(1) The ombudsman shall not:
(a) Have a direct involvement in the licensing or certification of, or an ownership or investment interest in, a long-term care facility or a provider of a long-term care service.
(b) Be employed by, or participate in the management of, a long-term care facility.
(c) Receive, or have a right to receive, directly or indirectly, remuneration, in cash or in kind, under a compensation agreement with the owner or operator of a long-term care facility.
(2) Each employee of the office, each state council member, and each local council member shall certify that he or she has no conflict of interest.
(3) The department shall define by rule:
(a) Situations that constitute a person having a conflict of interest that could materially affect the objectivity or capacity of a person to serve on an ombudsman council, or as an employee of the office, while carrying out the purposes of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program as specified in this part.
(b) The procedure by which a person listed in subsection (2) shall certify that he or she has no conflict of interest.