Shawn Bloom, President and CEO of the National PACE Association, an organization that represents 122 operating PACE sites in 31 states and approximately 22 additional healthcare organizations in various stages of PACE site development. Shawn provides an overview of the history of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program.
PACE Programs offer high quality care and are proven cost effective by:
- Providing all long-term care and primary care services
- Financial model of PACE combines payment from Medicare and Medicaid or private pay sources into one flat-rate system
- Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team (doctors, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, van drivers, and aides)
PACE began in the 1970’s as a result of identifying need for long-term care services by elders and their families in the Chinatown-North Beach community of San Francisco. A community-based system of care was formed to create a non-profit organization to meet the needs of elder immigrants from Italy, China, and the Philippines through a program known as On Lok Senior Health Services. Over the past 46 years, On Lok transitioned to be known as PACE and by 2015 consisted of 116 PACE programs in 32 states.
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Show originally aired May 22, 2017