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.
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.
Draft guidance on the application process for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) was issued Nov. 25 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The draft guidance proposes establishing structured application timeframes for CMS receipt and review of applications.