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Tanner-Foster Conference

  • 10 Mar 2015
  • 9:30 AM
  • 11 Mar 2015
  • 4:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 410 South 3rd St., Manhattan, KS


  • Registration fees include all sessions, speaker costs, hotel meeting room costs, one morning break, two afternoon breaks, one luncheon, and handout materials from the speakers.
  • Registration fees include all sessions, speaker costs, hotel meeting room costs, one morning break, two afternoon breaks, one luncheon, and handout materials from the speakers

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The 2015 Tanner-Foster Annual Conference will feature the current and future quality of care issues facing Administrators and Operators in long-term care settings. The primary focus of the conference will be on positive and innovative solutions to these complex issues.  Conference sessions will include topics on legal and regulatory requirements, governmental initiatives, legislative activities, new resident care programs, financial incentives, personal growth, and leadership strategies.


  • Presession – The Advantage of Being a Great Preceptor – Preparing the Next Generation of Administrators KJ Langlais, CEO, Evergreen Living Innovations, Olathe, KS


  • QAPI Unplugged – The Administrator’s Role in Elements 1 and 2 Robert W. Lane, MA, NHA, FACHCA, Senior Marketing Consultant, BKD, Oklahoma City, OK


  • Overview of the 2015 Initiatives of KDADS Kari Bruffett, Secretary, Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services

  • Reduce Lawsuit Risk: Simple Steps Make a Big Difference Carol Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP, Fort Worth, TX 


Tuesday, March 10, 2015   Registration – 9:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

                              10:30 A.M. – Noon – Preceptor Seminar

                            1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. – Conference Sessions

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Conference Sessions


Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan 410 South 3rd St., Manhattan, KS  (785)532-9116   



This course has been approved for 14.5 CEUs, 10 hours in Administration, 3.5 hours in Resident Care and 1 hour in elective for licensed Administrators and Operators.  Certificates of Attendance will be given for other professions, and CEUs for Nurses will be applied for through Hutchinson Community College.

PLEASE SEND THE REGISTRATION FORM AND CONFERENCE FEES TO BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 to guarantee attendance and to receive the speakers’ handout materials.


To download the full brochure click here: 2015 TannerFoster Workshop Brochure.pdf

KJ LANGLAIS, CEO, Evergreen Living Innovations, Olathe, will conduct a conference presession on “The Advantage of Being a GREAT Preceptor – Preparing the Next Generation of Administrators.” Since KACE won Legislative and agency approval to sponsor an AIT Program in June 2009, over 100 AITs and as many Preceptors have been involved with the KACE AIT Program. The success of the program has been phenomenal with around an 85 percent pass rate on the first try of the NAB. This session will focus on sharpening the skills of the Preceptor in the AIT mentoring process. Procedures and guidelines for an effective organized program will be shared.


CAROL MARSHALL, MA, CCC-SLP, based in Fort Worth, TX, will speak on the topic Reduce Lawsuit Risk: Simple Steps Make a Big Difference. This presentation focuses on simple steps every facility can implement that may reduce the risk of lawsuits.  From understanding Attorney-Client Privilege, QAPI processes, to including the family’s responsibilities for resident care, this presentation focuses on hands-on tools that every facility can use to control risk.  By the end of the session, participants will understand how to implement simple changes that may reduce the risk of normal care becoming an indefensible lawsuit.

  • ·       What constitutes Attorney-Client Privilege: a brief overview of how “simple conversations” may disrupt what should be protected information
  • ·       QAPI: Proof that facility practices are not negligent.  QAPI properly done, can be a powerful defense tool
  • ·       The family’s role in the Care Plan: Whose job is it anyway?
  • ·       Vetting the Vendor: Who is in your facility?  From Computer vendors, therapists, lab technicians; Who is providing care?
  • ·       Documentation: Documenting for reducing the risk of claims
  • ·       Incident Reports: Discoverability; internal documents or plaintiff’s gold mine
  • ·       Saying Sorry: The first step to reducing risk


SACARA BROOKS, LNHA, Administrator, Brighton Place West, Topeka, KS will address the growing issue of Young Adults in Our Adult Care Homes – What Are Their Needs and How Do We Meet Them.  Ms. Brooks has had considerable experience working with a large age span and a population of residents with very diverse backgrounds and care needs. She will discuss the topics of how to work with sexual expression of the residents, dietary preferences, to more engaging social activities – rather than BINGO. Ms. Brooks also will share more relevant and effective ways to communicate with the younger adult.



GAYLE DOLL, Ph.D., Director, KSU Center on Aging and Heath Rath, Project Specialist will update the attendees on PEAK 2.0: Look at How Far We Have Come! The implementation of PEAK 2.0 as a pay-for-performance program was fast and furious. How far have we come since its implementation in 2012? A long way! Mr. Rath will provide an overview of program participation, program trends, and preliminary program outcomes. Dr. Doll and Mr. Rath also will share stories from the field to highlight successes, challenges, and best practices of Person-Centered Care and PEAK 2.0. Kansas is well down the road to change for Person-Centered Care. Has your home started down the road?

STATE SENATOR TOM HAWK, Senate District #22, Manhattan, KS will update the attendees on the current status of Bills in the 2015 Legislative session relative to seniors and long-term care issues. Senator Hawk will welcome questions from the audience on any legislative initiatives.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


JAMES RIDER, D.O., C.M.D., Valley Falls, KS, is the current President of the Kansas Medical Directors Association. The Role of the Medical Director in the Adult Care Home can be very valuable in the care of residents. Dr. Rider will discuss how to more effectively use the Medical Directors in your home to help with complex medical needs.   


STAN CHURCHILL, J.D., Wichita, KS will speak on the topic “Updating Your Collection Process for Past Due Accounts”. The presentation will include a review of the new Kansas Elder Abuse Protection law that makes financial exploitation of a resident a crime. The law includes the illegal or improper taking of a resident’s money or property for the personal gain of the wrongdoer. Specific steps will be reviewed concerning how this new law can be properly integrated into the collection process used for a resident’s past due account.

SHEILA BROWN, B.S., M.S., is the Director of the Lone Tree Retirement Center in Meade, KS. Dementia Care: When Darkness Becomes Light is the title of Ms. Brown’s presentation. She will introduce the concept of SAIDO Learning an innovative, non-pharmaceutical treatment that has been shown to improve the symptoms of memory loss among older adults with Dementia. SAIDO Learning uses the 3 R’s – reading, writing and arithmetic to improve the elderly’s brain functions. When these skills are taught at each person’s cognitive level, there’s improvement in communication, motivation and independence.

KARI BRUFFETT, Secretary of the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services, will speak about the 2015 Programs and Initiatives of the Department. Secretary Bruffett will focus on areas of interest and concerns in the long-term care arena, particularly in the Legislative area.

GOVERNOR JOHN W. CARLIN, Visiting Professor, Executive Residence School of Leadership Studies, Kansas State University will be the luncheon speaker. Leadership in your adult care home is of utmost importance in all facets of the operation of the home ranging from staff empowerment to the individual care of the residents. Gov. Carlin will impart some “fresh” ideas on leadership in an entertaining and interesting presentation.

ROBERT W. LANE, M.A., NHA, FACHCA, Senior Managing Consultant for BKD, LLP, Oklahoma City, OK will speak on the topic QAPI Unplugged – The Administrator’s Role in Elements 1 and 2. QAPI is intended to be an organization-wide process, incorporating the ideas and involvement of all staff, especially as it relates to feedback, data systems, monitoring, and the application of a systematic approach to performance improvement projects. The Administrator, however, has the opportunity to positively influence the design and scope of those projects and establish accountability to assure outcomes are achieved. In this session, the focus will be on the first two elements of QAPI; 1.) Design/Scope, and 2.) Leadership and Governance. Mr. Lane will specifically address how the Administrator’s proactive involvement in the process can position the facility for success.

JAE PIERCE-BABA, O.T., LipShtick Productions, Wichita, KS, will close the Conference with the presentation “Transform Your Life Relationship with Your Self-Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit.” The hottest “well-being trend” right now isn’t a hardcore workout or a fad diet. It is a gentle, ancient practice that millions say is the antidote to the 21st-century stress that affects everything from job performance and sleep to your weight. It is Meditation or more broadly referred to as “Mindfulness.” The goal of Mindfulness is to make you more focused and aware, so your mind and body can be in the same place at the same time. Mindfulness looks like you aren’t doing anything, but you can literally change your brain through this practice. It is “Body-Building” for your brain. Jae will give the audience an overview of Mindfulness and how you can integrate it in your daily life.


Conference Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan, KS 66502


Call for room reservations, 785/532-9116.  When making room reservations, identify yourself with Kansas Adult Care Executives to receive the special group rate of $104.00 plus tax.  The cutoff date for reservations within the group block is Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  After this date, reservations at the special room rate will be on an available-only basis.


Call (785) 273-4393

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KACE 1505 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka, KS 66604

PLEASE SEND THE REGISTRATION FORM AND CONFERENCE FEES TO BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 to guarantee attendance and to receive the speakers’ handout materials.

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