Senior Strategic Advisor, American Geriatrics Society

Jennie Hansen, a seasoned health care leader, currently serves on several health care and system boards related to care delivery transformation, quality, and safety, and chronic care innovation and technology for older adults and long-term care financing.

From 2010 until April 2015, she was CEO of the American Geriatrics Society where she led a group of nearly 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. She serves on the boards of the Institute for HealthCare Improvement, the Dignity Health System, the SCAN Plan, and the SCAN Foundation.

She co-chairs the National Quality Forum Measure Application Partnership Committee for the Dual Eligibles while also serving as a committee member of National Committee for Quality Assurance where she reviews proposed national geriatrics measures.

In 2010, she completed her term as president of AARP, during the heat of health care reform of the Affordable Care Act, following six years on its national board of directors during which time the Medicare Part D Plan benefits were signed into law. Prior service includes nearly 25 years with On Lok, Inc., a nonprofit family of organizations providing integrated, globally-financed and comprehensive community-based services for frail older adults in San Francisco.

On Lok's groundbreaking, fully capitated, and coordinated service delivery became the prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program of All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into the Medicare and Medicaid programs which now operate in 33 states. In 2011, Ms. Hansen completed a six-year term as a federal commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reporting to Congress.

Since 2012, she has been appointed to the national Veteran’s Administration Advisory Committee on Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Department of HHS’ National Institutes of Health-National Advisory Council on Aging.

Ms. Hansen has received multiple national awards over the years relative to long-term care services and supports innovation, and patient-centered care. In 2015 she received the American Society on Aging’s Hall of Fame Award and also PBS’ Next Avenue designation as one of the nation’s 50 Top Influencers in Aging.

She attended and received honors from Boston College and the University of California, San Francisco where she graduated with nursing degrees.