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Next Free Webinar – Developing a Minnesota Assisted Living Report Card – September 19 at Noon

By: Tetyana Shippee, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Policy Management, University of Minnesota 

Peter Spuit, LGSW, MSW, Rate-Setting Policy Consultant, Aging and Adult Services Division, DHS

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Handout — Developing an Assisted Living Report Card

Earn 1 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.)

Minnesota’s Nursing Home Report Card is a national model for measuring and promoting quality in nursing home care. Based on that success, the state is developing a report card for assisted living. Quality in assisted living is especially important because a large number of the state’s waiver program participants are supported by the service, AL care is more expensive than other HCBS options, and participants live in the service setting. Assisted living quality is also important to a large and growing private pay marketplace in Minnesota. This session will share results from an extensive literature review and environmental scan on assisted living quality conducted by the University of Minnesota. The session will also present proposed domains and measures of quality for assisted living.


At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe findings from U of MN research on quality and quality measurement in assisted living from a national literature review and environmental scan
  2. Identify key domains, subdomains and measures of quality in assisted living
  3. Evaluate potential gaps in the research findings
  4. Provide feedback on research findings to inform next steps

Tetyana Shippee, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Shippee is a social gerontologist whose vision is to improve quality of life and quality of care for older adults and address health disparities over the life course. As part of her research, she spent two years living in a long-term care facility. Her research focuses on two main topics: 1) quality of life and quality of care in long-term care settings and 2) racial disparities in health over the life course, including long-term care. Dr. Shippee has been productive in furthering her research agenda with over 40 peer-reviewed publications in top journals in her field, book chapters and reports.


Peter Spuit, LGSW, MSW, serves on the Home and Community-Based Services Policy Integration team in the Aging and Adult Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The HCBS Policy Integration team administers Minnesota’s Elderly Waiver, Alternative Care, and Essential Community Supports programs.

Upcoming Free Webinar – Parkinson’s Disease: Understanding and Helping to Improve Care – October 2 at Noon

By: Paul Tuite, MD, Professor, Neurology, University of Minnesota

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Handout – Parkinson’s Disease -Part 1

Handout – Parkinson’s Disease Part 2

Handout – Parkinson’s Disease Part 3

Earn 1 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.)

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects about 15,000 Minnesotans. Due to the increase in the aging population, the numbers are expected to double by 2030.  The presence of loss of smell perception and/or the manifestation of REM behavioral sleep disorder are important clues that someone may have prodromal PD.

When someone has been diagnosed with PD, there is great interest in exploring the benefits of exercise as well as novel medications in the hope that this may provide a neuroprotective benefit.  With additional education persons with PD are being empowered to play a greater role in their own chronic disease management. The University of Minnesota, the only federally funded Morris K Udall Parkinson Center ( that is specifically focusing on deep brain stimulation, is piloting some of the best brain imaging in the world. While a cure is not yet available, research is being done to alter the course of disease as well as many are focused on providing the best care possible to those affected.


Participants will be able to:

  • Understand prodromal Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Explain a symptomatic medication treatment strategy
  • Consider complementary therapies
  • Appreciate deep brain stimulation (DBS) for PD
  • Help the efforts to improve care for those with PD

Paul Tuite, MD, Professor, Neurology; University of Minnesota & MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Researcher

Since arriving at the University of Minnesota in 1996, Dr. Tuite has directed more than 35 clinical trials related to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders. In addition to evaluating new therapies, his interests include the development of novel brain MRI and nuclear imaging tests that may aid in the diagnosis of PD, increase our understanding of the disease, and monitor the effects of treatment. Dr. Tuite is also interested in rehabilitation and in developing methods to monitor and improve movements in people with PD.



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