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Joshua M. Wiener

Dubbed “The Dean of Long-Term Care”

Event Speaker, Tying It All Together: Considering Long Term Care in an Era of Health Reform (June 25, 2013)

Joshua M. Wiener is Distinguished Fellow and Program Director for Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care at RTI International. Wiener is co-author or editor of eight books and over 200 book chapters, journal articles and monographs on health care for older people, people with disabilities, long-term services and supports, Medicaid, health reform, health care rationing, and maternal and child health. His books include Federalism and Health Policy; Sharing the Burden: Strategies for Long-Term Care; Improving Access to Health Services for Pregnant Women and Children; Caring for the Disabled Elderly: Who Will Pay; Persons with Disabilities: Issues in Health Care Financing and Service Delivery; Health Care Reform through Internal Markets: Experience and Proposals; Rationing America's Medical Care: The Oregon Plan and Beyond; and Swing Beds: Assessing Flexible Health Care in Rural Communities. He directed the development of the Brookings-ICF Long-Term Care Financing Model, the first comprehensive microsimulation model that projected the need, use, and expenditures for long-term care.

Wiener is currently involved in studies of Medicaid spend down, medical homes, residential care facilities, the risk of institutionalization, the effect of obesity on mortality and disability, and long-term care awareness and planning. He is also co-director of the Administration on Aging-funded Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program National Resource Center. Previously,  Wiener did policy analysis and research for the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Congressional Budget Office, the New York State Moreland Act Commission on Nursing Homes and Residential Facilities, and the New York City Department of Health.

“Josh is an expert’s expert on long term care with more than three decades of dedication to the topic,” said Lee Goldberg, NASI’s Vice President for Health Policy. “He recently completed important new work on Medicaid spend-down that dispels popular myths about the program and provided analytic support for the Hawaii Long-Term Care Commission, whose recommendations  could be a model for the work of the current Federal long-term care commission. Josh is one of the first people policymakers turn to when they want an objective and in-depth understanding of long-term care.” Anne Montgomery, NASI member and visiting scholar at NASI, calls Wiener the “dean of long-term care.”

A founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Wiener received his Ph.D. and MA in sociology from Harvard University and his BA from the University of Chicago. When not working 11-hour days, Wiener spends time in the kitchen cooking exotic food. He also loves to listen to all kinds of music, from classical to jazz to world music to opera, and to visit not-so-modern art museums. Wiener also enjoys international travel with his wife of 35 years, Susan Klinger.  He has three grown children.