Keith Lind, JD, MS
Senior Policy Advisor
AARP Public Policy Institute
Keith Lind joined the VNAA Board in 2012. He is a Senior Policy Advisor in AARP's Public Policy Institute. Lind provides analysis and advice regarding a variety of health policy issues with particular emphasis on Medicare reform, long term care, home health care, chronic care and rehabilitation therapy issues. His work involves Medicare coverage and reimbursement issues, including prospective payment systems, fee schedules and cost-based reimbursement for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, physicians, and supplies. He monitors and assesses the implications of legislative and regulatory changes on the Medicare program, its policies and beneficiaries. Lind works with a variety of data sources, methodologies and analytic techniques to evaluate the impact of proposed and actual policy changes on clinical practice and health systems.
Before joining AARP, Lind served as professional staff of the Senate Finance Committee under Senator Moynihan, the ranking Democratic Senator from New York, with responsibility for issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, and managed care. Prior to that, he worked for a Member of the House Commerce Health Subcommittee. While serving as a Congressional staff member, he worked closely with Democratic and Republican staff of both Houses of Congress, Congressional and federal agencies, and the White House on major health care legislation. He also served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy matters relating to long-term care, managed care, and nursing shortage. As a nurse in clinical practice, Lind has experience in both acute hospitals and nursing homes.
Lind earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984 after spending his third year at Harvard Law School as a visiting student. He received an MS in Health Policy & Management in 1980 from Harvard School of Public Health after spending his second year at the Kennedy School of Government, and a BS in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 1974.