Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates
Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek, Fellow, CAP

30445 Northwestern Hwy
Ste 310
Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3102

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Representing Clients With A Medicaid Administrative AppealThis session will discuss general procedures for assisting clients with a Medicaid administrative appeal and how to assist clients as expeditiously as possible with navigating the process. This session will distinguish strategies between financial liability appeals, and appeals related to amount, duration, and scope of services. Alternative Dispute resolution will be touched on and potential ADA claims as well.
Case Note: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1The U.S. Supreme Court requires schools to challenge students with disabilities.
Advocating for Your Client's Right to Remain in the Communitylearn to advocate for your client’s civil right to remain in the community and how to participate in your state’s HCBS transition plan and how to advise clients on those changes.
How Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Can Help People Diagnosed with MSA series of 5 videos developed to help those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and/or their families and caregivers to understand how elder law and special needs law attorneys can assist with their particular legal needs.
The HCBS Settings Rule: What Is It & How Will It Impact YouThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released regulations that define Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings in January 2014. These regulations deal with the standards required for HCBS, such as access to the community, control over personal resources, and ability to seek employment. States have until March 2019 to implement these new rules when providing HCBS through a waiver or state plan option. This webinar will contain an overview of the rule from the Administration for Community Living and a discussion on how to this rule will impact your practice.

Professional Information

About the Practice
Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek is the principal of Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates, and the Past Chair of the Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Her practice concentrates in elder law, Medicaid and estate planning, estates/trust administration, probate, administrative law, and disability advocacy. Ms. Dudek represents people in securing the support services they need to play, work and live fully in their communities through Medicaid litigation, Pooled Account Trusts, and Self-Determination. Her practice includes advising and preparing estate planning documents, including special needs trusts; representation in Medicaid hearings to secure appropriate services, administration of estates, trusts, guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements, and contested litigation in these areas. As an outspoken advocate, Ms. Dudek often provides written and oral testimony on legal and public policy issues pertaining to her clientele.
Professional Biography
Ms. Dudek is a prolific writer and lecturer on topics related to Medicaid, alternatives to guardianship and estate planning for people with disabilities, elders and their right to control their support services, and wrote the model contracts for Michigan’s Medicaid Self Determination Initiative. These contracts facilitate control over Medicaid service budgets and allow for creative solutions for housing and supports. Ms. Dudek was the first attorney in Michigan to draft a Pooled Accounts Trust for Medicaid planning and to secure approval for Medicaid by both the Social Security Administration and the State of MI. Ms. Dudek advises on the administration of special need trusts in creating public/private solutions for the support service and housing needs of elders and people with disabilities. She serves as a board member of The United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit, is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Bonnell Foundation Board of Directors.

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Advocacy/Litigation Section Membership
Council of Advanced Practitioners
Medicare Medicaid and Health Care Section Membership
Practice Development Practice Management Membership
Special Needs Law Section Membership
Tax Section Membership
Trust and Special Needs Trusts Section Membership

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