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Briefing Date:03/12/2009
Topic:Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Care Services
Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans

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Congressional Briefing
Thursday, March 12, 2009
485 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 9:30 a.m.

on

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

by

Jack W. Rowe, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Chair, Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans, Board on Health Care Serivces, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies

The Institute of Medicine’s Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce describes the impending crisis as the number of older patients with more complex health needs increasingly outpaces the number of health care providers with the knowledge and skills to adequately care for them. Based on the extensive data examined, a number of recommendations to meet this challenge are outlined.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on April 14, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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