Q: You've been using technology in novel ways at Jewish Home Lifecare. What's the key to getting seniors to use technology to help improve their care? A: If the technology is too overwhelming, the elder's not going to use it. We've got a 70% compliance rating in terms of people who say they're going to use it every day or every other day and actually do. The reason is, it's simple.
Q: What are the top issues the Long-Term Care Commission needs to address? A: We need to address the knowledge deficits that exist in the general public about long-term care needs. And we need a new set of tools that helps people better prepare as they age.
Q: What are your goals as a member of the new national long-term care commission? A: My hope is we look at the whole system and make sure there are rational incentives. We have to take scarce resources and spread them appropriately.
What does a not-for-profit council do for a mostly for-profit association like AHCA?
Q: CMS wants nursing homes to reduce antipsychotic use by 15% by the end of 2012. How's it looking?
Nursing homes lose a ton of money on Medicaid, which I spent a lot of time at CMS talking about.
It's no secret that in this economy many of our members have faced financial stress. Some have faced conditions beyond their control, like opening a community at exactly the wrong time in this recession.
Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA, VP of Health Info Mgmt Solutions, AHIMA
What's the biggest area that auditors are zeroing in on?
With all the work going on around integrated care and managed care for dual eligibles, we're trying to show the potential with models integrating supportive services and lower income housing.
Executive vice president for the National Association for the Support of Long term Care
What's behind the push, frankly, is CMS and Congress. But we're not just being reactive. Many providers have been working hard at the local level to do a better job of dementia care.
As many as 5.1 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer's disease. And that number is quickly growing. As the U.S. population ages, the number of people with this terrible disease could double or more by 2050.
Robin Aricar, RN, FACDONA, President, NADONA
Ruta Kadonoff, VP for Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA
Larry Minnix, President and CEO of LeadingAge
Associate Professor of Health, Studies, University of Chicago
Nataly Rubinstein, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, author of new caregiver book
Alan Rosenbloom, President, Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
Michael Pepperman, Partner, Obermayer Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Dan Mendelson, CEO, Avalere Health
Kathy Greenlee, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging
Larry Minnix, President, CEO, LeadingAge
Mark Parkinson, President, CEO, AHCA/NCAL
Exec. Dir., American Medical Directors Association
Kathy Greenlee, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Aging
Robert Van Dyk, Board Chairman AHCA
Author of a new book on compassionate caregiving
Mark Parkinson, Future President and CEO, AHCA
Cynthia Morton, Executive VP, NASL
Larry Minnix, President and CEO, AAHSA
Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Consumer Voice
Rob Winningham, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology, Western Oregon University
Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Health and Human Services
Carol Benner, ScM, National Director, Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign
Mary Naylor, Chairwoman, Long-Term Quality Alliance
Peter Clendenin Executive VP National Association for the Support of Long Term Care
Suzanne Weiss Senior Vice President, Advocacy, AAHSA
Howard Gleckman, Senior Research Associate The Urban Institute
Barbara Manard, Ph.D. VP of Long Term Care/Health Strategies, AAHSA
Lyn Bentley, Director of Regulatory Services, American Health Care Association
Marie Squillace, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Mary Pat Rapp, Ph. D., RN, GN-BC, Co-Investigator, TURN Study University of Texas-Houston
Paul Katz, M.D. Geriatrics Division Director, Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Anne Tumlinson Analyst, Avalere Health Medicare cost survey
Larry Minnix, President and CEO American Assn. of Homes & Services for the Aging
Dale E. Yeatts, Professor of Sociology, University of North Texas
Evvie Munley Senior Health Policy Analyst, AAHSA
Dr. Charles Crecilius President, American Medical Directors Association