2022 Symposium is Once Again In-Person with New and Timely Programs

6th Annual LIVE Forum on Post-Acute, LTC & ALF
June 3, 2022
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
DoubleTree Oak Brook, IL

The 6th Annual Forum on Post-Acute, LTC & ALF will be held once again in-person on Friday, June 3 at the DoubleTree Oak Brook.

You can expect the same quality programming with dynamic speakers, creating a forum to exchange ideas and share information. All while earning 6 free continuing education credits.

Sessions are even more relevant and timely as skilled nursing and senior living providers redefine how they operate in a new normal, with new expectations and requirements.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Acadia Pharmaceuticals
Accurate Biometrics
Astellas Pharma Inc.
AstraZeneca
Biocodex USA
Boehringer Ingelheim
CPT Rehab
Exhibitus, Inc.
Glennis ACCUflo
Lilly USA, LLC.
Neurocrine Biosciences
PointClickCare
Professional Healthcare Lab
Professional Nursing Services
RESIDE Admissions
​Right Way Medical
RSM US
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sun Pharma
UCB Biopharmaceuticals​
Urovent Sciences

Sessions

Staff Retention in the New Normal

Hiring the right candidate for a job is always difficult, but retaining staff is even more challenging, especially after the pandemic. This session will teach you what experts are doing in skilled and assisted living settings and the healthcare industry to attract and retain the right employees. Drive higher engagement, staff retention, and expertise in healthcare by investing in employees from day one.

<ul><li>Learn how to attract and retain employees in the industry</li><li>Recognize the impact of an effective onboarding process</li><li>Understand what industry experts are doing to handle retention post-COVID</li></ul>

Sheri is a strategic and driven healthcare executive within senior living and post-acute care and specializes in advanced healthcare delivery and gerontology. Sheri served as the Vice President of Clinical Services at Brookdale for more than eight years before joining Belmont Village in 2017 as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. Sheri is skilled at establishing an operating structure for small and large organizations that generates profitable results and exceeds business goals. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Abilene Christian University.

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>A dedicated member of the long-term care profession for more than two decades, Tom served as the Administrator at Arbor of Itasca for nearly 10 years before joining Valley Hi as its Administrator in 2010. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Southern Illinois University and has been a member of the Illinois Healthcare Association for most of his career. He was recognized as one of Provider magazine’s “20 to Watch” and completed the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders program. Tom joined the IHCA Board of Directors in 2011 and has served on various IHCA committees. He currently chairs the IHCA Nursing Facility Constituency Steering Committee and Illinois Leaders program.</span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Pam has more than 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has created award-winning strategies and educational programs for industry leaders. She joined Forum in 2004 as Director of Marketing and Client Relations and was named Vice President of Business Operations in 2007 and Executive Vice President in 2011. Pam is responsible for developing and implementing Forum’s mission and vision and optimizes Forum’s infrastructure, approach, and services. She has a diverse background and expertise in strategic planning, customer relations, operational process development, and Lean Six Sigma. Pam is a seasoned speaker, presenting at conferences such as the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Illinois Health care Association, and Leading Age, Illinois. Pam received a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and is a Licensed Pharmacy Technician. </span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sara focuses on developing strategic and dynamic processes using technology and human capital to optimize benefits administration, talent management, recruitment, performance management, employee relations, training, and development. Sara served as the Human Resources Team Lead for Serrala US Corporation before joining Forum in 2021 as its Human Resources Manager. Her strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with global cross-functional teams have enabled her to develop exceptional levels of internal and external customer service and increase employee engagement and satisfaction. Sara received a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies from DePaul University and is currently working on her Master’s in Human Resources from DePaul. </span>

  • Nursing: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • Administrators: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20230602-6-A84172-IN.

Staying Safe and Secure in an Increasingly Hostile CyberWorld

Does your company have a “Zero Trust” security policy? How much does a data breach cost? Did you know that 2021 had the highest average data security cost in 17 years? In this session, you can explore ways to help mitigate your risk and learn about how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) affects you today. The Internet is packed with HIPPA violations; do you know the HIPPA rules for protecting and securing your data, or how they relate to social media and websites? Do you know how to protect your organization and the residents you serve?

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<li>Explore data security and ways to mitigate risk in your organization</li>
<li>Learn about HIPAA and rules for social media and the internet</li>
<li>Understand how to protect your organizations and residents</li>
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Dennis has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology. He started at Forum in 2001 as a part-time Pharmacy Technician and became the company’s first full-time IT employee in 2003. Dennis has implemented new technology and systems that have helped Forum improve customer service and employee satisfaction. In 2010, he was named department Manager and helped expand the IT department with 24/7 support for staff members. He was promoted to Director of IT in 2017. Dennis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed a Master’s degree in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Nursing: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • Administrators: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20230602-6-A84172-IN.

Brain Attack ─ Stroke Overview and Update

This session discusses the latest information on stroke diagnosis and treatment. Barb starts the lecture with a review of neuroanatomy and the blood supply to the brain and spinal cord. She provides a comprehensive overview of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors and the treatment and prevention of the modifiable risk factors for both hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. The lecture will focus on the classic clinical presentation for both hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. Acute emergency treatment for hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes and chronic treatment protocols will also be discussed.

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<li>Understand neuroanatomy and blood supply to the brain and spinal cord</li>
<li>Recognize modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for strokes, and prevention and treatment methods</li>
<li>Learn about acute emergency treatment for strokes and chronic treatment protocols</li>
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Barb is an industry professional with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare as a nurse, author, editor, educator, and speaker. She is a passionate and informative speaker on clinical topics such as pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology. Barb has taught more than 2,800 continuing education seminars on health-related topics and has served as the keynote speaker for professional associations and corporations, including the American Association of Practitioners for Infection Control, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. Currently, Barb is the Executive Director and President of CPP Associates, Inc., a continuing education provider. Barb holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from East Carolina University and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia.

  • Nursing: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • Administrators: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20230602-6-A84172-IN.

Survey after COVID

Has the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) changed their focus for annual surveys at LTCFs, ALFs, ICFs/DDs, and CILAs after the COVID-19 pandemic? Ask Sheila Baker, Bureau Chief of LTC, IDPH, and Cynthia SchierlSpreen, Bureau Chief of Quality Management, Planning & Medicaid Administration at the lllinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). What are the top-cited deficiencies? Does the survey focus more on Infection Control now? What are the common complaints faced by surveyors? Get the information firsthand from those in the know.

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<li>Describe components to annual surveys and the focus for 2022</li>
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Sheila joined the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Office of Healthcare Regulation, as the Bureau Chief of Long-Term Care in 2021. She is responsible for long-term care Federal, State and licensure surveys in Illinois as well as the Special Investigations Unit, Compliance Assurance, and Certification and Licensures. Before joining IDPH, Sheila served as the Vice President of Operations for Cigna and as the Director of the Post-Acute Preferred Provider Network for Presence Health, where she developed quality care criteria for skilled and long-term nursing care providers. Sheila is a member of the Illinois State Bar and practiced law for several years, focusing on employee/labor relations, contracts, and healthcare compliance. Sheila holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Medical Group Management Association.

  • Nursing: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • Administrators: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20230602-6-A84172-IN.

Dealing with Difficult Families

Many of us chose this field because we love helping people. We didn’t count on enduring the sometimes awkward, demoralizing, infuriating interactions with family members of patients and residents. Is there any way to prevent one of the most complex and draining parts of a healthcare-related job? How can we respond in a way that doesn’t make the situation worse?

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<li>Outline ways to appropriately handle difficult family members</li>
<li>Identify preventative steps to maintain escalating situations</li>
<li>Adopt strategies to interact effectively with family members</li>
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The focus of Benjamin’s work as a social gerontologist is to empower people to thrive, no matter the disability or cognitive disorder they may have. He is passionate about designing powerful user experiences for elders and the people who serve them. Benjamin joined Koelsch Senior Communities in 2016 as the Director of Programs and Training before moving into the Director of Education and Culture in 2018, where he shapes innovative engagement experiences for seniors, as well as specialized programming for people living with dementia. Benjamin also guides person-centered training for over 2,000 employees in 8 states, leads Koelsch Innovation Lab, and coaches 70+ wellness directors and 32+ Executive Directors who support over 1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building alliances that make it possible. Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology from Biola University and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from California State University.

  • Nursing: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • Administrators: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20230602-6-A84172-IN.

Shampoos, Tattoos, and Bar-B-Ques: What’s New in the World of Infectious Diseases?

This seminar provides an overview and update on current issues impacting infectious diseases. New vaccines, new diseases, new drugs, and new bugs! What’s new in the world of vaccines? Is it safe to travel the world today? Is it safe to eat the food where you travel, and for that matter, is it safe to eat the food you buy here at home? There are many “microbes on the menu” in today’s world—how can you avoid them, and what are their clinical manifestations and treatments? Barb discusses the benefits of antibiotic stewardship and provides a plethora of pearls you can take back to your organization.

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<li>Understand food safety while at home, at your organization, and while traveling</li>
<li>Learn about antibiotic stewardship and best practices to implement in your organization</li>
<li>Recognize current and new diseases, their clinical manifestations, and treatments</li>
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Barb is an industry professional with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare as a nurse, author, editor, educator, and speaker. She is a passionate and informative speaker on clinical topics such as pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology. Barb has taught more than 2,800 continuing education seminars on health-related topics and has served as the keynote speaker for professional associations and corporations, including the American Association of Practitioners for Infection Control, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. Currently, Barb is the Executive Director and President of CPP Associates, Inc., a continuing education provider. Barb holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from East Carolina University and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia.

  • Nursing: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • Administrators: This program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20230602-6-A84172-IN.