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The Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) has three nurse consultants that work with MHCA to help answer member questions that span the vast array of nursing issues that home health care providers face.

The MHCA nurse consultants will answer member questions to the best of their ability, based on the information that is provided by the member to the consultant. The MHCA does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information provided as we recognize this may or may not represent the full scope of the situation. Additionally, the information provided does not constitute legal advice or opinion. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.

This is a members only benefit.

Submit a Nurse Consultant Question

Please allow 48 hrs during the business week for a response from our Nurse Consultants 


Nurse Consultants

Vickie Brand, RN, BSN, PHN

Vickie is a Compliance Consultant for home care and hospice and specializes in Medicare and Medicaid regulations. With 20+ years in the post-acute industry, Vickie has a passion for helping agencies successfully manage the complexities of regulations and reimbursement.

Vickie holds a BSN from the University of Minnesota where she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Aging and Dementia Studies. She has served as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program. Vickie has been actively involved with the Minnesota HomeCare Association since 2012 where she has been a member and Chair of the Medicare Team.

Focus Areas:
  • Home Health
  • Medicare/ Medicaid Regulations
  • MN State Regulations
  • Government Billing and Reimbursement
  • Government Medical Reviews (CERT, ADR’s, etc.)

Lores Vlaminck, Principal, MA, BSN, RN, CHPN

Lores Vlaminck is a consultant for home care, palliative care, hospice, and assisted living providing education, training, mock surveys, and coaching. Lores’ 40+ years of professional nursing experience spans clinical practice in both cardiac and intensive care, outpatient clinical services and as a founder and director of a Medicare certified home care/hospice agency for 19 years until starting her consulting practice 12 years ago as “Lores Consulting, LLC.”

Lores offers state and national education on palliative and hospice care and is certified trainer of the ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) modules, EPEC (Education on Palliative and End-of-life-care) modules and the HPNA’s (Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association) curriculum. Lores obtained her BSN and Master’s degree in nursing education from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

Focus Areas:
  • Hospice
  • Palliative Care
  • New Licensure Rules
  • Assisted Living
  • Home Care Nursing (formerly Private Duty Nursing)

Connie Dreyer, RN


Connie is an experienced home care nurse and administrator.  Her areas of expertise include systems management, leadership, quality improvement, funding and regulatory compliance.  She is also a part-time surveyor of the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and serves on the faculty of Bethel University.

Focus Areas:
  • PCA Services

2550 University Ave. W. | Ste. 350-South
St. Paul, MN 55114-1900

PHONE 866.607.0607 | FAX 651.635.0043