The North Carolina PACE Association E-Newsletter
In this Issue: PACE Innovation Act, PACE Participant Honored
October 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
Transitions Webinar
Join your PACE colleagues from across the state in an interactive discussion of transitions from skilled nursing facilities to PACE programs. Dave Beijer ( CarePartners PACE) and Robert Dickson ( LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines) will present. Friday, 11/6 at 10am  Free; Registration Required. Please note that this webinar is limited to current staff of NC PACE Association members.
Other Opportunities
Griswold Cares Foundation
is inviting applications for one-year grants of up to $5,000 to support programs that provide respite and short-term home care.  For more info
National: Conference and PACE Innovation Act
North Carolina at NPA Conference
Last week, more than 35 people represented North Carolina at the National PACE Association annual conference in Philadelphia. From workshops and symposiums, to board and membership meetings, site tours and other networking opportunities, participants learned valuable information to bring back to the state.

In an exciting finale to the last day of the conference, the PACE Innovation Act went before the U.S. House and was voted on late in the evening.
PACE Innovation Act Passes U.S. House
On October 21st, the PACE Innovation Act cleared the House by voice vote and now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign. In August, it passed the Senate unanimously. Our thanks again to NC Senator Richard Burr and Representative  Renee Ellmers for co-sponsoring the bills.

The PACE Innovation Act will allow CMS to test the proven PACE model with new populations, such as younger people with disabilities, individuals at risk for nursing home care, seniors not yet requiring nursing home level of care, and others. 

PACE programs are excited about the possibilities that the PACE Innovation Act affords. Demonstration projects servings these new populations, as well as flexibility in other areas, such as payment arrangements, are just some of the possible projects.   Read more from NPA
PACE Participant Ann G. Atwater Honored
Photo of Ann Atwater registering voters in the late 1960s, which now hangs in her new namesake library in Durham, NC (credit: N&O)
Du rham  civil rights activist and Senior CommUnity Care participant Ann Atwater was honored with the recently opened Ann G. Atwater Freedom Library. Congratulations to Ms. Atwater on this recognition! 

Ann's role in helping to defuse racial tension over school desegregation will soon be featured on the big screen.  "Empire's" Taraji P. Henson will portray Atwater in "The Best of Enemies," a movie written by "The Hunger Games" producer Robin Bissell. Read more
PACE in the News
Our programs are celebrating the wonderful work they do through heart-warming and informative videos

LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines  was also recently featured as an advertising partner in the Fayetteville Observer with  this story  on how  veterans  can benefit from PACE.
People Setting the PACE
Welcome to Dawn Smith, the new Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator for StayWell Senior Care.
Amy Porter at NPA
(credit: Greg Embler 
of Carolina SeniorCare)
Amy Porter of Elderhaus presented at the National PACE Association conference last week. Her presentation, "Proving PACE through Quality Measures," described the excellent work of the North Carolina Quality Committee. This innovative initiative brings quality coordinators from across the state to collaborate and coordinate. As a result, programs are able to compare quality outcomes across the state with consistent, standard measures and help answer the question "is PACE working?".  View the Presentation
Two active PACE peer networking groups brought together staff from across the state to meet in person this month. Marketing coordinators  from across the state met in Greensboro on October 2nd and the Quality coordinators met in Gastonia on October 16th. Special thanks to Kimberley LaDue of Senior CommUnity Care and Adria Smith of PACE of the Triad for their particular efforts to facilitate these groups, and to all the programs that participate and support this work. 

Send your personnel updates for inclusion in upcoming newsletters.