North Carolina had a healthy contingent last month at the National PACE Association annual conference in Portland, Oregon, with active participation in committee meetings, educational sessions and an award winner.

Tim Clontz, the first chair of the NC PACE Association and co-founder of three North Carolina PACE programs, won the Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award. The award recognizes volunteer leaders for their significant contributions to NPA. NPA attributes much of its success to the commitment, passion and inspiration of its volunteer leaders. Tim brought that same leadership to the NC PACE Association, hence his nomination. Thanks and congratulations, Tim!

The exponential growth of PACE was a major theme at the conference, as NPA is committed to more than doubling participants - from 47,000 currently to 200,000 in 2028 – through the PACE 2.0 project. North Carolina’s PACE of the Triad was selected as the project’s test site, and Piedmont Health SeniorCare was one of a handful of programs nationally that served as a mentor and “bright spot” for its growth success. Ursula Robinson, Executive Director of PACE of the Triad, made multiple presentations on their 2.0 experience as well as sharing lessons learned in developing an Alternative Care Setting.

Kelly Stout, a pharmacist with Piedmont Health SeniorCare, partnered with Milliman for an excellent presentation on understanding Part D financials. Thomas Chang and Angelic Flack, Carolina SeniorCare, shared a dashboard they developed to inform care management decisions through a poster presentation.

Members from North Carolina programs serve on several NPA committees, including Quality, Public Policy, Education and the State PACE Leadership Council, and participated in committee meetings while attending the conference.

We were thrilled to see many of our North Carolina PACE Partners in Portland, and we are looking forward to seeing them again at our own conference in Charlotte on April 11-12, 2019.

(Add the conference your Outlook calendar here.)

Thanks and kudos to National PACE Association and Providence ElderPlace (Portland’s PACE program) for a fun and educational experience.