LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE AGENDA – 2024

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

MONDAY | April 29

12:00 - 5:00 PM | Registration Desk Opens | DoubleTree

1:00 - 3:00 PM | MCMCFC Session: LARA Bureau of Survey and Certification Update * | DoubleTree

Speaker: David M. Donahue, BSN, RN & Jennifer Belden

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive system for state licensing and federal certification to protect the health, safety, and welfare of individuals receiving care and services in or from health care providers. Licensed and certified providers must comply with these state and federal regulations to operate and offer services. This educational presentation will assist providers in a better understanding of regulatory processes and changes.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

* This session has been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Navigating Health Care Cost Trends: Strategies for Michigan Counties | DoubleTree

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout:  Navigating Health Care Cost Trends: Strategies for Michigan Counties | DoubleTree
Speaker: Chadd Hodkinson and Jeff Nielson

Health care costs continue to create downward pressure on Michigan county balance sheets. This session will explore the latest trends in the health insurance market and how these trends are likely to impact Michigan counties. Attendees will learn about strategies Michigan counties and other Michigan public sector employers are using to contain health care costs while ensuring high-quality benefit offerings for their workforces. Key learning objectives include:

•Understanding cost drivers in the health insurance space
•Exploring the latest in pharmaceutical trends and what they mean for employer health plans
•Learning approaches to understand your county’s current healthcare spend and options to reduce that spend
•Reviewing cost containment strategies being used by colleague organizations around the state
•Beyond health insurance, up to the minute data regarding key metrics for effectively retaining, engaging and attracting top talent

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Empowering Michigan Families: MiLEAP's Child Care Initiates | DoubleTree

Speakers: Lisa Brewer Walraven

Opportunity to hear from MiLEAP on the status of child care in Michigan, including initiatives in place to support increasing access for children and families. MiLEAP is also interested in hearing from you in regards to how child care access impacts the communities you represent.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Historic Federal Broadband Infrastructure and Affordability Funding: Latest Updates and County Action Items | DoubleTree

Speaker: Seamus Dowdall

Hear from the National Association of Counties (NACo) on the latest developments pertaining to federal broadband infrastructure and digital connectivity grant programs, such as the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program, as well an advocacy update on the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program internet affordability programs. NACo will offer several county action items and next steps for how to continue advocating for high-speed internet availability in your county.

3:00 - 5:00 PM | Exhibitor Set-up | Lansing Center

Exhibitors will go directly to the Lansing Center on Monday, April 29 to begin setting up for the vendor show that opens on Tuesday, April 30.

3:30 - 5:00 PM | MCMCFC Session: Regulatory Updates & Hot Topics / Med Aides / CNA Online * | DoubleTree

Speaker: Vickie Burlew

Don’t let the tide of change sweep you out to sea. Hear what is happening both at the state and federal regulators that affect your daily operations. Michigan is moving forward to alleviate nursing staffing issues. We discuss progress on Medication Aides since the legislation passed and the CNA Online Program for training. Michigan has consultants now for Infection Control, Pressure Injuries and falls. CMS is providing us with free consultation from Superior QIO on Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness. Learn to tap into these resources.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

*This session has been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits.

3:00 - 3:15 PM | MAC Board Executive Committee | DoubleTree

3:15 - 4:00 PM | MAC Board of Directors Meeting | DoubleTree

The MAC Board of Directors meeting is open to all MAC members.

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Welcome Reception | DoubleTree

Dinner on Own

 

TUESDAY | April 30

7:00 - 7:45 AM | Exhibitor Set-Up | Lansing Center

7:45 AM | Registration Desk Opens | Lansing Center

7:45 - 9:00 AM | Breakfast | Lansing Center

9:00 - 10:00 AM | State of MAC, MAC Legislative Update & Remarks from NACo | Lansing Center

Speakers: Stephan Currie, Deena Bosworth, Mary Jo McGuire

During the opening session on Tuesday, April 30, attendees will receive regular MAC briefings on:

State of MAC – Executive Director Stephan Currie will review association activities over the previous seven months and detail upcoming initiatives.

Legislative Update – Director of Governmental Affairs Deena Bosworth and her team will review progress on MAC’s 2024 legislative priorities in Lansing and how members can be more involved in MAC’s advocacy work.

NACo Remarks – Mary Jo McGuire, president of the National Association of Counties (NACo)

Q&A sessions will be held at the end of each of these presentations.

10:00 - 10:45 AM | Networking Break with Exhibitors | Lansing Center

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM | MCMCFC Session: Labor and Employment Update * | Lansing Center

Speaker: Grant Pecor

The recent change in the composition of the Michigan Legislature and the decisions of Federal and State Courts brought about a litany of changes impacting public employers in the State. This presentation will provide an update on those developments and discuss strategies to navigate the legal issues involved.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

* This session has been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits.

10:45 - 11:45 AM | MAC Breakout - A Commissioner's Guide to Public Behavioral Health | Lansing Center

10:45 - 11:45 AM | MAC Breakout - A Commissioner's Guide to Public Behavioral Health | Lansing Center
Speakers: Richard Carpenter

The Michigan public behavioral health system has significantly changed since the Mental Health Code was initially enacted in 1974. Community mental health (CMH) and substance use disorder (SUD) service programs — a critical component of county infrastructure — work hand in hand with law enforcement, health departments, and departments on aging, transportation, housing, and education, plus many other community services to ensure a continuum of care for our citizens.

Over the last 50 years, federal and state legislation, various policies, and the shifting needs of the public have reshaped a system that is now vastly different from the way state facilities and county departments once served this vulnerable population. In this session, we will explore the major policy and funding changes that have transformed the system and examine future opportunities and challenges, including:

•Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)
•The Opioid Epidemic
•Jail Diversion/Jail Service

10:45 - 11:45 AM | MAC Breakout : Deer Herd Management | Lansing Center

Speaker: Awaiting Confirmation

Session description forthcoming

10:45 - 11:45 AM | MAC Breakout: Make it in Michigan: MEDC Resources for Business and Communities | Lansing Center

Speaker: Awaiting Confirmation

Session description forthcoming

12:00 - 1:15 PM | Lunch and Conference Keynote - | Lansing Center

12:00 - 1:15 PM | Lunch and Conference Keynote - | Lansing Center
Speaker: Retired Adm. Peter Cressy, director of Executive Leadership Programs at the Washington Leadership Institue

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Churchill: A Strategic Approach to Leading in Times of Crisis and Change

Washington and these other great leaders manifested eight common characteristics in leading during times of crisis and change, ranging from visibility and communication to planning and collaboration. This popular session will explore examples of these traits during the times of crisis each of these outstanding leaders faced, which remain relevant today.

1:15 - 2:00 PM | Networking Break with Exhibitors | Lansing Center

1:30 - 2:30 PM | MCMCFC Session: Meetings Matter: Maximizing the Benefits of In-person and Virtual Meetings * | Lansing Center

Speaker: Renee Beniak

District meetings are one communication and quality enhancement method the association uses to support MCMCFC’s members in the sharing of best practices, improving quality and safety and providing relevant education on any topic for members at the district level. This session will focus on the meeting planning process, positive communication behaviors between members during the meeting that best facilitate the exchange of information and strategies for meeting effectiveness to make the best use of both in-person and virtual meeting time and leave members with a positive post-event experience.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”

* This session has been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Maximizing Your County's Retirement Plans | Lansing Center

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Maximizing Your County's Retirement Plans | Lansing Center
Speaker: Ken Kelbel & Eric Glinsky

Retirement savers have growing concerns about their financial futures; they are looking to combat market fluctuations and are trying to make sure they don’t outlive their savings. One way you can enhance the capabilities of your retirement plan is through auto features and qualified default investment alternatives, including a dynamic default capability. Partner with us to help provide protection with care: a suite of solutions to make it simpler to deliver better care for participants. Offer your plan participants new protected retirement solutions that offer Principal Protection & Guaranteed Lifetime Income.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: What the New Renewable Energy Siting Legislation Means for Michigan Counties | Lansing Center

Speaker: Sarah Mills

Significant changes to the permitting process for large-scale wind, solar, and energy storage projects were enacted in HB 5120 last fall. The new law grants permitting authority to the Michigan Public Service Commission, unless local governments adopt ‘compatible renewable energy ordinances’. To help counties prepare for the new law, which goes into effect in November 2024, this session will provide an overview on the knowns and unknowns and discuss implications for local policy.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Empowering Communities with Data: Using 211 and United Way Data to Improve Well-Being in your County | Lansing Center

Speaker: Kaitlynn Lamie & Sarah Kile

This presentation explores the transformative power of data from 211 and United Way for Michigan Counties. By leveraging insights on community needs from 2-1-1 and the United Way ALICE project (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), we can navigate the challenges faced by individuals and families living on the financial edge and build innovative community-driven interventions. Join us as we demonstrate how 211 and United Way data can drive targeted support, inform resource allocation, and ultimately enhance the well-being of Michigan residents.

2:45 - 4:30 PM | MCMCFC Session: How to Set Legislative and Advocacy Priorities and Engage with Lawmakers * | Lansing Center

Speaker: Don Haney

We will tour the capitol of Michigan in Lansing and discuss the importance of getting to know your legislators and how to effectively communicate with them on legislative matters related to the long term care and skilled nursing providers.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

*This session has been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits.

4:30 - 6:00 PM | Legislative Reception | DoubleTree

All registered conference attendees may attend the reception at the DoubleTree Hotel, which will feature complimentary appetizers and beverages.

Dinner on Own

8:00 - 11:00 PM | President's Hospitality Suite | DoubleTree



WEDNESDAY | May 1

7:30 AM | Registration Desk Opens | Lansing Center

7:30 - 8:45 AM | Breakfast | Lansing Center

8:00 - 9:30 AM | MCMCFC Board Meeting | Lansing Center

8:45 - 9:45 AM | Plenary Session: A Legislative Panel Discussion with Key Lawmakers from the House and Senate | Lansing Center

Kyle Melinn of MIRS News Service in Lansing will lead a discussion with a panel of lawmakers with key roles on county government issues.

9:45 - 10:45 AM | MAC Breakout: Building a Risk Management Plan | Lansing Center

9:45 - 10:45 AM | MAC Breakout:  Building a Risk Management Plan  | Lansing Center
Speaker: John O’Connor & Sarah Kline

During this session, you will learn the necessary skills and approaches needed to develop the long-term success of your risk management program, taking care of your people, your property, and the public. Analyzing crucial data and insights, conducting risk assessments, and identifying trends, gives you the foundation for formulating and executing a tailored plan for effective risk management.

9:45 - 10:45 AM | MAC Breakout: How to talk About Michigan State-Level Transportation Funding with Friends (and Enemies) | Lansing Center

Speaker: Ron Davis

This presentation will include an overview of how transportation is currently funded in Michigan at the state level, the needs and challenges related to transportation funding in Michigan, and some specific new funding ideas for Michigan from other states. As the title implies, the presentation focus will be practical so that attendees can gain more confidence in speaking about transportation funding with their industry peers and among friends and family in their communities.

9:45 - 10:45 AM | MAC Breakout: Opioid Settlements: Lessons Learned and Next Steps | Lansing Center

Speaker: Amy Dolinky

This session is intended to help counties understand what activities have taken place across in the state related to planning and spending associated with opioid settlements. Participants will learn about common themes, practices, and barriers. This session will also include a walkthrough of MAC’s voluntary annual opioid settlement reporting survey that is intended to better understand the work taking place across the state with planning and spending efforts.

9:45 - 10:45 AM | MCMCFC Session: Documentation Do's and Definitely Do Not's! * | Lansing Center

Speaker: Jeff Segal

The best practices for documenting treatment in medical record – understanding the reasons for the “DO’s and DO NOT’s” and implementing practical advice into everyday workflow while documenting resident care.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

* This session has been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits.

10:45 - 11:00 AM | Boxed Lunch Provided | Lansing Center

Conference attendees may pick up a boxed lunch for their journey home.

* This activity has been submitted to the Wisconsin Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.
The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

* These sessions have been submitted to NAB for Nursing Home Administrator credits

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