Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) models are a proven model of care for our elderly. The programs work to keep people safe, cared for, healthy and in their homes for as long as possible.
By ensuring access to vital medical and social services, as well as care coordination, many community-residing Ohioans who meet nursing home level-of-care qualify medically and financially for PACE. Yet unlike neighboring states such as Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan, which have embraced and grown the reach of PACE in their states, Ohio is home to only one PACE provider – a Cleveland-area provider, McGregor PACE, which serves about 650 people. Many more nursing home eligible Ohioans — and their families — could be better served by the PACE model.
A plan to expand PACE to other metropolitan regions of the state, such as Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton and Lorain, was included in the Senate-passed version of the budget bill, HB 110. Efforts are underway by the state to complete the expansion, perhaps even to rural areas, and better serve Ohio’s older adults reliant on state health benefits.
Data show that PACE offers proven cost savings, costing 33% less than what otherwise would have been paid under the Medicaid state plan. PACE also offers unmatched participant satisfaction, with over 97% of participants reporting high satisfaction with the care received. Respected groups including the HDG group, Center for Community Solutions and National PACE Association, and even the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, have conducted research to support these data and exemplify the effectiveness of the PACE model.
Patrick Schwartz, LeadingAge Ohio