2013-06-06 / Business

Genesys Center for Gerontology to close June 28

GENESEE COUNTY — In preparation for the development of and transition to PACE (Genesys Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Genesys Center for Gerontology in Goodrich will close June 28.

As the region's only state licensed provider of PACE services, Genesys "must change our focus from strictly providing limited services through our adult day care program to servicing the spectrum of medical needs of our PACE-eligible community members, a large population with a wide range of medical needs that are not being fully met in our community," announces Nick Evans, Genesys vice president of Business Development.

"Currently, many agencies offer services similar to the Center for Gerontology, which not only has resulted in decreased patient volumes but also diminished funding as agencies share a limited amount of money the government has allocated for these services," Evans continues."Last year alone, funding was reduced by 20 percent, and we expect a comparable cut this year, too."

Over the past month, Genesys has been working with the Genesee County Commissioners, Genesee Health System (formerly known as Community Mental Health), Michigan Community Services, Valley Area Agency on Aging and other adult day care providers to ensure the 54 clients at Genesys Center for Gerontology are transitioned to appropriate care settings.

"We are working personally with each client's family to help facilitate a transition that works best for each of our clients and their family members," said Evans.

Part of the ongoing discussions with the Genesee County Board of Commissioners is to formulate a plan for transferring the funding previously designated for Genesys Center for Gerontology to those entities that will assume the adult day care needs of Center for Gerontology clients.

Genesys is working closely with all impacted Center for Gerontology associates to determine if they are able to transition into any open positions within Genesys Health System that match their talents and experience.

"Through our accountable care work, it is evident that health care providers continuously must evaluate duplication of services particularly where the demand is not sustainable, and should strive to work together to make sure all of the health care needs of those we serve our met - each and every day," Evans explained.

As PACE is funded directly through CMS, this program will bring additional dollars to our community, and ultimately, a new revenue stream, Evans adds.

PACE, a Medicare program for people over the age of 55, provides comprehensive, community-based care and services.

Genesys expects to open its PACE facility in January 2015 in a yet-to-bedetermined location in Flint. — G.G.

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