Jean C. Accius, Ph.D., is a senior executive and nationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy. He is a tri-sector leader with deep knowledge and a wealth of experience having served in senior level positions across private, public and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Accius is the senior vice president of thought leadership and international affairs at AARP. In this role, he provides strategic direction, leadership and technical expertise championing new ideas, framing thought- provoking perspectives and driving bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of all as they age both domestically and internationally. Dr. Accius has been quoted by or appeared in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, TIME Magazine, USA Today, Reuters, POLITICO, Next Avenue, ESPN’s Undefeated, Congressional Quarterly’s online arm and the Huffington Post. The National Academy of Social Insurance recognized him as one of the new generation of social insurance leaders in the country. In 2018, Dr. Accius was recognized as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow, one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 2018 Modern Man of Distinction and a recipient of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund 40 under 40 Award. In 2019, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded him with the prominent “Sharecare Award” for his groundbreaking work on male family caregivers. The Maryland Daily Record recognized him as a 2019 Influential Marylander for sparking innovation and progress, shaping and enriching his community and knowing how to get results that better the state and serve the needs of residents of all ages. Dr. Jean Accius has held a variety of board and advisory positions including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland, the Florida State University Alumni Association, the South Florida Institute on Aging Policy Council and the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging. He is an Executive Leadership Council Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and a master’s degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from American University. Dr. Accius is also a member of the Vanguard group at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Corporate Innovation program.
Camille Infussi Dobson, MPA, is the deputy executive director at ADvancing States (formerly NASUAD). In that role, she provides executive leadership and policy guidance to state aging and disabilities agencies, focused on managed long-term services and supports and quality measurement. She provides intensive technical assistance to states seeking to implement or improve their MLTSS programs on topics as diverse as stakeholder engagement, care management, MCO oversight mechanisms and quality measurement. She has served as an advisor to NCQA regarding LTSS accreditation standards as well as person-driven outcomes. She also represented the states on two different NQF committees working on HCBS quality measurement. Prior to joining NASUAD, she worked for ten years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, focusing on Medicaid policy and operations. In her last role, she served as the agency’s policy expert on Medicaid managed care delivery system issues and managed the agency’s regulatory and technical assistance efforts regarding managed care. She was the primary author of CMS’ 2013 guidance to States laying out key elements for MLTSS programs, which has since been translated into Federal regulatory requirements. Before joining CMS in 2005, she spent twelve years working in Medicaid operations, policy and compliance with two Maryland-based Medicaid MCOs. She received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs and master’s degree in public administration, both from George Washington University.
Maureen Hewitt, MHA, is president and chief executive officer of InnovAge and has served in this role since 2006. Maureen is responsible for growth, transformation, and the strategic direction of InnovAge. Previously, Hewitt led for-profit and nonprofit healthcare organizations for 25 years, including post-acute, acute care, long-term care, LTACS, and senior housing. Maureen has led and is working for publicly traded, for-profit and nonprofit healthcare. With an emphasis in healthcare administration and policy, she received her master’s degree from Wayne State University.
Anne Montgomery, M.S., is co-director at Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare, where she oversees a portfolio of research, policy and advocacy aimed at coordination and integration of medical care and long-term services and supports for a fast-growing population of older adults. Montgomery has more than two decades of policy experience working on Medicare, Medicaid and related programs. Prior to Altarum, Montgomery served as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where she developed hearings and numerous bills enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, focusing on: upgrading quality and tightening accountability in the nursing home sector; expanding options for states to offer home and community-based services in their Medicaid programs; improving geriatric competence across the workforce; modernizing state background check systems for individuals working in long-term care settings; and standardizing assessment processes, eligibility systems, and conflict-free case management protocols in Medicaid. Montgomery has also served as an analyst for the House Ways & Means Committee, the Government Accountability Office and the Alliance for Health Policy in Washington, D.C. Montgomery was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy in 2001-2002 in London, where she undertook comparative policy analysis of the role of family caregivers in the development of long-term care in the UK and the U.S. Montgomery started her career as a health and science journalist covering the National Institutes of Health and Congress. Montgomery is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Academy Health and the American Society on Aging. She has an M.S. from Columbia University, a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and has taken gerontology coursework at Johns Hopkins University.
Rachana Pradhan is a health care reporter for POLITICO, where she covers the Affordable Care Act’s intersection with federal and state health care politics. Her beat has largely focused on the politics of Medicaid and ACA private insurance markets. Rachana is a recognized expert on health care policy and politics and has made several media appearances on national and regional networks, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, CBS Radio, WHYY’s The Pulse, and New Hampshire Public Radio. Before coming to POLITICO in 2014, she spent more than three years at Inside Health Policy, a Washington-based health care trade publication. Prior to that, she was the city government reporter at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia.