State Affiliate

2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

SA-1 - State Affiliate Best Practices Session

Tuesday, October 9
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CE: NAB: 0 | Nurses 0

9:00am – 9:05am Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Veronica Sharpe (ASHCAE Pres)

9:05am – 10:00am Requirements of Participation Successes
Speakers: Pam Clayton (GA), Keith Hare (VA) and April Payne (VA)

Hear how states are educating and preparing their members for the Requirements of Participation. State affiliates will share effective strategies for communication, education and increased compliance. (working description)

10:00am – 11:00am Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Grants
Speakers: Craig Cornett (CA), Patti Cullen (MN), Keith Hare (VA) and April Payne (VA)

Some state affiliates have applied for and/or successfully secured CMP grants. Learn how they selected, submitted and implemented proposals.


Before we begin, let me take the opportunity to remind you that it is the established policy of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) to comply with all laws, including the antitrust laws. Because our group contains members that are or may be competitors, we must continue to be careful to confine our discussions, both formal and informal, to the topics described on our Agenda. As you all know and appreciate, in order to comply with our policy, we will not address, in the group or separately, any issues related to our respective companies' current or future pricing, terms of sale or costs, strategic plans or initiatives, bidding situations, sales to specific customers or in specific geographic areas. If you have any questions or concerns about these matters as we proceed, please raise them immediately.


AHCA/NCAL is dedicated to improving lives by delivering solutions for quality long term care. The integrity of AHCA/NCAL, and the activities it undertakes, depends on the avoidance of conflicts of interest, or even the appearance of such conflicts, by the individuals involved in those activities.

Each volunteer should have reviewed the agenda for today’s meeting and if a potential or actual conflict is noted on the agenda that was not disclosed earlier then the volunteer should immediately disclose the potential or actual conflict to the chair of the meeting. Further, any member with a conflict agrees to recuse himself/herself from discussion and/or voting on any topics since the conflict may interfere with the volunteer’s ability to provide unbiased loyalty to AHCA/NCAL.

It is understood that as volunteers we shall exercise care not to disclose confidential information acquired in connection with our role and will not disclose information which might be adverse to the intent of AHCA/NCAL. Furthermore, we shall not disclose or use information relating to the business of AHCA/NCAL for personal profit or advantage.

Dirk Anjewierden, LNHA

Executive Director
Utah Health Care Association

Dirk Anjewierden is the Executive Director of the Utah Health Care Association. Dirk has been in the Long Term Care Profession for 36 years. He was a Skilled Nursing Facility independent owner and operator for 21 years before becoming the Utah Health Care Association Executive Director for the last 15 years. Dirk is also the President of ASHCAE, the association for the State Executives of the American Health Care Association. He also serves on the Board of Governors for AHCA.


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Pam Clayton, RN, LNHA

Vice President of Quality Advancement & Regulatory Affairs
Georgia Health Care Association

Pam Clayton, RN-BC, LNHA serves as the Vice President of Quality Advancement and Regulatory Affairs for the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA). In this capacity, she provides support to over 350 skilled nursing care and assisted living centers. Pam has more than 20 years’ experience serving the long term and post-acute care profession both as a clinician and as a senior leader. Prior to joining GHCA, she worked with a nonprofit organization providing operational and clinical direction to over 50 skilled nursing care centers within a regional health delivery system. She has extensive experience in
strategic planning; compliance; system development and improvement; and care innovations to improve patient outcomes and customer experience.


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Keith Hare, MPA

President & CEO
Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living

Keith Hare currently serves as President and CEO of the Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living the largest trade association representing long term care providers in the Commonwealth. He is responsible to the board of directors for the effective conduct of the affairs of the association and related organizations. Keith recommends and formulates the association’s mission, goals, objectives, and policies and apprises members of issues affecting them. In addition, he represents the association to member, public and allied groups.

Prior to joining VHCA-VCAL, Keith served as Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia where he co-managed the day-to-day operations of the Health and Human Resources Secretariat—its 12 agencies and over 16,000 employees. He has also held leadership positions at two of Virginia’s largest health care trade and professional associations and served as a Congressional aide in his home state of Tennessee.

In 2013, Keith was recognized by Our Health Magazine as one of fifteen Richmond Health Care Leaders under forty. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Go Vols!) and his Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech.

His most important job is being a husband to his wife of 18 years and their three children.


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April Payne, LNHA

Vice President of Quality Improvement/Director for the Virginia Center for Assisted Living
Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living

April R. Payne, LNHA, LPN

April began her career in long term care as a nurse while attending George Mason University where she received her BS in Health Science with a concentration in Health Systems Management. As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, she has provided years of consulting services to long-term care providers, served as Vice President of Operations and Assisted Living Services for a non-profit lifecare community, and currently is the Vice President of Quality Improvement and Director of the Virginia Center for Assisted Living for the Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA-VCAL) where she is responsible for overseeing the association’s comprehensive quality improvement program and providing an array of member services to assist in regulatory clarification, advocacy, and compliance.


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Craig Cornett, MPA

California Association of Health Facilities

Craig Cornett is the CEO/President of the California Association of Health Facilities, a non-profit trade association representing skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Previously, he served as Budget Director and Chief Fiscal Advisor for California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, a position he held since Senator de León became leader of the California Senate in 2014. He held the same position under former Senate President Pro Tem (and current Sacramento mayor) Darrell Steinberg (2008 to 2014).

As the California Senate’s finance director, he advised the Senate leader and Democratic Caucus on state fiscal policy matters, developed state budget and fiscal strategies for the Senate, coordinated the Senate’s work on the annual state budget and fiscal legislation, and negotiated budget and fiscal issues with the Senate Republican Caucus, the Assembly, the Governor’s administration, and the state’s other constitutional offices.

Mr. Cornett has been regularly listed in the Capitol Weekly’s annual “Top 100” political and policy players in Sacramento.

Prior to his service as the Senate’s finance director, Mr. Cornett held a similar position for four Speakers of the California Assembly (Speakers Hertzberg, Wesson, Nunez, and Bass). Mr. Cornett also worked for the non-partisan California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) for 17 years, including 13 years as Director of the LAO's Criminal Justice and State Administration Section.

Mr. Cornett is a member of the Board of Directors of The Golden 1 Credit Union and recently completed a two-year term as board chair. He is also an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church; and a former member of the national advisory council of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and several state and national advisory committees on public policy issues.

Mr. Cornett received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two college-age daughters.


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Patti Cullen, CAE

Care Providers of Minnesota

Patti Cullen has worked at Care Providers of Minnesota since 1986 in a variety of positions as researcher, chief lobbyist, Vice President, and her current position as President/CEO. Ms. Cullen has been a certified association executive since 2006. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in mass communication and political science. Prior to joining Care Providers of Minnesota, Ms. Cullen worked as a provider of long-term care services in a variety of positions and as a political organizer. Ms. Cullent is a frequent presenter on topics related to financing, workforce, health care reform, quality, and leadership. Ms. Cullen serves on a variety of community boards in the health care and social services professions; and serves on a variety of AHCA committees.


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