November 14, 2019

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

Programs like PACE point the way to the future

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National PACE Association (NPA) applauds the testimony of leading long-term care advocate Joanne Lynn, MD, who leads Altarum’s work on elder care, before the House Ways and Means Committee earlier today. Her testimony focused on new models to expand long-term services and supports (LTSS).

Dr. Lynn pointed to the importance of continuity of care for elders with long-term care needs and their caregivers. “Multidisciplinary care teams with a deep knowledge of community supportive services are a proven way to support elders in the community,” she said, but the availability is rare outside of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®).

“Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare has been focused on expanding PACE to a Medicare-only population,” she testified. “I strongly urge this committee to take a close look at making it much more possible for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in PACE.”

Dr. Lynn also lifted up the PACE 2.0 initiative of NPA as an important effort to expand access to PACE across the county. PACE 2.0 aims to increase the number of people served by PACE from more than 51,000 today to as many as 200,000 by 2028. Supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health, the initiative develops and promotes innovations to the PACE model of care that allows it to serve more people, expand to new communities, and assist new populations.

NPA is working on legislation with Sens. Tom Carper (D-PA) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) that would give PACE participants the choice to enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan offered in their community or in the Part D plan offered by their PACE program. PACE Part D plans often are prohibitively expensive, given that the average monthly premium is over $800, compared to the average monthly premium of about $41 for stand-alone Part D plans.

The PACE model of care uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide care to individuals age 55 and over who qualify for a nursing home level of 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

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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 serious illness and end-of-life care. 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. More information about PACE 2.0 is available on the NPA website.

 

 

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