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Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has led a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and translating knowledge designed to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their caregivers. She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple NIH clinical trials and foundation sponsored implementation efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes, while decreasing use of costly health services. Dr. Naylor is the 2016 recipient of AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award, a recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2005; she is a member of NAMs Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs the Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council. In 2016, she completed her six year term as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Pam Mammarella serves as vice president of marketing & government affairs for NewCourtland Senior Services, where she is responsible for corporate communications, marketing, community outreach, public and government relations, strategic planning, as well as operations for the Network’s senior centers. She is the immediate past Board Chair of the Pennsylvania LIFE Providers Alliance (PALPA), is the vice-chair of the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, and an appointee of the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Long-Term Care Services and Supports. She was invited in 2005 to sit on the International Longevity Center’s Panel of Experts to make recommendations for the White House Conference on Aging and served as an advisory committee member to the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Long Term Living on behalf of the PALPA workgroup. In addition, she is a member of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Board of Directors and in the past has served in the following capacities: Board member of Center in the Park; member of the Philadelphia Partnership for Long-Term Care Committee; member of the Pennsylvania Intra-Governmental Council on Long-Term Care Emerging Issues Work Group; AAHSA’s (now LeadingAge) Inner City Brain Trust; Society for the Arts and Long-Term Care National Advisory Council (formed by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, IDEAS Institute and the Rothschild Foundation); Steering Committee member for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women; Childcare Matters Public Policy Advisory Committee Member; and the 2006 recipient of the Philadelphia 76ers “Hometown Hero: In the Spirit of Alex Scott” Award.

Luz S. Ramos-Bonner, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD, serves as the Medical Director for the NewCourtland Primary Care Practice. She is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatric Society, and was previously was the medical director of the LIFE program in Trenton, NJ, and a primary care physician and geriatrician with LifeCare Physicians of Bordentown (NJ) and the Sister Hyacintha Program for the Homebound. She completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and has served on the faculty of the Internal Medicine residency program at St Francis Medical Center.


This Forum will bring together three experts in the field of aging to discuss the future of population health through the lens of the Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) Program. The LIFE Program, also nationally known as the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), is a comprehensive program that is committed to keeping low-income seniors who are 55 and older as independent as possible, for as long as possible, in the place they call home by providing high quality healthcare with supportive services.

With four decades under its belt, the LIFE Program has been proven to effectively serve the needs of dual eligible seniors in their own homes and communities, instead of institutions. It is a Medicare program that enables seniors to receive the care they need in the community as an alternative to nursing home placement through the support of a dedicated team of professionals who coordinate every aspect of their care.

Dr. Mary Naylor, Dr. Luz Ramos-Bonner, and Pam Mammarella will examine where the LIFE Program fits into the implementation of Community HealthChoices (CHC), the commonwealth’s managed long-term services and supports initiative to care for all dual eligible seniors in PA.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the historical effectiveness of the LIFE (PACE) Program in terms of serving the needs of dual eligible seniors
  2. Describe where the LIFE program fits into the implementation of CHC, the commonwealth’s managed long-term services and supports initiative to care for more dual eligible seniors.
  3. Discuss the future of innovative services for seniors from a population health perspective.

Presentation: 55:15

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