New York State Department of Health Issues RFI for PACE Model Expansion

The New York State Department of Health has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for PACE Model Expansion.

The Request for Information seeks to solicit suggestions about the PACE model of services and supports.

“Through this RFI, the New York State Department of Health is seeking to explore strategies and concepts to enhance and expand this unique, alternative approach for providing long-term services and supports (LTSS),” according to a press release by the Division of Long-Term Care in the Department of Health.

PACE Lafayette Celebrates Black History Month

Participants and family members of PACE Lafayette, in Lafayette, LA, celebrated Black History Month with a special program on Feb. 26.

The observance was covered by a local news station, which included a video report.


InnovAge Colorado Medical Director Writes AgeBlog Post

Two significant challenges many low-income older adults often face are lack of affordable housing and easy access to health and wellness services, writes InnovAge Colorado medical director Lisa Price, MD.

Dr. Price discussed Innovative Approaches to Providing Preventive and Health Services to Older Adults in the Community in an AgeBlog post on the American Society on Aging website.


Ascension Health to Close Alexian Brothers PACE in St. Louis

Ascension Health will close Alexian Brothers PACE, in St. Louis, MO, on April 30 due to operational deficiencies. Alexian Brothers is the only PACE program in the state.

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging is working with Alexian Brothers and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to find alternative options for the approximately 200 seniors affected by the closure.

Read more.

Geisinger Expands LIFE Program in Pennsylvania

Geisinger Health System, which already has Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) programs in Scranton and Kulpmont, PA, expanded to Wilkes-Barre last month, opening a new 3,000-square foot center at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

“Our incentive is to keep people well, keep them happy, and keep them healthy and living in the community,” said Robert McQuillan, associate vice president for the Geisinger Care Continuum.

“The beauty of this program is that individuals get to stay in their homes," he said. "They get to stay with their families.”

North Carolina PACE Association Announces Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the North Carolina PACE Association Annual Conference, which will be held April 28-29 in Durham.

This year’s theme is “Setting the PACE 2016: Change, Challenge, Opportunity.”

The theme reflects the current changes and challenges confronting association staff, programs and participants, including Medicaid reform, leadership turn-over, growth limitations, and regulatory and policy changes.

However, these issues also bring "a new opportunity to enhance and improve our services to participants," according to the association.

Dr. Mary Fairbanks, of InnovAge Colorado, Named Family Physician of the Year

Mary Fairbanks, MD, of InnovAge Colorado, has been named "Family Physician of the Year" by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Fairbanks practices at the Cody Center in Lakewood.

Throughout her career, Dr. Fairbanks has been an advocate for patients struggling with homelessness and drug addiction. In her position at InnovAge, she is a passionate leader and educator in end-of-life care.

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Element Care Physician Appointed Lecturer at Harvard Medical School

Innokentiy "Kent" Bakaev, MD, of Element Care PACE, has been appointed a lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

The appointment deepens the affiliation of Element Care with one of the most prestigious and clinically excellent fellowship programs in the country. It will help Element Care demonstrate the value of PACE to more HMS students.

Dr. Ivy Pandit Appointed Medical Director at InnovAge Greater California PACE

Ivy Pandit, MD, has been appointed medical director at InnovAge Greater California PACE to oversee the delivery of medical care and clinical services.

Dr. Pandit, who has 40 years of professional experience, is board-certified in internal medicine/geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

She is passionate about caring for the elderly and thrives on bringing comfort and dignity into the lives of her patients.

Silver Tech: Technology for Seniors

What kind of technology do seniors really need?

According to Pamela Tabar, editor-in-chief of Long-Term Living magazine, the focus should be on reaching deeper into understanding both the kind of technology seniors need and how they need it to work.

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