Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
This section highlights LeadingAge members who are part of the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) initiative, which serves nursing-home certified patients who have chosen to live in the community and enroll in these innovative programs that integrate Medicare and Medicaid services.
A new report from the National PACE Association explores opportunities for expansion of PACE programs by working with new payers and delivery systems, including pricing services and taking into account the infrastructure needs of programs as they enter into these new relationships. Whether services are covered by federal and state payers, by managed-care organizations through subcontracts, or by partnerships with emerging delivery system models, PACE can offer significant value and high-quality care.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) led a bipartisan group of
13 senators urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to
increase regulatory flexibility for Programs of All-inclusive Care for
the Elderly (PACE). In the letter, the senators offer recommendations that CMS should include in its revisions to the federal PACE regulations.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the PACE Pilot Act HR 4543, legislation that would allow the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to have greater flexibility in the individuals that they serve. LeadingAge supports this bipartisan bill, which will allow PACE to serve more individuals that will benefit from this integrated care model.
There are now 103 Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly in 31 states. In 2014, the Blue Ridge PACE, in Charlottesville, VA; Huron
Valley PACE, in Ypsilanti Township, MI; Mercy Life, in West
Springfield, MA; and Senior Total Life Care in Gastonia, NC, opened. Over the past 6 years the number of Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly more than doubled.
On December 12, Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Mike Bennet (D-CO) included a Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)-related amendment to the Medicare physician payment bill (SGR) that was being marked up by the Senate Finance Committee.