General Sessions

October 4, 2021

11:00 AM

A Crucial Conversation – A Global COVID Discussion

Bob Atlas

Early in the pandemic, leaders at hospitals and skilled nursing centers helped each other to learn and quickly adapt to changes brought on by the COVID-19 virus. By collaborating and sharing best practices on issues such as quarantine protocols, transfers, bed availability, PPE supply, and staffing, healthcare organizations came together to form partnerships that saved lives. This causal conversation will further the discussion on continuing these partnerships in our shared responsibility to provide quality care to those in need across all healthcare settings.

October 5, 2021

9:45 AM

Never Fly Solo!®

Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman, The WingmanLt. Col. Waldo Waldman, The Wingman

In today’s highly competitive world of constant change, those who build trust, lead with courage, and work as a team will dodge the missiles of adversity and win. In this high energy, inspirational, and interactive keynote, decorated fighter pilot, New York Times bestselling author, and Hall of Fame Speaker Lt Col (ret.) Waldo Waldman will share tools and techniques to overcome obstacles, break performance barriers, and take charge of change during adverse times. You’ll discover how to re-commit yourself to excellence, prepare diligently for every mission; and collaborate with your partners, clients and co-workers with trust, mutual support, and courage.


4:30 PM

Collaboration of The Three Associations

Join the conversation about how our three associations jointly supported our members, the sector, and healthcare heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic through collaboration, partnership, and communication.

October 6, 2021

9:15 AM

Gene Ransom

A Crucial Conversation – Opportunities

Addressing chronic health issues involves caregivers across settings working together with patients, residents, and families.  As healthcare professionals, we have an obligation to help individuals, families, and communities to be as healthy as possible.  Primary care providers and attending physicians at skilled nursing centers play a key role in the management of chronic disease and preventing unnecessary hospital utilization. This casual conversation will explore new opportunities for physicians and other care providers to collaborate across settings for the benefit of those they serve.


10:30 AM

Age-Friendly For Everyone

Laura Poskin, MPSG

Laura Poskin, MPSG

By 2035, for the first time in U.S. history, older adults are projected to outnumber children. This new reality is an opportunity to reimagine communities. Gerontologist Laura Poskin will share how the age-friendly movement is inspiring action and changing the narrative—and how you can rethink your community to be on the cutting edge.


4:45 PM

AHCA / NCAL The National Landscape

Clifton (Clif) Porter IIClifton (Clif) Porter II, Senior VP for Government Relations, AHCA

2020 and 2021 have presented many challenges for our industry, including the unknown and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Our representatives at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, have been steadfastly advocating for our sector.  As the challenges continue, AHCA/NCAL will continue to be there for us.

In addition to helping our sector through the COVID-19 Pandemic, many other issues AHCA/NCAL continue to advocate and guide us on include, PDPM and payment rules, Provider Relief Funds, and inclusion of our sector in the infrastructure bill.  All of this while working toward a fairer regulatory system, fixing Medicaid underfunding, and addressing healthcare workforce concerns.

October 7, 2021

8-9:30 AM

Regulatory and Legal Overview for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Providers

An examination of the trends and opportunities affecting skilled nursing, post-acute and senior care providers. This session will include a discussion of both federal and state regulatory changes and a review of the various enforcement initiatives that are in effect and those forthcoming.

The expert team for Baker Donelson will deep dive into the issues you need to understand as healthcare providers.