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Nurse Leadership Meet the Speakers

Deborah Afasano, BSN, RNC,CDONA, HCRM  is a certified Director of Nurses, a certified end of life ELNEC trainer, and a health care risk manager. Her diverse nursing background spans over 40 years in acute and long term care settings. Debbie is currently the Vice President of Clinical Services for KR Management, LLC with skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Florida. She is a former governor appointee to the Florida Center for Nursing and the founding chair of the FHCA Senior Clinicians Council. Debbie is the 2011 recipient of the NADONA Spirit of Nursing Presidents Award and an inductee into the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

Pre-Session: Alzheimer's Training
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
 

Kim Broom has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years, with 20 of those years in long term care. She is a Licensed Risk Manager and for six years was the administrator of a 68 bed assisted living center with an ECC license. She came to FHCA in May of 2017 and is the liaison to FHCA's FCAL Committee.

Special Session for Nurses: Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace
Thursday, May 30, 2019
2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Robin Bleier, RN, LHRM, CLC is President of RB Health Partners, Inc., a clinical, risk, Medicare and operations consultancy firm. A featured state and national presenter, Robin is a special topics advisor to the FHCA Quality Cabinet, immediate post Chair of the FHCA Emergency Preparedness Committee, immediate post chair of the FHC PAC, past executive board member of FADONA, a vested long term care advocate through her volunteerism and affiliation with numerous state and national professional committees. Robin’s firm, RB Health Partners, Inc. provides consulting services to the FHCA Quality Affairs Department.

MDS + Functional Outcomes (ICD-10) = Effective PDPM
Friday, May 31, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m

 

A.C. Burke has over 20 years of experience in health care, is board certified in infection control and holds a master degree in health management. She has served as the Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention Program Manager for the Florida Department of Health, the Director of Infection Prevention at Mayo Clinic Florida and is currently the Vice President of Healthcare Quality for RB Health Partners, Inc. 

Evaluating Your Infection Prevention Program
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Lynn D’Avico has been a Consultant Pharmacist for 18 years and is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southern University (NSU) where she currently teaches Geriatric Pharmacy. Lynn lectures for the Florida Consultant Pharmacist Geriatric Initiation Course for NSU and has served as an expert witness for cases.

Reducing Antipsychotics and Other Institutional Pharmacy Regulatory Issues
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Lorraine Fabry is a register nurse, who has experience in many roles, such as Director of Education, MDS Coordinator, Risk Manager, Resident Care Coordinator and Director of Nursing for Hawthorne Village facilities. Lorraine has had 24 years’ experience in hospital critical care, emergency room and home health. She is graduate of University of Tampa with Bachelor of Science Degree. Lorraine has published several power point presentations on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders for ALF Level, I & II, Medical Error Preventions and article on Future in Home Health Nursing. She has received Hawthorne Village's Shining Star and Director’s Award for outstanding service.

Pre-Session: LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer for RN Instructors
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Deborah Franklin is the Senior Director of Quality Affairs for Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). She is responsible for leading the Association's internal quality department while pioneering initiatives on quality improvement in long term care. Previously Deborah has served as Director of Operations for the not-for-profit Florida Living Options, which operates the Hawthorne Villages in Florida. She has successful experience with organizational leadership and health care management, opening and managing new facilities and turning around troubled facilities. Deborah Franklin is a past president of FHCA, a Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award an Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award recipient and a graduate of the American Health Care Association Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America program. She has served on the Governor's transition team for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Lt. Governor's Health Care Planning Council and the Hillsborough County Indigent Health Care Advisory Council.

Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Overview
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Dr. David Gifford, MD, MPH is the Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the American Health Care Association, the largest association in the country representing long term and post-acute care facilities. He helped create the department which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with Administration officials on regulations and policies impacting the profession. Dr. Gifford also serves on the Board of the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign and the Baldrige Foundation Board. He is a former Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Health, where he received the National Governor’s award for Distinguished Service Award for State Officials and was a semi-finalist for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Innovations in Government award for work on the nursing home survey process. Prior to that he served as Chief Medical Officer for Quality Partners of Rhode Island where he directed CMS’ national nursing home-based quality improvement effort. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA where he also earned his Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology.

Navigating Change: Strategies for Adopting State and Federal Revisions to LTC Regulation
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
12:30 to 2:30 p.m

Karen Goldsmith currently serves as Florida Health Care Association's Regulatory Counsel and previously served as the association's Legal Counsel since 1980. In addition, she represents a significant number of health care providers in Florida. She is currently rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest rating in ethics and professionalism that they give. She is on the American Health Care Association's Legal Subcommittee and served as its Chair for three years. Karen is active in the American Health Lawyers Association and served as Chair of their Long Term Care subgroup for two years. She has been published in several books produced by AHLA. Karen practices primarily in long term care.

Regulatory Hot Topics
Thursday, May 30, 2019
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Leonard Hock has an outstanding 43-years of experience in Internal Medicine. Currently he is working with Harbor Palliative Care Services, Inc. in a group of 14 other Doctors. Dr. Leonard obtained its degree in Internal Medicine from Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in the year 1976. Dr. Hock has been awarded more than three times for marvelous work in the Internal Medicine field. He is an affiliated MD in Boca Raton Regional Hospital and many other Hospitals. Dr. Hock is a member of the following Boards: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospice Medical Director Certifying Board, Certified Medical Director (CMD). He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Palliative Care for TrustBridge Health.

Key Elements of Trauma Informed Care
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Tom Parker has over ten years of reimbursement experience and currently serves as the Director of Reimbursement for Florida Health Care Association. On behalf of FHCA, he serves as a liaison to the Florida Legislature, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Elder Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American Health Care Association Reimbursement Committee, FHCA Reimbursement Committee and other relevant state and federal entities regarding issues of reimbursement and health care finance policy.

Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Overview
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Heather Py brings over 18 years of health care experience and expertise with her focus in the long term care profession. Heather holds an Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Management from Hodges University; where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is certified as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS). She an active member of the Florida American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA), as well as her local district of Florida Health Care Association.

Pre-Session: Beyond Basics: ICD-10 Advanced Coding Class
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Danielle Rainey is a Senior Health Care Consultant at Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. Danielle began her career in long term care as a CNA, has been an RN for 24 years and an MDS Coordinator for 12 years. Danielle has worked in a VA hospital and provided education to multiple hospital systems on select medical equipment and products, with follow up education and compliance reporting. Her areas of expertise include MDS 3.0, chart audits and appeals, QA/QI plans, compliance investigations, geriatric care, specialized services including wound care, IV drug therapy and chronic disease management. Danielle has an A.A. and BSN from Galen College of Nursing and achieved academic distinction as class valedictorian for both. Danielle is a member of AANAC and is pursuing her master’s degree in nursing.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Claudia E. Reingruber, CPA, CHC has over 25 years of experience in the health care arena, with a comprehensive focus in the post-acute sector and a national clientele. She is actively involved in matters involving regulatory compliance and investigations, clinical documentation requirements and systems, billing and resolution of outstanding accounts receivables for varied payers, and reimbursement and cost reporting. She is frequently engaged by health care legal counsel for a variety of special projects and dispute advisory services including:  identifying and/or investigating potential compliance issues and determination of any related overpayments; analysis of complex issues surrounding medical necessity of billed services; defending against denials by Recovery Auditors, ZPIC audits, Medicare Administrative Contractors including Train Probe and Educate (TPE) claim audits, and other third party claim reviews; pursuit of appeals and preparation of supporting position papers through the Administrative Law Judge level of appeal; assistance with evaluating the validity of statistical sampling methodologies and overpayment extrapolation; and litigation support in connection with Civil Investigative Demands and False Claims Act investigations.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Kim Smoak has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since August 1995. She is the Bureau Chief of Field Operations located in the Division of Health Quality Assurance. She is responsible for ensuring both federal and state survey work is completed timely, monitors quality improvement/quality assurance activity, training of survey staff and other division staff. She oversees the eight field offices, the complaint administration unit and the survey and certification branch within the division. Kim is also the State Survey Agency Director for the State of Florida. Kim holds a Master’s of Science in Health with the program emphasis in Aging Studies. She is also a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). In 2009 and 2017, she received Survey & Certification Achievement Awards, presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for her work in Survey and Certification.

Phase III Overview: Implementation of the 42 CFR part 483, subpart B, Phase III Requirements of Participation

Friday, May 31, 2019
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Victoria Tunnicliffe, PharmD, CPh received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University in 1996 and completed Ambulatory Care Residency in 1997. She has been a Consultant Pharmacist since 1998 and received Geriatric Pharmacist Board Certification in 1999. Victoria was previously an Assistant Professor & Director of Patient Care Management for NSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator and Medication Safety Specialist at Memorial Healthcare System.

Reducing Antipsychotics and Other Institutional Pharmacy Regulatory Issues
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.