Seminar Detail

Washington Elder Law - 2019
Washington Elder Law - 2019

Where:   BOTHELL, WA

When:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

If you provide services to geriatric populations, your organization faces a legal and regulatory maze. In order to understand the needs and concerns of patients and their families, and to provide appropriate services and referrals, you are expected to have a thorough understanding of common and complex issues related to informed consent, guardianship and advance directives, Medicare 2019, Medicaid eligibility, answers to commonly asked questions regarding Medicaid – and more.

Ms. Graunke, Ms. Bendersky, and Mr. Menashe will provide current information that is crucial to understanding the legal and financial issues which impact the everyday aspects of providing health care services. You will leave this seminar with more confidence in care planning and case management of your geriatric patients.
  1. Consider the legal options and instruments available to patients for providing informed consent under Washington law.
  2. Explore the legal and ethical considerations of informed consent and guardianship as it relates to the treatment of clients/patients.
  3. Identify benefits for clients under Medicare Parts A, B, C and D.
  4. Articulate local resources for clients to get assistance navigating Medicare.
  5. Summarize the new and longstanding rules patients face when trying to access Medicaid long-term care programs.
  6. Articulate key Medicaid ACA provisions, how they differ from traditional Medicaid and how they impact access to care.
  7. Recognize the considerations and risks involved with Medicaid planning and when planning for a patient may be ill-advised.

Informed Consent – Michelle Graunke 1.0 Ethics
  • Legal definition
  • Exceptions
  • When necessary, who can be, where to find a guardian, cost
  • Guardianship of the person/estate
  • Powers of a guardian
  • Administering the guardianship
  • Limited vs. full guardianship
  • Legal status of an incapacitated person
Advance Directives
  • Patient self-determination act
  • Power of Attorney/Health Care
  • Preventing & remedying financial abuses
  • Living will
  • Power of Attorney/Property
The ABCs of Medicare 2019 – Judith Bendersky
  • Changes in “improvement standard”
  • Original vs Medicare advantage
  • Medicare prescription drug coverage in ABC and D
  • Question and answer session
Medicaid Long-Term Care Coverage: An Overview & Focus on Newer Rules – Jacob Menashe
  • Status of Medicaid Reform Proposals
  • Impact of Affordable Care Act
  • Long-Term Care basics
  • Costs of Long-Term Care
  • Payers of Long-Term Care
  • Different Medicaid programs available
  • Income rules
  • Resource rules
  • Estate recovery
  • Gifting rules & related criminal & civil penalties
More on Medicaid Long-Term Care Coverage – Jacob Menashe
  • Possible Medicaid planning for single people
  • Possible Medicaid planning for married couples
  • Considerations & risks involved with Medicaid planning
  • Planning to avoid Medicaid if possible & its importance
  • Special Needs Trusts & Medicaid
  • Resources & further reading
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Nurses
  • Counselors
  • Admissions Directors
  • Case Managers
  • Discharge Planners
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Financial/Business Office Managers
  • Patient Care Coordinators
  • Psychologists


Michelle Lynn Graunke, JD, has had her own practice in Seattle since 2004. Her practice focuses on guardianship law, elder law, probates, trusts, and estate planning. She graduated, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 1998 and was an associate with the law firm of Thompson & Howle for five years before establishing her own practice. Ms. Graunke is a past chair of the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and of the Guardianship and Elder Law Section of the King County Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker on elder law issues including incapacity, guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, probate, and estate planning.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michelle Lynn Graunke is the owner and attorney for The Law Office of Michelle Lynn Graunke. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michelle Lynn Graunke has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Judith Bendersky, SHIBA Supervisor, works for the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s (OIC) Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program. She supervises five regional training consultants who provide continuing education to 26 SHIBA sponsors around the state. The 26 sponsors utilize agency staff and community volunteer advisors to provide outreach and one-on-one counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers.

Prior to joining the OIC in 2016, Judith enjoyed a variety of positions in public health in Alaska, including 10 years managing the Medicare Information Office and helping solve many confusing Medicare issues for clients. Prior to that, she staffed the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, worked in Rural Community health development with Head Start as a mental, dental and health coordinator.

Judith started her career in public health in Indonesia before moving to Alaska and working for the Indian Health Service as a health educator. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University and earned her certification as a health education specialist and a gerontologist through the University of Washington.
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This seminar includes 1.0 hours of state specific ethics instruction. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Nursing Home Administrators
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.0 clock hours and 6.0 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Social Workers
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Washington Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists:
This training has been approved for 6.0 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

Other Professions
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