Three More States Explore Implementation of the PACE Model

June 28, 2018

State policy-makers in New Hampshire, the District of Columbia, and Nevada have been working with key stakeholders to determine how the model of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) can support them in meeting the long-term care needs of their elderly populations.

The University of New Hampshire hosted a meeting on June 22 titled “Keeping ‘PACE’ with the Changing Landscape of LTSS Payment Models” that focused on the commitment to an effective, high-quality long-term services and supports system (LTSS) by the state. Stakeholders from community-based social service and health care organizations, administrators of nursing facilities and hospital systems, and state and county government officials discussed how the PACE model fits into the broader LTSS environment of the state, which will continue to learn about PACE and how the model could interact with existing programs.

In May the District of Columbia made significant movement toward having PACE in the district when the city council finalized and approved its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget. The budget includes PACE provider payment funding for the first time. While there are still several steps to go in the process of opening a PACE center in late FY 2019 or FY 2020, this funding was a critical first step that has taken a long time to achieve, reported the National PACE Association (NPA).

Over the past year, Nevada also has been exploring the PACE model. NPA gave a “PACE 101” presentation to the state and potential providers last fall. The state has continued to meet with interested stakeholders and gathered additional information about the model with the goal of securing funding when the state legislature returns to session in 2019.

NPA has developed resources to assist states in developing PACE.

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