AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS), home and community-based services (HCBS) programs and quality measurement, direct care workforce, person-centered planning, approaches and systems, Medicaid HCBS comprehensive needs assessments/eligibility determination, public services for older adults and people with disabilities, alternative payment models (APMs) for Medicare and Medicaid, design and operation of learning systems to drive quality improvement, learning and diffusion, and knowledge transfer.
Carrie Blakeway Amero is director, Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) at the AARP Public Policy Institute. She provides guidance, oversight and support for AARP’s LTSS-related strategic initiatives, collaborates with AARP partners, and coordinates the ongoing work of the LTSS Choices initiative, a multi-year, multi-faceted project to catalyze the transformation and modernization of the nation’s long-term care system into one that meets the dynamic needs and preferences of consumers and their families.
Amero’s work focuses on improving service options and service systems for people who are aging and people with disabilities, in particular: improving how people access needed services and make decisions about LTSS; integrating health and human service systems; and LTSS workforce development.
Before joining AARP, Amero was a managing consultant at The Lewin Group for 17 years where she supported several clients including the Administration for Community Living, the CMS Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG), and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). She has extensive experience providing technical assistance to states, community-based organizations, health care providers, and LTSS providers and supporting continuous quality improvement through learning systems.
She earned a master’s in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology also from the University of Texas at Austin.