Pandemic Flexibilities in Long-Term Care

David C. Grabowski, PhD, is a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research examines the economics of aging with a particular interest in the areas of long-term care and post-acute care. Dr. Grabowski is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. He also recently served on the CMS Coronavirus Commission on Nursing Home Quality and Safety. He is an associate editor of the journal Forum for Health Economics and Policy and he is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Economics.

Contact: Grabowski@hcp.med.harvard.edu

Eric De Jonge, M.D. serves as Chief of Geriatrics for Capital Caring Health. His main goal is to create skilled and affordable teams that help frail elders live with dignity at home. He now leads Primary Care at Home teams in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia. From 1999-2019, he was Director of Geriatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He served as President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine for 2017-2019, and Chairs the AAHCM Public Policy committee. In 2003, he was named House Call Physician of the Year by the AAHCM. In 2007, he helped develop and advocate for a Medicare reform law called Independence at Home (IAH), to advance the field of home care medicine and reduce Medicare costs. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with honors from Stanford University and Yale School of Medicine. He trained in primary care internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview and completed fellowships in health policy at Georgetown and in Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins. He is on the teaching faculty of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Contact: edejonge@capitalcaring.org

Gretchen Jacobson Ph.D. joined the Commonwealth Fund in 2020 as the vice president of the Medicare Program. In this role, she is responsible for developing strategy and program plans for advancing Medicare initiatives, understanding and maintaining a view of developments and policy initiatives within the Medicare program, as well as identifying and working with prospective grantees to improve project design on the development of new projects. Prior to joining the Fund, Gretchen was at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she served as Associate Director of the organization’s Program on Medicare Policy. Her research and knowledge have made Gretchen a nationally recognized expert in the field. Her work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs, as well as other peer-reviewed journals. She has provided expert testimony before Congress and has been quoted as an expert by national and local media outlets. Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Jacobson was an analyst in health care financing at the Congressional Research Service, serving as an expert resource for Congress. She also previously held positions where she directed research on the market value of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health insurance. Gretchen holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in health economics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a master’s degree in (S.M.) epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in economics from Tufts University.

Contact: gj@cmwf.org