The North Carolina PACE Association E-Newsletter
In this Issue: Our Vision for Growth and Expansion
December 2015
In This Issue
NC PACE Programs
Wilmington, NC
 
Burlington, NC
Pittsboro, NC
 
Fayetteville, NC
 
Greensboro, NC
 
Newton, NC
 
Lexington, NC
 
Charlotte, NC
 
Durham, NC
 
Gastonia, NC
 
StayWell Senior Care
Asheboro, NC
 
Asheville, NC
Our Vision Statement
The Association serves as the credible voice and leader to advance PACE,
thereby transforming healthcare in North Carolina.
Educational Events
Annual Conference
Thanks to NC PACE Association's Education Committee, plans are well underway for the 3rd annual Setting the PACE annual statewide conference. 

Mark your calendars for April 28-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham and look for more information and registration in the new year.
Other Opportunities
Spread Holiday Cheer, not the Flu
It's estimated that between 80 percent and 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. NANASP has flu vaccine awareness materials here.
PACE Association Presents Growth Strategy
The NC PACE Association is working to bring PACE services to more North Carolinians, including those in unserved areas, as quickly as possible. On December 7, the Association presented a plan to the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) which could make PACE available in approximately 60 counties by late 2018, and which eventually would cover the state.

35 counties (yellow) currently are served by PACE programs.
Interest has been expressed in serving 91 counties.







As the map on the right shows, only nine of the state's 100 counties remain "unclaimed" by existing or pending providers, and we are confident these will be "adopted" as programs grow.

The Association delivered a plan that we believe meets both the state government's needs and the needs of our providers and the population we serve. The Association's recommendations include fast tracking existing and future applications and requests, removing enrollment caps, and simplifying a complicated program as much as possible.
 
A clear and consistent commitment and strong support from the state will be necessary to achieve the proposed growth and expansion. The Association and our allies will be working in the coming year to build the administrative and legislative support to make the plan a reality
PACE in the News
Patricia Waldron of Senior CommUnity Care on Fox50
Kimberley Ladue, Marketing Manager at Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina in Durham, and participant Patricia Waldon discuss PACE and what it offers, their center, and how PACE has changed Patricia's daily life on Fox50's Tarheel Talk . Watch here

LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines partners with the Fayetteville Observer in sponsored content. Their Dec. 4th article featured "How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays for Seniors". Read it here

Bob Mason of Mason Law PC in Asheboro blogs about elder care law issues, and writes about StayWell Senior Care: " I'm impressed with PACE. Thumbs up!". His blog post, in addition to being very complimentary of StayWell, is a good overview of PACE and its benefits. Read it here
People Setting the PACE
North Carolina PACE Association presented its first-ever webinar in November.  Our thanks to presenters 
Robert Dickson and Erika Squires of LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines and Dave Beijer and Laura Baker-Seseika of CarePartners PACE for sharing and facilitating a conversation on transitions to PACE from skilled nursing facilities.

North Carolina PACE Association Executive Director
Linda Shaw is the new 2015-16 Chair of the State PACE Leadership Council for the National PACE Association. Linda also becomes an ex-officio member of NPA's board.

Dr. Sharon Reilly, provider at Piedmont Health SeniorCare, becomes the Medical Director as of December 28th. Congratulations to Sharon in her new role!

Adria Smith, Quality Coordinator at PACE of the Triad, is a participant in this year's LeadingAge NC Leadership Academy. The Academy is a year-long program designed to develop nonprofit aging services leaders statewide. Last month, the Academy visited Carolina SeniorCare in Lexington for one of their face-to-face learning experiences, a great way to show and share PACE with other aging services leaders.

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