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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."

Boston (Leise Jones Photography)

International Interest in PACE
Includes Recent U.K. Visitors

By Teresa Belgin

The success of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in the United States has generated international interest and even replication in some countries.

In Singapore, with the collaboration of PACE founder Mary-Louise Ansak, the Agency for Integrated Care developed the Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE), an adaptation of PACE. SPICE provides person-centered care via an interdisciplinary team, much like PACE. Canada, Nigeria, Taiwan and other countries also have expressed interest in learning more about the model of care and payment mechanisms behind PACE to develop similar long-term care options for the frail elderly population.

The National PACE Association (NPA) recently hosted leaders from Marches Care, a family-owned company that operates a nursing home and senior day center facility specializing in dementia care in Shrewsbury, U.K. Managing director Mandy Thorn and nurse manager Carey Bloomer visited Boston in June to tour five PACE organizations and learn more about the provision of integrated care, as well as the financing mechanisms behind PACE.

Read more about their visit here and efforts back home.


Board of Directors Updates
Strategic Plan During Retreat

July 18, 2014 – The National PACE Association (NPA) Board of Directors held a Strategic Planning Retreat last week in Washington, DC. The board met to discuss the environmental factors impacting Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), review the NPA 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, update the scenarios and goals of the plan, and prioritize strategic initiatives and activities. The revised strategic plan will be presented to the membership at the NPA Annual Conference this fall.

Consultant Jim Austin provided an introduction to scenario planning; offered a review and update of strategic planning scenarios, goals and initiatives; and discussed prioritizing strategic initiatives.

Harrison Brown, of the Advisory Board Company, spoke on “Thriving Under Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care." NPA president and CEO Shawn Bloom presented a progress report on the strategic plan. Board chair Bruce Robertson also addressed the attendees.

Aug. 1 Is Deadline to Submit
Nominations for Annual Awards

NPA announces a call for nominations for three awards that will be presented during the NPA Annual Conference this fall in San Diego.

The Marie-Louise Ansak Award distinguishes a PACE program employee who exemplifies the ideals of Marie-Louise Ansak, the founder of PACE; the Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes a current or past board, committee or task force member or other volunteer leader for significant contributions to NPA; and the Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award recognizes a PACE nurse who provides and promotes the highest quality nursing care for PACE participants.

Nomination forms are available on the NPA website for the Marie-Louise Ansak Award, Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award; and Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 1. The Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award will be presented at the Nursing Symposium on Oct. 26 during the NPA Annual Conference. The other recipients will be honored at an awards luncheon on Oct. 28.

Membership Votes to Amend
Bylaws of the Association

The NPA membership recently voted to amend the bylaws of the association to clarify the membership requirement for State PACE Associations, create seats on the NPA Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee for a representative from the State PACE Association Leadership Council, and increase the number of people who may serve on the Finance, Public Policy and Education committees.

A copy of the bylaws as amended is available in the About NPA section of the website.

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