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Rebecca Hille Is the NPA 2015 Outstanding Nurse of the Year

A Community Care nurse who has a history of becoming the emotional support to those who are fighting sickness all alone has been named 2015 Outstanding Nurse of the Year by the National PACE Association (NPA) Nursing Consortium. Rebecca Hille, a nurse at the Community Care Vliet Center, in Milwaukee, was awarded the highest NPA nursing honor at an awards luncheon on Oct. 20 during the NPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Commonsense Approach to Elder Care Includes PACE

"Increasing the number of eligible seniors gaining access to Senior Care Options (SCO), Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and adult day health programs will improve their health, allow most to remain in their homes longer, and delay budget increases resulting from a growing nursing home population," said David Forsberg and Richard Moore in the “As I See It” column on Telegram.com.

Emily Dawson Petersen Named Center Director in Colorado

Emily Dawson Petersen has been named center director at InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-North. InnovAge is the second largest provider of PACE services in the country.

Secret to PACE Success: People

"The secret to PACE’s success lies in people – such as our medical director Dr. James F. Pedulla, who has been with EBNHC since 1988. Several other key clinic staff have been with the program for more than a decade," states Manny Lopes, president and CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

"That longevity builds trust, as does the fact that many staff live in the communities we serve and are thus motivated both by their professional calling and their desire to help neighbors," he said.

PALPA Announces New Management

The Pennsylvania LIFE Providers Alliance (PALPA) has hired DeBrunner & Associates to provide strategic leadership in government relations and association management consulting services.

PALPA members operate the Pennsylvania Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) program.

Kissito PACE: A Nursing Home Alternative

Half of the people in nursing homes could function outside them with the right support, estimates Tom Clarke, president and CEO of Kissito Healthcare, in a profile of Kissito PACE that appears in the September/October issue of The Roanoker.

U.S. House Introduces the PACE Innovation Act of 2015

Nineteen bipartisan members of the House introduced the PACE Innovation Act of 2015. The legislation would allow CMS to test innovations in the PACE Model of Care, including changes that would allow PACE programs to serve high-need, high-cost individuals under 55.

CMS Calls PACE a 'Glimpse into Our Future'

At a recent event in Washington, DC, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed a recent visit to On Lok Lifeways in San Francisco. "On Lok [is] part of a very important program called PACE," Slavitt said. "Places like On Lok really impress me. When I visit them, I feel like I'm glimpsing very much into our future."

CMS Study Opens Door to For-Profit Sponsors for PACE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published the study of for-profit PACE demonstration programs conducted by CMS. With the submission of the study to Congress, CMS announced that it would no longer take not-for-profit or for-profit status into account when accepting and reviewing PACE provider applications. As a result, the door is open for the first time for for-profit sponsors to develop PACE programs.

Remote Health Care Monitoring in PACE Programs

A student team at Wichita State University received a grant to purchase two smart watches and hire a Web developer to aid in incorporating their remote health monitoring application and online system into PACE programs.

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