Senators Urge CMS to Release
Revised PACE Regulation
Sept. 26, 2014 – A bipartisan group of senators has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency "to release a revised PACE regulation and foster a regulatory environment that increases access to the proven, high-quality, cost-effective PACE model."
This effort was led by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and supported by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Warner (D-VA).
ABC News reported on the senators' action yesterday.
NPA continues to work with CMS leadership to allow greater flexibility for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and expand PACE to new populations.
Colleen Frankenfield Named
President and CEO of LSMNJ
Sept. 24, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ (LSMNJ) has appointed Colleen Frankenfield, JD, MHA, RN, as the new president and CEO effective Oct. 6.
Making the announcement, Bill McCracken, chair of the LSMNJ Board of Trustees, stated, “Colleen impressed our search committee with the breadth and depth of her career in faith-based long-term care. She brings to LSMNJ a track record of success as a strong operational manager, respected leader for her staff, and perceptive visionary for organizational growth. Colleen’s experience and training coupled with her innate business acumen and high integrity make her the right person to lead LSMNJ into the future.”
Jennifer Deniston, RN, checks the blood pressure of Johnny Guajardo
at PACE Fresno County. (Photo by Mark Crosse/The Fresno Bee)
Redwood Coast and Fresno
County PACE Open in California
Two new PACE programs opened on Sept. 1 in California. PACE Fresno County is located in Fresno, and Redwood Coast PACE is in Eureka. They are among 10 PACE programs in the state and bring the total number of PACE programs nationwide to 105 operating in 31 states.
"We are changing the way we provide health care for older adults, and we are one of the first integrated, social service medical models in the state," Joyce Hayes, executive director of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center at Redwood Coast PACE, told the Eureka Times-Standard.
"No one wants to be put into a nursing home," Abe Marouf, CFO of PACE Fresno County, told The Fresno Bee. "We want to keep these seniors out of nursing homes and in their own communities."
Keynote speaker Simon T. Bailey
Learn to 'Shift Your Brilliance'
At NPA Opening General Session
The Opening General Session of the 2014 National PACE Association Annual Conference will be held on Monday, Oct. 27. Keynote speaker Simon T. Bailey, former sales director of the Disney Institute, will discuss how to "Shift Your Brilliance."
Bailey is a leadership expert who helps people release their potential for success. His message is designed to get attendees to shift their thinking in a way that sparks creativity, enhances workplace productivity, and increases accountability.
A “leadership imagineer” with Brilliance Institute, Inc., he is the author of seven books, including Release Your Brilliance, which teaches individuals to forge ahead, embrace change, and create a better way of thinking innovatively to deliver results.
Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held Oct. 26-29 in San Diego. Information on how to register is provided in the conference brochure.
PACE Nurses Invited to Get
Involved with Consortium
By Mary Austin and Karen Madden
The United States has the opportunity to transform its health care system to provide seamless and affordable quality care that is accessible to all, patient-centered and evidence-based and leads to improved health outcomes, according to a 2011 report on the future of nursing by the Institute of Medicine (“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”). Achieving these goals will require change in many aspects of the health care system.
This is especially true for the nursing profession, the largest segment of the health care workforce. NPA established the Nursing Consortium in 2010 to provide a support system for nurses who work in PACE throughout the country.
As the number of PACE organizations and participants increase, the Nursing Consortium is poised to grow as well. We invite all interested PACE nurses to become involved with the consortium to share best practices, participate in the learning forums, and contribute to the advancement of nursing in PACE.
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