Call for Speakers for 2015
Summer Quality Symposium
The National PACE Association (NPA) is seeking speakers for the 5th Annual Quality Symposium, which will be held on June 5 during the NPA Summer Conference in Kansas City. The symposium targets quality leaders, nurses and/or clinicians with varying levels of PACE experience who have a passion and commitment for improving the quality of care delivered to PACE participants.
Presentations should highlight the experiences, lessons learned and/or best practices of PACE organizations, as well as actionable steps that NPA members can follow. The NPA Quality Improvement Committee has identified a list of topics for presentations.
If you are interested in presenting, complete the Call for Speakers form by Friday, April 3. For more information, contact Del Conyers, director of Quality Improvement and Compliance.
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 Offers Webinar
On Capitol Hill Visits
On the final day of the NPA Spring Policy Forum, which will be held April 20-22 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 a webinar on Building Relationships with Elected Officials to help attendees plan for their Capitol Hill visits.
For more information, contact Sharon Pearce, vice president of Advocacy.
Opens in Asheville, NC
A new Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) has opened in Asheville, NC. CarePartners PACE began enrolling participants on March 1. There are now 110 PACE programs in 32 states.
CarePartners PACE, under executive director David Beijer, is an affiliate of Mission Health.
Participants in PACE programs "benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, and the clinicians are able to collaborate in real time to formulate individualized care plans,” medical director Amy Cohen, MD, told the Citizen-Times. “This real-time collaboration creates coordination of care for patients who have, in the past, been those that have received the most fragmented health care."
New Name for Center
For Senior Independence
On March 2 the Center for Senior Independence (CSI) changed its name to PACE Southeast Michigan (PACE SEMI).
"This change further connects our work and resources with the national PACE program," stated Mary Kummer Naber, president and CEO. "Our new name highlights the PACE brand and its strong roots of person-focused, integrated team-based care."
The new name "does not change the high level of care, services and programs we currently offer our participants," she said. "Rather, we will expand our reach and presence to better serve seniors living in Southeast Michigan."
The program is developing a comprehensive website that will be "a great tool to learn more about PACE Southeast Michigan," Naber said.
NPA Announces Changes
In DP2 Benchmark Reporting
The National PACE Association (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.
Spring Policy Forum Set for
April 20-22 in Washington, DC
The 2015 Spring Policy Forum of the National PACE Association (NPA) will be held April 20-22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The event will bring together hundreds of PACE leaders from across the country to learn about the political and policy environments affecting PACE.
The NPA Spring Policy Forum will consist of two full days of programming, followed by Capitol Hill visits. The program will feature representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), congressional leaders and staff, state health officials, and others who will provide the latest updates on PACE policies.
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