NCPA Board Member Testifies Before Congress
"PACE programs can play a big role in caring for the elderly, and I am privileged to advocate for these innovative programs on a national stage," said Tim Clontz, as he asked the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee to support the PACE Innovation Act, which passed the Senate with unanimous consent. NC Senator Richard Burr co-sponsored the bill, and NC Representative Renee Ellmers co-sponsored the House bill. He shared this case study:
"Dennis is a 59-year-old diabetic who lives in the foothills of North Carolina. Prior to enrolling in the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), he suffered a massive stroke, fell and hit his head. He was hospitalized for three months and lost 30 pounds. When he was discharged to a skilled nursing facility for rehab, his blood sugars were out of control, he required moderate assistance with activities of daily living, and walked with a walker. He enrolled in PACE in February 2014 and now lives with his sister. PACE helped Dennis get his diabetes under control and improved his function to the point that he requires minimal assistance with his activities of daily living."
Tim is a board member of North Carolina PACE Association, and of National PACE Association, where he served as chair of the Public Policy committee. Tim is Senior Vice President of Cone Health, which is a partner in three PACE programs: PACE of the Triad, PACE of the Southern Piedmont and Randolph Health StayWell Senior Care.