NPA hosted its 2019 Spring Policy Forum at the beautiful, historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, on April 1-2. The forum coincided with the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms.

The first day of the forum featured presentations about key legislative updates that directly impact PACE, with topics ranging from state policy updates to Medicare Advantage and PACE growth and expansion. During the State Awards Luncheon on April 1, NPA board chair Adam Burrows, MD, presented the NPA State Public Service Award to Stephanie Winslett, executive director of the PACE Association of Michigan, on behalf of Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) for her excellent work in advancing PACE in Michigan.

On April 2 the focus of the forum shifted to advocacy and the importance of maintaining the ongoing support of elected officials and garnering new support to further expand PACE. Brad Fitch, president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, provided attendees with important tips on making the most of their visits to Capitol Hill.

The day also featured a luncheon at the Reserve Officers Club. The event included an awards presentation and a View from the Hill Panel, with important updates from Hill staffers on current issues in Congress that impact PACE. The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Federal Public Service Award to Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), whose inspirational acceptance speech addressed the impact that PACE has had on the poor, frail elderly population in her state and why she continues to be a champion for the PACE model of care.

In addition to networking throughout the two-day forum, attendees had the opportunity to interact with 13 exhibitors and two sponsors that represented a variety of companies and services. NPA appreciates their continued support.

Among the exhibitors were three NPA Shared Services vendors: Cooperative Managed Care Services, LLC, which provides third-party claims administration services; Pharmastar, which serves as a pharmacy benefits manager; and Vital Research, which administers the I-SAT™ participant satisfaction surveys.

After the forum concluded, the 2019-2020 NPA Leadership Program wrapped up on April 3 with an in-person workshop. Participants in the eight-month program were able to apply their knowledge in a variety of interactive modules, exercises, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Twenty participants took part in a graduation ceremony. Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of NPA, addressed the graduates, speaking about the important role they will now play in their PACE programs with the deeper understanding and solid foundation they have developed.

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