NPA Summer Conference
June 5-7 in Kansas City
The NPA Summer Conference will be held June 5-7 at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.
The conference features three components: a Quality Symposium on June 5 for PACE quality leaders and other clinicians, a Medical Directors Essentials Course on June 5 for new medical directors, and a Clinical Conference on June 6-7 for primary care practitioners and other clinicians.
The Summer Conference Brochure and online registration are now available.
PACE Learning Series
Course on LGBT Seniors
As the nation’s senior population increases, so does its population of aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The vast majority of LGBT older adults have lived through discrimination, social stigma, and the effects of prejudice, which have made many apprehensive of health care professionals and other service providers. Unique to the LGBT senior community has been the struggle to find appropriate housing and in-home care.
The PACE model, with its emphasis on person-centered care, should be the standard in serving this population, according to Debbie Davis, referral development specialist at Providence ElderPlace in Portland, OR. She will present a PACE Learning Series course on "The Invisible LGBT Older Adult" on Tuesday, May 5, at 3 p.m. ET.
Davis will discuss strategies for targeted outreach; identify goals for staff awareness, education and best practices; and discuss the importance of language and questions in building trust. The session targets social workers, the interdiscipinary team, and marketing and intake/enrollment staff.
NPA to Collaborate in 2015
LTPAC Health IT Summit
The National PACE Association (NPA) will participate as a collaborator in the 11th Annual Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit June 21-23 in Baltimore.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) hosts the summit. AHIMA will work with collaborators to promote HIT priorities and focus on topics such as connecting patients and consumer caregivers through technology, integrating EHRs and HIT to support care delivery and workflows, and exchange and interoperability between LTPAC and other partners.
The summit will feature an exhibit hall, interoperability showcase, poster session, welcome reception and networking opportunities.
Alexandria Lueth Named
CEO of CentraCare PACE
Alexandria Lueth, CPA, has been named the new CEO of CentraCare PACE in Michigan.
“We are thrilled that Ms. Lueth has accepted our offer as CEO, as she has repeatedly demonstrated the qualities and commitment it takes to successfully run a complex organization like PACE,” said Michael Barkey, chair of the CentraCare Board of Directors. “Alex is a natural-born leader with an impressive background of supporting various areas of long-term care, including all that she has accomplished thus far with CentraCare.”
Before joining CentraCare PACE as chief financial officer in 2012, Lueth was with Plante Moran for more than seven years as an auditor and consultant for hospitals and senior care facilities.
“Although I achieved a thorough understanding of the inner workings of many successful companies, I was always auditing the past and unable to impact the future,” she said. “When I decided to make a career change, I purposely sought out an organization that served older adults so that I could impact both the operations and financial side of all current and future decisions. This has been a very rewarding shift in my focus.”
Three New PACE Programs
Open Across the Country
Three new Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) began enrolling participants this month, bringing the total number or PACE programs nationwide to 113 in 32 states. The new programs are San Diego PACE, in San Diego, CA; Senior CommUnity Care of Michigan, in Lansing; and LIFE Armstrong in East Franklin, PA.
San Diego PACE is a program of the San Ysidro Health Center. The professional staff is bilingual and committed to providing quality, compassionate health care services.
Senior CommUnity Care of Michigan serves seniors living in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The program is a partnership of Volunteers of America, the Ingham County Medical Care Facility and United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Lutheran SeniorLife opened LIFE Armstrong. “There is a need for services like this in Armstrong County, and we're glad to be able to provide it,” community relations coordinator Mary Lou Harju, of the Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) program, told the Tribune-Review.
InnovAge Colorado PACE
Centers Recognized by NCQA
InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH), the highest designation given. PACE centers are located in Chambers, Cody, Denver, Pueblo and Thornton.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes foster ongoing partnerships between participants and their personal clinicians and are overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment. Research shows medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient- and provider-reported experiences of care. To receive Level III PCMH status, which is valid for three years, each center had to meet the NCQA key standards.
The recognition "acknowledges our staff members’ commitment to quality in their efforts to enhance the lives of our participants, caregivers and family members,” said InnovAge president and CEO Maureen Hewitt and Lisa Price, MD, chief quality officer at InnovAge.
NPA Announces Changes
In DP2 Benchmark Reporting
NPA thanks all of the PACE organizations that are participating in the DataPACE 2 (DP2) Benchmarking 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.
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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