En español | Judith R. Peres, LCSW-C, is a Medicare and Medicaid policy analyst who runs her own business, Supporting Successful Transitions, in Bethesda, Md.
She has worked for 40 years in both health policy and direct clinical work. Her policy work utilizes her expertise in the intersection of palliative care and hospice as well as long-term services and supports. In her private psychotherapy practice, she works to assist Medicare beneficiaries in navigating the transitions of aging.
She recently worked for five years with the Department of Health and Human Services in the Assistant Secretary's Office for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). In that capacity, she managed and developed the "Report to Congress on Advance Care Planning."
Prior to joining ASPE, she was the vice president for policy & advocacy of the former Last Acts Partnership and the deputy director of Last Acts, a national program funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve care and caring near the end of life. In those roles she developed major policy pieces speaking to the need to improve end-of-life care, including "Means to a Better End: A Report on Dying in America," the first national state-by-state report on how the country's health system provides care for those who are dying.
Peres served as director of health policy for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, specializing in quality, reimbursement and long-term care workforce issues. She also held the position of director of health policy for the then-Villers Foundation (now Families USA) focusing on the needs of low-income elders.
In addition, she worked in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and financing policy for the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). Her clinical practice included employee-assistance program work for the Sheppard Pratt Institute in Baltimore, Md., and as a practicing psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente with a specialty in cognitive behavioral therapy and mind/body health.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network since its inception in 2007. At the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, she served on the Board of Governors from 2005-2011 and currently serves as chair of the Quality Committee on the Board of Directors.
She also is a member of the Social Media Editorial Board for the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Peres earned her M.S.W. at the University of Maryland. In addition, she has undergone training at the Mind/Body Institute in Washington, D.C., the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C., and the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.
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