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Raise Awareness About PACE So Elders and Families Can Realize Benefits of Health Care System of the Future Today

"Society needs to think differently about how we structure senior care if we hope to keep up – not only for seniors but the loved ones responsible for their care," state Richard Burke, president and CEO of Fallon Health, and Charles Yates, MD, medical director of Fallon Health Weinberg.

Kenneth Comeiro Joins Element Care As Coordinator of Advanced Practice Services

Kenneth J. Comeiro, Jr., MS, ANP, has joined the clinical team of Element Care, in Lowell, MA, as coordinator of Advanced Practice Services in its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). Comeiro has 16 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, working in all aspects of cardiology subspecialties, geriatrics, end-of-life care and nursing home care. He teaches in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston.

John Blazek Joins On Lok As Chief Development Officer

John Blazek has been appointed chief development officer at On Lok in San Francisco. He will execute strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the business units of the organization and oversee all fundraising activities, managing day-to-day operations and monitoring donor efficiency through coordination with staff and committees.

New Report from Bipartisan Policy Center Recommends CMS Test PACE Initiatives

A new report from the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) test several initiatives for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®).

Eddy SeniorCare to Celebrate 20th Anniversary on Oct. 7

Eddy SeniorCare, in Schenectady, NY, will hold a 20th anniversary celebration on Oct. 7.

The PACE program, the third oldest in the state, has served approximately 1,000 participants since opening its doors in 1996.

Centra PACE Holds First Annual Senior Prom

Centra PACE, in Farmville, VA, held its first annual senior prom recently.

The event “helped the participants reminisce about their past experiences and make new memories,” said Dixie McDowell, intake coordinator and social worker at Centra PACE. "It also gave their family and caregivers a chance to connect with the seniors in a positive way.”

Saint Joseph PACE Opens Sept. 1 in Indiana

Saint Joseph PACE opens on Sept. 1 in Mishawaka, IN. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) is part of the Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS).

“The strength of a community depends on the health of every individual in it, including our seniors," said Stephen Anderson, MD, chief medical officer and acting PACE medical director at SJHS. “This is a growing population that needs our attention. As a health system, we were able to answer that call.”

The Commonwealth Fund Shines Spotlight on PACE Model of Care

As part of an ongoing series on programs that aim to improve outcomes and reduce care costs for patients with complex needs, The Commonwealth Fund examined the model of care of the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®).

The case study focuses on On Lok, in San Francisco, as the original program and explores the potential for the model to be adapted and spread.

Harbor Health Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony in Brockton, MA

Harbor Health Services, Inc., recently held a groundbreaking ceremony in Brockton, MA. The nonprofit public health agency administers the Elder Service Plan, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), and is working to launch its second site.

Harbor Health Elder Service Plan purchased the former Temple Beth Emunah site in October 2015. Earlier this month, renovations were begun to convert the former temple into a medical facility and day center serving the needs of frail elders in the greater Brockton area. The expected completion date is mid-2017.

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