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Public Policy & Advocacy

2016 Policy Priorities
With the population of Americans 65 and older expected to nearly double, to more than 70 million by 2030, providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare to older adults is imperative. The Society’s public policy advocacy efforts center around the following core areas of focus, each in keeping with AGS’ overarching aim of ensuring older adults access to quality healthcare.

Workforce Issues
Address the acute and growing nationwide shortage of geriatricians and all geriatrics healthcare professionals; and ensure that other healthcare providers have training that prepares them to meet the unique healthcare needs of older people. 

Care Coordination
Strengthen primary and preventive care and care coordination.

Quality & Patient Safety
Ensure that value-based purchasing and other quality initiatives take into account the unique healthcare needs of all older patients.

Step-up research concerning healthy aging, the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of age-related health problems, and the cost-effectiveness of various approaches to care; and ensure that older adults are adequately represented in research trials.

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