2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging

June 9, 2014 

Alexandria, Virginia

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Thank you to all our speakers, presenters, attendees and senior health advocates for attending the 2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging which took place June 9, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.

Check back for recorded sessions and presentation slides. If you have not completed the symposium survey already, we would like to hear from you. Please click here to be directed to the survey. 

Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals

Ebola healthcare workers

Below is an Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals from Dr. Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), regarding the current Ebola situation.
As a frontline healthcare provider, you play an essential role in protecting the health and well-being of our nation.

Access full letter here

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

As many as 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease.  Alzheimer’s is currently an irreversible, incurable, and fatal disease[1].  In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60[2].

Alzheimer’s gradually

  • erases cherished memories,

  • affects behavior,

  • destroys the ability to live independently

  • and carry out the simplest daily tasks

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people2.

Alzheimer's Disease Picture

Alzheimer’s progresses on a spectrum with three stages[3]

  • an early, preclinical stage with no symptoms;

  • a middle stage of mild cognitive impairment (MCI);

  • and a final stage of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Although treatment can help manage symptoms in some people, currently there is no cure for this devastating disease. This month, learn more about Alzheimer's disease and help to raise awareness.


[1] "Presidential Proclamation — National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2014." The White House. The White House. 2014. Accessed 5 Nov. 2014.

[2] "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet." National Institute on Aging. 2014. Accessed 5 Nov. 2014.

[3] "About Alzheimer's Disease: Symptoms." National Institute on Aging .2014.  Accessed 5 Nov. 2014.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment ended on December 7. If someone missed the Open Enrollment Period and is truly dissatisfied with their Medicare Advantage plan, there is a Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) that lasts from January 1 to February 14 of the following year. A person in a Medicare Advantage Plan can leave their plan, switch to Original Medicare, and join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage during this period. Learn more about joining a health or drug plan.
There are specific times when a person can sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) or Medicare prescription drug coverage . They can also make changes to existing coverage:

1. If they first become eligible for Medicare or turn 65 during the Initial Enrollment Period
2. During certain yearly enrollment periods
3. Under certain circumstances that qualify the person for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

Learn more about the Medicare C & D enrollment periods and be sure to take advantage of everything Medicare has to offer.

[1] Understanding Medicare Part C & D Enrollment Periods. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oct. 2012. Web. Dec. 2013.


BPHC released the new Governance PIN (http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/pin201401.html).  There will be multiple opportunities for training regarding the new PIN, including TA calls specific for consultants and for special populations.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2013-01: Health Center Budgeting and Accounting Requirements. The PIN is available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/pin201301.html