Announcing the

2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging

“Cornerstones for Improving Senior Health Outcomes: Outreach, Enrollment and Community Partnerships”

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The annual symposium provides an opportunity for health centers and senior advocates to exchange ideas and information on health topics related to improving the lives of millions of American seniors.

To learn more or to register for the 2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging Symposium CLICK HERE.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Anyone at any age can develop an alcohol problem. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 2.0% of persons aged 65 or older are heavy drinkers[1].  Since older people break down alcohol more slowly than younger people, they may become more sensitive to alcohol's effects2.   The recommended amount of alcohol for people over age 65 is no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three drinks in one day.

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Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of[2]:

- health-related injuries,

- violence,drowning,

liver disease, and 

some types of cancer. 

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Older adults can experience a variety of problems from drinking alcohol, especially those who[3]:

  • Take certain medications: Many medicines or herbal remedies can be dangerous or even deadly when mixed with alcohol.
  • Have health problems:  Drinking alcohol can worsen some health conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
  • Drink heavily: Drinking too much can put older adults at higher risks for falls and other unintentional injuries.

Talk to a healthcare provider about drinking alcohol if you or a loved one[4]:                     

  • Hides or lies about drinking,
  • Drinks more than the recommended amount
  • Gets hurt or harms others when drinking.

Older adults who are identified as having a drinking problem can receive help from inpatient programs, outpatient therapy or community-based groups.

Talk with a healthcare provider to see if you or an older adult loved one may need to stop drinking or start drinking less due to health problems or medicines taken.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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 (  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: