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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Aug. 9, 2011

Department of Aging invites aging network professionals to learn about care coordination for dually eligible people from national expert via Twitter

Live 'tweet-cast' will relate key points, foster dialog

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging invites professionals who care for and serve our elders all over the state to use the social media service Twitter to participate in a presentation to the Unified Long-term Care System Advisory Workgroup this week. National Medicaid/Medicare expert Alice R. Lind will present "Coordinating Care and Services for People Who Are Dually Eligible for Medicaid and Medicare" on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. in Columbus. Key points from Lind's presentation and the subsequent reactor panel featuring Ohio experts on the subject will be posted in real time to the Ohio Department of Aging's Twitter account (www.twitter.com/ohiodeptofaging).

Individuals following the presentation online can contribute comments and questions by adding the tag #OhioLTC to their own status updates on Twitter. The department will collect all feedback for response at a later date. A free Twitter account is required to comment. No account is needed to view the live tweet-cast.

"Care coordination is a vital component of the state's long-term care strategy and we are happy that Alice is willing to share her expertise not only with the Unified Long-term Care System Advisory Workgroup, but also with anyone in the state who helps our elders," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "We are also very excited for this opportunity to use this popular new technology to help educate and strengthen the aging network."

Lind is senior clinical officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), a not-for-profit agency working to improve care for Medicaid's high-need, high-cost populations and providing technical assistance through a variety of national initiatives.

Lind's presentation will be followed by a panel featuring three Ohio-based experts on care coordination and local issues: Rich Browdie of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Janet Grant of CareSource and Joseph Ruby of Area Agency on Aging 10B. The panel will be moderated by Dan Van Dussen, Ph.D., of Youngstown State University. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging, CareSource, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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