November 9, 2018

Contact: Robert Greenwood, 703-535-1522, Robertg@npaonline.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As part of its PACE 2.0 initiative, the National PACE Association (NPA) today released the ninth video in the “Before I Found PACE” series, which highlights the success of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). The new video features Alfonzer Brooks, a veteran from Detroit whose health issues threatened his independence. He enrolled in PACE of Southeast Michigan, which provides the care and assistance he needs to be more independent.

“Veterans have provided an invaluable service to all of us. As they age and need more care and services, they deserve the best opportunity to remain in the community,” said Peter Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Public Policy and Strategy at NPA and principal investigator of PACE 2.0. “PACE has demonstrated that it is the best model of care to provide the opportunity to remain living in the community and be as independent as possible.”

PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that helps people meet their health care needs in the home, community and PACE centers instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. The video testimonials in the “Before I Found PACE” series allow the public to understand how the program positively affects individual lives and provide a personal perspective that goes beyond outcomes data or descriptions of how the model works.

The PACE 2.0 initiative aims to increase the number of people served by PACE from approximately 45,000 today to as many as 200,000 by 2028. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 4 million of the approximately 18.5 million veterans across the country had a service-connected disability in 2016. More than 1.6 million required mental health treatment.

“With the rapidly growing aging population in this country, PACE can serve a wide variety of people in many different situations,” Fitzgerald said. “Today, the number of veterans PACE serves is small, but the potential is great.”

NPA has worked with VA leaders to find ways to make accessing community-based care as seamless as possible for veterans.

“We hope to continue to grow the number of partnerships between VA providers and PACE organizations,” Fitzgerald said. “These partnerships offer a model as to how PACE might partner with other providers serving individuals with high-touch, high-cost needs.”

PACE 2.0 is an NPA project supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health to develop and promote innovations in the PACE model of care that allow it to serve more people, expand to new communities, and assist new populations.

The PACE model of care uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide care to individuals, age 55 and over, who qualify for nursing home care. PACE is a Medicare benefit nationally and a Medicaid benefit in 31 states. It is the most successful model for keeping individuals out of nursing homes and in the community, where they enjoy a higher quality of life, remain connected to the community, and receive care in the most cost-effective way. PACE reduces the costs associated with emergency room visits, unnecessary hospital admissions and long-term nursing home placements. More than 95 percent of PACE enrollees live in the community.1

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The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. A leader in the field of aging and health, the foundation has three areas of emphasis: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving care for people with serious illness and at the end of life. For more information, visit johnahartford.org and follow @johnahartford.

West Health, solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, includes the nonprofit and nonpartisan Gary and Mary West Health Institute  and Gary and Mary West Foundation  in San Diego and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center  in Washington, DC. These organizations work together toward a shared mission of enabling seniors to age in place successfully with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life, and independence. For more information, visit westhealth.org and follow @WestHealth.

The National PACE Association works to advance the efforts of PACE programs, which coordinate and provide preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so older individuals can continue living in the community. The PACE model of care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. For more information, visit www.NPAonline.org and follow @TweetNPA.

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