NEWS

Taiwan Delegation Visits NPA Office

A delegation from Taiwan visited the National PACE Association (NPA) office in Alexandria, VA, on July 20 to learn about Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in order to enrich its own senior care program and to explore a consultative collaboration or international partnership. The visitors from the Taiwan Health Promotion Administration (HPA), Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), had traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the Healthy Aging Summit.

Three More States Explore Implementation of the PACE Model

State policy-makers in New Hampshire, the District of Columbia, and Nevada have been working with key stakeholders to determine how the model of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) can support them in meeting the long-term care needs of their elderly populations.

Andi McDonough Named Vice President of Rocky Mountain PACE

Andi McDonough has been named vice president of Rocky Mountain PACE, according to an announcement by Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS) in Colorado Springs, CO.

“Allowing patients to participate in their own care is our first priority,” said McDonough, who brings more than 20 years of leadership and patient care experience to her new position. Her key emphasis has been on patient-centered care while working collaboratively with members of the health care team to achieve these goals.

NPA Publishes First PACE Quality Director’s Handbook

The National PACE Association (NPA) has published its first PACE Quality Director’s Handbook.

The handbook is a resource for both new and experienced quality professionals within PACE organizations.

The PACE Quality Director’s Handbook outlines the responsibilities of the PACE quality leader as defined by PACE regulations and is intended to assist in the development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of a robust quality improvement program, as well as to serve as a reference for other PACE staff involved in quality improvement efforts.

June 15 Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The global observance was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

Better Hearing & Speech Month 2018

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM). The annual observance provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in providing life-altering treatment.

The theme for 2018 is "Communication for All." ASHA offers a wealth of resources to help audiologists and speech-language pathologists celebrate all month long.

May Is National Osteoporosis Month

National Osteoporosis Month in May is led by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), which hopes you will join in celebrating bone health.

The foundation provides a wealth of tools and resources to encourage people to build strong bones and prevent or manage osteoporosis. Critical elements in building peak bone mass and maintaining bone strength throughout our lives include a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, calcium and vitamin D, as well as weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise.

Blue Ridge PACE Receives Community Service Award

Blue Ridge PACE, in Charlottesville, VA, was presented with the 2018 Community Service Award by the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International on April 26 at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing.

Dr. J. Eugene Lammers Named AGS Clinician of the Year

J. Eugene Lammers, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF, medical director at Mercy LIFE of Alabama, has been named 2018 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). He will be honored at the 2018 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting next month in Orlando, FL.

Sonja Felton Named Executive Director of Huron Valley PACE

Sonja Felton, MPA, MSW, has accepted the position of executive director at Huron Valley PACE.

“My goal is to lead Huron Valley PACE to new heights of success and elevation,” she said. “I am excited about the opportunity to expand our organization, become a leader in elder health care in our community, become a nationally recognized PACE organization, and provide visionary leadership to the organization.”

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