More Than 200 Attend
NPA Spring Policy Forum
More than 200 people attended the annual NPA Spring Policy Forum last month at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, to hear about the policy issues affecting Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) and to visit Congressional offices to support NPA policy initiatives.
Sean Cavanaugh, director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), delivered the opening keynote address. He provided an overview of the context for CMS health delivery system reforms and emphasized the importance of PACE as a part of the country’s long-term services and supports continuum. While he noted some of the challenges CMS has had in issuing a revised PACE Regulation, he reiterated that the agency would continue its efforts to facilitate PACE growth and innovation.
Other speakers included Chris Jennings, former White House senior health advisor; Mark McClellan, a former CMS administrator; and Bruce Vladeck, former HCFA administrator. Attendees also heard from state policy-makers, Congressional staff, thought leaders, PACE organization leaders and NPA staff. Speakers shared updates and insights about politics, payment policy, managed long-term care and other delivery system reforms.
Call for NPA Board and
Nominations are now being accepted from Provider and Prospective Provider members for individuals to serve on the NPA Board of Directors. Four seats are open for three-year terms ending in October 2018. Three incumbents are eligible for re-election. Board members will take office at the Annual Business Meeting on Oct. 19 in Philadelphia.
Nominations also are being accepted for one-year appointments to the following committees: Audit, Awards, Education, Finance, Nominating, Public Policy and Research. Current committee members who wish to continue their service must submit an application. Only one representative from a member organization may serve on the same committee.
Nominations are due by May 31. Additional details and nomination forms are available on the About NPA section of our website. For more information, contact Rhonda Rose, vice president of Finance and Administration.
NPA Summer Conference
June 5-7 in Kansas City
The NPA Summer Conference will be held June 5-7 at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.
The conference features three components: a Quality Symposium on June 5 for PACE quality leaders and other clinicians, a Medical Directors Essentials Course on June 5 for new medical directors, and a Clinical Conference on June 6-7 for primary care practitioners and other clinicians.
The Summer Conference Brochure and online registration are now available.
NPA to Collaborate in 2015
LTPAC Health IT Summit
The National PACE Association (NPA) will participate as a collaborator in the 11th Annual Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit June 21-23 in Baltimore.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) hosts the summit. AHIMA will work with collaborators to promote HIT priorities and focus on topics such as connecting patients and consumer caregivers through technology, integrating EHRs and HIT to support care delivery and workflows, and exchange and interoperability between LTPAC and other partners.
The summit will feature an exhibit hall, interoperability showcase, poster session, welcome reception and networking opportunities.
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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