Long-Term Care and Medicare Policy: Can We Improve the Continuity of Care?

January 24, 2002 January 25, 2002
National Academy of Social Insurance 14th Annual Conference

Conference Co-chairs:
David Blumenthal
Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Marilyn Moon
Urban Institute
Mark Warshawsky
NBER/Columbia University School of Business

As the population ages, policymakers must evaluate the nation's readiness to assist a growing group of people with conditions requiring chronic and long-term care. The Academy's fourteenth annual conference will bring together policymakers, researchers, and experts to examine the increasing need for long-term care and related services for elderly Americans and those with chronic health conditions or disabilities. Conference sessions will assess how well these needs are being met by today's financing and delivery systems and will identify gaps in coverage of particular populations or services. Presenters and panelists will also examine: the evolution of our social contracts for chronic and long-term care; what we have learned about what works to meet chronic and long-term care needs; promising directions for policy improvements; and prospects for change in Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care policy.

A book of published proceedings, Long-Term Care and Medicare Policy: Can We Improve the Continuity of Care?, edited by David Blumenthal, Marilyn Moon, Mark Warshawsky, and Cristina Boccuti, is available through the Brookings Institution Press at (800) 275-1447.