Michelle Steel votes to expand virtual care and quality improvement incentive program for Orange County PACE members

At the September CalOptima Board of Directors Meeting, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, voted alongside her colleagues to expand the “PACE Without Walls” model by providing senior-friendly smartphones to eligible PACE members in order to expand their access to virtual care. Smartphones will be equipped with the Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and a telehealth application to support telehealth encounters.

“I am so happy to include this modern solution to assisting our elderly patients in CalOptima’s PACE program,” said Chairwoman Steel. “It is critical we continue to support our most vulnerable seniors in their home environment. While the PERS system allows PACE participants to call for help in an emergency by pushing a button, these smartphones will give our seniors the opportunity to set up virtual health visits with our medical professionals.”

In addition to the smartphones, Chairwoman Steel and her colleagues on the CalOptima Board of Directors voted to extend the PACE Primary Care Provider (PCP) Incentive Program. The incentive program encourages primary care providers to improve on their quality measures by reducing inpatient visits while increasing patient satisfaction, encouraging comprehensive diabetes care, and more. This program has allowed for more after hours and weekend home and telehealth evaluations, which have taken on a much greater role since the COVID-19 pandemic, as many PACE participants have been reluctant to come to the clinic.

“The extension of this program is vital, especially at this time as we deal with COVID-19,” said Chairwoman Steel. “Finding alternatives to providing care to our elderly population to avoid exposure to the virus is of the utmost importance. This program has proven successful and I am delighted that the board of directors was able to continue this essential program to our senior citizens in the PACE program.”

This article was released by the Office of Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

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  1. Vote for Michelle Steel unless you want the OC to become like Portland , Seattle, Washington D.C. . Chicago , Minneapolis— Democratic Governors, Democratic Mayors, Democratic DA’s , Democratic city councils, County Boards run by Democrats—- look where the violent protests are and looting are. And the Democratic leaders do nothing to stop the violence. Keep Law and Order in the OC. Do your own research and quit depending on liberal news outlets. Vote Trump and Steel November 3rd !

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