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Montana Health Network Updates

SAVE THE DATE - Care Considerations of the Older Adult

November 11, 2016
The Montana Geriatric Education Center along with the Montana Health Network, North Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center and RiverStone Health are presenting a Continuing Education Program for Health Care Professionals
Save the Date:

Friday, May 12th 2017, Sleep Inn, Miles City, MT
7:45 am – 4:15 pm

Care Considerations of the Older Adult
Advance Care Directives – Starting the Conversation
Joyce Davis, MSW – RiverStone HealthHospice
Fall Prevention and Key Elements of Home Safety
Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD – MonTECH Programs of the Rural Institute, University of Montana
Conducting a Thorough Cognitive Assessment during the Medicare Annual VISIT
Dr. Michael Temporal – Geriatrics - Billings Clinic
Polypharmacy Concerns in the Older Adult
Dr. Irene Lohkamp – Geriatrics -Billings Clinic
Elder Abuse Awareness / Reporting
Denise Armstrong, Director, Big Sky Senior Services, Billings, MT
Behavior Management/Prevention and Reducing Behavioral issues in Patients with Dementias
Vicki Schmall, PhD – Portland Oregon
Target Audience:  Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and APRN’s, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists,Pharmacists, Psychologists, Social Workers and any health care professionals interested in caring better for our older population.
Conference details and registration information coming in December.

Montana Health Network Retains Grant Funding to Provide Navigator Services

November 3, 2016
     Montana Health Network (MHN) has received federal funding to support the activities of 22 part-time Navigators and 1 full time Navigator Coordinator to provide services, through member healthcare providers across Montana. Navigators are public advisors who help individuals and small employers compare the health insurance options on navigators have taken federal and state training.  They have been fingerprinted and have undergone a Montana background check.
     The project will provide outreach and education to a total population of 236,724 of which approximately 37,182 or 16% are uninsured, within a rural geographic region of 67,022 square miles.  MHN utilizes existing member facility staff to provide community outreach and education materials within the 24 counties served.  The staff will work daily to assist underserved and vulnerable populations and identify public payment options and obtain coverage determinations.
     MHN will continue to provide member organizations with appropriate guidance in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the Navigator program through our corporate structure.  This will ensure adherence to appropriate privacy standards as well as avoid conflicts of interest and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) as well as compliance and documentation of required training and certification of Navigator staff.
     MHN will have Navigator Services available in the following Montana counties: Big Horn, Broadwater, Carbon, Chouteau, Custer, Dawson, DeerLodge, Fallon, Fergus, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Meagher, Park, Phillips,Powell, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Valley, Wheatland.
     MHN will also have Navigators available on the following reservations Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap.
Please contact Cheryl Weaver at 406-654-1800 ext. 5181 for any questions regarding the Navigator Program.

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-NAVCA150266-02-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.