The North Carolina PACE Association E-Newsletter
In this Issue: The Latest Across the State
June 2016
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.
CMS PACE Conference
Agenda Now Available
CMS' July 7-8 PACE conference and webcast will feature the theme "Supporting Collaboration & Communication for Better Care Delivery". View the agenda for  Day 1 &  Day 2 . For more information and to register,  click here
NC Coalition on Aging Urges Action
The US Appropriations Committee has recommended eliminating the SHIP and SCSEP programs, which provide insurance counseling and employment assistance for older adults. This would have quite an impact in NC.  Find out more and how to take action
NC to Present at NPA
NC will be represented in the educational offerings of the next National PACE Association annual conference in San Francisco.  Kimberley Ladue (Senior CommUnity Care of NC), Star Chang (Piedmont Health SeniorCare)
 and Nedra Baldwin (PACE of the Triad) have been chosen to present on "The Case for a Collaborative PACE", describing the benefits of regional collaboration and the ease in which a networking group of peers in PACE can be established. Congrats!
Protection for Seniors
New regulations by the FTC may help prevent some elder scams by telemarketers. It is now illegal for businesses to ask consumers to pay via money transfers, like Western Union, and other methods like remotely generated unsigned checks. Legitimate callers do not use these methods, but con artists do.
Medicaid Reform Advances in NC
On June 1st, NC DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer and Governor Pat McCrory announced that the state had submitted its waiver request for Medicaid reform. It is anticipated to take about 18 months for CMS to review.

Thanks to the Association's advocacy work, both the Senate and the House included language excluding PACE from the new Medicaid reform. This will preserve PACE in North Carolina as a direct enrollment option. The language is in a much larger "Medicaid Transformation" bill that remains in conference committee due to disagreement over an unrelated item. The Association remains hopeful that the dispute will be resolved and the bill finalized prior to the pending adjournment of this legislative session. We will keep you informed and updated.
PACE Programs Host Lawmakers
Senator Burr visits Piedmont Health SeniorCare - Pittsboro
Senior US Senator for NC, Richard Burr, visited Piedmont Health SeniorCare's Pittsboro center. During his visit, he toured and talked with participants and staff.
 
He shared the reason behind his strong support for PACE: "It's not just that it saves money, but more importantly, it has better quality outcomes." He touted PACE as a leader among innovative medical models of care. Senator Burr co-sponsored the PACE Innovation Act of 2015, which increases flexibility for PACE.
Senator Ford Visits PACE of the Southern Piedmont
NC Senator Joel Ford (third from left) joined staff, participants, caregivers and board members in a roundtable discussion of the proven benefits of PACE, both for participants and their caregivers. Senator Ford has been a strong voice in communicating the positive impact that PACE of the Southern Piedmont is making in Charlotte during the Medicaid reform process.
PACE and Statewide Rulemaking
Members of the NC PACE Association, in cooperation with the NC Adult Day Services Association reviewed and commented upon existing adult day services regulations as part of a 10-year regulatory review.
 
Additionally, Robert Dickson, Executive Director of LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines, represented PACE in rulemaking discussions for the new overnight respite program authorized by the General Assembly last year. The question in both situations is the appropriate "fit" between PACE and the regulations.
PACE Participant an Inspiration
Senior CommUnity Care of NC had just helped Dorothy Holloway, a 72 year old participant, learn to walk again with a cane. The very next day, she was a victim of a drive-by shooting. Shot twice, her leg had to be amputated. With a new prosthetic leg and the help of the amazing PACE therapists at Senior CommUnity Care, she's learning to walk again - for the second time. 


(credit: WRAL)
PACE in the News
PACE of the Triad a Featured Cover Story
Guilford Woman magazine featured PACE of the Triad and its upcoming 5th anniversary as the cover story for its June issue. Read the full coverage here  (credit: Guilford Woman )
People Setting the PACE

LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines Turns Five!
Steve Kastner, CEO of St. Joseph of the Pines (right), celebrates the largest PACE program in the state and its accomplishments,  LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines , at its fifth anniversary. To the delight of participants, staff and visitors, the 82nd Airborne (left) performed a medley of songs as part of the entertainment.
NPA Brings Summer Conference to Charlotte
In early June, NPA brought its Quality and Clinical Symposiums and Medical Director training to Charlotte. Renee Rizzuti (left) welcomes some of the a pproximately 80 attendees who toured PACE of the Southern Piedmont as part of the event.  (credit: NPA)