Spring Policy Forum Kicks
Off Monday in Washington, DC
The National PACE Association (NPA) is hosting its 2015 Spring Policy Forum April 20-22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The event brings together hundreds of PACE leaders from across the country to learn about the political and policy environments affecting PACE.
The NPA Spring Policy Forum consists of two full days of programming, followed by Capitol Hill visits. The program features representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), congressional leaders and staff, state health officials, and others to provide the latest updates on PACE policies.
NPA Offers Two Webinars
For SPF Capitol Hill Visits
On April 22, the final day of the NPA Spring Policy Forum in Washington, DC, attendees will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to build support for NPA federal policy initiatives.
NPA has developed two webinars to help attendees plan for their Capitol Hill visits: Building Relationships with Elected Officials and Key Messages for Congressional Meetings.
For more information, contact Sharon Pearce, vice president of Advocacy.
Three New PACE Programs
Open Across the Country
Three new Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) began enrolling participants on April 1, bringing the total number or PACE programs nationwide to 113 in 32 states. The new programs are San Diego PACE, in San Diego, CA; Senior CommUnity Care of Michigan, in Lansing; and LIFE Armstrong in East Franklin, PA.
San Diego PACE is a program of the San Ysidro Health Center. The professional staff is bilingual and committed to providing quality, compassionate health care services.
Senior CommUnity Care of Michigan serves seniors living in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The program is a partnership of Volunteers of America, the Ingham County Medical Care Facility and United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Lutheran SeniorLife opened LIFE Armstrong. “There is a need for services like this in Armstrong County, and we're glad to be able to provide it,” community relations coordinator Mary Lou Harju, of the Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) program, told the Tribune-Review.
InnovAge Colorado PACE
Centers Recognized by NCQA
InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH), the highest designation given. PACE centers are located in Chambers, Cody, Denver, Pueblo and Thornton.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes foster ongoing partnerships between participants and their personal clinicians and are overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment. Research shows medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient- and provider-reported experiences of care. To receive Level III PCMH status, which is valid for three years, each center had to meet the NCQA key standards.
The recognition "acknowledges our staff members’ commitment to quality in their efforts to enhance the lives of our participants, caregivers and family members,” said InnovAge president and CEO Maureen Hewitt and Lisa Price, MD, chief quality officer at InnovAge.
NPA Announces Changes
In DP2 Benchmark Reporting
NPA thanks all of the PACE organizations that are participating in the DataPACE 2 (DP2) Benchmarking Service. Participants are seeing the dividends of this membership benefit, with 88 PACE programs regularly submitting data for benchmarking and more coming on board as their capabilities develop.
In recognition of the constraints that this process places on PACE programs and to help programs free up some resources, NPA plans to change from quarterly DP2 reporting to issuing benchmarking reports every six months. NPA also plans to upgrade and enhance the DP2 benchmarking report.
“It is our hope that by extending the reporting period and enhancing the DP2 reports, we improve the reporting capabilities and quality of the benchmark reporting while helping our members free up resources to meet other demands,” said Berry McCarthy, director of Data and Technical Operations at NPA.
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