Hopkins ElderPlus Medical Director Visits TrueCare in Beijing

September 7, 2018

While on sabbatical in China, Matthew McNabney, MD, medical director at Hopkins ElderPlus, in Baltimore, MD, recently visited the TrueCare program in Beijing. TrueCare, which is largely based on Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), is a project of founder and CEO Michael Chen, a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the City of Beijing and the Central Committee (Office of Aging).

The National PACE Association (NPA), PACE organizations, and individual programs and medical directors have provided Chen with materials and support over the past three years to assist in the design and operation of TrueCare. Peking University is studying the program, with the goal of replicating it in rural areas of the country that have high proportions of elderly people, few caregivers and little health care infrastructure.

The over-65 population in China is approximately 325 million, equivalent to the entire U.S. population. The combination of its one-child policy, massive urban migration among non-elderly individuals, and the lack of a robust elder care system, among other factors, have resulted in substantial caregiving and financial challenges for the country.

“It would be heartening to see the principles of PACE serve as the basis for helping to expand and improve elderly care throughout the country,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of NPA.

Michael Chen is founder and CEO of TrueCare in Beijing.

TrueCare in Beijing

TrueCare in Beijing

TrueCare in Beijing
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