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CMS Releases Advance Copy of Emergency Preparedness Rule Interpretive Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an advance copy of the "Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types: Interpretive Guidance."

The interpretive guidance further explains the requirements for providers and suppliers impacted by the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule published on Sept. 16, 2016.

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) must be in compliance with the rule by Nov. 15.

House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee to Hold Medicare Advantage Hearing June 7

The Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a June 7 hearing on Medicare Advantage that will focus on Special Needs Plans (SNPs), the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), and emerging value-based insurance design models, InsideHealthPolicy.com has reported.

Element Care Hosts Khmer New Year Celebration with Community Health Center

Element Care hosted approximately 100 people at its PACE Center in Lowell, MA, on April 19 to celebrate the Khmer New Year. The event was co-sponsored by the Lowell Community Health Center (LCHC).

Susan West Levine, CEO of LCHC, welcomed everyone in attendance, while Bob Wakefield, CEO of Element Care, provided background on the festivities.

Registration Opens for 2017 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit, which will be held June 26-27 in Baltimore, MD.

“Transforming Aging Services Through Health IT” is the theme of this year’s event.

Lisa Zavorski Named Executive Director of LIFE St. Francis

Lisa Zavorski has been named executive director of LIFE St. Francis, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in Bordentown, NJ.

Zavorski brings a wealth of experience in health care operations and PACE to her new position. Before joining LIFE St. Francis, she was director of Integrated Case Management at St. Francis Medical Center. She joined LIFE St. Francis in May 2012 as director of Quality and Compliance and was promoted to center director last March.

NCHS Ends Data Collection for National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has successfully completed data collection for its 2016 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, including Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), with a 60 percent response rate.

Peter Fitzgerald, EVP of Policy and Strategy at NPA, Will Present at ASA Conference

Peter Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Policy and Strategy at the National PACE Association, will present a workshop titled “Fostering and Financing Age-Friendly Communities” on March 22 at the 2017 Aging in America Conference. The annual conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA) will be held March 20-24 in Chicago.

Karen Turnquist Joins Element Care As Center Manager in Methuen, MA

Element Care, a nonprofit health care organization, has named Karen Turnquist, MA, OT/L, as center manager of its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in Methuen, MA. Turnquist will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the PACE center, as well as providing leadership for the interdisciplinary team.

Call for Abstracts for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced a call for abstracts for the 2017 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit, which will be held June 25-27 in Baltimore, MD. NPA is helping to plan the summit as a member of the LTPAC Health IT Collaborative.

Olga Kogan Tsypkin Named Manager of Element Care Center in Lynn, MA

Element Care has named Olga Kogan Tsypkin center manager at its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in Lynn, MA. She will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of PACE at Element Care at 62 Market Street in Lynn.

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