On Tuesday, June 5, Health Affairs will hold a briefing to discuss its June 2012 issue, “Focus On The Care Span For The Elderly And Disabled.” The volume explores a wide range of topics — from avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions, to coordination of care for dual eligibles, to reforming Medicare payment for skilled nursing facilities, to a rise in Medicare enrollees being held in hospitals for observation. The issue received funding support from The SCAN Foundation.

Please join us for a briefing at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 5, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., as we unveil the issue. Panels will examine:

  • Improving The Coordination Of Care For People In Medicare And Medicaid
  • Innovations In Care Delivery
  • Emerging Issues In Care And Coverage
  • Care For Advanced Illness And Toward The End Of Life

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW (Metro Center), Washington, DC

RSVP:  Space is limited.  Register Now!

TWITTER:  Follow the briefing @HA_Events, hashtag #HA_CareSpan.

The issue authors and other speakers will include:

  • Gretchen Alkema, Vice President, Policy and Communications, The SCAN Foundation
  • Barb Edwards, Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Marsha R. Gold, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, on There Is Little Experience And Limited Data To Support Policy Making On Integrated Care For Dual Eligibles
  • R. Tamara Konetzka, Associate Professor, University of Chicago, on Users Of Medicaid Home And Community-Based Services Are Especially Vulnerable To Costly Avoidable Hospital Admissions
  • H. Stephen Kaye, Professor, Institute for Health & Aging and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California San Francisco, on Gradual Rebalancing Of Medicaid Long-Term Services And Supports Saves Money And Serves More People, Statistical Model Shows
  • Randall S. Brown, Vice President, Mathematica Policy Research, on Six Features Of Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Programs That Cut Hospital Admissions Of High-Risk Patients
  • Patricia Neuman, Vice President and Director, Medicare Policy Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, on Dx For A Careful Approach ToMoving Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Into Managed Care Plans (Responder)
  • Bruce Leff, Professor, Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, on Rapid Reengineering Of Acute Medical Care For Medicare Beneficiaries – The Medicare Innovations Collaborative
  • Robert M. Palmer, Director, Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, and Professor of Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, on Acute Care For Elders Units Produced Shorter Hospital Stays At Lower Cost While Maintaining Patients’ Functional Status
  • Deborah N. Peikes, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, on How Changes In Washington University’s Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Pilot Ultimately Achieved Savings
  • Melanie Van Amsterdam, Lead Physician, Hospital at Home and House Calls Programs, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, on Costs For ‘Hospital At Home’s Patients Were 19 Percent Lower, With Equal Or Better Outcomes Compared To Similar Inpatients
  • Esther (Estee) B. Neuwirth, Director – Field Studies, Evaluation & Analytics, Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanente on How Kaiser Permanente Uses Video Ethnography Of Patients For Quality Improvement, Such As In Shaping Better Care Transitions
  • Brad Wright, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University, Sharp Rise In Medicare Enrollees Being Held In Hospitals For Observation Raises Concerns About Causes And Consequences
  • Kathleen McGarry, Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, on Long-Term Care Insurance Demand Limited By Beliefs About Needs, Concerns About Insurers, And Care Available From Family
  • Alexander K. Smith (invited), Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco, on Half Of Older Americans Seen In Emergency Department In Last Month Of Life; Most Admitted To Hospital, And Many Die There
  • Jennifer W. Thompson, Project Manager, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, on US Hospice Industry Experienced Considerable Turbulence From Changes In Ownership, Growth, And Shift To For-Profit Status
  • Bruce C. Vladeck, Senior Advisor, Nexera Inc, and former Administrator Health Care Financing Administration, on Dignity-Driven Decision Making: A Compelling Strategy For Improving Care For People With Advanced Illness
  • Susan Dentzer, Editor-In-Chief, Health Affairs