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Where is the event located?
RETHINK will be held at Venue Six10, 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. 

What is Executive Connect?
Qualified providers can get a complimentary ticket to the event through our new Executive Connect program. A qualified skilled nursing providers has a VP or higher title, your organization has $5 million or more in revenue annually, and you are willing to take up to four 15-minute meetings with our sponsors at the event, arranged by SNN. 

A $500 deposit is required to register for Executive Connect. $500 refundable, non-transferable ticket to attend and participate ONLY IF you attend the event AND participate with 4 verified meetings in our Executive Connect meetings during the event. No refunds permitted on this program if you are unable to attend or need to cancel your attendance for any reason. No exceptions.

Which ticket type do I purchase?
Provider tickets are for skilled nursing care providers, SNF owners, therapy providers, health systems, administrators, clinicians, nurses, government agencies and other care providers. Vendor tickets are for professionals in finance, technology, staffing, legal, sales, and marketing.

What is the virtual ticket?
A virtual ticket provides access to audio recordings from the in-person event. Audio recordings will be provided within 48 hours after the in-person event.

What does my ticket include?
A ticket includes access to all sessions, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and coat/bag check at the event, as well as a networking reception. 

Are there kosher and other options at the event?
Yes, please indicate dietary needs in the registration process when purchasing your ticket. SNN may not have the ability to provide such options at off-site meetings such as the networking reception.

What is the refund policy?
For all tickets, no refunds are available after August 1. No exceptions.

Are you offering hotel accommodations?
We do not have a hotel block but we recommend nearby hotels like The Blackstone. 

How do I contact the organizer?
Email us at [email protected].

My company or organization owns or is an active investor in a provider. Which ticket type can I purchase?
If your organization owns or invests in a provider or providers in this space, your firm is classified as a private equity investor. If you wish to get the provider pricing, you would need to use that organization's email system/domain to register for the ticket to qualify as a provider. No exceptions.

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Event At A Glance

Hours
September 11 – 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Central. Doors open at 8 am
September 12 – 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Central. Doors open at 8 am

Location
Venue Six10, 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Who Attends
Skilled nursing executives, SNF owners, investors, clinicians, finance professionals, vendors, and consultants.

Why Attend RETHINK?

RETHINK is the annual flagship leadership conference for Skilled Nursing News. The event brings together owners and executives from the nursing home, therapy and health systems. Investors, banks, brokers, policy makers and other industry professionals will be in attendance to to network and connect with the community.

This fast paced one-day conference provide an opportunity to hear from leaders on industry trends, threats and opportunities shaping the conversations in the space.

Join attendees the night before for drinks and head to dinner with friends, prospects, customers and more in the city of Chicago.

The RETHINK Conference is the premier skilled nursing event that brings executives together for content and network that addresses trends, challenges, and the future of the nursing home industry. Join skilled nursing, therapy, health system, post-acute care executives, investors and professionals, as well as vendors, developers, and consultants for a one-of-a-kind event.

Topics include:

  • C-suite outlook on the future of the industry
  • Skilled nursing investment trends
  • Regulatory & reimbursement trends
  • Staffing challenges and opportunities
  • M&A outlook
  • Data, analytics and technology
  • And more...
EXECUTIVE CONNECT

September 11 - 12, 2024 Chicago, IL

Executive Connect 

Get access to select conferences and events at no cost for your ticket*. As part of the Executive Connect program, qualified executives from providers or operators may apply for this ticket type and participate in a set number of meetings with pre-screened vendors at the event. If accepted, you will be granted a complimentary ticket to the event and required to attend scheduled meetings at the event and provide feedback on those meetings. *A refundable deposit is required to register and is refunded if you attend the required meetings at the event. No show or cancellations will forfeit the deposit, no exceptions.

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2024 Conference Agenda

Opening remarks

9:00-9:15 AM

Opening Sponsored Panel - Medrina

9:15 - 9:45 AM

9:45 - 10:15 AM

4 for the Future: CEOs on Positioning Nursing Homes for the Next Generation

Melissa Powell
President
The Allure Group

Trip Hoffer
CEO
Optum Behavioral Health Solutions

christopher brengard ceo mindpath
christopher brengard ceo mindpath

Mark Friedlander
Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health 
Universal Health Services

christopher brengard ceo mindpath

Networking Break

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Track B 

Track A 

Shana Hoffman
President & CEO
New Directions

Future of Pay for Performance: Inside the trend to tie dollars to nursing home quality

What’s Next for QAPI: Quality improvement for a new, tougher era for nursing homes

Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT

1:30 -2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Track C - Specialized Care

Track B 

Track A 

Shana Hoffman
President & CEO
New Directions

Yusuf Sherwani
Co-Founder & CEO
Quit Genius

Samir Malik
C
EO
firsthand

Sonia Garcia
CO
O
Amae Health

Chris Gay
Co-Founder & CEO
Evry Health

Sponsor Panel - Eventus Whole Health

Sponsored Panel Coming Soon

Emerging Serious Mental Illness Models

Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

Reception

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Track B 

Track A 

J. Mark Traylor
President
Traylor-Porter Healthcare

Fighting Against ‘Extinction’: SNF execs on the staffing mandate battle and how to evolve for the future

Burden vs. Benefit: The state of play for managed care in skilled nursing

Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT

9:15 - 9:45 AM

Breakout Sessions

Ari Adlerstein
Managing Director
Meridian Capital Group

Sponsor Talk

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Track A 

Cynthia Wade
President
Lincoln Health Hospital System

Sponsored Panel Coming Soon

11:15 - 11:45 AM

Breakout Sessions

Past Attendees

Here's a sample of last year's RETHINK attendees:

Titles

CEO
Chief Clinical Officer
Chief Managed Care and Strategy Officer

Chief Government Relations Officer
Director of Clinical Services
Head of Acquisitions
Infection Preventionist
Manager Post Acute SNF Program
SVP Strategic Finance
SVP, Growth & Development
Vice President, Population Health
VP Acquisitions
VP Clinical Operations
VP of Reimbursement

Companies

Advocate Aurora Health
Amedisys
Cambridge Realty Capital
Cascadia Healthcare
Contessa Health 
Encore Rehabilitation
Ignite Medical Resorts
Kwalu
Prestige Healthcare
ProMedica
Sabra Health Care REIT
Sterling Healthcare
Tapestry Health
TridentCare

Accommodations
Click here to access of hotel block at The Blackstone Hotel Chicago. Reservations cut-off date is August 28, 2023. 

11:20 - 12:00 PM

The Big Reset: How Skilled Nursing Providers are Pivoting for the Future

Steve Hart  
COO
Heritage Operations Group

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Thursday, September 14

Wed, September 11

FUTURE LEADERS Presentation

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

Ted LeNeave 
CEO 
Accura

8:00 - 9:00 AM

VIP Breakfast

9:40 - 10:10 AM

Policy, Payment and the SNF of the Future: AHCA CEO on the big picture

Mark Parkinson
CEO
AHCA

Gary Blake
CEO
Creative Solutions in Health Care

Steve Nee
CEO 
Diversicare

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Fireside Chat with SmartLinx Solutions

Mark Friedlander
Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health 
Universal Health Services

christopher brengard ceo mindpath

11:00 - 11:15 AM

Sponsored Talk Coming Soon

Mark Friedlander
Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health 
Universal Health Services

christopher brengard ceo mindpath

9:20 - 9:35 AM

Fireside Chat with Medrina

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Routes to Growth: Strategies for driving scale and profitability in a challenging climate for nursing homes

Stephanie Chedid
CEO
Luther Manor

Own Hammond
President and CEO, Principal
Cascadia Healthcare

Heidi Wold
Chief Clinical Officer
Longevity Health Plans

Matthew Maurano 
CEO
Transitions Healthcare

Nicole Kaufman
Chief Transformation Officer
Genesis HealthCare

Kyle Linn
Senior Vice President of Operations
Brickyard Healthcare

Paul Pruitt 
CEO
Majestic Care

Leslie Zimmerman-Black 
Regional Director of Clinical Services, Management Division Mission Health Communities

Donna Farr  
President of Touchpoints Therapy and VP Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
iCare Health Network

Katie Hughes
Regional Nurse Consultant 
Allure Healthcare Services

Amber Kirwin
SVP of Talent Acquisition & Recruiting
Signature HealthCARE

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Nancy Koha 
Chief Process Officer Principle LTC

Dr. Christopher A. Boyle, MD
Chief of Stewardship and Physician Advisor Services
North Region, NorthShore, Edward Elmhurst Health

Austin Steele
Chief Strategy Officer 

Journey Skilled Nursing

Roxy Stennett
VP of Operations 
Avamere

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Payment models, resident acuity, staffing stability, tightening regulations, evolving technology and new consumer expectations are just some of the factors that are playing a role in shaping the nursing home of the future. Hear from leaders in the field about their top four priorities that they believe will position nursing homes for the future.

Strapped for cash, struggling to find workers, and contending with a host of other challenges, many nursing home operators have been forced to make difficult decisions in recent years. Hear from leaders with three providers about the pivots that their companies have made, their visions for next steps, and their takes on the future of skilled nursing.

Regulatory and payment policy has never been more important, as SNFs across the country have been shuttered in the last year. Hear from the leader of the sector’s largest provider group about what the future holds, and how the SNF operator of tomorrow can succeed by seizing on the industry’s most promising opportunities, including value-based care.

Two dozen states have programs that connect nursing home payments with quality measures, and further Medicaid increases could increasingly be tied to performance. Learn how providers are navigating some of these models, including common features of these programs, what it takes to succeed in them, and where the trend is headed next.

The pandemic revealed the absence of QAPI programs in many nursing homes, according to the 2022 NASEM report. Gain insights into where quality improvement efforts stand today, what every nursing home should have in place, and how to leverage QAPI to drive meaningful change.

When the federal staffing mandate dropped in April, one industry leader called it an “extinction event” for some providers. Hear from leading executives about the ongoing fight against the mandate, how they’re preparing should it take effect, and how they believe nursing home providers can survive manifold challenges – including managed care pressures and a changing resident profile – to thrive in the future.

As Medicare Advantage continues to gain ground as a skilled nursing payer, learn how providers are confronting the burdens of managed care while trying to maximize benefits — all against a backdrop of evolving regulations.

Hospitals across the country have been unable to transition patients to post-acute settings, prompting creative new approaches to SNF partnerships.

Toni Headstream
e
Elmbrook Managment Company

Ticket Prices
Provider: $600
Vendor: $1,200

*Early Bird Rate Ends: Friday, July 26, 2024

Toni Headstream 
Dir. of Clinical Education
Elmbrook Management

Liz Cramer
Healthcare Strategist
 CDW

Tony Gamboa 
Chief growth Innovation officer
 Curana

Azlan Tariq D.O.
Chief Clinical Officer
 Medrina

Track A 

Breakout Sessions

Track B 

Acing the Survey: Achieving success in a punitive environment for nursing homes  

Many nursing home leaders have described a punitive approach to surveys. Gain insights into the latest survey trends, and learn best practices for survey success in a time when challenges are steep and the tenor of surveys is tough.

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Scale with a Singular Focus: Fireside Chat with American Senior Communities CEO Steve Van Camp

Kimberly Green 
COO
Diakonos Group

Tim Fields
CEO 
Ignite Medical Resorts

Deke Cateau  
CEO
A.G. Rhodes

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Sponsored Panel Coming Soon

Stephanie Parks
Chief Development Officer
Reliant Rehabilitation

J. Lynn Bauknight
Corporate Dir. of Client Success
Reliant Rehabilitation

Renee Anderson
Chief Operating Officer
Trinity Healthcare

Jennifer Robinson
President
SanStone Health and Rehab

Matthew Maurano
CEO 
Transitions Healthcare

Steve Van Camp
CEO
American Senior Communities

Elizabeth McLaren, Sr.  
Vice President of Revenue-Cycle, Reimbursement and HCBS
Covenant Living

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Networking Break

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Track C - Specialized Care

Track B 

Track A 

Shana Hoffman
President & CEO
New Directions

Dr. Jamie Freelin  
National Medical Director of Team ACO
Team Health

Clarence Smith  
Executive Vice President
Team Health

Dr. Darren Swenson  
Group President
Team Health

Chris Gay
Co-Founder & CEO
Evry Health

Interdependence of Financial, Clinical Quality, and Operational Processes: SmartPAC® Clinical Excellence program and Team ACO in the nursing home - Sponsored by TeamHealth

Sponsored Panel Coming Soon

Emerging Serious Mental Illness Models

Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT
Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

While labor shortages, regulatory demands, payment pressures and other challenges are pressing on nursing home providers, enterprises are seeking ways to keep growing. Hear from leaders about routes to growth, including by expanding portfolios, adding business lines, forging partnerships and more.

Sponsored Talk Coming Soon

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Thurs, September 12

Track A 

ASC is one of the largest nursing home providers in the United States, even though the company operates entirely within the state of Indiana. Hear from CEO Steve Van Camp about his first year in the role, insights into hot button topics such as the staffing mandate, top priorities for the company moving forward, the benefits and drawbacks of its highly concentrated scale.

Track A 

Track B 

Sponsored Panel Coming Soon

Track B 

Future of Pay for Performance: Inside the trend to tie dollars to nursing home quality

Two dozen states have programs that connect nursing home payments with quality measures, and further Medicaid increases could increasingly be tied to performance. Learn how providers are navigating some of these models, including common features of these programs, what it takes to succeed in them, and where the trend is headed next.

Sponsored Panel Coming Soon

Track B 

11:45 - 12:15 PM

Opportunity Knocking: REIT Outlook on Skilled Nursing Investment and Operations

Brian Ellsworth 
Vice President, Public Policy and Payment Transformation
Health Dimensions Group (HDG)

Kevin Pascoe
Chief Investment Officer
National Health Investors (NHI)

Patricia O'Dea Evans 
Executive Director of Facility-Based Programs, Post-Acute Network 
Advocate Aurora Health

Track A 

Despite ongoing operational, regulatory and economic headwinds, real estate investment trusts have expressed bullish outlooks on the skilled nursing sector and are pursuing investments in the space. Hear from REIT leaders about the scope of the SNF opportunity, their investment strategies, and their perspectives on hot-button issues like the staffing mandate, managed care growth, labor pressures, interest rates and more.

From long wait times for post-acute beds to evolving criteria for what makes a preferred partner in value-based care models, the relationship between acute care providers and nursing homes is in a period of strains and change. Learn more about how operators are working with hospital and health system partners to address challenges and create sustainable, mutually beneficial models.

Track B 

Breaking the Bottleneck: Referrals, rehospitalizations, and rethinking how acute care and SNFs relate

Collaboration and interdependency between nursing home operations and clinical partners is fundamental to the collective success moving forward.  Hear from leaders how a suite of data driven clinical and operational programs are delivering improved patient care at a lower cost while raising 5 star quality ratings

Break

10:00 - 10:15 AM