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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members to the NAGE/NAGEC network. Our organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of older adults through health professions education by supporting Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) and Geriatric Education Centers (GECs).  Your membership allows the network to improve the education, supply, distribution, diversity, and quality of health professionals serving older adults, and to educate policy makers and the public about the need for geriatric education. Check this page for current information on news and events of interest to NAGE and NAGEC members including Brian Lundberg’s Washington Posts. Outdated information and past Washington Posts are available on the Public Policy and Archive Page.

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                                                                                                                       December 28, 2017

Funding Update From CQ:

With just a day left until government funding would run out, Congress sent another temporary spending bill to the president’s desk on Thursday.

After days of wrangling votes and changing plans, the Senate voted 66-32 to clear a continuing resolution that would fund the government through Jan. 19, provide funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers through March 31, appropriate $2.1 billion for a private care access program for veterans and temporarily extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act until Jan. 19.

Senate action came just hours after the House voted, 231-188, to pass the measure. 

Two major defense add-ons are also included: $4 billion for missile defense, including the construction of a missile field in Alaska, and $700 million for Navy ship repairs, each designated as emergency spending to get around budget caps. The stopgap includes anomalies related to Coast Guard continuation pay, the Indian Health Service, undocumented immigrants and preparations for a potential influenza pandemic.

The measure (HR 1370) would also delay the onset of sequestration for defense and nondefense accounts, since current funding levels are $3 billion and $2 billion over their respective statutory spending caps for fiscal 2018…

Congressional leaders and the White House need to negotiate new fiscal 2018 spending levels to avoid a reduction in discretionary spending, due to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (PL 112-25). Negotiations have been taking place for several weeks, but parties have yet to reach a final agreement. Without those numbers, the Appropriations Committee cannot write its 12 spending bills and the government must either operate under a temporary spending bill or shut down.

Happy Holidays!

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

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                                                                                                                       December 28, 2017

Dear NAGE and NAGEC Members:

As the newly installed Board, we would like to wish you all happy holidays and best wishes for a productive and healthy new year. I would like to share some organizational and legislative updates with you.

In the past, we have always coordinated our Annual Membership meeting with the GSA conference in November; however this year, since GSA coincided with the July meeting of International Assoc. of Geriatrics and Gerontology our NAGE elections were held at that time.  New positions took effect in November.

NAGE/NAGEC 2018 Officers/Board:

President: Maura Brennan, MD,  Baystate Health GWEP, Springfield, MA maura.brennan@bhs.org

President Elect: Catherine Carrico, PhD, Wyoming GWEP; ccarrico@uwyo.edu

Immediate Past President: Kathy Hyer, PhD, Univ. of Southern Florida GWEP; khyer@usf.edu

Secretary: Jennifer Severance, PhD, Workforce Enhancement in Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL) GWEP, University of North Texas Health Science Center; jennifer.severance@unthsc.edu

Treasurer: Leland “Bert” Waters, PhD, Virginia GEC; lhwaters@vcu.edu

Board Members:

Jan Busby Whitehead, MD; Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program;                     jan_busby-whitehead@med.unc.edu

Tom Caprio, MD; Finger Lakes GEC at the University of Rochester; thomas_caprio@urmc.rochester.edu

Robyn Golden, MSW; Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health – Older adult Network (CATCH-ON); Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; robyn_l_golden@rush.edu

Anna Chodos, MD; The Optimizing Collaborative; San Francisco GWEP; anna.chodos@ucsf.edu

Rosellen Rosich, PhD; Alaska GWEP; rmrosich@alaskachd.org

Mindy Fain, MD; Arizona GWEP; mfain@aging.arizona.edu

Ed Olsen, MD, JD, MBA; Miami Area Geriatric Education Center; Miami, FL. eolsen@med.miami.edu

This past year, with the help of NAGE members, our Legislative Affairs Committee and our public policy advisor/lobbyist, Brian Lindberg, we have worked tirelessly to advocate for reauthorization of Title VII and for continued and increased GWEP funding. This has been done in collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society and the Eldercare Workforce Alliance of which NAGE/NAGEC is a member. This has been our highest priority.

Reauthorization of Title VII: Brian Lindberg, our membership and the Legislative Affairs Committee have helped GWEP reauthorization legislation move forward in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and now in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  There are two bills in the House, one that includes an increase in funding to $51 million (Rep. Schakowsky H.R 3713, the Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act, and a larger title VII bill (H.R. 3728 – the EMPOWER Act of 2017), which provides level funding for the GWEPs. The Schakowsky bill, which is our preference, would increase the number of GWEPs and provide funds for Geriatrics Academic Career Awards.  NAGE has joined forces with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and the American Geriatrics Society to advocate for these bills and additional funds to support GACAs as well as GWEPs.  If the Senate and House pass different bills, discrepancies in funding levels will need to be reconciled thereafter.

GWEP Funding: The initial 2018 Presidential Budget had ZERO dollars for GWEPs.  We are advocating for the Senate proposed annual appropriations GWEPs funding level ($38.7 million), which is $4 million higher than the House provided. Congress has not completed its work on the final FY 2018 appropriations. Until then we are under the short term continuing budget resolutions and it is difficult for HRSA to determine what the next steps will be.

NAGE/NAGEC Committees: Our committees drive our work and the organization’s success and growth.  . We always welcome new Committee members and would like to encourage you to participate. Please contact Maura Brennan or committee chairs directly if you would like to assist.  (See list of chairs below and emails above.)

Legislative Affairs:  Ed Olsen, Chair, Maura Brennan, Anna Chodos, Jan-Busby-Whitehead, and Kathy Hyer

Nominations Committee:  Tom Caprio, Chair, Ed Olsen, Mindy Fain, Judy Metcalf

Finance Committee:  Bert Waters, Chair, Tom Caprio and Kathy Hyer

Membership Committee:  Mindy Fain, Chair, Robyn Golden and Bert Waters

Web Committee:  Rosellen Rosich, Chair, Chris Clarke, Angela Rothrock, Catherine Carrico

In closing, we ask you to help recruit other GWEPs and GECs to become members.  Please renew your membership if it has lapsed. It is crucial now that we speak with one voice; all GWEPS and GECs must present a united front and a consistent message.  The next months will determine if we can ensure the survival of these vital programs.  Together we can protect these initiatives which enrich the lives of our patients, families, colleagues and trainees. 

Thank you for your support.  We look forward to working with you in the year to come.

Sincerely,

Kathy Hyer, PhD                                                          Maura Brennan, MD
Past President, NAGE/NAGEC                                   President, NAGE/NAGEC


                                                                                                                       December 16, 2017

The entire text of “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is available here. The reconciliation documentation begins on page 510. (Be aware – this document is quite large at 1000 + pages and may take a significant time to download on slower bandwidths.


                                                                                                                       December 16, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Appropriations – Government is currently running on a continuing resolution (appropriations) until December 22.  The House has passed a bill to keep government running through January 19, 2018, which includes full year funding for defense appropriations, missile defense funding sought by the Trump administration, and continued funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Reports say that the Senate bill will not include the full year defense appropriations bill nor a House partisan measure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The final bill must be able to pass the Senate with the Democrats support, so the moderate Senate approach is likely to prevail.  It is not known how long the final CR will take us into next year or whether it will include new, higher spending levels.

NAGE had meetings and calls with Hill staff over the last two weeks and continues to advocate for the Senate’s current funding level (or higher) for the GWEP ($38.7 million), which is $4 million higher than the House level.

From Our Colleagues at NDD United! – “There’s no rest for the weary this holiday season. As promised, NDD United has issued a press statement calling on Congress to oppose the CR introduced in the House this week to fund the government through January 19th. Our primary concern with the bill is the violation of parity. As written, the bill would fund the Department of the Defense through the end of the year at a rate that exceeds the caps and waving the enforcement of the cap until after the end of the CR. At the same time, it holds NDD funding at current levels. The full statement is available here.

GWEP Reauthorization Progress – NAGE has met with Senator Collins’ Aging Committee staff over the last couple weeks to discuss her introduction of the GWEP reauthorization bill, which was introduced in the House by Rep. Schakowsky.  A date for introduction has not been determined.  NAGE is also working to secure support for our legislation in a larger Title VII reauthorization bill that Senator Reed is planning to introduce.

The Tax Bill – With Senator Corker now supporting the tax bill and Senator Rubio back on board, it appears the bill will move quickly next week.  It is reported that the House plans to vote on December 19th and the Senate will follow probably on the 20th.

“Highlights” From Various Sources –

  • The Individual Mandate under ACA is repealed
    “Elimination of Shared Responsibility Payment for Individuals Failing to Maintain Minimal Essential Coverage. The conference agreement follows the Senate amendment.” (p 153)
  • The Orphan Drug credit is reduced to 25%
    “Repeal of credit for clinical testing expenses for certain drugs for rare diseases or conditions. … The conference agreement follows the Senate amendment, but reduces the credit rate to 25 percent of qualified clinical testing expenses.” (p 282)
  • CBPP: Last-minute changes to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that Republican leaders put in their final tax bill do not change the fundamental fact: low-income working families still would largely miss out on the full CTC. A full report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is available here.
  • ABLE account amendments were included in the bill.  See Section 11024 on page 56.
    The letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to tax bill conference committee members opposing ABLE Act amendments is available here.
  • The medical expense deduction is not repealed.  It is expanded for a two-year period.
  • The tax-preferred status of private-activity bonds that are used to finance affordable housing is preserved.
  • The Johnson Amendment was removed from the bill.  It would have given churches and other nonprofits greater leeway when it comes to endorsing candidates and engaging in political activities.

The Conference Agreement is available here.

The Joint Explanatory Statement is available here.

A report on special interest provisions slipped into the bill is available here.

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

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                                                                                                                       December 15, 2017

Dear NAGE Members 

During the recent American Geriatric Society abstract submission period, 135 submissions were by authors who indicated their work was supported by HRSA. AGS, the GWEP Coordinating Center and NAGE plan to use the these abstracts to highlight GWEP accomplishments to date.  Many of these abstracts were submitted by our NAGE members.  Thank you for helping to show the value of our important work.  The NAGE/NAGEC Board will update you in a few months once we know how many will be presented at the May meeting.                                      
Maura Brennan, MD
The Geri-Pal TLC Project
Baystate Regional Geriatrics and Palliative Care Initiative
Springfield, MA


December 07, 2017 

GWEP Grantees,

GOOD NEWS. The Caregiver modules are now live on the AD curriculum page. A blurb in the HRSA newsletter and social media about the caregiver modules will be published later today. There will also be an item about it in the News & Announcement tile on the Health Workforce landing page.

KUDOS to Joanna Blonska for all of her hard work.   

Daniel Bailey
HRSA


                                                                                                                       December 01, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – With the expiration of the Continuing Resolution looming December 8, it appears that the Republicans in the House have a two-stage strategy for keeping the government open.  The current CR which provides appropriations for federal programs for FY 2018, includes last year’s funding levels for most programs serving older adults, including the GWEP.  The House is likely to pass another CR keeping government running through December 22 and then another CR getting us into next year.  The delays are in part tied to the need for congressional leaders to compromise on the total funding levels for the 12 appropriations bills included in the CR.  There is still uncertainty on whether House conservatives will support the plans for a short-term CR and what it will need to include to attract Democrats.  NAGE continues to advocate for the Senate’s current funding level for the GWEP ($38.7 million), which is $4 million higher than the House level.

GWEP Reauthorization Progress – It appears that at least two Senators would like to introduce legislation to reauthorize the GWEP.  We hope to be able to announce their plans and a timeline shortly.  On the House side, the House Energy & Commerce Committee has still not determined a date to consider (mark-up) the GWEP and other workforce reauthorization bills.  NAGE continues its work to secure passage of the reauthorization this year.  

The Tax Bill – As the Senate continues its consideration of the tax bill today, the Republicans now seem to have the 50 votes necessary for passage along party lines.  Senators McCain and Murkowski endorsed the bill yesterday, Senator Flake announced his support today.  It appears that Senator Collins may support the bill after securing concessions from the leadership for her vote.  McCain, Murkowski and Collins had voted against the ACA repeal. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor

1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

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                                                                                                                       November 15, 2017

Senator Bob Casey, the Ranking Member of the Special Committee on Aging has authored a detailed overview on the Republican Tax Reform Bill explaining in detail how the proposed legislation will negatively impact older Americans and people with disabilities. 

The Republican Tax Scheme Harms Older Americans & People with Disabilities


                                                                                                                      September 28, 2017

NAGE/NAGEC Members testify before Congress

Several of our members have are making their presence known at the Congressional level when it comes to GWEP funding and raising awareness regarding the need for disaster planning for older Americans. To view their testimonies please go to the quarterly feature area

NAGE/NAGEC Quarterly Features     


GWEP Presentations at IAGG

We would like to share with the network the GWEPs that will be presenting at the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Conference in San Francisco, CA between July 22-July 27, 2017. The presentations are listed both by presenting GWEP and by date and time. We look forward to seeing many of you at this conference and hope that you find time to attend a GWEP presentation.

IAAG presentations by GWEP

IAGG presentations by Date/Time


NAGE/NAGEC 2017 Membership Letter


GWEP Funding for 2015 -2018

The recent announcement of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) awards in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging marked a significant change from past decades of federal funding provided to Geriatric Education Centers.  The purpose of the GWEPs is to maximize patient and family engagement, and to improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care.  The awards emphasize providing the primary care workforce with knowledge and skills to care for older adults, and collaborating with community partners to address gaps in healthcare through individual, system, community and population level changes.

We congratulate the GWEP awardees and encourage them to join or maintain their membership in the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) and National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC).  We hope that GECs who did not receive this award will continue to belong to our organizations either as a GEC or through individual memberships.  We look forward to strengthening NAGE and NAGEC as we create a collaborative organization composed of members working together to advance geriatric education.

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Webpage


UPCOMING MEETINGS

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March 1-4, 2018: AGHE’s 44th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference in Atlanta,Georgia

The AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference is the premier international forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatric education. Educators, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and students share their experiences, expertise, and innovations regarding teaching and learning about aging and older persons. The 2018 conference theme is “The Global Business of Aging”.

Abstract submission date is closed

Follow this link for Conference Information


March 26 – 29, 2018: American Society on Aging (ASA) Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, California

ASA’s Aging in America Conference is the nation’s largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary event focused on improving the lives of older people. We invite you to join our conference community by submitting a proposal to present at the conference. We are still accepting late submissions and have flexibility in the sponsored Highlighted Session and posters session formats. The 2018 conference will have a strong focus on technological innovation across the aging sphere. Additionally, we welcome proposals that offer innovative policies, programs, practices, business models, and learning across the field of aging and related disciplines.

Abstract submission date is closed

Follow this link for Conference Information


May 3 – 5, 2018: American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida (Pre-conference day Wednesday, May 2)

The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting will provide the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery, meeting the needs of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, health care administrators, and others can update their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations.

Call for Abstracts will open in mid-September and close Dec. 1, 2017 at 11:59pm. Abstract submission information.

Follow this link for Conference Information


August 9 – 12, 2018: American Psychological Association (APA) in San Francisco, California

Proposals are now being accepted for The 126th Annual APA Convention.  If you are planning to submit a program or individual proposal, the deadlines are as follows:

Collaborative Program Proposals: October 13, 2017
Standard Division Proposals: December 1, 2017

All proposals must be submitted to the APA online at  Call for Convention Proposals. Sign in using your MyAPA login and password.


November 14 – 18, 2018: Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in  Boston, Massachusetts

The Annual GSA Scientific Meeting theme will be “The Purpose of Longer Lives”. The meeting offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges, and network with peers.

Call for Abstracts will open on December 15, 2017 and close March 15, 2018. More information will be available in November. Abstract submission information.

Follow this link for Conference Information
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NAGE – NAGEC JOB BOARD _________________________________________________________________

One the benefits of NAGE/NAGEC membership is free job announcement posting on our web site. If you’d like to post an open position, please send a description, a link to the application and your contact information to Peter Taylor or Rosellen Rosich