2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging
“Cornerstones for Improving Senior Health Outcomes: Outreach, Enrollment and Community Partnerships”
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.
- The abstract deadline for the symposium has been extended! Please click here for the call for abstracts.
- The symposium at a glance is available!
- Interested in supporting this year’s aging symposium? Click here to view a few of the different sponsorship opportunities we offer.
Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is among cancers that affect both men and women. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. Overall, 90% of new cases and 94% of deaths occur in individuals 50 and older. However, colon cancer in seniors remains one of the most preventable cancers if detected early enough. Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. Though the disease strikes men and women equally, African Americans have the highest rate of getting colorectal cancer . People who:
· Are obese,
· Drink heavily,
· Maintain a sedentary lifestyle, or
· Suffer from diabetes2
are more likely to develop colon cancer.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.
· Colonoscopy -every 10 years
· High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT) -every year
· Sigmoidoscopy -every 5 years
If you think you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested. Many insurance plans and Medicare may help pay for colorectal cancer screening.
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