Tuesday, Nov. 16

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Attendee Registration & Credentialing of Delegates

California Ballroom Foyer

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Primrose AB- Palm Springs Convention Center

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

CAHF House of Delegates Session 2

Primrose A/B - Palm Springs Convention Center

  • Association business and elections

  • Patron recognition

  • Spindle Award

  • 2022 Board of Directors Installation

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Exhibitor Move-In

Main Lobby & Oasis Exhibit Hall, Palm Springs Convention Center

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Exhibitor and Facility Member Show Pass Only Registration

Main Lobby, Palm Springs Convention Center

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

(Program begins at 10:00 AM)

Developmental Services Conference

San Jacinto

Craig Cornett CAHF CEO/President • Amy Blumberg Dir. of Legislative Affairs • Matthew Steinorth Developmental Services Conference Chair • Meredith Wurden Associate Director, Sellers Dorsey • CAHF’s Reimbursement Directors Jeff Sandman and Jennifer Breen • Jason Belden CAHF Director of Emergency Preparedness

This year’s agenda will provide ICF/DD members with essential training and resources — designed for administrators, managers as well as clinical and non-clinical staff — for navigating ongoing operations as a result of COVID and how you can continue to move forward.  In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to attend the expo and network with colleagues.

  • 9:00-10:00: Peer Networking

  • 10:00 – 10:30: Welcome, introductions, sponsor comments – Developmental Services Conference Chair Matthew Steinorth

  • 10:30 – 11:30: Looking Forward Roundtable - CAHF CEO/President Craig Cornett, CAHF Dir. of Legislative Affairs Amy Blumberg, DS Conference Chair Matthew Steinorth and Meredith Wurden, Associate Director, Sellers Dorsey

  • 11:30-1:00: Expo & Lunch at reserved tables

  • 1:00-2:00: Reimbursement Presentation - CAHF’s Reimbursement Director Jeff Sandman and Assistant Director Jennifer Breen

  • 2:00-3:00: Life Safety Update - Jason Belden, CAHF Director of Emergency Preparedness

  • 3:00-4:00: COVID roundtable –Share best practices/approaches

  • 4:00-4:15: Next steps and closing remarks

Sponsored by Mountain View Services, Inc.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Healthcare Hero Awards

Primrose A/B - Palm Springs Convention Center

Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM


Envision Everything

Primrose A/B - Palm Springs Convention Center

Kristy Yoskey SVP of Clinical Strategies, HealthPRO Heritage  •  Erin Dunn VP of Strategic Partnerships, HealthPRO Heritage

Taking each change in policy, regulation and payment one at a time doesn't seem like the most optimal approach to tackle our industry's move to value based care. This session will look at the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care and help you look beyond the next year of change to be a part of building the future of skilled nursing.


Sponsored by HealthPRO Heritage (Premier Partner)

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Expo with Lunch

Oasis Exhibit Hall, Palm Springs Convention Center

End of Show Mega Cash Giveaway & CAHFPAC Raffle Drawing - 1:45 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

AHCA Committee Representatives

Agua Caliente

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION: Managed Care Track

CalAIM: Changes and Challenges  •  Smoketree ABC

Karen Widerynski Managed Care Specialist, California Association of Health Facilities  •  Beau Henneman Director of Special Programs, CA Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross  •  Sydney A. Turner Director of Special Projects, Health Net  •  Katherine Barresi Partnership Health Plan of California

Learn anticipated challenges to skilled nursing facilities as Cal AIM is implemented. The panel will review changes and opportunities in long term services and supports and share what managed care organizations are doing to improve patient care in the Medi-Cal expansion.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM


An Alternative Way to Build Your CNA/NA Workforce: Grow Your Own!

Mojave Learning Center

Amy Blumberg Director of Legislative Affairs, California Association of Healthcare Facilities  •  Claire Enright Executive Director, Quality Care Health Foundation

Get the tools you need to employ Nurse Assistants (NAs) that count in your 3.5 DHPPD and build your 2.4 DHPPD workforce. Attendees will learn the process to be approved by CDPH for the new alternative online NATP option that allows students to complete the theory online and the facility staff to complete the clinical training.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM


COVID-19's Financial Impact on Skilled Nursing Facilities  Smoketree DE

Jason Almiro Director of Healthcare Research, BOK Financial  •  Ky Chaffin Senior Vice President, BOK Financial

Attendees will learn about the latest financial, legislative and regulatory issues facing the skilled nursing industry and how they are impacting the financing of skilled nursing organizations. The typical financial metrics of a SNF (average payer mix, occupancy, revenue, operating costs, profitability) and the characteristics of a financially successful organization will also be discussed.


Sponsored by BOK Financial

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Chapter Presidents


2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Wellness Break & Activities

Ballroom Terrace

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM


Discover No-Cost/Low-Cost Workforce Recruitment Resources

Mojave Learning Center

Claire Enright Executive Director, Quality Care Health Foundation  •  Melissa Howlett Business Service Specialist, San Bernardino County Workforce Development  •  Corey Wright Administrator, Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center  •  Karin Reynoso GAIN and GROW Division RN NATP Program Director, LA County Office of Education

The panelists will introduce valuable workforce recruitment options available at no charge or low charge to all facilities. Explore these resources that will provide you with recruitment pathways to build a reliable, skilled facility team.


3:10 PM - 4:00 PM


Insurance 101 - Mitigating Risk & Promoting Compliance  Smoketree ABC

Jillian Somers Donovan Attorney, Hanson Bridgett LLP  •  Linda Klamm Attorney/Insurance Recover Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Learn about potential pitfalls regarding claims reporting and tips and tricks for building a culture of compliance within your organization to maximize potentially available insurance coverage. The presenters will also briefly discuss covered items, the scope of different types of policies and the realities of policy limits, as well as post-COVID effects on coverages.


Sponsored by Hanson Bridgett

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM


New Technology to Improve Care

Smoketree DE

John Whitman Executive Director of TRECS Institute

One of the few benefits of COVID-19 is the explosion of new technologies being developed to help improve the quality of care, save staff time and save money. This session will review some of these exciting opportunities worthy of consideration by every SNF.


3:10 PM - 4:00 PM


Journey to Wellness

Chino AB

Dr. Kathleen Weissberg National Director of Education, Select Rehabilitation

Whether simple or complex, every wellness program contributes to healthier communities and reduced healthcare costs. Explore the journey of three providers who undertook an employee wellness challenge and how person-centered wellness programs were integrated into their culture. Lessons learned are presented including what worked (and didn’t), measures of satisfaction/ROI, sustainability, and creativity to incorporate all dimensions of wellness.


Sponsored by Select Rehabilitation (Wellness Partner)

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM


Sustainable Screening Strategies for Staff, Visitors, and Contractors

Smoketree ABC

Jason Belden Director of Emergency Preparedness, CAHF  •  DeAnn Walters Director of Clinical Affairs and Quality Improvement, CAHF  •  Drew Vaughn Chief Client Officer,

Sustainable screening strategies for staff, visitors and contractors are essential in maintaining a safe environment while minimizing the operational impacts of dedicating staff to entry management. This discussion will explore screening best practices for the duration of the pandemic and beyond.


Sponsored by (Premier Partner)

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM


Tax Credits: The Secret to Employee Retention

Smoketree DE

Howard Labow President, National Enrollment Services • David Garcia Director, Marketing & Partner Support, Walton Management

Timing is crucial as employees are struggling financially during this very difficult period of COVID-19. The nursing home employee vaccination law will cause many employees who resist being vaccinated to leave the industry. This presentation will help you understand how government tax credits for healthcare employees stabilize retention and why it's to their advantage to continue to work in the facility.


Sponsored by Lippa Insurance Services (Premier Partner)

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM


Complying with California's New Medical Information Breach Regulations 

Mojave Learning Center

Andrea Frey Associate Attorney, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman  •  Rhonda Anderson Health Information Management Consultant, Anderson Health Information Systems, Inc.  •  Barbara Phillips Health Information Management Consultant, Anderson Health Information Systems, Inc.

On June 28th, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Medical Breach Regulations that went into effect July 1. The presenters will provide an overview of the new regulations as well as practical considerations for ensuring compliance.


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Party with a Purpose - Homecoming Reunion and Celebration

Renaissance Pool Deck

Celebrate the CAHF family being back together after two long years! Enjoy tasty appetizers, spiked punch, a 360-degree video booth and more! Contribute to the Healthcare Hero fund and celebrate with award winners and the newly elected 2022 CAHF Board of Directors. Dance the night away with party-band, Rembrandt as they perform a variety of music from throughout the decades.
Come dressed from the year of your high school graduation (or your favorite decade). Separate ticket required $75 per person. NO CASH, credit or debit card only.