West Florida

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

The AHCA 2018 Joint Training for Skilled Nursing Facilities offered a forum for the Agency for Health Care Administration and leading long term care experts to brief providers, advocates and state surveyors on regulatory compliance with enforcement provisions explained. Featured speakers included representatives from the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Health Services Advisory Group. In this annual program, attendees can network with AHCA and CMS representatives and learn the latest regulatory requirements directly from these state and federal agency experts, 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 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 Our 2018 Sponsors! 

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

Event Agenda

7:30-8:30 am


8:30-8:45 am

Welcome & Introductions

8:45-9:30 am

Provider Resources for Reducing Avoidable Rehospitalizations

Danny Davis and Sara Busacca, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

Today’s health care centers face many challenges, some clinical and others payment-based. Florida’s Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) is a ready resource to assist providers with improving quality and reducing costs. In this session, attendees will learn about HSAG’s quality improvement tools, learning events, data analysis and other supports for reducing/preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

9:30-9:45 am


9:45-10:45 am

Top 10 Deficiencies and New Survey Process

Donah Heiberg and Mary Maloney, Agency for Health Care Administration

There’s more to understanding the Top Ten Deficiencies than reading a list. In this session, Agency experts will address the “why” behind the Top Ten using examples from the field. Also discussed will be the (new) Survey Process for monitoring facility compliance with the Requirements of Participation and factors that may result in a citation.

10:45-11:30 am

Transfer Discharge and Bed Hold Policy

Michelle Dillehay, Agency for Health Care Administration

The regulations for transferring or discharging residents can present problems if a center doesn’t have an adequate system in place and a clear understanding of the requirements. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the regulations governing these important compliance categories, along with bed hold policies and related topics.

11:30 am-12:30 pm


12:30-2:00 pm

Florida CEMP Review Process and Life Safety Code

Eddie Alday, Agency for Health Care Administration

Between Florida’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) criteria, the federal Emergency Preparedness Rule and the Life Safety Code, there’s a lot of ground to cover to be compliant on all fronts. In this session, Eddie Alday will review the requirements of the CEMP criteria and the Life Safety Code (the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule will be covered separately).

2:00-2:15 pm


2:15-4:15 pm

Federal Emergency Preparedness Rule

ill Jones and Adriane Saunders, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Kim Smoak, Agency for Health Care Administration

CMS' Consortium for Quality Improvement and Survey and Certification Operations, Division of Survey and Certification, representatives will provide a comprehensive review of the requirements of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and the first year’s survey results. Attendees will not only learn about the requirements of the rule, but also practices that will lead to successful compliance in the nursing center.