Deadline for Quarter 2
Data Submission Is Oct. 31
The National PACE Association (NPA) has announced that the deadline for PACE programs to submit data for Quarter 2 of 2015 is Oct. 31. While NPA now reports on a biannual basis, the collection of data files continues to be done on a quarterly basis. PACE programs should run their data files for Quarter 2, 2015, and upload them directly to DataPACE2 (DP2).
Opens, Keynote Announced
Registration is now open for the NPA Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 18-21 in Philadelphia. Information on registering is available in the conference brochure. Leana Wen, MD, an emergency room physician, Rhodes Scholar, author and TED speaker, will keynote the conference. She will speak during the Opening General Session on Oct. 19.
Study: PACE Is More Effective
In Reducing Nursing Home Use
A new study reports that Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) may be more effective than 1915(c) Aged and Aged and Disabled Waiver programs in reducing long-term nursing home use and may be particularly well suited to supporting individuals with cognitive impairment, enabling them to remain in the community longer. The study, published in The Gerontologist, was conducted by Micah Segelman, MA, Xueya Cai, PhD, and Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Christine van Reenen, PhD, of the National PACE Association. The study also is available on PubMed.
Annual LIFE Week Celebration
Sept. 1-4 in Pennsylvania
Senior LIFE will host Annual LIFE Week Sept. 1-4 at its two centers: Senior LIFE Washington, in Washington, PA, and Senior CARE Greene in Waynesburg, PA. LIFE Week is an annual celebration that recognizes and honors the health care professionals at Senior LIFE and their important role in caring for and making a positive difference in the lives of seniors.
NPA Board of Directors
Elects Four New Members
The NPA Board of Directors has elected four new members. Elected to three-year terms beginning in October were Joann Gago, CEO of LIFE Pittsburgh; Kelly Hopkins, president of Trinity Health PACE, in Livonia, MI; Grace Li, COO of On Lok Lifeways, in San Francisco; and Kathy McGuire, senior vice president of Behavioral Health, Home and Community Services and PACE/MLTC, at Rochester Regional Health System and ElderONE, in Rochester, NY. The new members will take office at the Annual Business Meeting on Oct. 19 during the NPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
CMS Administrator Calls PACE
A 'Glimpse into Our Future'
At a recent event in Washington, DC, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed a recent visit to On Lok Lifeways in San Francisco. "On Lok [is] part of a very important program called PACE," Slavitt said. "Places like On Lok really impress me. When I visit them, I feel like I'm glimpsing very much into our future."
PACE Innovation Act of 2015
Passes United States Senate
The PACE Innovation Act of 2015 has passed the U.S. Senate. The legislation authorizes CMS to test the PACE® Model of Care with new populations, including younger individuals with disabilities, at-risk seniors and other high-cost populations. The bill was sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA).
U.S. House Introduces
PACE Innovation Act of 2015
Reps. Christopher Smith (R-NJ-4), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Kevin Brady (R-TX-8), and Jim McDermott (D-WA-7), along with 15 other bipartisan members, introduced the PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (HR 3243) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would allow CMS to test innovations in the PACE Model of Care, including changes that would allow Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to serve high-need, high-cost individuals under 55.
NPA Announces Call for
Nominations for Annual Awards
The National PACE Association (NPA) has announced a call for nominations for the 2015 Marie-Louise Ansak Award, the Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award, and the Nurse of the Year Award. Honorees will be recognized at an Awards Luncheon during the 2015 NPA Annual Conference this fall in Philadelphia.
Leadership Training Program
Offered to New PACE Executives
NPA is launching a Leadership Training Program developed and facilitated in partnership with On Lok PACEpartners. The program is geared toward new PACE executives, as well as individuals exploring PACE as an option. For experienced PACE leaders, the course will provide a deeper understanding of leadership requirements and new skills.
CMS Study Opens Door to
For-Profit Sponsors for PACE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published the study of for-profit PACE demonstration programs conducted by CMS. With the submission of the study to Congress, CMS announced that it would no longer take not-for-profit or for-profit status into account when accepting and reviewing PACE provider applications. As a result, the door is open for the first time for for-profit sponsors to develop PACE programs.
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