Someone told me that PACE may be able to help me or a loved one. What exactly is PACE?
PACE, or Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, is a comprehensive managed care program of services and supports designed to help keep people living at home for as long as possible. Each participant in PACE has a team of at least eleven (the interdisciplinary team ) that creates an individualized care plan to meet his or her needs. Financing for the program is capped, which allows PACE providers to deliver all services participants need, rather than limit them to those reimbursable under Medicare and Medicaid fee-for-service plans. This gives PACE flexibility.
PACE sounds like something that could really help me or my loved one. What is the process and what do I do next if I am interested?
First, find out if there is a PACE program that serves your area of the state (see below). If there is, contact the PACE organization in your area and ask to speak to an enrollment specialist. They will tell you more about the program and the steps to enrollment. Typically someone will come and visit you in your home. You'll also want to visit the PACE center, where they may conduct a clinical assessment. Each PACE program in the state is an independent, nonprofit organization, and they all do it a little bit differently. Contact your local PACE program and they'll let you know exactly how it works, and walk you through the process.