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CMS Calls PACE a "Glimpse into Our Future"

08/03/2015

At an event this week in Washington, DC, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed a recent visit to On Lok Lifeways in San Francisco. "On Lok [is] part of a very important program called PACE," Slavitt said. "Places like On Lok really impress me. When I visit them, I feel like I'm glimpsing very much into our future."

NPA is very excited that the CMS administrator referenced his visit to On Lok and spoke positively about PACE and its role in our future health care system. NPA and the entire PACE community are grateful to On Lok for its vision in developing the PACE model and for continuing to work to further innovate and improve this model of care. On Lok continues to be an important ambassador for the efforts of all PACE organizations around the country.

We agree that PACE is reflective of the future of health care as an integrated, accountable and person-specific provider of care to high-need individuals. NPA will take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen our message to CMS concerning policy changes needed to support the growth, expansion, innovation and quality of the PACE Model of Care.

You can view a video of the July 29th event, which features Slavitt's comments (beginning in the 24th minute), as well as remarks by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Jason Furman, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors; and a panel of representatives from AARP, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and the Montefiore Health System. The speakers discussed how Medicare and Medicaid have changed society and how agencies can work together to strengthen and improve health care for future generations.

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