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Joanne Lax to Present to LeadingAge Michigan Annual Conference

Will Address Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Issues as They Relate to Nursing Homes

May 8, 2013

Joanne R. Lax, a member in Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group, will present a paper, “Protection and Advocacy Systems: Self-Proclaimed Caped Crusaders or Strategic Allies,” at the Annual Meeting of LeadingAge Michigan, a nonprofit association that represents the mission-based providers of housing, services and care for seniors across Michigan. This three-day conference will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan May 20-22, 2013.

In a one-hour session Monday afternoon, May 20, Lax will explore the claimed legal basis for the P&A System to oversee care in skilled nursing facilities; limits on that role; and appropriate facility responses to inquiries from P&A Systems that seek to investigate individual incidents. The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) is one of the most assertive P&A Systems in the United States, so Michigan skilled nursing facilities need to be prepared to respond appropriately when MPAS inevitably comes knocking.

To learn more about this conference, or to register, click here.