Feds to hold 'national summit' on future of long-term care
Nearly 1,300 providers, public officials and other stakeholders will meet Tuesday through Thursday in Washington to identify best practices and initiatives that could help various governmental efforts to "transform long-term care for the 21st century.""Choices For Independence: A National Leadership Summit" also will focus on key components of the recently reauthorized Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006 (PL 109-365) which contain principles of the Bush administration's "New Freedom Initiative." Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk will convene the summit at the Renaissance Hotel.
The administration has been a strong proponent of home- and community-based service programs, which it says are less expensive than paying for more institutionalized care settings such as nursing homes.