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.
While primarily addressing PACE organizations, the ideas are relevant to the new payers and delivery systems that the organizations may seek to engage. As PACE organizations and their new partners test and refine arrangements, their experience will provide new insights and models that can be implemented more broadly.
Complete Senior Care
Launches New Website
Complete Senior Care (CSC) PACE, in Niagara Falls, NY, has announced the debut of its new website at www.completeseniorcare.org.
Features of the website include tabs for Who We Serve (Eligibility, Enrollment Process), Who We Are, How PACE Works, Services, Testimonials (from CSC participants and families), News, Media and Contact Us (Make a Referral). There is also a live feed from the CSC Facebook page.
Mary Kummer Naber Named
President and CEO at CSI
Mary Kummer Naber has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Center for Senior Independence (CSI) in Detroit. CSI is the provider of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) serving Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
In her new position with CSI, Naber will oversee the strategic and administrative leadership and management responsibilities for comprehensive organizational and operational success.
“We are confident that her leadership will greatly assist with the continued growth of this important and much-needed community-based program,” said CSI board chair John Polanski.
Senators Urge CMS to Release
Revised PACE Regulation
A bipartisan group of senators has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency "to release a revised PACE regulation and foster a regulatory environment that increases access to the proven, high-quality, cost-effective PACE model."
This effort was led by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and supported by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Warner (D-VA).
ABC News reported on the senators' action yesterday.
NPA continues to work with CMS leadership to allow greater flexibility for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and expand PACE to new populations.
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