Feds to hold 'national summit' on future of long-term care

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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.