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AHCA Joint Training for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Tallahassee | Ft. Lauderdale | Lake Mary

2024 Dates Coming Soon

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The AHCA Joint Training for Skilled Nursing Facilities offers the unique opportunity for long term care providers and state surveyors to hear from Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) leadership and other valued partners and providers. State and nationally recognized long term care experts and providers will present current regulatory requirements and best practices for compliance and operations in the complex environment in a skilled nursing facility. Featured speakers include representatives from the AHCA Division of Health Quality Assurance, RB Health Partners, Inc., Alliant Health Solutions, Florida Health Care Association and providers currently active in Florida skilled nursing facilities.

Can’t attend in-person? FHCA is also offering a virtual live broadcast of this program.

Topics Include:

  • Behavioral Health and Quality Initiatives
  • Immediate Jeopardy Issues
  • Infection Prevention
  • Legislative Outcomes - Qualified Medication Aides
  • Top 10 Deficiencies

In-person Program: How It Works

  • Delivered over 5, in-person sessions.
  • Training Dates: October 10 (Tallahassee), October 12 (Fort Lauderdale) and October 16 (Lake Mary), 2023.  
  • Training Materials: Speaker presentations and handout materials will be made available.
  • Continuing Education Credits: This program offers a total of 5 live contact hours. FHCA will post contact hours to CE Broker by November 8, 2023.

Virtual Live Broadcast Program: How It Works

  • Delivered over 5, virtual live broadcast sessions.
  • Training Dates: The virtual live broadcast sessions are scheduled for October 16. All registered attendees will access these sessions through Zoom. These sessions will also be recorded and available to watch between October 17 – November 2.
  • Training Materials: 5 video sessions; post-quiz; handout materials.
  • Continuing Education Credits: This program offers a total of 5 computer-based contact hours. FHCA will post contact hours to CE Broker by November 8, 2023. Participants must have completed the session videos and passed the post-quiz by November 2 at 4:00 p.m. EST to receive CEUs.

Continuing Education

FHCA is approved for 5 hours of live continuing education for the in-person program and 5 hours of computer-based continuing education for the virtual live broadcast. 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.

Event Agenda

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.


9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Behavioral Health & Quality Initiatives

Sherri Creel, Region 4 Behavioral Specialist, Alliant Health Solutions

Join Sherri Creel from Alliant Health Solutions as she discusses effective care solutions for residents facing Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), substance use disorders (SUD) and/or Co-occurring Disorders (COD). This training will strengthen and sustain effective behavioral health practices to achieve better outcomes for nursing center residents with behavioral health needs. Attendees will also receive roadmaps to the necessary resources available to support staff in skilled nursing centers.

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Immediate Jeopardy Issues

Deborah Franklin, Senior Director of Quality Affairs, Florida Health Care Association, and Mary Maloney, Government Analyst, Agency for Health Care Administration

If your center receives an Immediate Jeopardy citation, especially if it is the first time, it is vital that staff understand how to respond and provide the required documentation and information as quickly as possible. This session will breakdown the series of events and causes and offer insight into how centers can be prepared to respond and document appropriately.

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

Infection Prevention

A.C. Burke, Vice President of Healthcare Quality, RB Health Partners, Inc. (Tallahassee/Ft. Lauderdale), and Jonathan Teter, Director of Epidemiology & Analytics, RB Health Partners, Inc. (Lake Mary)

It can be challenging to keep up with all the evidenced based, nationally recognized guidelines and to generate meaningful data to support infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship programs in nursing centers.  This session will address commonly misunderstood guidelines, provide an overview of recently updated (non-COVID related) guidelines, and explain guiding principles of epidemiologic surveillance to generate data that supports data-driven decision making. 

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Legislative Outcomes - Qualified Medication Aide

Donah Heiberg, Government Analyst, Agency for Health Care Administration, and Jen Lawrence, Chief Nursing Officer, Aston Health

Join Donah Heiberg from AHCA and Jen Lawrence from Aston Health as they offer greater insights into Senate Bill 558: Qualified Medication Aides. A CNA who takes additional training can administer routine medications to nursing center residents, thus freeing up nurses to focus on higher-level caregiving and offering a career ladder to CNAs. Donah and Jen will break down the foundations of the bill and offer practical applications for what this means and how to successfully integrate the QMA role in your facility.

2:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Top 10 Deficiencies

Kim Smoak, Deputy Secretary/State Survey Director, Agency for Health Care Administration

This session will outline the latest skilled nursing facility top 10 deficiencies and provide guidance to address challenges and identify strategies for taking the steps needed to ensure compliance and quality care.