Join us at the 2019 Aging in America Conference

WHEN: April 15, 2019 - April 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm View Agenda(s)

Join West Health and Matz, Blancato & Associates live from the 2019 Aging in America conference.

This free Summit will explore important aging and policy issues in advance of the 2020 election to ensure policymakers take positive action on behalf of older adults to improve care and lower costs.

Monday, April 15, 2019
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. CT

 

PLEASE VIEW AIA SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE HERE


West Health Sessions | Monday, April 15, 2019

1:30 - 1:40 p.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Bob Blancato, MPA, President, Matz, Blancato & Associates
Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center

1:40 - 2:20 p.m.

High Costs, Broken Promises: Seniors and the Healthcare Cost Crisis - A West Health and Gallup Survey on Older Adults’ Perceptions of Healthcare Costs Today
Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center
Mike Ellrich, MBA, Healthcare Portfolio Leader, Gallup

2:20 – 3:10 p.m.

A Year of Political Action
Richard Eisenberg, BSJ, Managing Editor & Senior Web Editor, Money & Security and Work & Purpose Channel, Next Avenue
Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center
Jay Newton-Small, MS, Writer, Time Magazine
John Zogby, MA, Founder and Senior Partner, John Zogby Strategies
Host: Bob Blancato, MPA, President, Matz, Blancato & Associates

3:10 – 4:00 p.m.

A Case Study in California: The We Stand with Seniors Public Education and Awareness Campaign
2:30 – 3:25 p.m. PANEL: A Case Study in California: The We Stand with Seniors Public Education and Awareness Campaign

Learnings and results from a nonpartisan, education and awareness campaign designed to engage seniors, advocates and policymakers to prioritize the needs of California’s aging population. This lively panel discussion will explore how citizens and organizations alike can drive efforts as we move toward developing a vision and long-term investment plan for aging that addresses the increasing need for senior-related healthcare and other supportive services, using California as a case study. This campaign is part of a broader strategy between West Health and The SCAN Foundation to elevate older adult issues, break through the media clutter and ensure state policymakers prioritize these issues.

Bill Earley, JD, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, West Health; Commissioner, California Commission on Aging
Gretchen Alkema, PhD, Vice President, Policy and Communications, The SCAN Foundation
Cheryl Brown, Commissioner, California Commission on Aging; Former Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Host: Richard Eisenberg, BSJ, Managing Editor & Senior Web Editor, Money & Security and Work & Purpose Channel, Next Avenue

West Health Sessions | Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

LET'S TALK POLICY AND PRACTICE: MALNUTRITION AMONG OLDER ADULTS, A GROWING CRISIS IN AMERICA TODAY
Sponsored by West Health and Defeat MalnutritionToday

Room: Hyatt Regency New Orleans - Bolden 5 (Level 2)

Presenter(s):
Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc, Co-Director, Division of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, UNC Health Care
Meredith Ponder Whitmire, JD, Senior Associate, Matz, Blancato & Associates

Brenda Schmitthenner is jointly facilitating

West Health Sessions | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

USING TECHNOLOGY TO FACILITATE COORDINATED CARE ACROSS CLINICAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE SETTINGS
Room: Hyatt Regency New Orleans - Strand 12 A (Level 2)

Description
With an increased recognition of the impact of social determinants on health, there is a growing demand for holistic care models that seamlessly link clinical care and community supports to better address patient needs. Learn how a geriatric-focused academic health center developed and tested a standardized process to identify unmet social needs among senior patients and connect them to community supports using a community-based social worker and electronic care coordination platform.

Presenter(s):
Jessa Engelberg, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, West Health Institute

2:00 PM - 03:00 PM

FAMILY CAREGIVER'S PERCEPTION OF HOW THE HEALTH SYSTEM AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SENIORS
Description
Family caregivers are more likely to have frequent interactions with the health care system when caring for their loved one. As such, they have strong opinions and perceptions of how well the system is responding to the needs of seniors. In this session, we present results of a national survey that assessed perceptions of the health care system and is the extent to which perceptions are influenced by age and caregiver status. Additionally, we will discuss West Health Institute's research efforts to identify and support the family caregiver.

Family caregivers are a vulnerable population relative to non-caregivers and are more pessimistic about healthcare in the US. They report more difficulties accessing care and believed innovative approaches such as in-home care and telemedicine would be helpful.

Presenter(s):
Gregory Norman, PhD, Senior Director, Clinical Research, West Health Institute
Jill Slaboda, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, West Health Institute

West Health Sessions | Thursday, April 18, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Poster Session A
A Proactive Approach to Addressing the Needs of Seniors with COPD
Executive Medical Director, Dr. Tom VonSternberg

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Poster Session B
• Using Evidence-Based Order Set for Patients with COPD in Skilled Nursing Facilities
• Executive Medical Director, Dr. Tom VonSternberg