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.
National Physical Therapy Month
National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) recognizes how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help with restoring and improving motion in people's lives. Physical therapy is important in the life of older adults because physical therapy is a to build confidence, improve balance and strength, and stay active.
Falls and fall-related injuries, such as fractures, are a growing problem among older adults. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults aged 65 years or older who are at increased risk for falls. A combination of physical therapy exercises can help to reduce the risk of falls through balance and strength training, and other programs designed to keep seniors active and safe.
Here are a few things physical therapists can help older adults with:
- Significantly improve mobility to perform daily activities;
- Provide an alternative to painful and expensive surgery, in many cases;
- Manage or eliminate pain without medication and its side effects, in many cases.
 "Older Adults Can Reduce Risk of Falls With Physical Therapist-led Programs." American Physical Therapy Association. American Physical Therapy Association, 7 Oct. 2011. 22 Sept. 2014.
 Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults." U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. AHRQ, 2012. 22 Sept. 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.
 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