April 30, 2012

Health Policy Experts to Discuss Integrating Acute and Long-Term Care

Highlights

  • RTI International will host a policy forum titled "Where's the Rest of Me? Integrating Acute and Long-Term Care" on May 9
  • Experts will discuss the need for comprehensive acute and long-term care for older people and younger persons with disabilities
  • The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Media Contacts

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RTI policy forum 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of health policy experts will gather at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., May 9, to discuss the need for comprehensive acute and long-term care for older people and younger persons with disabilities.

This population often relies on Medicare for acute care and Medicaid for long-term care. This fragmented approach often results in inadequate services when long-term care needs are neglected by medical care providers and acute care needs are neglected by long-term care providers.

The policy forum, titled "Where's the Rest of Me? Integrating Acute and Long-Term Care," will bring together a group of thought leaders who represent public, private and academic communities to discuss strategies for providing comprehensive care, and how doing so may reduce acute care expenditures and provide a new source of financing for long-term care.

The event, to be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., is being hosted by RTI International.

Speakers include K. Eric De Jonge, M.D., director of geriatrics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Barbara Gage, Ph.D., fellow, Brookings Institution; Carol Raphael, M.P.A., advanced leadership fellow, Harvard University; and Edith G. Walsh, Ph.D., senior researcher, Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care Program, RTI International. Peter Kemper, Ph.D., deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has also been invited to participate as a panelist.

Joshua Wiener, Ph.D., distinguished fellow and director of RTI's Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care Program, will moderate the program.

The event is the fifth forum of a seminar series that is exploring a variety of pressing public policy challenges facing our society.

To attend the acute and long-term care policy forum, please register at www.rti.org/register/policyforum5. More information on the event can be found here.

For those who can't attend the event in person, follow #RTILTCARE on Twitter.