Fall Quality Symposium

You are invited to attend the NPA Fall Quality Symposium on Sunday, Oct. 15, in Boston. The symposium is held in conjunction with the 2017 NPA Annual Conference. The early bird registration deadline is Sept. 29.

In addition to presentations, this year’s Quality Symposium will feature an interactive workshop where attendees will collaborate to develop and present quality improvement initiatives. An agenda for the symposium is available.

For more information about the symposium, contact Mia Phifer, vice president of Quality.

PACE Quality Measures

The creation of performance measures for PACE programs is imperative to ensure that the programs are accountable to their participants and to demonstrate the value and quality of the PACE model of care. As the federal government and the states continue to focus on integrated care for the dually-eligible population, NPA recognizes the need to develop performance measures to monitor the provision of long-term care services for this population.

NPA is developing a core set of quality measures in collaboration with the Quality Committee. The selection criteria considered for the measures will include the following:

  • High Impact (i.e., high prevalence, high cost, national health priority area);
  • Relevance (to PACE population);
  • Feasibility (i.e., required data that are readily available or could be captured without undue burden); and
  • Usability and Use (for the purposes of quality improvement and accountability).

The performance measures will provide a way to assess the quality of health care and services against recognized standards and allow PACE programs to demonstrate value to payers and consumers and to distinguish the PACE model from similar approaches. The NPA Common Data Set project will enhance the performance measures and explore the development of robust outcome measures.

PACE Quality Leadership Program

Recognizing that PACE professionals have unique challenges and opportunities, NPA developed the Quality Leadership Mentorship Program. The program pairs experienced PACE quality improvement (QI) professionals with new quality leaders. The objective is to foster an exchange of information and experience, allowing for the transmission of guidance and support. Potential mentees can indicate their preference for a mentor from the same CMS region or from a PACE organization similar in census or any other characteristic. All mentors are volunteers working with NPA and the Quality Improvement Committee to strengthen the recognition for quality care in PACE.

Quality Improvement Symposiums

NPA offers QI professionals in PACE two annual dedicated events focused on issues related to quality improvement and compliance. For more information, visit the Education section.

QI Data Analysis and Research

In addition to actively working with the Quality Improvement Committee and CMS leadership on audit and compliance issues, NPA engages in data analysis to identify educational opportunities for QI professionals in PACE. NPA reviews the data collected through DataPACE2 for trends and opportunities to implement PACE-wide quality improvement initiatives. NPA also facilitates collaboration among the Quality Improvement, Primary Care, Research and Education committees to develop projects such as research studies and educational materials.

There are more than 120 PACE programs in 31 states. See how your demographics and service utilization compare with those of your peers.

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