Mary Kummer Naber Named
President and CEO at CSI
Mary Kummer Naber has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Center for Senior Independence (CSI) in Detroit. CSI is the provider of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) serving Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
In her new position with CSI, Naber will oversee the strategic and administrative leadership and management responsibilities for comprehensive organizational and operational success.
“We are confident that her leadership will greatly assist with the continued growth of this important and much-needed community-based program,” said CSI board chair John Polanski.
Spend an Evening Aboard the
USS Midway at NPA Conference
This year’s social event at the NPA Annual Conference will take place aboard the USS Midway, one of longest serving aircraft carriers in American history. The event, sponsored by Philips Lifeline, will be held 5:30-10 p.m. on Oct. 28.
Decommissioned in 1992, the USS Midway is now a one-of-a-kind museum, where visitors can get a glimpse of life at sea. The evening will kick off on the flight deck with the presentation of colors by the local color guard, followed by a buffet dinner with musical entertainment. Attendees will be able to view more than 60 exhibits and 29 fully restored aircraft, sit in a fighter jet, and take guided tours of several ship compartments, including the galley, sick bay, captain’s quarters and engine room.
Conference-goers have the option of walking to the nearby event or taking pedicabs, arranged by NPA, that will transport people along the embarcadero to the USS Midway and back to the Hilton Bayfront. Additional details about the event, as well as general conference information, is available in the conference brochure.
Senators Urge CMS to Release
Revised PACE Regulation
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.
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 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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