Partners in Care Foundation’s growing involvement with healthcare policy reform initiatives is reflected in the appointment of two key staff members to new regional and national policy leadership roles.
At the national level, June Simmons, (right) Partners’ President and CEO, has been appointed to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Advisory Committee for the 10-site pilot of new standards for long term services and supports for community-based organizations and health plans. She has also become a Board Member at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and accepted a role on the NCOA’s Aging Policy Work Group, where she will be involved in the development of policy initiatives to promote the integration of home and community-based services with healthcare.
Additionally, Karol Matson, (left) Director, Health Self-Management Services, has been appointed to the NCOA Diabetes Learning Collaborative, working on ways that Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) can become a reimbursable benefit through Medicare. Partners in Care Foundation’s Diabetes Support Program was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
At a regional level, June has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Health Agency Integration Advisory Board as a Public Health Consumer Representative. She will be involved in overseeing the implementation of a recent decision to create an Agency to coordinate the work of LA County public health, mental health and health services. June will also act as a Technical Advisor to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission’s (HPC) Health Care Innovation Investment Program, which will explore opportunities for cost savings through system and payment reform.
“We’re honored to be working with national and regional organizations that share the same focus as Partners in Care Foundation, namely reforming the way we treat our chronic conditions, aging and vulnerable populations,” June commented. “Addressing health-related social needs is a critical component of that reform, and one to which we hope to bring some valuable perspectives.”
June is nationally recognized for her leadership in the administration of health care organizations. Since founding Partners in Care in 1997, she has led the organization’s pioneering role in developing and scaling evidence-based care models, leading to innovative and effective interventions for the management of chronic conditions, and better coordinated care to improve healthcare outcomes.
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