September 2019
PACE Case: Mental Health Stabilization and Risk Reduction

A 62-year-old male PACE participant has a past medical history of narcolepsy, bipolar disorder, psychosis, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, morbid obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The participant currently lives alone in a high-rise building and does not keep in contact with anyone around him. He tells the PACE physician that he is worried about his depression and weight, and mentions his troubled, abusive past. He was recently admitted to the inpatient unit of a local hospital for severe depression and suicidal ideation. The participant's sleep apnea prevents him from getting adequate rest and although he is advised to use a CPAP machine, he refuses due to claustrophobia. Because he is a new PACE participant and there are concerns surrounding his mental health, the center prescriber requested that a CareKinesis clinical pharmacist review the participant's medication regimen. The participant's current MedWise Risk ScoreTM is 29 out of 50 (high).

September is National PACE Month

September is National PACE Month, and the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about PACE and the benefits PACE organizations provide to their communities. It is also a chance to celebrate the efforts of PACE staff who work hard to improve the lives of participants and their families.

This year's theme, "Many Hands, Many Minds, One Goal," honors the role that the interdisciplinary teams play in promoting independence for participants. Thank you - we appreciate all that you do!

For more information and resources, visit the  National PACE Month Resources page on the National PACE Association's (NPA) website.
2019 NPA Annual Conference

The 2019 NPA Annual Conference on October 13 - 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana is quickly approaching. Please save the dates for the following events:
  • PACE Education and Appreciation Dinner - Sunday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. The Richard O. Schamp, MD, Award winner will be announced. RSVP now.
  • NPA Leadership & Awards Luncheon Sponsored by CareVention HealthCare (CVHC) - Tuesday, October 15 at 11:30 a.m.
CareKinesis team members will present during several informational and educational sessions, and will be available to network during exhibit hours. Keep an eye out for the October 2019 NPA Conference Edition of this newsletter for the full listing of events and sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
CareKinesis Welcomes Two PACE Organization Clients

On September 1, CareKinesis began partnering to provide its comprehensive PACE medication risk management services to two PACE organizations -  PACE of Greater New Orleans (PACE GNO) and Gary and Mary West PACE.

PACE GNO services participants in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans and on the Westbank in Marrero. With the expanded service area, qualified seniors in parts of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes can benefit from PACE GNO's comprehensive healthcare program and services.

Gary and Mary West PACE, located in San Marcos, California, serves the North County region of San Diego County. The PACE organization is sponsored by the West Health Institute. 

Learn more on News & Research page.
New Jersey PACE Association Recently Formed

The New Jersey PACE Association was recently formed in support of promoting and improving opportunities for PACE organizations to sponsor programs in their communities, advance training and education for providers, and advocate for growth and the PACE approach to care. Currently, PACE organizations in the state serve approximately 1,100 participants. The state programs are expecting increased growth with upcoming expansions and new PACE programs in development. 
Marketing Tactics to Increase Referrals Highlights

Did you miss the Marketing Tactics to Increase Referrals Webinar on August 22? Here are a few highlights:
  • Understand your current market: the projected population, your organization's reputation, and how to overcome any bad decisions that could have changed market perceptions.
  • Create a growth culture: Does your entire team believe in growth? What expectations has leadership set in anticipation of growth and how will these be accounted for?
  • Collect marketing, enrollment, and IDT enrollment processing data and analyze it regularly.
  • Know how to market PACE: Plan, implement, and measure strategies for effectiveness.
Questions? Contact Mandy Hurley, Marketing and Enrollment Consultant, Capstone Performance Systems or  Rebecca Lewis, PharmD, MBA, Area Vice President, Business Development, Tabula Rasa Healthcare (TRHC).
CareVention HealthCare News

Mediture TruChart User Group

The annual Mediture TruChart User Group Meeting was held on August 7 - 8, 2019 in Moorestown, NJ, at TRHC's administrative offices. The conference provided more than 30 TruChart users from across the country an opportunity to share best practices and learn how to use technology to support their organizations. 

The agenda included both Mediture staff and client-led sessions focusing on TruChart, and an evening networking event.  For more information, contact Miguel Delgado at .

Dorothy Ginsberg, RN, Receives 2019 Influencers of Healthcare Award

Capstone Performance Systems Senior PACE Consultant Dorothy Ginsberg, RN, received the Philadelphia Inquirer's 2019 Influencers of Healthcare award on Thursday, August 15, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Award honors "Philadelphia's leading healthcare professionals who go above and beyond to improve the collective health of our City and strive to make a difference in their patients' lives." Ginsberg works with pre-operational PACE organizations from application through ongoing operations, including survey preparation, regulatory guidance, and best practices training. Ginsberg has provided consulting services to over 25 PACE programs in 15 states. Read the full press release on Capstone Performance Systems website. Congratulations, Dorothy!
Networking with CareKinesis

We always enjoy the opportunity to meet with our clients in person, and
 look forward to seeing you at the following events:
Upcoming Webinars

  • 24 - Hyperlipidemia Update (CE Accredited Clinical Webinar)
CareKinesis Summer 2019 Newsletter Quiz Drawing Winner

Congratulations to Sammie Petrozzi of Senior Community Care in Eckert, Colorado!

Sammie won a CareKinesis branded Yeti Rambler tumbler for answering the quiz question in the Summer 2019 print Newsletter correctly.