PACE MODEL EMERGES BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED
The PACE model was pioneered by On Lok, a community-based, non-profit agency in San Francisco, California. The model evolved over a period of 15 years in response to community needs. By 1983, On Lok was operating a comprehensive, consolidated program with capitation financing from Medicare and Medicaid. On Lok’s success led to the federal government replicating this model under the name Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, PACE. Today, Loretto’s PACE program is celebrating more than 20 years of service in the Central New York community.
As people age they may develop chronic health problems that often make it difficult for them to live as independently as they want. The cost of medical care threatens their financial security. Isolation endangers their emotional well-being. They and their families become increasingly concerned about how long they will be able to manage living at home.
PACE CNY offers a complete range of health and health-related services, all designed to keep you living in your own community and in your home as long as feasible. PACE is a Managed Long-Term Care program. Enrollment is voluntary.
The PACE CNY model consolidates care and financing to meet the needs of nursing home eligible elderly persons. The features of the model are:
- To provide an alternative to nursing home placement
- To maintain the frail elderly in their homes and/ or community if medically and socially feasible
- To maximize the independence of the frail elderly and enrich their quality of life by optimizing their functional ability
- To place emphasis on prevention and wellness, reducing the likelihood of a lengthy hospital or nursing home stay
- To use an interdisciplinary approach for care to provide comprehensive medical/social services
- To provide a continuum of services under a capitated rate
We are dedicated to providing a personalized approach to your care so that you, your family, and our health care staff can know each other well and work efficiently on your behalf.
The philosophy of the program is to maintain participants (PACE CNY program enrollees) in the community for as long as medically and socially feasible. Continued community residence, independence, family support and minimal disruption of the older person’s life are the guiding precepts.
PACE CNY is a special program authorized by New York State and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to provide an alternative to those elders who prefer not to move into a nursing home, but whose medical problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help from doctors, nurses, social workers, and other caregivers.
If you decide to join PACE CNY you will be enrolling in a managed long-term care plan. Managed care is a way to provide you with all the health and long-term care services you need from one responsible program. Our program will coordinate all your health and long-term care needs through its doctors, nurses, home health aides, therapists and other members of the PACE CNY interdisciplinary team. We will provide you with a list of all providers in the PACE CNY plan. PACE participants must receive all needed health care, including primary care and specialist physicians services (other than emergency services) from PACE CNY or an entity authorized by PACE CNY.
By managing all your health and long-term care services the team can identify problems early, promote preventive care and help you avoid going to the emergency room or hospital. PACE CNY strives to keep seniors as active as possible and living at home as long as is feasible.