PACE Manager Training at On Lok, July 21-22

Due to popular demand, On Lok’s PACE Manager Training last held in February returns this July in San Francisco!

Two-Day PACE Manager Training at On Lok, July 21 – 22, 2016

$495 per person for 1 registration or $395 per person for 2 or more registrations

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On Lok PACEpartners provides a two-day intensive program for PACE Managers. The PACE Manager training is designed for PACE leaders either new or experienced with PACE. Organizations nationwide have sent PACE Center Managers/Facilitators, Executive Directors, Program Directors, RN Supervisors, QA Coordinators, and other clinical disciplines. Past attendees have found the training very worthwhile – it has enabled them to deepen their PACE knowledge and learn new skills and tools to use at their PACE centers.

Attendees participate in dynamic facilitated sessions on IDT facilitation, Maximizing IDT Meetings, Regulatory Environment, Risk Tolerance in Senior Care, Social Styles for Optimal Communication, Team Dynamics and Interventions, and Participant-Centered Care. The PACE Manager Training includes tours of On Lok facilities, lunches & snacks, and a visit to a popular sightseeing spot, plus opportunities for discussion and networking with leaders from PACE organizations nationwide.

Baby Boomers Changing the Senior Demographic

As of Jan. 1, 2011 the oldest member of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65. On that day, roughly 10,000 Boomers turned 65 and 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years (Pew Research Center). Considering that 26% of the total US population falls under the Boomer category, this will dramatically transform the health care industry by presenting new challenges and opportunities. Consider the following:

Health Care System

The growth in the Boomer generation will pressure an already stressed health care system and shape the landscape for decades to come. This will be the most noticeable when a significant portion of Boomers switch from commercial health care plans to Medicare. According to MedPAC, the Medicare population is projected to increase from 54 million beneficiaries in 2016 to over 80 million beneficiaries by 2030. This expansion will have a profound impact on both the program and the taxpayers who support it. Additionally, experienced medical professionals will leave the workforce in increasing numbers, creating voids in clinical care and health care management. For instance, many nurses who hail from the Boomer generation will reach retirement age in higher numbers over the next several years. This will reduce the health care work force just as the demand for healthcare workers increases due to Boomer medical needs.

Advances in Technology

Boomers’ willingness to adapt to advances in technology will allow patient-managed technologies such as mobile health to flourish. Furthermore, the development of new care models combined with advances in technology will reduce healthcare costs. At the same time, technology will help Boomers live healthier, longer and independent lives. The push for technological advancement also comes at the heels of the Affordable Care Act, which has created a demand for innovation in improving care for elderly patients. Currently, Medicare is promoting and testing models that reward the value rather than volume of delivered care.

Cultural and Social Values

Boomers’ cultural and social values will create changes in health care that didn’t exist with previous generations. The Boomer generation is more racially and ethnically diverse, which will create a demand for sensitivity to cultural differences and changes in health care management. Tailoring initiatives that meet the needs of a diverse Boomer population must be implemented by hospitals in order to meet the needs of a generation with growing language and cultural differences. At the same time the Boomer generation is more educated than previous generations and, as a result, is savvier and will want to pay a more interactive role in the health care decision-making process. Lifestyle differences also exist, as Boomers are more likely to maintain their mobility with age and insist on staying healthy and active for as long as possible. Because of this, Boomers will create a higher demand for services that allow them to live independently in their homes.

Tackling the Issues

Baby Boomers are recognized as an informed and proactive group, but there is doubt that an adequate health care model will be available as they continue to age. Taking advantage of existing resources and planning for the ongoing changes in health care policy is crucial. Insurance companies and government officials are currently working to address this unavoidable issue. For the rest, tackling the problem head on is our best bet for ensuring our seniors age gracefully.

Strong Leadership, Strong Transition

Robert Edmondson, who has served as CEO of On Lok for the past decade, has passed the helm to Grace Li, our new CEO as of April 1, 2016. Edmondson will continue until the end of June as an advisor. This will ensure a smooth transition, as he and Li are already well-versed in collaboration and cooperation from their many years of working together. Li formerly served as our COO and brings nearly 25 years of operations management to her new position at the head of On Lok.

Li is a familiar face to all and has already established a strong rapport with our staff and participants here at On Lok. With a proven record of leadership, Grace Li is well-poised to continue On Lok’s 45-year legacy of excellence.

For more details, including a word from Dr. Wellman Tsang, President of On Lok’s Board of Directors, please visit the following link: