Public Policy

One of the Alliance’s most important missions is to advocate for aging research by working with legislators, health experts and other like-minded organizations. Our public policy efforts are summarized here.

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Alliance for Aging Research Approved for a Eugene Washington Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 27th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) announced today that it has been approved for a $250,000 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award to create a first-ever Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network (SP&FCN) by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). 

Teleconference explains ways to reduce Medicare costs

Date: December 12th, 2012

The most effective way to slow Medicare spending is to reduce the cases of preventable chronic conditions and incorporate evidence-based care coordination into the traditional Medicare program.

Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Atrial Fibrillation Consensus and Survey; Results Show Less than 50% of Physicians Use Stroke Risk Assessment Tools Regularly

Date: July 19th, 2012

Expert Consensus Statement Recommends Process for Assessing Stroke and Bleeding Risk for Appropriate Anticoagulant Use

2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award® Recipient Announced

Date: June 25th, 2012

Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Receives Award for Innovative Research on Healthy Aging

Cynthia Bens Featured for Patient Advocacy Work

Author: Roxanne Yaghoubi, Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research

Date: January 5th, 2012

The Coalition for Imaging & Bioengineering Research (CIBR) ran a story in their Patient Advocate Group (PAG) Spotlight newsletter, titled "Patient Advocate Leader Cynthia Bens Attends RSNA 2011 as Guest of the Coalition for Inaging & Bioengineering Research (CIBR)."

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National Campaign to Help Older Americans Manage Medicines

Date: April 2nd, 2007

Consumer Health Education Center Launches National Campaign to Help Older Americans Manage Medicines

What Men Don't Know About Their Health and Aging Can Hurt Them

Date: April 18th, 2006

National survey finds that most American men over the age of 39 fail to attribute "aging" symptoms to low testosterone, a treatable condition.

Alliance for Aging Research Urges You to Take Control of Your Pain

Date: July 7th, 2003

The Alliance for Aging Research has a new tool for helping manage the aches and pains associated with growing older,  Take Care of Yourself, Take Control of Your Pain.

Alliance Exposes Widespread Ageism in U.S. Healthcare

Date: May 19th, 2003

Alliance for Aging Research issues a revealing report showing how systematic bias against the elderly hurts older patients in America. 


Public Comments

Letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price on Maintaining and Enforcing Important Patient Protections and Access to Prescription Drugs

Author: I Am Essential

Date: 2017

The Alliance joined with 200 other organizations to call on Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in his review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "to maintain the many important protections patients have gained that ensure they can access the care and treatment their providers prescribe."


Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Public Comments

Letter to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell about the Better, Smarter, Healthier Initiative

Author: PIPC

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC), which was also signed by the Alliance for Aging Research, to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, applauding her work to improve quality and patient-centeredness in health care through the Better, Smarter, Healthier initiative.


Assessing Stroke and Bleeding Risk in Atrial Fibrillation--Consensus Statement Executive Summary

Date: 2012

This executive summary shares the critical conclusions from the expert consensus statement that makes important recommendations on the use of stroke and bleeding risk tools, the decision to anticoagulate, the incorporation of patient preferences, and more.  Read the full consensus here

The experts include Mark J. Alberts, MD; Mary Amantangelo, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN; Kenneth A. Bauer, MD; Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, FAHA; Henry I. Bussey, PharmD; A. John Camm, MD, QHP, FRCP, FACC, FESC, FMedSci, FHRS, CStJ; David Garcia, MD; Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD; Jonathan L. Halperin, MD; Mellanie True Hills; Alan K. Jacobson, MD; Gregory Y.H. Lip, MD, FRCP, FESC, FACC; Edith A. Nutescu, PharmD, FCCP; Daniel E. Singer, MD; Albert L. Waldo, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, FAACP


Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network Holds First Advocate Mentor Training

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 22nd, 2017

On May 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C., the Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network held its first-ever training session for its patient and family caregiver advocates. 

Are You Ready for the Health Care Costs of Retirement?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2017

Are you ready for the health care costs of retirement? Find out.

How Older Adults Are Benefiting from the Internet of Things

Author: Julie Potyraj

Date: August 19th, 2016

With continued advances in health information technology and other factors, there is more data being collected about our health and behaviors than ever before. One of the major enablers of this dynamic is the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT)—a phenomenon that offers a growing array of benefits. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the Internet of Things—including how older adults are both contributing to and benefiting from these increasingly common technologies.

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin Featured on Agewyz Podcast

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 4th, 2016

Alliance CEO and President Sue Peschin spoke with Agewyz's Jana Panarites about the elders in her family who continue to inspire her and how the Alliance is working to advocate for older Americans and their caregivers.

Today Is the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation.

Alliance Takes Part in Hill Briefing on Medicare Advantage

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Type: Article

Yesterday the Alliance had the privilege of participating in a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) on the value of Medicare Advantage.

Conference on Quality Measures Set for This Thursday, October 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 28th, 2014

We wanted to share info about a conference that happens this Thursday, October 30, in Washington, D.C.

Superbugs and Seniors

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: September 26th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Alliance for Aging Research was fortunate enough to host an amazing group of leaders from the fields of aging, infectious disease, health care and government to discuss the disproportionate impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) on older adults.

Revised Guidance on Medicare Hospice Benefit by CMS Deserves Praise

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: July 24th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a policy this past week that is really important for people with terminal conditions who receive the Medicare hospice benefit, and it deserved to be noted.    

CER for More Patient-Centered Care

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 23rd, 2014

Type: Blog

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 

Challenges and Opportunities for PCORI and CER

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 30th, 2012

In a time of skyrocketing health care costs, both the private and public sectors struggle to balance economics with access to high quality health care. Evidence from comparative effectiveness research (CER) and “head-to-head” clinical trials is increasingly being used in health care treatment decision-making around the globe, but how will this affect access to quality care? More importantly, where will the public draw the line between cost and access?

Home Therapy: Improving and Extending the Lives of Older Adults

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 14th, 2009

Results from a new study show that a home-based occupational and physical therapy program extended the lives of those who received the therapy compared to those who did not.


Save the SHIP

Date: August 4th, 2016

In this edition of Get Mad before You Get Old, learn about the importance of the Medicare State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), which provides in-person and over-the-phone Medicare counseling to seniors and people with disabilities.

America’s Ark for the Silver Tsunami: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Date: August 5th, 2015

What is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality? And why is it vitally important to our national health care system? You'll understand why after reading this article.

Turning the Lights on Superbugs

Date: November 24th, 2014

VP of Public Policy Cynthia Bens gets "mad" and talks about the seriousness of healthcare-associated infections.

Sepsis: Common & Deadly

Date: October 10th, 2013

Every year as many as one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection. All types of infection can lead to sepsis—from an infected scrape, to pneumonia, to an infection at a surgical incision site, and no matter what the origin, sepsis can lead to death.

Alzheimer's Treatment and Care at a Crossroads: Pursuing All Avenues to Provide Relief

Date: October 1st, 2012

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve most likely wondered if there are any ways to relieve some of the burden of the disease, in addition to the pills to manage its symptoms. For many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, changes to diet and exercise are as high on health care providers list of advice for patients as a prescription for medication, but this isn’t the case with how they approach Alzheimer’s disease.

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