2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging
June 9, 2014
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
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.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.. Since the immune system weakens as people age, adults age 65 years and older are more vulnerable to the flu. It is important all seniors get the flu vaccine.
During a regular flu season, about 90% of deaths occur in people 65 years and older1.
Older adults have two options for vaccination2:
The regular dose flu shot
And the higher-dose flu shot designed specifically for people 65 and older.
Both vaccines protect against the same three flu viruses2. Medicare will cover the flu vaccine once every flu season.
Getting the flu vaccine protects you and prevents you from spreading the flu to your spouse, children, or grandchildren.
If you develop flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately.
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.
 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