|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2011
CONTACT: Stephanie Smiley, (608) 266-1683
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING IN AMHERST ON
VIRTUAL PACE PROGRAM MADISON
MADISONThe Department of Health Services is seeking input from
consumers, community partners, integrated health systems, and providers on
the Virtual PACE program. This is the second of several town hall meetings
on Virtual PACE and will be in Amherst on Thursday, November 10.
In Wisconsin, approximately 120,000 Medicaid enrollees are also
enrolled in Medicare and are known as “dual eligible” members.
Currently, the members must navigate a fragmented health care system that
limits coordination among health providers and increases costs. The
Department is developing a new program, Virtual PACE, a coordinated care
system, for Wisconsin’s dual eligibles who are eligible for long term
care services and who wish to receive their services in community
settings. This will be accomplished by fully integrating Medicare and
Medicaid services and funds.
The current separation of Medicare and Medicaid payment for services
and the lack of access to coordinated care create administrative barriers
to the promise of full integration into a community setting, which
prevents the best possible member outcomes. The Department’s summary of
the Virtual PACE demonstration proposal and the grant proposal is
available at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wipartnership/pace/.
Individuals who are interested in speaking will have up to five minutes
to share their ideas at this forum. Those who would like to share their
ideas and do not wish to speak are encouraged to submit their written
feedback at the meeting or through our online survey at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wipartnership/pace/.
Additional meetings on Virtual PACE are being planned in La Crosse and
Milwaukee and will be announced as details are finalized.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Lettie W. Jensen Community Center
487 North Main Street
Amherst, WI 54406
** People needing special accommodations to attend or participate in
the meeting should notify the Department of Health Services at
608-266-9622 (TTY 888-701-1250) on or before November 9, 2011.
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