To serve the growing number Californians age 65 and up, PACE (Programs for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is ramping up to meet the growing need for services. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that helps people meet their healthcare needs in the community instead of moving to a long-term care facility.
“Since its inception more than 40 years ago, PACE has experienced steady growth as we perfected the model of coordinated, team-based interdisciplinary care that has become the gold standard now of the state’s own Coordinated Care Initiative,” says Peter Hansel, executive director of CalPACE in an article.
While California’s PACE organizations have projects under way to increase enrollment and services with new centers and services across the state, they could be hampered by the state budget cuts and reduced payments experienced in 2011 and 2012 continue.
Hansel hopes that the budget will improve in 2014, enabling PACE to expand and achieve its mission of helping senior participants access the care and services, especially those services not covered my Medicare and MediCal.