​16th Annual FOCUS Conference

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI

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Special Session -
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
"The Art and Science of Diabetes Management"

FOCUS​ 2017 Conference -
Thursday, November 16, 2017
"Teach, Learn, Collaborate"

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), is pleased to announce the 16th annual FOCUS conference for health care providers and DQA staff on November 15-16, 2017, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The FOCUS 2017 conference is being developed in collaboration with DQA, health care provider and provider association representatives.

Registration is now closed.
Please see below for the breakout sessions descriptions.

​This year's special session is, "The Art and Science of Diabetes Management" and will address many of the most common chronic diseases faced by residents residing in WI healthcare facilities. Beverly Thomassian, will deliver the keynote address, "Beyond Slicing Scale Diabetes Management Strategies for Mature Audiences."

The theme of the FOCUS 2017 conference is, "Teach, Learn, Collaborate." The conference will address a wide variety of health care related topics. Michael Gillette, will deliver the keynote address titled, "Ethics in Long Term Care."

This conference is intended for:

  • Aging & Disability Resource Centers
  • Assisted Living Facilities (Adult Day Cares, Adult Family Homes, Community Based Residential Facilities, Residential Care Apartment Complexes)
  • Case Managers
  • Discharge Planners
  • Division of Quality Assurance
  • Facilities Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers

Registration Instructions

Once you have logged in and entered your demographic information, select the appropriate registration fee, select continue, and then proceed to select session choices.
Past attendees with an account with UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education:
  • Use your email from last year to login.
  • Forgot your password? An email will be sent with instructions to reset your password.
First time registrants:
  • Enter an email address. This will be your customer log-in for future conference.
Registering someone else:
  • Checkmark the box at the top of the page.
  • Both the registrant and you will receive a registration confirmation letter.
Registering multiple registrants:
  • Select "add additional registrant".
  • Do not check out after the first registrant.
Do not forget to select the "terms and conditions" on the payment page before submitting your payment.

Breakout Sessions Descriptions

Click here to access the breakout sessions descriptions

Please read the breakout session descriptions and choose your session prior to registering.

Registration is now closed.

FOCUS Handouts

Click here to access the sessions handouts

Registration Fees

Includes breakfast, luncheon and break items

November 15


​November 16​$110
​Both Days​$200

Save $20 with the two day registration

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. No refunds will be given after November 1, 2017. Substitutions can be made at anytime, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee. Last minute registrations cannot be guaranteed meals or materials.

​Agenda for November 15, 2017

​7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.​Registration
​8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Beyond Sliding Scale Diabetes Management Strategies for Mature Audiences
Beverly Thomassian
​9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.​Breakout Sessions "A"
​11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.​Luncheon
​12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "B"
​2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "C"

Agenda for November 16, 2017

​7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.​Registration
​8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Ethics in Long Term Care
Michael Gillette, PhD
​9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.​Breakout Sessions "D"
​11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.​Luncheon
​12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "E"
​2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "F"

2017 Lodging

Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
A block of rooms at the Kalahari Resort has been reserved for conference attendees at the current State Prevailing Rate of $82 per night for single occupancy.  Double through quadruple occupancy is $129. Make individual reservations by calling the Kalahari at 877-253-5466 and ask for the Focus 2017 room block.

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local tax unless a tax exempt ID or S211 form is presented at check-in. Please note that the Kalahari requires a one-night deposit when the reservation is made. The room block will be held until October 15, 2017. After that date, the regular room rates apply.


The following sessions have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter for CEHs:

Wednesday Keynote: Beyond Sliding Scale Diabetes Management Strategies for Mature Audiences

A3/B3: Slipping and Sliding: The Ups and Downs of Sliding Scale Insulin

A7: Using Therapeutic Humor to Facilitate Diabetes Self-Care Behavior

A9: Gold Standard Care for our Golden Citizens - A case study approach

B4/C4: Resident Rights and Regulations; Making the Pieces Fit

B7: Dancing's Role in Diabetes Prevention and Management

B8/C8: I Want My Cake and Eat It Too!

B9/C9: Management of Diabetes in Long-term Care (LTC) and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Thursday Keynote: Ethics in Long Term Care (approved for general social work continuing education, not the social work ethics and boundaries requirement)

D1: Autonomy, Paternalism and the Limits of Staff Responsibility

D2/F2: The Opioid Abuse Crisis: Moving Forward to Solution

D4/E4: How to Develop a Compliant Hospice/Nursing Facility Partnership

D5/E6: Demystifying Challenging Behaviors in Dementia: It's All in Your Approach!

D6/F3: Living with Dignity: Cultural Competence a Strategy for Caregiving and Caregivers

D9/F9: Root Cause Analysis to Create Quality Jobs: Creating a Culture of Retention

D10: The Unchanging Role of Resident Documentation in the Changing World of Residential Services

D11/F10: QAPI: Systematic Analysis and Systemic Action via Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycles

D12: Losin' and Lovin' It

E1: Ask a Surveyor: Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) Assisted Living Panel

E8/F6: Care Planning: When the Choice Involves Risk

E9/F4: Abuse of Individuals at Risk: an Overview

E10: Work-Life Balance. Lost It? Get It Back!

E12: Please Have a Seat...But Not in a Wheeled Chair

F1: Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) - Wisconsin HCBS Compliance Update

F7: Partnering With Hospitals to facilitate Patient-Centered Transitions Back to Your Facility

F8: Improve Your Health - Improve Your Balance

F11: Assessment of Dementia in Individuals with Intellectual Disability

F12: Making Care Plans Live


For questions about registration please contact: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu

For questions about Special Session & FOCUS 2017 Conference please contact: Leann Graffin at 608-267-1438 or at leann.graffin@wi.gov

Sponsored by: The Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance