Spring Policy Forum Set for
April 20-22 in Washington, DC
The 2015 Spring Policy Forum of the National PACE Association (NPA) will be held April 20-22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The event will bring together hundreds of PACE leaders from across the country to learn about the political and policy environments affecting PACE.
The NPA Spring Policy Forum will consist of two full days of programming, followed by Capitol Hill visits. The program will feature representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), congressional leaders and staff, state health officials, and others who will provide the latest updates on PACE policies. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with their congressional representatives to advocate for PACE and discuss federal and state issues affecting PACE organizations.
Among the speakers at the forum will be Bruce Vladeck, PhD, a leading health policy expert. Dr. Vladeck, a former administrator of the Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA), has a unique perspective on the value of PACE relative to other models. He will identify opportunities and challenges for PACE.
This year is expected to be a very busy one for PACE in terms of policy activity, including the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking revising the PACE regulation, the issuance of a Request for Proposal or other administrative action to implement a PACE-like demonstration serving new populations, and the release of the evaluation of the for-profit PACE demonstration, among other actions.
An agenda for the Spring Policy Foum will be available in the coming weeks. Hotel reservations are now available on the Omni Shoreham website.
First PACE Program in Indiana
Opens; 107th Nationwide
When Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness opened its doors on Jan. 1 in Indianapolis, it became the 107th Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) nationwide and the first in Indiana. PACE programs now operate in a total of 32 states.
Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness, sponsored by the Franciscan Alliance, began offering services to local seniors this month through its new PACE Center in Indianapolis.
“PACE provides a centralized location and a focused, coordinated care approach,” said medical director Nicolas Priscu, MD.
Susan Waschevski, director of the new PACE Center, stated, “PACE also supports caregivers with training, support groups and respite care to help families keep their loved ones in their homes and the community."
NCB Announces New Lending
Program for PACE Development
The National PACE Association (NPA) and the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) have announced a lending program to help finance a nationwide expansion of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). Over the past 12 months, NPA has worked with NCB, a long-time leader in innovative social finance, to help NCB develop a PACE lending program to address the lending gaps NPA members face as they work to implement new or expand existing PACE programs.
“PACE is a model of care that has always faced hurdles in accessing sufficient and affordable financing,” said NPA president and CEO Shawn Bloom. “Because PACE is not easily understood, attracting adequate financing can be a challenge. For this reason, we were delighted to work with NCB to explore a PACE lending program. The new program will be a great benefit to the missions of both organizations.”
“NCB has a history of supporting the development of affordable senior housing and aging services, including PACE,” said Chuck Snyder, CEO of NCB. “We expect that this new avenue of financing will provide even more opportunities for PACE development and expansion in the future. We are delighted to be working with NPA to meet our shared mission of expanding access to critical services for people with low income.”
Expanding PACE Through
New Payer Relationships
State and federal initiatives expanding managed care and introducing delivery system changes for long-term services and supports may create new opportunities for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). The National PACE Association (NPA), with the support of The SCAN Foundation, asked PACE organizations, health plans and health systems to describe how they might form relationships to explore new opportunities.
The findings are presented in a new report, titled “PACE and Managed Care: Strategies for Expanding PACE Through New Payer Relationships.” The report details what PACE organizations and their prospective new partners have identified as the issues and approaches to forming new relationships. Three case studies of PACE organizations exploring new payer relationships also are included.
NPA 20th Anniversary
Video Now on YouTube
The video created by the National PACE Association to celebrate its 20th anniversary is now available on YouTube.
NPA debuted the video during the opening general session of its 2014 Annual Conference last month in San Diego. Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incorporated the video in a training program it conducted.
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