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.i i ! AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE AUDIT...It is unusual for everyone to be smiling at the end of a CMS compliance audit! Pictured, left to right, are Yvonne Goodman, Deborah Pegram, Gary Williams, Stephanie Bell, Carol Kileen, Jennifer Cookson, Benvinda Muinde, Cathy McClanahan, Lisa Purcell, Tony Lawson, Robin Goldenberg, Collette Ashiru and Dennis Horton. : Mountain Empire PACE gets high marks! J "It was impossible for me to believe or envision that a new program could be better than all the programs we&apos;ve seen before. But now I see it," So said Dr. Robin Goldenberg during a conference with the staff of Mountain Empire PACE on June 18. Mountain Empire PACE is a one-year-old Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly at Mountain Empire Older Citi- zens, Inc. PACE enrolls frail older people who can live safely at home in a comprehensive pro. of health and social servmces. PACE participants get primary and specialty medical care, medicine, hospital care, rehab therapies, a program of daily activities, in-home perso- nal care, social services and counseling, transportation, and medically-necessary dental, eye and hearing services. In fact, they get every service covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid-- planned and coordinated by a specially trained team of health- care professionals. Dr. Goldenberg is a specialist in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. He visit- ed Big Stone Gap as part of a nine-member team of auditors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). The Audit Team con- ducted an extensive review of Mountain Empire PACE over a three-day period to make sure the program complex with fede- ral and state regulations. This compliance audit was the fh-st of .'three routine compliance re- views that CMS will perform for Mountain Empire PACE during its first three years of operation. The Audit Team delivered a preliminary verbal report during an exit interview with the staff before leaving Big Stone Gap on June 18. Mountain Empire PACE will receive a written report before August 1. The Audit Team came to Big Stone Gap with limited expecta- tions. In fact, Dr. Goldenberg said that because Mountain Empire PACE was "new, small and rural," he and his colleagues came with a "sack full of get- out-of-jail-free cards." The team expected to find many, many problems and intended to cut the program some slack. Instead, Goidenberg reported that the auditors threw away their "get- out-of-jail-free cards" before lunch on the first day because they found Mountain Empire PACE to be a strong, competent program that did not require coddling. "As a new program, we were nervous about our first com- pliance audit by CMS," said PACE Director Tony Lawson. "We love our program partici- pants, we work hard for them, but we didn't know how we would stack up against other programs across America. It was gratifying to learn that we com- pare favorably with older, more established PACE organiza- tions. Just how favorably does Mountain Empire PACE com- pare with other programs? According to Dr. Golden- berg, the performance of Moun- tain Empire PACE "outstrips PACE organizations that have been in business for many, many years." He said, :"It is pheno- menal that you reached this point in such a short period of time." Yvonne Goodman, a nursing consultant, said she wants to move to Big Stone Gap so she can work with Mountain Empire PACE now and be a program client later. Stephanie Bell, also a nursing consultant, said, "After the first day, the team consensus was 'this program is too new to be this good.' After the second day, we realized that the program really IS that good. Wow! Pat yourselves on the back! Be proud. You've done a great job." Pharmacy Analyst Carol Ki- leen said, "I'm just so impressed with the staff. You have some- thing truly special to offer. Nice job." Lisa Purcell, the Audit Team Leader, said, "Kudos! You should be proud of yourselves for instituting such a strong system to fight fraud, waste and abuse. Yours is one of the best programs we've seen." Finally, Dr. Goldenberg said, :There's always a concern in the wake of a very positive de- briefing that the other shoe will drop. But here, there is no other shoe! Everyone has been warm, welcoming, candid and hospi- table. You have set the bar very high. Your challenge will be to maintain this standard as you grow and move into the new facility. Congratulations." Mountain Empire Older Citi- zens celebrated the positive audit findings with pizza, cake and soda on. June 19. MEOC Executive Director Marilyn Maxwell proposed a toast for the party: "To our friends at CMS: 'You ain't seen nothin' yet!'" She called the preliminary audit report a "wonderful tribute to the entire staff of Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc.' Mountain Empire PACE serves people in Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton. To enroll in PACE, an individual must be aged 55 or more, able to live safely at home, and be deemed eligible for nursing facility level of care. Most people who enroll in PACE have Medicare and/or Medicaid. To learn more about the program, call 276-523-0599. [.,Subscribe - "l today to the Clinch Valley Times I 762-7671 i DEADLY NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES Please help us put on the brakes. In Muscular Dystrophy Association 1-800-572-1717 * Morgan McClure Ford Experience Counts for Outstanding Service John Helbert 35 years parts dept. Steve Sullivan 31 years service dept. MORGAN McCLURE Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 16, 2009 Page 5 REUNIONS Patrick Porter Reunion The annual Patrick Porter Reunion will be held Saturday, July 18, at the Senior Citizens Center & Park in Nickelsville. Cooking with Mildred,... Recip,s by Mi600a Hetb, a Doors open at 10 a.m, with the ............. reunion lasting from 11 a.m.-3 STRAWBERRY SODA brown and crisp--30 to 40 p.m. Bring your favorite dish for 1 cup milk minutes at 350 degrees. a pot luck lunch. A tour of 1/2 cup fresh or frozen whole Pioneer Patriot Patrick Porter's strawberries DIP gravesite near Dungannon is 1/2 cup softened vanilla ice 8 oz. cream cheese planned, along with visiting cream pint of sour cream 2 tbsp. minced onion Samuel Porter Cemetery in the 2 tbsp. sugar Sinking Creek community. For 1 cup chilled gingerale 2 tbsp. thousand island dress- more information, call 'carol Combine milk, strawberries, ing Laferty at 606-776-2126. or Bill ice cream and sugar in container 1 teas. Worcestershire sauce Porter at 276-395-6288. of a blender and process until Blend well until smooth. Bievins Reunion smooth. Pour mixture into two Serve with vegetables or chips. The Blevins Reunion will be glasses and add gingerale. Serve held Saturday, July 25, at immediately. Makes three cups. CROCK PEPPER STEAK Dinsmore Hall (the old Coca- 1 1/2 lbs. round steak, cut in Cola building), St. Paul. Please CHEESE APPLE CRISP serving portions bring a covered dish and old 6 cups diced apples salt and pepper pictures. Attend and plan to 3/4 teas. cinnamon 2 tbsp. flour have a good time! 3/4 cup water 2 tbsp. oil Helbert Reunion 2 1/4 teas. lemon juice 1 tbsp. lemon juice Descendants of Thomas Blaine 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 onion, sliced Helbert and Sarah Ellen Haw- 1 cup flour 1 can tomato soup kins Helbert are invited to the 1/4 teas. salt 1 cup water Helbert Reunion on Sunday, 1 stick butter, softened 1/2 cup canned green chili July 26, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 6 oz. shredded American peppers, diced the N.C. Meade Picnic Shelter, cheese Season meat with salt and across from Copper Creek Arrange apples in a shallow pepper and dust with flour. Heat School on Route 58A. Bring a greased baking pan. Sprinkle oil in a skillet and brown meat covered dish and any old photos with cinnamon. Add water and on both sides. Alternate layers and Bibles you would like to lemon juice. Combine sugar, of meat, pepper and onion in share. Everyone is welcome. For flour and salt; work in butter to crock pot. Combine soup, water information, call 276-738-9303. form a crumbly mixture; lightly and lemon juice and pour over Sileox Reunion stir in cheese. Spread mixture meat. Cover and cook six to The 14th Annual Silcox over apples and bake until eight hoursonlow. Reunion will be held at Breaks apples are tender and crust is Interstate Park's Shelter #11 on Saturday, September 12, begin- ning at 10:30 a.m. Please share this information with other fami- ly members. Bring a covered g dish. For more information, call =U Reba, 276-395-2725. If-you have knowledge of ira.. insurance fraud, report it to the i::: Virginia.State Police Insurance Fraud. Division: rN 1-877-62FRAUD www. g COOPER -4 TRENDSETTER SE "o ALL-SEASON TREAD : m QUIET RIDE J WHITEBLACK SIDEWALL m cn Tri-County Tire Service 16618 East Riverside Dr. St. Paul, VA Happy birthday Mon.- Fri. 8 am- 5 pm; Sat. 8 am- 1 pm 276-762-9501 or 276-762-9591 Terry Ingle!! Ittakes lots of $$$ to fill up your tank. 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