Providers flood Washington to meet, push long-term care agenda on Congress

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The American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA) will hold its annual spring meeting and congressional fly-in Monday through Wednesday in Washington. Nonprofit facility owners and operators from around the country will lobby members of Congress in person and also take part in an exposition, a variety of educational sessions and a leadership summit.


“Internet impresario and blogging pioneer” Jeff Jarvis will kick of the opening general session Monday morning, when he'll discuss new media, the art of communication and more. Tuesday's guest speaker will be political strategist and columnist Donna Brazile, who will detail the state of American politics. Later that day, attendees will visit their U.S. Senators and Representatives to press providers' agenda on healthcare reform and other key issues.


Educational sessions will cover staffing, leadership, policy, technology, legal issues and more on Monday and Tuesday, when continuing education units can be earned. Wednesday will focus on a leadership “summit.” Well-known speaking and leadership coach Michael Sheehan will lead the morning general session, with workshops to follow.


AAHSA also will host its winter retreat for chief executives of multi-facility organizations (CEMO) on Thursday in conjunction with the week's events.