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Next Free Webcast – Electronic Monitoring in LTC in Minnesota and Allowable Compassion Care Visits – July 15 at Noon

By: Cheryl Hennen, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, MN Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care & Aisha Elmquist, Deputy Ombudsman, MN Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care

Earn 1 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

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Electronic Monitoring

This presentation will describe Minnesota’s new electronic monitoring law, applicable in certain long-term care settings.   This law was the result of extensive stakeholder negotiations and compromises.  It provides the right to electronic monitoring, subject to certain obligations such as submitting a form to the long-term care provider.

Compassion Care Visits

Visitor restrictions remain in place for long-term care settings.  Recently new outdoor visit guidance was issued by the MDH yet does not change the fact that no visitors are allowed inside the setting with one exemption for “compassion care visits”.

Human contact is necessary for the health and well-being of all people. Compassionate care visits are visits necessary for the health and well-being of a resident.  This session will explore the definition of compassion care visits, the benefits, and the challenges residents experience during the pandemic.

Objectives:

1)  Inform listeners of the basis of Minnesota’s new electronic monitoring law.
2)  Describe the process that led to the passage of the law.
3)  Provide tips for advocating for residents using the law.
4)  Explain the Compassion Care Visit exception to LTC visitor restrictions.

Cheryl Hennen (Top), State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, MN Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care

 Cheryl Hennen has been employed as an Ombudsman since January of 2004. She has also served as a Certified Ombudsman Volunteer, Regional Ombudsman, Policy Specialist, and Deputy Ombudsman. Ms. Hennen is responsible for the ongoing management and administration of the MN Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care established in Federal and State law, program of the MN Board on Aging. Ms. Hennen holds a degree in Human Services Administration from Metropolitan State University and studied Negotiation-Mediation at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Aisha Elmquist (Bottom), Deputy Ombudsman, MN Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care

Aisha Elmquist supervises regional ombudsmen and focuses on policy issues affecting consumers who receive long-term care services.  Prior to joining the Office, Aisha held a Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging.  She was an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and Fox Rothschild LLP.  She clerked for Chief Judge John R. Tunheim of the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.  Aisha holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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Past Free Webcast – Telemedicine for Physical and Mental Health: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic – June 11, 2020

By: Roberta Meyers, MD, MPH, Hennepin Healthcare; and
John E. Brose, PhD, LP, LADC, LMFT, Founder, CEO, Associated Clinic of Psychology

Earn 1.25 CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Handout – Telemedicine for Physical and Mental Health – 6.11.20

In March 2020, the Centers for Medicare, and Medicaid Services (CMS) removed regulatory barriers to the provision of telehealth services in skilled nursing facilities for the duration of  the COVID-19 pandemic.  The purpose was to facilitate access to care for these patients as nursing facilities “locked down” to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus. Dr. Meyers will share her experiences during the rapid ramp-up to provide these new services including how it became an opportunity  to understand the pros and cons of telehealth to deliver primary care in nursing facility settings.

Many older adults in residential care feel trapped because they hear the tragic stories about COVID-19 in long term care facilities. Never has mental healthcare been so vital for residents,  yet the bias that psychotherapy isn’t an essential component of health care has increased during the pandemic. Dr. Brose will describe how the psychologists and psychiatrists at Associated Clinic of Psychology have become creative problem solvers in their use of telehealth to continue delivering care to this vulnerable population at this unprecedented time.

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