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1/20/2016 View FileLNHA 2016 Event Calendar
  LNHA has compiled an event calendar that includes education events, conferences, conventions, AHCA events, as well as various other events and health care observances. Click here to download this resource.
10/20/2015  How to Register Online

To register, go to and click the calendar icon. Select the event you'd like to attend and begin registering. Once you've registered online, mail check to 7844 Office Park Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA. 70809 or contact Susan Helm at the LNHA office at 225.927.5642 to pay by credit card. If you have questions contact Maureen Velez, Education Liaison, at 225.927.5642 or at

Education Events
10/16/2016  AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Whether your focus is clinical or administrative, assisted living or SNF, the 2016 education program has just what you need. The comprehensive agenda covers all the issues that will help you be successful in your community or organization. The programming has been thoughtfully designed to bring you practical, implementable, real-world solutions for the challenges you face every day. So get inspired in Nashville! You'll be glad you did. Find out more about all the exciting education programs.


More Than 14 Tracks to Choose From

Earn up to 15.5 CEUs by attending the main convention program. Participation in RSVP events and separate ticketed events can add to your CEU count. And if you purchase the Premium Full Registration Package, you can increase your CEU count even more — you get access to the sessions you may have missed by listening to them in webinar format.

Education tracks focus on areas specific to constituency groups, the Quality Initiative goals, and to general care and business strategies.

The Quality Initiative tracks include:

Other tracks include:

  • Customer Experience
  • Dementia Care
  • Post-Acute Care
  • Staff Stability & Satisfaction
  • Advocacy
  • Assisted Living
  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Quality & Survey
  • Quality Awards
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Risk Management
Find out more and register today.
6/23/2016 View FileSocial Service Director Workshop
  Join LNHA on June 23 - 24, 2016 for a two-day workshop specifically designed for social service directors in long-term care. Attendees will receive training and insight from seasoned experts in the profession. They will discuss best practices and learn how to do the following:
  • Improve communication with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Identify sources of behavioral and psychological symptoms and understand these behaviors
  • Manage and process resident and/or family grievances in a systematic approach
  • Successfully appeal nursing facility "level of care” denials in various state offices
  • Improve skills needed in all domains of social work such as communication and validation
  • Resolve ethical dilemmas in the workplace
This training will be held on Thursday and Friday (June 23-24) at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. The cost of the event is $250 for members and $500 for nonmembers and lunch is included. The deadline to register is Friday, June 17. To make hotel reservations, contact Crowne Plaza at 225.925.2244 and mention the code NHA to receive the group discount. You can also reserve your hotel room online at To receive CEUs, directors must attend both sessions. See the agenda on page 2 of the flyer for more details.

This program is pending approval for contact hours of continuing education credits by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners through the LSU School of Social Work, an official approval site of the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. If you have questions, contact Maureen Velez at 225.927.5642 or at

Register online today! Space is limited.
5/23/2016   AHCA Congressional Briefing
5/2/2016   Care Conversations Commercial
4/28/2015   LNHA Radio Commercial

Listen to the radio commercial here.

Circumstances don’t always allow your loved ones to be cared for in their own homes. Many members of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association offer a variety of amenities, such as theaters and chapels. Therapy services are offered and are quite effective in returning patients to their homes. Every day we’re caring for others the way we would want to be cared for ourselves. LNHA is here to help you find the best care for your loved one’s needs. We’re here when you need us. To learn more, visit

1/27/2014   Find the Best Care with LNHA!
LNHA Press Releases
5/12/2016 View FileGov. John Bel Edwards Celebrates Nursing Home Week by Visiting Maison de Lafayette Nursing Facility Residents

An enthusiastic crowd greeted Gov. John Bel Edwards as he visited the Maison de Lafayette Nursing Facility on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, to celebrate Nursing Home Week (May 8-14). Governor Edwards shared his excitement about Medicaid expansion in Louisiana and encouraged residents that Louisiana’s best days are ahead. (Read the full release here.)

5/8/2016 View FileGov. Edwards Proclaims May 8-14, 2016, as Nursing Home Week in Louisiana

This week Louisiana will join other states in celebrating National Nursing Home Week and will honor nursing facility residents and staff for their contributions to their community. Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed a proclamation designating May 8-14, 2016, as Nursing Home Week in Louisiana. Click here to read the full release.

5/8/2016 View FileNursing Home Week: A Special Publication of the Ouachita Citizen
  Click here to view the special publication of The Ouachita Citizen for National Nursing Home Week.
1/20/2016 View FileLetter to the Editor: Recent Sadow Article Exaggerates Medicaid Costs
  Read Joe Donchess' letter to the editor in the January 20, 2016 edition of the Advocate newspaper. He responds to Sadow's recent false statements regarding Louisiana's nursing facilities. Read the letter here.
10/8/2015 View FileLNHA Announces Board of Directors 2015
  The Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA), a nonprofit organization representing more than 250 nonprofit and for-profit nursing facilities and assisted living communities, recently completed its board elections and two new board members were elected to one year terms. (Click the title to read more.)
9/11/2015 View FileResponse Letter to Huffington Post article

On behalf of the 255 member nursing facilities of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA), I would like to respond to your recent article concerning contributions for Governor Jindal’s presidential campaign. The article is unfair and unbalanced...and light on substance.

Click the clipboard icon to the left to read the letter in full.

7/29/2015 View FileLNHA Recognizes the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
  Tomorrow, the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) will recognize the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. LNHA thanks Louisiana’s congressmen for working to protect these programs that provide many Louisianans with access to the quality and affordable health care they need...
4/28/2015   Letter: Louisiana Nursing Home Association director says facilities make ‘special effort’ to change, provide quality care
  Click here to read LNHA Executive Director Joe Donchess' Letter to the Editor in the Advocate.
2/20/2015 View FileChanges to CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System Are Confusing, Says LNHA

Reacting to Friday’s announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System used to evaluate skilled nursing facilities, Joseph Donchess, executive director of Louisiana Nursing Home Association called the new grading structure confusing for consumers...

12/2/2014   Guest commentary: Nursing facilities focused on quality
  Read Joe Donchess' guest commentary in the Advocate here.
6/12/2014 View FileLNHA Responds to Press Regarding Legislative Auditor's Office Report

Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) recently learned of a report by the Legislative Auditor’s Office. Our association is proud of the high level of care provided by our member facilities to approximately 26,000 of Louisiana’s frail and elderly residents. LNHA believes several recent press articles have failed to shed light on improvements listed in the report as well as the complexities that must be analyzed in providing a quality service in an efficient, affordable manner. Read the full response by clicking the link above.

5/7/2014 View FileJeremy Goux Chosen as a Future Long Term Care Leader
  LNHA announced today that board member Jeremy Goux has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long term and post-acute care.
2/26/2014 View FileForty-two Louisiana Facilities Named America's Best Nursing Homes
  On Wednesday, February 26, the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) praised a select group of local, long term and post-acute care providers for being named among the country’s "Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report. The annual announcement reflects a growth in "Best Nursing Homes,” from 19 to 42 in Louisiana compared to 2013, a 121 percent increase.



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