NPA leadership and staff have monitored the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to the upcoming NPA Summer Conference, including restrictions in Michigan, the current state of domestic travel, and recommendations for convening large groups. Prioritizing the safety and well-being of all involved, NPA has made the difficult decision to transition the conference, which was to be held July 24-26 in Grand Rapids, from an in-person event to an online experience.

While we are disappointed not to be able to meet in person as planned, we are committed to providing a valuable educational experience online that can be accessed remotely.

The NPA Summer Conference consists of three components: a Quality Symposium, a Medical Director Essentials (MDE) Course, and a Clinical Symposium. Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, all three components will be available to paid registrants online and on demand as self-paced virtual events.

Each online symposium will consist of pre-recorded sessions, a library of supplemental resources, discussion boards for interaction with other attendees, and opportunities for future live interaction with panelists and speakers through live video conferences. Continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians and continuing nursing units (CNU) for nurses will be offered.

While the NPA Summer Conference historically has been geared toward new and existing medical directors, primary care practitioners, clinicians and quality leaders, this year’s event will include additional content of value to interdisciplinary team (IDT) members in response to the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 response in PACE. In addition to the clinical and quality fundamentals of the conference that will continue to be provided, select speakers will represent the IDT. NPA encourages IDT members to review the conference program when it becomes available for more information about these new educational opportunities. 

The conference program and other information, including registration and pricing, will be available in June. For more information, contact Venise Lewis, senior vice president of PACE Education and Learning.

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