‘Elder Care: Critical Issues for Aging Family Members’ Conference at TU

Monday, November 01, 1999

Published on 11/1/99

State and local investigators, prosecutors, judges, health care professionals, social workers, agency administrators and attorneys will gather Friday, October 22 to present a one-day conference examining a wide range of issues affecting the care of the elderly in Oklahoma. “Elder Care: Critical Issues for Aging Family Members” is a multidisciplinary conference that will be held in the Allen Chapman Activity Center at The University of Tulsa. The first session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will end at 4:45p.m.

Sponsored by The University of Tulsa College of Law, with the assistance of Tulsa Senior Services and Hospice of Green Country, the conference will focus on elderly abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Oklahoma; civil and criminal interventions to protect the aged; nursing home litigation; and regulatory requirements for long term care facilities.

Tully McCoy, the Assistant Attorney General who directs Oklahoma’s widely praised Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, will present the luncheon program on “Medicaid Fraud, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults.”

Judge David Winslow will lead a morning session discussing the legacy of the Hogue case and “real world considerations in lawyering for the elderly.” Oklahoma’s guardianship law and mental health and protective services procedures will be analyzed by Judge Edward J. Hicks. Other speakers include Bill Fogelman, head of DHS Long-Term Care Investigations; Barbara Kidder and Martha Mills, the state and local supervisors, respectively of Adult Protective Services; and Dr. Deborah Karns, director of the Long Term Care Authority. Geriatric medical and mental health issues will be reviewed by Dr. M. Jean Root, Dr. Christopher Taylor, and Dr. John B. White.

“This is perhaps the first comprehensive conference of this nature to be presented locally,” says Marguerite Chapman, TU law professor and director of TU’s health law program. “A number of ‘experts’ have stated that abuse of the elderly in Oklahoma is where domestic violence and child abuse were a decade ago. Thus, a major conference objective is to increase public awareness and to illuminate the issues. Hopefully, this conference will help stimulate the development of a cohesive, coordinated strategy for addressing the abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults in Oklahoma.”

Late morning concurrent sessions will also address DNRs, advance directives, durable powers of attorney, and end-of-life issues. Afternoon sessions will focus on the Medicare Choice program, Medigap policies, long term care insurance, the Medicaid ADvantage program, and the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Disease Special Disclosure Act. The conference will conclude with an examination of ethical issues involved in representing the elderly.

The program is geared toward attorneys, administrators of institutional and home-based providers, nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, and “baby boomers” and their aging loved ones. Registration is required for the conference. For registration fees, or for more information, contact the TU-CLE office at (918) 631-2523 or e-mail TU-CLE@utulsa.edu. More information is also available on-line at www.conted.utulsa.edu.

The conference will be preceded by a free public lecture on “The Undertreatment and Neglect of Pain,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, in TU’s Allen Chapman Activity Center. For more information on the lecture, call (918) 631-2210.