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We invite you to join us for our 58th Annual Convention and Trade Show September 10-12 in Concord, NC! Last year we had over 250 attendees and 90 exhibitors, but would love to add more! We offer premiere continuing education opportunities for facilities all week long and offer vendors an ideal opportunity to mingle with administrators and facility owners.

Click the links below to register. Please contact us if you have any questions about the event or would like to sponsor.:

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship is a great way for new vendors to get their name out to our members or for our seasoned vendors to have more time with them. We have a wide variety of levels that are perfect for every budget. Consider sponsoring a CEU, a hospitality suite, or our entire convention today!

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Our trade show is one of the best! We have a lot of fun with our vendors and members at convention, but the Trade Show definitely brings a lot of excitement. We do booth decorating contest, encourage our vendors to bring games for more interaction and give away door prizes at the end. It's definitely a fun environment to get to know old or new clients.

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Track Training:

NCSLA is dedicated to making a difference in Long Term Care. We believe that begins with providing premiere education. Track Training is one of our new opportunities to get specific with certain staff members. Each year we provide training that directly relates to specific staff members.

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Convention is the perfect opportunity to get most of the CEUs required for the year. CEU credits are given for our Opening and General Sessions on the first 2 days and on the 3rd day we have several CEUs going on with multiple topics to choose from. 

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Check out our 2018 Schedule below. 2019 Speakers and Schedule coming soon!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Cari Owens, 
Carolina Meadows Chapel Hill
Track Training:
Activity Directors and Coordinators (3 CEUs)
Location: Biltmore
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join this training to learn new, creative activities that will encourage socialization, provide entertainment and fulfillment, and improve daily living skills for your residents.
Lead By:
Cari Owens, Life Services Manager, Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill

Assisting Instructors:
Diane Archer 
Activity Specialist, Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill

Erika Hamlet, MA in Art Therapy, Carolina Meadows Chapel Hill

Adele Dowell, Administrator of the Fairways Assisted Living, Carolina Meadows Chapel Hill

Julie Bradwell, LRT/CTRS Wake Forrest Baptist Medical Center

Jeff Horton, NCSLA

Lanier Cansler, Cansler Collaorative Resources, Inc.

Allan Parnell, PhD, President, McMillan and Moss Research, Inc, and Vice President and Research Director, Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities

Jessica Brehmer,

James C. Wrenn, Hopper, Hicks and Wrenn, PLLC 

Dean Wilson, NCSLA

Opening Session: (4 CEUs)
Location: Guilford E
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

12:30 PM -12:45 PM: Welcome

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM: Legislative Update:

Jeff Horton, Executive Director, NCSLA

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Managed Care Updates:
Lanier Cansler, President, Cansler Collaborative Resources, Inc

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM "Bracing the Silver Tsunami: Longevity, Economy and the Business of Aging":
Allan Parnell, PhD, President, McMillan and Moss Research, Inc, and Vice President and Research Director, Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities. "Aging as an Engine of Innovation." 

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NCHIEA) and HealthConnex:

Jessica Brehmer, Business Development and Outreach Specialist, Health Information Exchange Authority

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Encouraging Physician Coverage in Your Facility: Avoiding Liability Traps
James C. Wrenn Jr., Attorney, Hopper, Hicks and Wrenn, PLLC

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
President's Message and Membership Meeting:

Dean Wilson, President, NCSLA

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Exhibitor Lead CEUs by:

Speaker: Ben Wax

Speaker: Kevin Bailey
Don't Be a Drip (Data Rich Information Poor)

cranford agency
Speaker: Amy Perkins
The Murky Waters of Flood Insurance

Speaker: John Fisher
Best Practices in Facility Management in Senior Living Communities

Speaker: Frank Chapman
Collaboration Development and Construction

Dave Richard, DHHS

Tara Larson, Cansler Collaorative Resources, Inc

Ryan Johnson, United Healthcare

Richard Frederickson
Speaker: Richard Fredrickson

Patricia Nobbie
Speaker: Patricia D. Nobbie, PhD., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC's Healthy Blue

Mark Henry - Wellcare
Speaker: Mark Henry, WellCare
Representative Pat Hurley, House District 70

Representative Donny Lambeth, House District 75

Representative Larry Potts, House District 81

Senator Joyce Krawiec, Senate District 31

Trade Show CEUs: 
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

(1 CEU)
- 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM 
Ben Wax, Director of Business Development, Blue Ridge Pharmacy
- 8:50 AM - 9:10
Kevin Bailey, Healthcare Business Developer, Gordon Foods
- 9:10 AM - 9:30 PM
Amy Cranford Perkins,
CPIA, The Cranford Agency

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM:
(1 CEU)
- 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
John Fisher, Director of Member Solutions/ Non-Acute, Intalere
**NCSLA Trade Show Giveaway 12:55 PM**
- 12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
Frank Chapman, VP of Medical Construction, Davie Construction

Trade Show
9:00 AM -12:00PM

General Session "Managed Care Boot Camp:(3 CEUs)
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 
DMA and Managed Care Update:

Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance, DHHS

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Catch the Managed Care Tidal Wave
Tara Larson, Senior Healthcare Policy Specialist, Cansler Collaorative Resources, Inc.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Forum of Managed Care Companies
: (10- 15 min. each) 
1. United Healthcare - 
Ryan Johnson, Executive Director/ MLTSS Project Director at United Health Community and State of Virginia

2. Carolina Complete Health -
Richard Fredrickson, SVP of Long Term Care  

3.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC's Healthy Blue- 
Patricia D. Nobbie, Ph.D., Director, Disability Policy Engagement

4. WellCare - 
Mark Henry, Director, LTC and HCBS Contracting

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(15 min. each)
Updates from Legislators:

Representative  Pat Hurley, House District 70, Randolf County

Representative Donny Lambeth, House District 75, Forsythe County

Representative Larry Potts, 
House District 81, Davidson County

Senator Joyce Krawiec,
Senate District 31, Forsyth and Yadkin Counties

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 

Shannon Spence, DMA

Megan Lamphere, DHSR

Richard Rutherford, SembraCare

Julie Henry, NC Healthcare Association
Cpt. Jeff Medlin
Moore County Sheriff's Department

David Carl, Carolina Healthcare System

Waves of CEUs (6 CEUs)

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Regulatory Update:
Shannon Spence, PCS Program Manager, DMA

Stacy Lee, Department of Mental Health

Tamara Smith, Department of Mental Health

Megan Lamphere, Adult Care Licensure Section Chief, DHSR

Steve Lewis, Construction Section Chief, DHSR

Session 1:(1 CEU)
"Revenue Up, Costs Down: Improved Office and Billing Practices"
Richard Rutherford, SembraCare
Times Offered:
12:15-1:00 Lunch break

Session 2: (1 CEU)
How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage and How to Work with Traditional Media to Ensure Your Messages are Being Heard
Julie Henry, VP of Communications & PR, NC Healthcare Association
Ray Hornak, Partner, Forge Communications
Times Offered:
12:15-1:00 Lunch break

Session 3: (1 CEU)
Active Shooter Awareness:
Captain Jeff Medlin, Moore County Sherriff's Department
Times Offered:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 4: (1CEU)
Navigating Waves of Change:
David Carl, Executive Director, Spiritual Care and Education, Carolinas HealthCare System
Times Offered:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 
3:45 - 4:45 PM