White House Conference on Aging: Final Report

In a year that marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of these programs, highlight new actions to support Americans as they age, and focus on the powerful role that technology can play in the lives of seniors in the decade ahead.  

MorseLife Health System Receives $1M Donation

MorseLife Health System has received a gift of $1 million from Palm Beach and Boston-based residents and philanthropists Jean and Frederic Sharf, announced Keith Myers, president and CEO.

The gift will be designated to its transportation program, which includes a fleet of buses and vans that serve seniors on campus and in the community, including Palm Beach PACE.

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Genesys PACE Part of Redevelopment Effort in Flint, MI

A health and wellness district in downtown Flint, MI, has grown to three city blocks and $36 million in investments in an emerging redevelopment effort. Among the anticipated benefits of the district are health education and the reduction of chronic disease in the community.

A major addition to the district was the $3.9 million PACE Center operated by Genesys Health System that opened last summer.

The center is expected to serve an estimated 130 seniors daily and eventually employ 70 people, said Nicholas Evans, vice president of business and fund development at Genesys.

Dr. Ankur Patel Appointed Medical Director at Inspira LIFE

Ankur Patel, MD, has been appointed medical director at Inspira LIFE.

"I am excited to be a part of the Inspira LIFE team, and I look forward to working with the staff to provide seniors in our community with high-quality care," Dr. Patel said.

Previously, he served as medical director for an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit in Newport News, VA.

Statistical Information on the Growing Older Population

The older population – people age 65 and over – numbered 44.7 million in 2013, the latest year for available data. Older adults represented 14.1 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060 there will be approximately 98 million older people, more than twice the number in 2013. This group is expected to grow to be 21.7 percent of the population by 2040.

Dr. Mason Shamis Joins InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-North

Mason Shamis, MD, a family medicine physician, has joined the medical team at the InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-North Center in Loveland.

“I absolutely love what I do – caring for seniors with complex social and medical needs,” Dr. Shamis said. "I feel I am helping make a real difference in the lives of our participants and their families. I am blessed to be able to work with an outstanding team of like-minded professionals, and I feel our community’s health will be improved by the work we do."

Dr. Lisa Price Named InnovAge CMO for California, Colorado and New Mexico

Lisa Price, MD, has been named chief medical officer of InnovAge, the second largest provider of PACE services in the country.

Dr. Price has oversight of medical services at all InnovAge facilities in California, Colorado and New Mexico. She is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and has expertise in managed care, electronic health records, quality improvement and geriatrics.

PACE Program to Open Next Year in Greenville, SC

GHS Senior Care, in Greenville, SC, is on target to open in the spring.

The PACE program, which will be able to accept between 200 and 280 participants, will be operated by Greenville Health System.

Construction on a $5 million, 20,000-square foot facility was recently completed. The building is awaiting final approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Andy Cox Named New CEO of The Oaks

Andy Cox became the new CEO of The Oaks, in Orangeburg, SC, on Dec. 1.

He previously served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and director of development.

Cox said the changing nature of the health care industry and new laws can impact long-term care, rehabilitation and PACE®.

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Beacon of LIFE Brings PACE Model to Oceanport, NJ

Beacon Health and Social Services, a not-for-profit corporation, has opened Beacon of LIFE in Oceanport, NJ, the fifth Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in the state.

“The PACE philosophy is a high-touch and high-delivery system,” said Ivan Solero, director of marketing and enrollment at Beacon of LIFE. "PACE is about a 360-degree approach to a participant’s health.”

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