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2018 Assisted Living Summit


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2018 Assisted Living Summit
August 23, 2018

Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Centers for Assisted Living?s annual summit for the assisted living industry provides participants to hear from outstanding presenters with a broad range of expertise. Each year attendees comment that they were able to walk away with ready-to-use information, ideas, and best practices that both challenge and inspire them after attending the Summit.

The Assisted Living Summit is specifically designed for owners, managers and executive leaders--in other words, the strategic thinkers and doers of your organization.

Attend and you'll gain:

State & National Regulatory and Policy Updates
New RCF Rules Training
Practical takeaways to improve employee recruitment and retention
Assisted Living Waiver
Technology For Seniors
Emotional Support Animals vs. Service Dogs
And more!

Opportunities to network with colleagues and exhibitors

All in an education packed one day event!


6 CEUs for CEAL, CEHCH, NHA (Ohio & NAB) and Nurses
Expert faculty

50% Discount on Post Conference AL Medicaid Waiver Intensive Program scheduled for August 24, 2018

Conference Location:

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(877) 436-2680

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the OHCA rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them prior to the cutoff date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cutoff date of August 4 due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly, there may not be any available rooms left at that point. I would encourage you to make your reservation now for the 2018 event. The single rate is $134 and includes breakfast buffet.

Reservations can be made by calling (614) 880-4300 or via the hotel website at and entering your group access code 155471

Group Rate: $134.00 (king suite or queen/queen suite).

About the location:
Tucked in a 15-acre park-like setting adjacent to beautiful Highbanks Metro Park, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus offers a complete collection of services and amenities for an all-inclusive experience. Our customizable meeting spaces are sophisticated yet comfortable and offer state-of-the-art technology to create a dynamic setting for meetings and corporate events, while our 192 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites delight leisure travelers. Whether they're attending a conference, gathering for a family wedding or simply a restful weekend getaway, guests of Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center enjoy a world of first-class amenities, including a well-equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and easy access to the city's finest shopping, dining and entertainment.

The property's well-appointed guest rooms and suites blend residential comfort with five-star luxury. Every room and suite includes complimentary parking, Wifi, an HDTV, pillow-top mattress, refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker. We offer luxurious room and multiple suite options so you can select the accommodations that best reflect your individual travel needs. Of course, there is no more important feature of Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center than our world-class customer service. Our highest priority is making your stay in Columbus a comfortable and stress-free experience.

Hotel Services & Amenities

15-acre park-like setting
IACC-certified Conference Center including 35 flexible meeting and breakout rooms
Ohio Dining Room - Offering decadent buffet-style dining daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Pub - Opens at 4pm and serving light fare such as sandwiches, appetizers, soups and salads.
Wellness Center
Outdoor swimming pool open seasonally
Indoor swimming pool open year-round
Highbanks Metro Park (located across the street)
Full range of business services
Airport transportation (fee applies)

In-Room Services & Amenities

Plush king size or queen size mattresses available
37' High Definition television
Individual thermostat with climate controls
Refrigerator, microwave oven and Keurig? coffee maker
Free privacy safe
Hair dryer
Full sized iron and board
VOIP Telephone with speakerphone and voicemail
Free high-speed wireless Internet access
Work desk with lamp, outlets and data plug-ins
Upgraded amenities and furnishings (Polaris Suites and NorthPointe Suite)
All rooms non-smoking

Wellness Center

We've heard what they say about all work and no play. At Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, your guests can take advantage of a variety of options to exercise and enjoy the natural beauty of our stunning setting. Our expansive property features a large, illuminated fitness center with treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes and strength equipment, an indoor and outdoor pool, and immediate access to the jogging, bicycling, hiking and nature walks of neighboring Highbanks Metro Park.

Our concierge is happy to arrange off-site recreation, including golf, tennis and visits to local attractions.
Schedule of Events:

8:00 a.m. Summit Check In & Continental Breakfast
During Summit Check In, you will receive your name badge and handouts for the Summit. Also, take this time to network with other professionals and select vendors.

8:30 a.m. Rules, Regulations & HCBS

It is very important that we have an understanding of the challenges and changes in the assisted living profession. Whether it is the latest trends, regulatory issues or dealing with the impact of state budget, assisted living professionals have a lot to keep abreast of.

This session will discuss the federal and state issues as well as provide a general update. A must attend session for all attendees.

Presented by: Pete Van Runkle, Executive Director, OHCA/OCAL

10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions: select one

1. Hand in Hand with Hospice Care

Hospice services can take place in several different levels of care and locations. One area is routine care within assisted livings. Having a hospice team in your corner for your residents is crucial for those who are at their end of life. We will discuss key features and red flags for hospice appropriateness and what hospice can provide for you and your residents. We will also discuss the challenges of hospice in the assisted living setting and how to over come these obstacles. Hospice is often misunderstood and underutilized. Join us in learning how vital it is to have hospice in your corner for your residents!

Presented by: Ryan Scragg, Hospice Clinical Liaison, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice

2. Design Matters, How Design Impacts Resident Retention and Your Bottom Line

Learn the 5 Technology and Design Secrets to Resident Retention and how this will improve your bottom line. This session will give you tangible, actionable takeaways so that you can improve resident retention. Included in the discussion will be information on the latest technology to aid in quality of life and keep your residents healthier and happier as well as how you can improve connection through gamification.

Presented by: Lisa M. Cini, President / CEO, Mosaic Design Studio

11:30 a.m. Networking Lunch

12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions: select one

3. Implementing Technology enabled Solutions for aging services

This session will provide a look at the major factors driving technology adoption from the perspective of the provider and aging consumer. Trends in tech and senior living will be shared.

Presented by: Scott Collins, CEO, Linkage

4. Support Animals vs. Service Dogs ? What Does that Mean for AL providers?

Both service dogs covered federally under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and emotional support animals covered under the Federal Fair Housing Act are becoming more prevalent in assisted living communities. This session will help providers understand their legal obligations for accommodation, care, and addressing issues. This session will also cover potential survey issues that may arise.

Presented by Thomas W. Hess, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

1:45 p.m.. Break

2:00 pm Concurrent sessions:

5. Assisted Living Waivers ? presented by members of the Area Agency on Aging and Ohio Department of Medicaid

This high level overview of the waiver program will give attendees a taste of the AL Medicaid waiver (ALW) program in Ohio. Attendees will hear what some of the struggles are with the current waiver system due to HCBS heightened scrutiny, change of ownership, and new applicants as well as an overview of the program in whole. This session is taught by a panel of experts representing COAAA, ODM, and ODA.

6. Recruit. Engage. Retain.

In today's professional world, recruitment is more difficult than ever, employees are leaving our businesses regardless of our efforts, and it?s far too easy for our employees to think that the grass is greener on the other side. There is hope! Attending Recruit. Engage. Retain. is your opportunity and invitation to explore finding the best candidates, building a thriving workplace culture, and connecting passion with purpose all while engaging and empowering you team! Come with an open mind and leave with a new outlook on recruitment and retention.

Presented by: Billie Daugherty, HR Generalist, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice

3:00 pm Networking Break

3:15 pm New RCF Rules Training & Survey Update

The RCF rules changed effective March 1, 2018. This session will provide a synopsis of the 5 year RCF rule changes effective this past March and discuss the 'Top Ten citations' of 2017. Two of OHCA's OCAL Board members will present the session and provide helpful real life examples for attendees to be compliant with the regulation and the ODH survey process.

Presented by:

Amy L. Francis, LNHA, CEAL, Corporate Quality Assurance, Windsor House Inc.

Danielle Russo, CEAL, CDP, Executive Director, Victoria House Assisted Living/Gracewoods of Salem

4:30 pm Conference Adjourns

Lisa M. Cini, President / CEO, Mosaic Design Studio
Lisa M. Cini is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio. A global commercial design, project management and procurement company, Mosaic?s mission is to 'Improve Quality of Life By Design.' Lisa has the ability to take the complex and make it simple, as well as repeatable. By harnessing this ability, the award winning company has expanded 149% over the past three years. Under Lisa?s leadership, Mosaic has dedicated itself to meeting clients? needs, while upholding their mission, vision and values. She has helped a diverse clientele has meet with success on far-reaching projects, and among them are: The top global senior living operators, The United States Air Force, The United States Navy, the National Hockey League, Coopers Hawk Winery and The OhioHealth Hospital System.
Combining her business savvy with her wide-ranging creativity has brought Lisa into the publishing world. She has received numerous awards, which span multiple industries. A sought-after speaker, Lisa has been featured on radio and TV; recently, she appeared on Today in America with Terry Bradshaw.

Scott Collins, CEO, Linkage
Scott is the president and CEO of Link?age Solutions which provides group purchasing solutions to more than 825 senior living locations throughout the US; Link-age Ventures which provides private equity investment in early stage companies with products, services & technology for older adults; and Link-age Connect which provides market research services to companies wanting to better understand the aging consumer. Scott has extensive experience in executive management, leadership development and contract negotiation. Prior to joining Link?age, Scott was a Vice President with GE Capital Commercial Asset Funding and held senior management positions in the commercial real estate and textile industries. When he?s not at work or with his family, Scott donates his time as a volunteer on the Foundation Boards of Cincinnati State and LeadingAge Ohio.

Billie Daugherty, HR Generalist, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice
Billie Daugherty, SHRM-CP serves as the HR Generalist at Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice where she is responsible for recruitment, retention, and engagement of top talent and for creating a work environment that allows employees to connect passion with purpose. Since joining the Ohio Living team in 2014, Billie has worked diligently to develop a workplace culture that empowers and engages employees. Her efforts lead to Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice being named one of the top 99 employers in northeast Ohio by NorthCoast 99 and a LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice. Billie was recognized by the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals for her innovative retention and engagement strategies and was named a 25 Under 35 Honoree in 2017.

Amy L. Francis, LNHA, CEAL, Corporate Quality Assurance, Windsor House Inc.

Thomas W. Hess, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Annually appearing on the Best Lawyers list, as well as the Ohio Super Lawyers list, Tom has more than 40 years of experience representing assisted living facilities, durable medical equipment companies, home health agencies, hospice providers, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, physicians and other licensed health care providers before state, federal and administrative courts across the country. He is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and immediate past chair of the Government Relations and Health Care Industry practice groups. Leveraging extensive experience with a thorough understanding of the issues facing the health care industry, Tom takes a practical, yet aggressive, approach to help clients meet their needs while also mitigating risk. Within the constantly-evolving industry, he guides clients through myriad challenges, including certificate of need, health care fraud investigations, as well as issues related to Medicare and Medicaid audits, overpayments, certifications, exclusions and reimbursement. Additionally, he has assisted clients with the acquisition and disposition of health care facilities and practices, demonstrating a knowledge of not only the industry?s distinctive operations but also of traditional business transactions. Understanding that complex health care reform initiatives have dramatically impacted the industry?s operations, Tom, a former assistant attorney general in Ohio, utilizes his familiarity with the regulatory agencies and their procedures to provide clients with the insight they need to confidently move forward.

Danielle Russo, CEAL, CDP, Executive Director, Victoria House Assisted Living/Gracewoods of Salem

Ryan Scragg, Hospice Clinical Liaison, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice
Ryan Scragg, BSN, RN serves as the Hospice Clinical Liaison for Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice where he is responsible for the growth and innovative development of the hospice program. In addition to facilitating hospice referrals and admissions, Ryan provides hospice education to patients, family members, facilities, and organizations in the Greater Youngstown community. Since joining the Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice team in 2014, Ryan held positions of Hospice Case Manager and Home Health Supervisor.

Pete Van Runkle, Executive Director, OHCA/OCAL
Continuing Education Credit:
This program offers up to 6 hours of continuing education credit for the following:

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL): Up to six hours are available during this program and can be used toward renewal of the CEAL certification.

Certified Executives for Health Care at Home (CEHCH):
Up to six hours are available during this program and can be used toward renewal of the CEHCH certification.

Ohio Licensed Administrators: The Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives for Long Term Care Services and Supports (BELTSS). Administrators can earn up to 6 preferred hours of continuing education credit.

Ohio Nurses:
*Nurses please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19.

Out of State Administrators (NAB):
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6 hours.
What Is Included in My Registration Fee?

Up to 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit
Lunch Buffet
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions

Conference Registration Fees:

$130 prior to August 9
$165 August 9 and after

Registration Fees:
The 2018 Assisted Living Summit is offered to all assisted living professionals at the low Association member rate (a savings of $175 for non members).

Take advantage of this great offer!

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