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Long-Term Care Disparities Conference on the Web

New America Media, Paul Kleyman Posted: Feb 06, 2009

Don't have a Washington Bureau? For even smaller news outlets, the miracle of the Internet can make available national experts at major conferences or press briefings. Starting Wednesday, AcademyHealth will do just that.

The organization's Feb. 4 conference, "Disparities in Long-Term Care: Building Equity Into Market-Based Reforms," used the social media wonder Twitter for real-time bulletins and webcasting. The exchange will be posted on Thursday, Feb. 6. Elyse Phelps, of AcademyHealth, told NAM that reporters can access updates during the event via http://twitter.com/nhpc on Feb. 4. In addition, the Kaiser Family Foundation is posting webcasts and transcripts of the plenary sessions starting Feb. 5 here.

At the conference, University of Chicago healthcare economist R. Tamara Kontezka, Ph.D., is scheduled to present her research on disparities in long-term care and how the healthcare marketplace might fill the gap for lower- and middle-income seniors, those least able to find safe and affordable eldercare options. Responding to her analysis will be Mauro Hernandez, CEO of Community Living, Inc., based in Clackamas, Ore., a leading national provider of affordable assisted living, and Carol Zernial, executive director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation, and until recently the director for the Bexar Area Agency on Aging in San Antonio, Texas. Other national experts on long-term care and homecare were also on tap. View the full agenda online here.

For more information, editors and producers can contact Phelps at 202-292-6745 or e-mail: elyse.phelps@academyhealth.org.

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