SIOUX FALLS — The nursing home crisis in South Dakota is a hot topic in Pierre this year due to recent nursing home closures, low Medicaid provider rates, workforce shortage, aging facilities and a challenging regulatory environment. The problem will not go away any time soon with the population of adults age 65 and older increasing from 47.8 million in 2015 to 88 million in 2050 and where it is estimated that 70 percent of people who reach the age of 65 will ultimately need some form of long-term services and supports.

The governor’s office and legislators are asking for innovative ideas to address this crisis, so the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is working with our members and the community to educate, engage and promote innovation at the annual post-acute care conference. The Conference will be held at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls on April 24-25, 2019.

Tammy Hatting, vice president of Post-Acute Care and Education for SDAHO states “it is a priority for our association to support the needs of our members while working as a liaison with state and federal authorities to better serve the residents in South Dakota as they age. Our annual conference is a great way to bring everyone together to identify ways to move the post-acute care industry forward.”

This year’s conference will focus on innovation as the opening keynote speaker shares the latest in healthcare consumer technology. Other innovation sessions include an introduction into the possibilities of remote patient monitoring and how an innovative digital device is already being used in an assisted living care setting. Attendees will also be introduced to the science of pharmacogenetics and how personalized medicine can be effective in post-acute care.

The SDAHO Post-Acute Care Conference is open to both members and non-members and will be held at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls on April 24, starting at 11:30 a.m. and closing on April 25 at 12:30 p.m.

For more information and registration, go to or contact the SDAHO office at 605-361-2281.


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