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Legislature mandates study of PACE in North Carolina

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently studying PACE in North Carolina. The Department is looking at:

  • clinical and quality outcomes
  • enrollment figures and the enrollment process
  • cost
  • long term care needs across the state over the next 10 years
  • regulations placed on PACE and eliminating duplication
  • possibility of expanding PACE model to other populations
  • PACE in other states
  • any recommendations and proposed legislative changes to further the goal of providing highest quality programs at a low cost to keep aging individuals in their home.

  • In conducting this study, DHHS is engaging stakeholders: PACE programs, participants and caregivers and the general public. NC PACE Association has been active in several workgroups preparing background information, research and recommendations to DHHS. Three programs also publicized and hosted public listening sessions at their centers.

    Read the full bill here.

    You can email your comments about PACE to medicaid.pace@dhhs.nc.gov. Feel free to also send us a copy at info@ncpace.org.


    NCPA Board Member Testifies Before Congress

    "PACE programs can play a big role in caring for the elderly, and I am privileged to advocate for these innovative programs on a national stage," said Tim Clontz, as he asked the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee to support the PACE Innovation Act, which passed the Senate with unanimous consent. NC Senator Richard Burr co-sponsored the bill, and NC Representative Renee Ellmers co-sponsored the House bill. He shared this case study:

    "Dennis is a 59-year-old diabetic who lives in the foothills of North Carolina. Prior to enrolling in the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), he suffered a massive stroke, fell and hit his head. He was hospitalized for three months and lost 30 pounds. When he was discharged to a skilled nursing facility for rehab, his blood sugars were out of control, he required moderate assistance with activities of daily living, and walked with a walker. He enrolled in PACE in February 2014 and now lives with his sister. PACE helped Dennis get his diabetes under control and improved his function to the point that he requires minimal assistance with his activities of daily living." 

    Tim is a board member of North Carolina PACE Association, and of National PACE Association, where he served as chair of the Public Policy committee. Tim is Senior Vice President of Cone Health, which is a partner in three PACE programs: PACE of the Triad, PACE of the Southern Piedmont and Randolph Health StayWell Senior Care.