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2019 NC Senior Living Association
Convention & Trade show


We invite you to join us for our 58th Annual Convention and Trade Show September 10-12, 2019  at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC.  With over 250 attendees and 90 exhibitors last year,  we expect even larger attendance this year! From Opening Session to CEU Thursday, there is a continuum of CEU opportunities throughout the convention.  Nothing can compete with face-to-face interaction with vendors and the NCSLA Trade Show provides opportunities to engage with current and new customers and attendees. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the market for a new service or new product, an in-person presentation and short question-based conversation with our select vendors is time well-spent. 


Sponsorship is a great way for new vendors to gain new exposure to our members or for our seasoned vendors to interact with members in a relaxed environment. There are a wide range of sponsorship levels that are suitable to every budget. Consider sponsoring a continuing education session, a hospitality suite, or the entire convention. 
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Our vendors tell us year in and year out that the NCSLA Trade Show is one of the best!  Each attendee is a potential lead waiting to be captured.  By combining exposure to a large number of NCSLA members with the ability to interact personally with each attendee, the NCSLA Trade Show offers an experience for both your business and the attendee that other forms of marketing cannot.

Booth decorating contests, interactive games and door prizes throughout the Trade Show make for a fun opportunity to generate new business. It's a creative  environment to get to know current and potential customers!

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track training

NCSLA creates a Track Training session each year at the start of Convention, designed to offer members an opportunity to learn more on a given topic in a short period of time.  These sessions are an accelerated training designed to provide the attendee with everything they need to know to apply back at work. Attendees should already possess solid skills and aptitudes on the topic so that the knowledge they gain can enhance their knowledge on a given subject.

Watch for details on the 2019 Track Training announcement!

Convention Continuing Education

The North Carolina Senior Living Association encourages all members to expand their foundations of knowledge and stay up-to-date on new developments in the assisted living industry. The Adult Care Licensure Section of the Department of Health and Human Services sets continuing education requirements and it is our mission and goal to assist members in meeting these requirements, while supporting and advancing the training needs and interests of Assisted Living service providers. Each day of convention offers continuing education credit opportunities, including CEU Thursday which is dedicated to member training and development. 

CEU registration will be available through the Convention Registration
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See the 2018 Agenda  below as a preview to the quality Convention you can expect in September!

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 Forest Baptist Medical Center

Jeff Horton, NCSLA

Lanier Cansler,
Cansler Collaborative 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,
NC Health Information Exchange Authority

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

Dean Wilson, President

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

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

Exhibitor Led CEUs :


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

cranford agency
Amy Perkins
 The Murky Waters of Flood Insurance

John Fisher
Best Practices in Facility Management in Senior Living Communities

Frank Chapman
Collaboration Development and Construction

Dave Richard, DHHS

Tara Larson, Cansler Collaborative 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


Thursday, November 29th, 2018 

Trade Show CEU 
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

Shannon Spence, DMA

Megan Lamphere, DHSR

Richard Rutherford, SembraCare

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

David Carl, Carolina Healthcare System

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