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Author: Richard Glickman-Simon, M.D.

Session 2a: Aging in America – Essentials

1. Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the major social factors that place elders at risk for premature mortality, chronic disability, and reduction in quality of life

  • Explain the basic financing of medical, rehabilitative, palliative, and custodial services for the elderly

  • Use Center for Medicare and Medicaid policies and the pending legislation on Medicare prescription drug coverage to illustrate the previous objective

2. Readings

  • Kaiser Family Foundation. Fact Sheet on Medicare: Medicare at a Glance . Feb 2007 (The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health care issues to policymakers, the media, the health care community and the general public. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.)

  • Kaiser Family Foundation. Fact Sheet on Medicare: The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit . Nov. 2007. (The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health care issues to policymakers, the media, the health care community and the general public. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.)

  • Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid Facts. Dual Eligibles: Medicaid's role for low income Medicare beneficiaries. Feb 2006. (The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health care issues to policymakers, the media, the health care community and the general public. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.)

  • Vladeck BC. You can’t get there from here: obstacles to improving care of the chronically ill. Health Affairs. 20(6):175-9, 2001 Nov-Dec.

3. Additional Resources