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TitleHCAM/MCAL Annual Convention & Expo
TypeConvention Attendee
LocationAmway Grand Plaza and DeVos Place
Grand Rapids, MI
SponsorHCAM & MCAL
Dates 11/5/2018 to 11/7/2018
Time All Day

Online registration is closed for this event. 
On-site registration is available on the day of the event at the registration booth.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

For the last 70 years the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) has been
proudly serving our members. We were established in 1948, as the Michigan
Association of Approved Nursing Homes. Members were typically personal
homes, converted houses or two-family flats where individuals, couples and
families took in the community’s frail elderly to provide room, board, personal
care and nursing care. Quite a bit has changed since those early days, but not
the need for the profession to come together as a unified voice. HCAM has
since grown to represent more than 340 nursing and rehabilitation facilities.
The Michigan Center for Assisted Living (MCAL) began to serve other senior
living settings in 1999 and is the premier organization for AL communities.
We are grateful for the trust you have placed in us and look forward to
continuing to represent you in the years to come.

We are celebrating our 70th anniversary during our Annual Convention and
Expo. Please join us from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on
Tuesday, November 6 for our PLATINUM celebration.


  • Join us for inspirational and informative speakers including Dr. John Ziesel, a world renowned Alzheimer’s and dementia expert, and Dr. Marc Milstein (back by popular demand) with a closing keynote by AHCA/NCAL expert Scott Tittle
  • David Lebenbom Scholarship Reception with original paintings by Mr. Lebenbom available for purchase to support the scholarship fund
  • Indoor wellness activity - restorative yoga with additional pain CE
  • HCAM 70th Platinum Anniversary Reception
  • Sunday preconference intensives for nurses (separate registration required) offering six nurse CEs featuring presentations on progressive clinicaltreatments or providing inclusive care to LGBT older adults.
  • Annual vendor expo show
  • Opportunity to earn up to 12 continuing education contact hours and up to two pain contact hours
  • Concurrent educational tracks including: Dementia, SNF Regulatory Compliance & Ops, Reimbursement, Health & Wellness, Workforce, Quality, Cyber/Tech

This event is designed for facility & community owners, corporate consultants & management, licensed nursing home administrators, adult foster care licensees, directors of nursing & nursing staff, licensed social workers, certified assisted living directors, certified activity professionals, business office professionals and HCAM|MCAL associate partners.

This year’s conference will provide up to 12 contact hours, including up to 2 contact hours of “pain” education, for the following professional disciplines:
• Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
• Adult Foster Care Licensee Administrator
• Licensed Social Worker/Social Service Technician
• Certified Assisted Living Director
• Certified Activity Professional


NOTE: To register for the Pre-Convention Intensives, please click HERE.


Keynote Speakers
Opening Keynote Dr. John Zeisel
John Zeisel, PhD, is the CEO & President of The I’m Still Here Foundation and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, is the author of the bestselling book I’m Still Here, A Breakthrough Approach to Understanding Someone Living with Alzheimer’s. Hearthstone employs the I’m Still Here® approach in managing Assisted Living Residences for people with dementia in Massachusetts and as the basis of the Hearthstone Institute’s national training programs with certified I’m Still Here Centers of Excellence from coast to coast nationally. Hearthstone’s Research Division together with the I’m Still Here Foundation develops innovative non-pharmacological programs for this population including Hearthside Stories, Home4Care, Meet Me at the Museum, Meet Me at the Movies, Learning for Life, and It Takes a Village. Dr. Zeisel holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Salford University in the UK. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and McGill and the University of Minnesota. He serves on the Board of Directors of Abe’s Garden in Nashville and the CareLiving Foundation that supports caregivers in memory of singer Glenn Campbell.

Tuesday Keynote  Dr. Marc Milstein
Dr. Marc Milstein specializes in taking the leading science research on human health, productivity, and happiness and presents it in a way that entertains, educates and empowers his audience to live better. His lecture topics range from cutting edge brain science topics such as sleep, memory, stress and emotions to how our DNA and trillions of cells work in concert with our environment to determine our health. He earned both his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. Dr. Milstein has conducted research on topics including genetics, cancer biology, neuroscience, and infectious disease and his work has been published in multiple scientific journals. Dr. Milstein has been quoted breaking down and analyzing the latest research in popular press such as USA Today, Huffington Post and Weight Watchers Magazine. Dr. Milstein can also be seen on TV’s “Dr. Oz” show explaining the latest science breakthroughs that improve our life.

Closing Keynote Scott Tittle
Scott Tittle became the executive director of the National Center for Assisted Living – the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association—in the summer of 2015. Prior, Scott was the president of a state affiliate of AHCA/NCAL, the Indiana Health Care Association and the Indiana Center for Assisted Living. An attorney by background, he has worked on health care issues at the Indianapolis law firm Krieg DeVault and as the health policy director for former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Scott received his law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and his undergraduate degrees from Vanderbilt University.


7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.  Registration Open
7:30 A.M.  Breakfast Buffet
8:15 - 8:30 A.M.  Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 - 9:30 A.M.  Keynote: HOPE in Dementia: You Can Make A Difference
9:50 - 10:50 A.M.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
M101 Responding to “Challenging Behaviors”: Who is Creating the Challenge
M201 Building Wave of Change: Federal and State Legal/Regulatory Update
11:10 A.M. - 12:10 P.M. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
M102 Communication in Dementia
M202 Incorporating Past Non-Compliance into Your QAPI Program
12:10 - 1:15 P.M. 
Provided Luncheon Buffet
MCAL General Membership Meeting
1:15 - 2:15 P.M.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
M103 Engagement Experiences: Everyone is Involved
M203 Trauma-Informed Care & Treatment
2:35 - 3:35 P.M.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
M104 The Physical Environment as Treatment Reducing Symptoms by Design
M204 Engaging with Ethics
3:55 - 4:55 P.M.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
M105 Scripted IMPROV: Reducing Depression Through an Improvisation Experience
M205 New Survey Process & Lessons Learned Panel
6:00 - 7:30 P.M. David Lebenbom Scholarship Reception - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.  Registration Open
7:30 A.M.  Breakfast Buffet
8:15 - 8:30 A.M.  Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 - 9:30 A.M.  Keynote: The Latest Insights Into Managing Anxiety & Stress
9:50 - 10:50 A.M.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
T101 SNF Reimbursement Update: Part 1
T201 OTC Medications: A Dive into Risk, Benefits and Resident Management
T301 Nursing Program Update: Opportunities in Michigan
T401 AHCA|NCAL’s Solutions for Quality Care in Skilled Nursing
T501 Building a Telemedicine Program: Operational and Legal Considerations
11:10 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
T102 SNF Reimbursement Update: Part 2
T202 Master Sleep to Boost Your Brain, Maximize Energy and Slow Aging
T402 AHCA|NCAL’s Solutions for Quality Care in Assisted Living
T502 Cyber Liability for Healthcare
T203 Non-Parmacological Pain Approach: Guided Imagery/Meditation (with Pain CE)
12:30 - 2:30 P.M.  Awards & Recognition Luncheon
2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  Annual Vendor Expo Show
6:00 - 7:30 P.M.  HCAM 70th Platinum Celebration: Reception Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
7:00 - 8:00 P.M.  Indoor Wellness Activity - Restorative Yoga, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
7:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  Registration Open
7:30 A.M.  Breakfast Buffet
8:15 - 8:30 A.M.  Closing Remarks
8:30 - 9:30 A.M.  Keynote: National Update
9:45 - 10:45 A.M.  W101 Post Election Political and Economic Impact on
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  W201 Health Systems Update
12:00 P.M.  Conclusion of Conference

Early Registration Deadline
The discounted early registration rate is available to current HCAM or MCAL members or associate partners only, whose registration is received by HCAM/MCAL by Friday, October 19, 2018.
Payment & Applicable Rate
All registration fees are due at the time of registration. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. We will also accept a check or money order payable to HCAM. Incorrect rates will be adjusted to reflect the correct applicable rate and automatically charged accordingly. Should you have questions in regards to your applicable rate, please contact Meggen Galbreath, Finance Specialist, by phone at (517) 622-6188 prior to submission.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing by e-mail to KistiBoatright@hcam.org. Telephone cancellations will NOT be accepted. Individual registration fees, less a 25% processing fee, will be refunded for cancellations received in writing prior to Oct. 26, 2018. Cancellations received after Oct. 26, 2018 and “no-show registrants,” will NOT receive a refund nor a credit to a future program.
Registration Confirmation
After your registration form has been processed, an event confirmation will be emailed to your attention from KistiBoatright@hcam.org. Please be sure to include a current email address on this form.
Individuals registered to attend this conference, but unable to participate, may send an alternate in their place. Please contact HCAM via e-mail to KistiBoatright@hcam.org with the first and last name, title and facility/company of both you and your substitute to process this request.
Consent to Use of Photographic Images
Registration and attendance at, or participating in, HCAM and MCAL events and/or activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to HCAM and MCAL’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.
Should you have questions, please contact Kisti Boatright by phone at (517) 622-6194 or by e-mail to KistiBoatright@hcam.org.

To register now, complete this form & submit with payment to:

Fax: (517) 627-3016 | Mail: HCAM at 7413 Westshire Dr., Lansing, MI 489

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Fees $650.00 - Member Rate After Oct. 19: #1 FULL PACKAGE
$900.00 - Non- Member Rate: #1 FULL PACKAGE
$300.00 - Member Rate Prior to Oct. 19: #2 MONDAY 11/5 ONLY
$400.00 - Member Rate After Oct. 19: #2 MONDAY 11/5 ONLY
$600.00 - Non- Member Rate: #2 MONDAY 11/5 ONLY
$325.00 - Member Rate Prior to Oct. 19: #3 TUESDAY 11/6 ONLY
$425.00 - Member Rate After Oct. 19: #3 TUESDAY 11/6 ONLY
$675.00 - Non- Member Rate: #3 TUESDAY 11/6 ONLY
$300.00 - Member Rate Prior to Oct. 19: #4 WEDNESDAY 11/7 ONLY
$400.00 - Member Rate After Oct. 19: #4 WEDNESDAY 11/7 ONLY
$600.00 - Non-Member Rate: #4 WEDNESDAY 11/7 ONLY

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9/5/2018 2018 Annual Convention Cover & Registration Form .pdf (1,199KB)
9/5/2018 2018 HCAM/MCAL Annual Convention Full Brochure .pdf (4,428KB)
10/4/2018 2018 Pre-Convention Intensives Registration Brochure .pdf (1,277KB)
10/9/2018 Sunday Dining Options in Grand Rapids .pdf (282KB)
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