What is PACE?
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
is a federal-state program to finance comprehensive care for low-income frail elders.
PACE programs cover all Medicare and Medicaid services. They use an interdisciplinary team including doctors, nurses and home health aides, working with a comprehensive network of service providers. The programs are financed through global payments from Medicare and Medicaid, with rates based on the health of each participant. PACE is a caregiving model designed for individuals who wish to remain at home rather than being placed in a nursing home.
Many of the services are provided in a PACE center, typically around 15,000 square feet in size, with medical office space and an adult day program. A substantial portion of the medical care and support services is provided in participants’ homes. The Covid pandemic demonstrated the value of PACE’s flexibility: almost all services were shifted to participants’ homes.