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Without PACE, I would not be able to keep working and care for my mother. Without the day program, I don't think I would have a life. It's wonderful.
"Without PACE, I would not be able to keep working and care for my mother. Without the day program, I don't think I would have a life. It's wonderful."


Simon T. Bailey

Learn to 'Shift Your Brilliance'
At Opening General Session

Sept. 16, 2014 – 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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Members Elect Eight to
Serve on Board of Directors

NPA members have elected eight individuals to serve on the NPA Board of Directors. Their terms of office begin in October at the 2014 NPA Annual Conference.

The elected board members are Judy Baskins, COO of Ambulatory Services at Palmetto Health; Cliff Bauer, senior vice president, COO and president of Miami Jewish Health Systems/Florida PACE Centers; Kelly Carter, PACE program officer at Community Care; Tim Clontz, executive vice president of Health Services at Cone Health; Ellen Garcia, executive director of Providence ElderPlace; Kelly Hopkins, vice president of PACE and Long-Term Managed Care at CHE Trinity Health; Thomas Muszynski, executive director of Care Resources; and David Wilner, MD, vice president and medical director at Summit ElderCare-Fallon Health.

Peter DeGolia, MD, CMD, medical director at McGregor PACE, will join the board as an ex officio member representing the NPA Primary Care Committee.

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Update on New ICD-10
Implementation Date

In 2011 the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance (C&M) Committee implemented a partial freeze of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) codes until a year after the implementation of ICD-10. Implementation has been delayed until Oct. 1, 2015, by a final rule (CMS-0043-F) issued on July 31.

NPA is finalizing a new model superbill that will reflect the ICD-10 codes as well as an ICD-9/ICD-10 "crosswalk." As we proceed into 2015, training sessions will be offered to assist organizations with this transition. A vast array of ICD-10 resources is available to assist PACE organizations. For more information, contact Charles Fontenot, director of Reimbursement.

Click here to learn more about implementation of the partial freeze, public input, and CMS resources to help Medicare fee-for-service providers understand and prepare for the transition.

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