104 Programs and Counting:
NPA Marks 20th Anniversary
The National PACE Association (NPA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. With the opening of Serenity Care PACE, in Springfield, MA, just last month, there are now 104 Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) making it possible for elderly individuals to remain living in their homes and communities in 31 states.
Special events and media coverage are being planned to commemorate this milestone, leading up to the NPA Annual Conference in the fall. Stay tuned!
View a historical timeline of our growth.
Nearly 200 Attend NPA
Summer Conference in Detroit
By Venise Lewis
Nearly 200 attendees converged on the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit last month for the NPA Summer Conference, which featured a Quality Symposium, a Medical Directors Essentials Course and a Clinical Symposium.
The conference included visits to the Center for Senior Independence (CSI)-Rivertown and the Motown Museum.
Ten local Michigan programs partnered with NPA to help offset the cost for the evening social event at Motown as well as a welcome reception for medical directors. Providing support were Care Resources, Cascade PACE, Centra Care, CSI, Genesys, Great Lakes PACE, Huron Valley PACE, LifeCircles, PACE of Southwest Michigan, and Senior CommUnity Care of Michigan. Their staff members also were on hand throughout the conference to provide information about their programs and answer questions.
Read the full article on the NPA Summer Conference.
Q&A with Shawn Bloom
Focuses on Future of PACE
In its annual report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asked for authority to extend PACE on a pilot basis to individuals ages 21-55. President Obama included the extension in his FY 2015 budget proposal.
Bloomberg BNA, which covers health care and other specialty areas, then conducted a Q&A with Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of NPA, about the budget proposal, the reasons behind the proposed expansion of PACE, and other key issues.
Asked if serving a younger population would require a name change for PACE, Bloom replied, "We think of PACE as ‘‘Programs of All-inclusive Care for Everyone.’’
Read the complete Bloomberg Q&A.
LifeCircles PACE Breaks Ground
On $5M Expansion Project
LifeCircles PACE held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Tanglewood Park campus in Muskegon, MI, on June 26 to kick off a 12,000-square foot renovation and expansion project. The center serves Muskegon and Northern Ottawa counties.
The $5 million expansion paves the way for LifeCircles PACE to accommodate an additional 125 participants. At capacity, the program will actively serve 350 qualified participants at any given time. Twenty percent more staff will be hired to support the expanded services. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2015.
“The LifeCircles PACE model works,” said executive director Luke Reynolds. “Elders have comprehensive, well-coordinated care delivered to them in a way that honors their choices, celebrates their individuality, and supports them through their health care challenges. It’s the foundation of what we do. The expanded space is an architectural symbol of this foundation.”
Read the full story about the LifeCircles PACE expansion.
State Assessment Recommends
New PACE Program in Louisiana
In Louisiana, a state-commissioned assessment targeting reforms and operational efficiencies in nine departments and offices resulted in 72 recommendations. Thirteen of those were for the Department of Health and Hospitals, including a recommendation to establish an additional Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®).
In addition to benefiting the quality of life of program participants, there would be "a positive impact to the state budget," stated the report by Alvarez & Marsal, which conducted the assessment. "PACE is a cost-effective alternative to nursing facilities. For each participant that is served through PACE, as opposed to a nursing facility, the state can realize savings of $1,560 per month (state and federal).”
Read more about the recommendation for a new PACE program in Louisiana.
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