2019 Annual Conference

**IHFDA has secured 20.0 continuing education credits for attendees**

IHFDA is pleased to announce the dates and location of the 2019 IHFDA annual conference. The dates are September 23rd – 25th, 2019, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Orlando Lake Buena Vista South.

This is an incredible venue and we are looking forward to our fourth annual conference to be even better. Look for more information on this website for conference registration and accommodations. Mark your calendar now for this great event.

The complete agenda is below. IHFDA will be providing a new addition this year. On the morning of September 23rd, there will be a non-CE program designed for those that are new to this field or want to brush up on the basics of health facility diversion. These sessions will include information provided by a victim of drug diversion along with a basic program that will cover statistics, common diversion techniques, and practical suggestions that include the hiring of a diversion investigator and forming a drug diversion team to address the issues when they arise. The third portion of this morning program will be instruction on the basics of approaching an offender and the process of interview and interrogation.

Nursing and pharmacy CE’s will be provided for this conference. Exact numbers will be forthcoming.

Conference Agenda

**Early registration Sunday 3-5 pm at the west registration desk in the conference center.**

Monday AM - Pre-Conference Sessions - 9/23/19
Monday AM 9/23/19
9:00 – 9:45 A.M. “Patient Harm-Impact of Diversion”
Lauren Lollini, IHFDA Secretary 
10:00 – 1:00 P.M. Exhibit Hall opens  
9:45 – 10:30 A.M. “Drug Diversion in Healthcare Facilities- A National Secret” 
John Burke- IHFDA President
10:30 – 11:15 A.M. “Interview and Interrogation in Healthcare Investigations” 
Kevin Vanover- IHFDA Treasurer
11:15 – 12:00 P.M. Panel discussion
Derek Empey, R.Ph, IHFDA Board Member,
12:00 – 1:00 P.M Lunch on your own


Monday PM (Start of Conference) - 9/23/19
Monday PM 9/23/19
1:00 – 1:15 P.M. Opening Remarks
Marsha Stanton – IHFDA Vice President
1:15 – 2:15 P.M.

“Rehabilitation and the Healthcare Professional” 
Dr. Shawn Ryan, M.D., Brightview

2:15 – 2:45 P.M. Break- Exhibit Hall Open
2:45 – 4:45 P.M “Mayo Clinic Diversion Management Solution and Results”
Charles D’Amato, R.Ph. ,
Mark H. Siska, R.Ph. ,
Dr. Pamela Mergens, M.D.,
Ann Schettler, MHL, BSN, RN,
Curtis Storlie, Phd.
5:00 – 6:30 P.M Exhibitor Reception 
Exhibitor Hall


Tuesday - 9/24/19
Tuesday 9/24/19
7:00 – 8:00 A.M. Exhibitor Hall Open
8:00  – 9:00 A.M. “Roadblocks and Roundabouts: Navigating Hospital Diversion”
Heidi McNeely, R.N., Colorado Children’s Hospital
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. “Behind the Scenes, The Real Stories Addicts Tell” 
Molly Fitzgerald, Probation Officer, Hamilton County Ohio (Ret.)
10:00 – 10:30 A.M. Break- Exhibitor Hall Open
10:30 – 11:30 A.M. “A Multi-Victim Crime- Bloodborne Pathogen Transmission from Tampering and Substitution”
Dr. Pamela Talley, M.D., IHFDA Board Member
11: 30 – 1:00 P.M. Lunch (Provided) – Sponsored by Protenus
Exhibitor Hall Open
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. “Testing the Value of Intelligent Analytics for Drug Diversion”
Sheetal Patel-House, Pharm. D., Department of Pharmacy, UNC Medical Center
2:00 – 2:30 P.M. Break and Exhibitor Hall Open
2:30 – 3:30 P.M.

“Launching a National Network to Report and Reduce Drug Diversion in Health Care” 
Tom Knight, Lauren Lollini, Derek Empey

3:30 – 4:30 P.M. “Diversion of Non-Controlled Prescription Medications: Scope of the Problem”
Michael O’Neil, Pharm. D. Professor and Chair, South College School of Pharmacy, Knoxville, Tennessee


Wednesday - 9/25/19
Wednesday 9/25/19
7:00 – 8:00 A.M. Exhibitor Hall Open
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. “Diversion 2019: Challenges Facing Facilities”
Kim New, R.N., J.D., IHFDA Executive Director and Co-Founder
9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Break Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 – 11:30 A.M. “Pearls and Perils: Drug Diversion in Perioperative and Procedural Suites”
Maureen Burger
Gregory Burger
11:30 – 1:00 P.M Lunch Provided 
Exhibitor Hall Open
Exhibitor close down at 1:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. “Integrating Technology to Improve Drug Diversion Auditing Within the Operating Room” 
Tom Harper, MPH, CPh.T, FCSHP, Controlled Substance Auditor, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, CA 
2:00 – 2:15 P.M. Break 
2:15 – 3:15 P.M “Establishing Surveillance Reports to Gauge Practices Susceptible to Drug Diversion”
Denise Hickey, MSN, RN, Nurse Specialist, Drug Diversion Team Coordinator, Tampa General Hospital
Richard R. Rainey, Analyst II,Team Member Health and Wellness Services, Tampa General Hospital
3:15 – 3:45 P.M. Panel Discussion
3:45 – 4:00 P.M. Wrap up- closing remarks 
Marsha Stanton, IHFDA Vice President


Conference Hotel Information

IHFDA has chosen the Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South, to host the 2019 conference. Your hotel reservation provides you with a free made-to-order breakfast and evening reception each day. The hotel is 3.5 miles away from the Disney properties and has a fitness room and pool.

You are able to make hotel reservations by:

Using the “Hotel Reservations” button

Calling the hotel direct at 407-597-4000


Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, Florida, 34746

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