2024 California SMP Conference – April 24 & 25

Education & Empowerment in Fraud Prevention

SMP Training, Volunteer Recognition & An Afternoon at the capitol

Come join us for our annual California Senior Medicare Patrol Conference this April. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites Riverfront in Sacramento, CA.

We are excited as this year, we are we meeting in person again for the first time in five years — and we’ll enjoy invaluable SMP training, an afternoon at the Capitol and our SMP Volunteer Recognition event, all packed into two days, April 24 & 25.

We’ll be kicking off our conference on Wednesday morning, April 24 with a special presentation from our keynote speaker, Gina Weekley, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Waterloo Schools. Ms. Weekley was a “standing ovation” speaker at the National Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Conference last July, and we are thrilled to have her presenting on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion and how to bring this into our work, outreach and education with older adults and their families. 

We will then have a legislative briefing, followed by lunch, and group sessions with legislators in the afternoon. California Health Advocates will have a brief membership meeting for members attending the conference, and, in the evening, we’ll host our SMP volunteer recognition event. Day 2, Thursday, April 25 we’ll enjoy a full day of our in-person California SMP conference. 

This two-day event provides provides an invaluable opportunity for us to meet in person once again, celebrate your great work and receive important and timely SMP training and updates to power our fraud prevention efforts throughout the coming year. It also provides an excellent opportunity for you to engage with our state legislators, educating them on vital strategies to empower and support individuals reliant on Medicare and Medicaid in identifying and reporting healthcare fraud.

Agenda Details:

Day 1

8:30 am – Registration

9:00 – 9:20 am – Opening Remarks, Catherina Isidro, SMP Project Director & Ben Winker, CHA Board Chair; Welcome, Assemblymember Tom Lackey, serving Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties

9:20 – 10:15 am – Disrupting Bias, Enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Gina Weekley, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Waterloo Schools

10:15 – 10:30 am – BREAK

10:30 – 11:30 am – Disrupting Bias, Enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Gina Weekley continued presentation

11:30 – 12:00 pm – Mock Session

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:30 – 3:30pm – Meet with Legislators

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Debrief/CHA Membership Meeting (all welcome)

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Networking Reception -1st Floor

6:30 – 8:30 pm – SMP Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Day 2

8:30 am – Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am – Opening Remarks, Martha Guerrero, West Sacramento Mayor

9:15 – 10:45 am – Addressing Hospice Fraud Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Latino Communities with Sheila Clark, Carmen Estrada & Janelle Coll, CEO, Executive Director & Special Projects Manager, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, Inland Caregivers Resource Center & Finest City Entertainment

10:45 – 11:00 am – BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 pm – Medicare Advantage & Part D Plan New Marketing Rules & Communications Oversight with Peter Bauer, Health Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Practices for Fraud Outreach & Education to California’s Native American Nations with Leia Hernandez & Florita Jones-Randolph, Patient Advocates, Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health Clinic

2:00 – 2:30 pm – Power of Collaboration & Connectivity in Medicare Fraud Prevention with Jennifer Webb, Administrative Manager, Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging

2:30 – 2:45 pm – BREAK

2:45 – 4:15 pm – SMP Updates & Case Sharing, SMP Staff

4:15 – 4:30 pm – Closing Remarks

We look forward to seeing you there!


Presentations, Speakers & Their Slides:

Note: We will update this section with slides after the conference.

Disrupting Bias, Enhancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Gina Weekley

Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Waterloo Schools

Medicare Advantage & Part D Plan New Marketing Rules & Communications Oversight

Peter Bauer

Health Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Practices for Fraud Outreach & Education to California’s Native American Nations

Leia Hernandez & Florita Jones-Randolph

Patient Advocates, Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health Clinic

Addressing Hospice Fraud Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Latino Communities

Sheila Clark, Carmen Estrada & Janelle Doll

CEO, Executive Director & Special Project Managers, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, Inland Caregiver Resource Center & Finest City Entertainment

Power of Collaboration & Connectivity in Medicare Fraud Prevention

Jennifer Webb

Administrative Manager, Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging

Medicare Fraud Trends & Cases in California

Updates from California SMP Staff