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NPA Announces Changes
In DP2 Benchmark Reporting

Feb. 23, 2015 – The National PACE Association (NPA) thanks all of the PACE organizations that are participating in the DataPACE 2 (DP2) Benchmarking Service. Since the introduction of the DP2 system, we have reached out to members to utilize this service. Participants are seeing the dividends of this membership benefit, with 88 PACE programs regularly submitting data for benchmarking and more coming on board as their capabilities develop.

As participation in the DP2 Benchmarking Service grows, there is increased necessity for improved efforts to ensure that the reported benchmarking values are accurate and reflect a true picture of the participating PACE programs, their participants and the services provided.

The process of examining all records in the data files is time-consuming, and the installation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems has required operational adjustments to the collection and submission of data at the participant level.

In recognition of the constraints that this process places on PACE programs and to help programs free up some resources, NPA plans to change from quarterly DP2 reporting to issuing benchmarking reports every six months. NPA also plans to upgrade and enhance the DP2 benchmarking report.

“It is our hope that by extending the reporting period and enhancing the DP2 reports, we improve the reporting capabilities and quality of the benchmark reporting while helping our members free up resources to meet other demands,” said Berry McCarthy, director of Data and Technical Operations at NPA.

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John A. Hartford Foundation
Announces New President

Following a national search, The John A. Hartford Foundation announced that Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, will become its new president.

Dr. Fulmer, who is also professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern, succeeds Corinne Rieder, EdD, who announced her retirement last summer after leading the foundation since 1997. Fulmer will officially join Hartford in May.

“We are extremely pleased to have Terry Fulmer at the helm,” said Norman Volk, chair of the foundation, which works to improve the health of older Americans. “She is an incisive thinker and passionate advocate for older adults. She has been a champion of geriatrics throughout her career. She will be a charismatic leader, not only for the foundation but for new ideas that drive real improvements in how our nation delivers health care to older people and their families.”

“I am honored and thrilled to take on this role,” said Dr. Fulmer. “Throughout my career, The John A. Hartford Foundation has been a central and dynamic force for better geriatrics care and education. I look forward to guiding Hartford’s efforts to change practice and policy and continuing to amplify our voice on behalf of older adults.”

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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.

Speakers at the forum will include Sean Cavanaugh, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare at CMS; Dean Rosen and David Thomas, partners in the firm Melman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas; Chris Jennings, former senior White House health care adviser; and health policy expert Bruce Vladeck, former administrator of the Healthcare Financing Administration, now CMS.

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Call for Nominations for 2015
NPA Public Service Awards

NPA has announced a call for nominations for its 2015 Public Service Awards. The NPA Public Service Award was created in 2002 to recognize public or elected officials who have been effective advocates for the continued growth of PACE.

Eligibility criteria for the award are as follows:

  • a demonstrated commitment to PACE and the individuals it serves,
  • advocacy for the growth/expansion of PACE, and
  • effective leadership on behalf of NPA and its members.

 

Public Service Awards will be presented during the 2015 NPA Spring Policy Forum at a special awards luncheon on Monday, April 20. The deadline for submitting a Nomination Form is March 16. For more information, contact Sharon Pearce, vice president of Advocacy.

NPA Applauds Expansion of
PACE in President’s Budget

The National PACE Association (NPA) applauds the Obama Administration for including a proposal in its FY 2016 budget that would expand the model of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) to serve younger individuals with disabilities.

“We are encouraged to see the president’s proposed budget reflect our goal to grow and innovate the PACE model of care,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of NPA. “It is a testament to the decades of quality care our members have delivered to their frail and elderly enrollees.”

NPA has called for PACE demonstration projects that would test the basic components of the program to serve other populations that need continuous, high-intensity, coordinated care and services. The association worked with its members to look at variations of the PACE model of care that would serve younger populations, including those with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities or multiple chronic conditions and those at risk for nursing home placement.

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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."

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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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