NPA Suggests Changes to PACE® Application Process
The National PACE Association (NPA) submitted recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 18 regarding proposed changes to the PACE application process. Incorporating input from its members, NPA suggested changes to the process that would reduce the administrative burden both on PACE organizations and CMS, while expediting the application process.
NPA then participated in a conference call with CMS officials on November 1 to discuss the recommendations. NPA emphasized that the proposed change by CMS could slow PACE growth and considerably increase the associated costs of growth. The call focused on how to balance CMS oversight responsibilities with the need for greater flexibility to allow PACE organizations to expand capacity in order to compete in a rapidly changing health care sector.
NPA and CMS expressed a shared commitment to work together toward a solution that supports adequate oversight of PACE while fostering growth of the program.
The Oaks PACE will Expand in South Carolina
The Oaks PACE program, in Orangeburg, SC, will expand into Bamberg County next year. The program, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, currently serves 138 participants in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.
"Penetration will be high in Bamberg County," said CEO James McGee, who estimated that 18 seniors would utilize the services immediately.
Since the program opened its doors in March 2008, approximately 300 individuals have been served. According to annual surveys, 95 percent to 98 percent of enrollees and family members recommend the program to others.
Miami Jewish Health Systems Names Two to PACE Board
Miami Jewish Health Systems has appointed Jayson Rittenberg and Linda Quick to its PACE Board of Directors. Rittenberg is president of Caring Associates, a home health care agency in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and Quick is president of the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association.
"Miami Jewish Health Systems is pleased to have these two health care industry leaders on our Florida PACE Board of Directors," said Susan Fox-Rosellini, vice president of Foundation, Marketing, Communications and PR. "With Jayson's outstanding experience in the business and financial arenas and Linda's background and involvement in nonprofits, we are privileged to have them both accept this leadership role and look forward to their remarkable contributions that will benefit our organization."
Rochester ILS Program is Now ElderONE
Rochester General Health System (RGHS) has launched a new identity for its Independent Living for Seniors (ILS) program. The program is now known as ElderONE. Founded in 1990, ILS/ElderONE was the ninth PACE program in the country and remains the only one of its kind in the greater Rochester area.
"In the 23 years since RGHS began providing this program to the Rochester community, the PACE model has earned national recognition as a benchmark for excellence in senior care," said Kathryn McGuire, RGHS senior vice president for behavioral health, long-term care and senior services. "With ElderONE, seniors can stay in their homes without compromising their safety or the quality of their care. The program has never been more needed by our community, and we're excited to launch this new identity as a way to increase awareness."
Beginning in December, New York State will ask all individuals who have ongoing care needs and are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid to join a recognized Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) program such as ElderOne.