Issue 12 
 August 2017
CalPACE   Members
PACE Becomes MLTSS Enrollment Option
SB 97, the health budget trailer bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in July, includes provisions allowing seniors and persons with disabilities who are required to enroll in a Medi-Cal managed care plan in order to receive long-term supports and services (referred to as MLTSS) to instead request to be assessed for eligibility for PACE and, if eligible, enroll in PACE.  With the change, Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Coordinated Care Initiatives (CCI) counties will have greater access to PACE and greater awareness of PACE as they consider their managed care choices.  PACE currently serves beneficiaries in 12 counties, including six of the seven CCI counties, and operates as a provider-based plan serving seniors and persons with disabilities who need highly coordinated care to continue living independently.  More info.

PACE is Focus of Congressional Hearing  

Cheryl Wilson, CEO of St. Paul's Senior Services in San Diego, testified on behalf of the National PACE Association at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on June 7 entitled "Promoting Integrated and Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries."  While the hearing focused on innovative models for serving dual eligible beneficiaries and beneficiaries with chronic conditions, PACE received particularly close attention from committee members.  Several committee members commented on the success of PACE in enabling thousands of beneficiaries to maintain their independence and questioned what is holding back further expansion of the program.  In her testimony, Ms. Wilson urged congressional representatives to ask the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to publish pending regulations which would provide new operating flexibilities for PACE organizations.  Among other things, the regulations would make it easier for PACE organizations to utilize community based providers, utilize nurse practitioners, and train staff.  More info.
PACE Cited as a Successful Model for Preventing Injuries Due to Falls

A recent report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development cites PACE as an example of program that successfully reduces injuries from falls among seniors.  According the report, entitled "Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly," falls among seniors are projected to kill thousands of older adults and cost tens of billions of dollars by the year 2020.  Roughly one-third of all seniors fall each year, mostly at home; up to 30 percent sustain moderate to severe injuries associated with their falls.  The report notes that coordination of care through programs like PACE, and promotion of aging in place practices, can help prevent injuries related to falls.  More info.
National PACE Association Part of Collaborative to Enhance Care for Older Hispanic Adults

In May, the National PACE Association, National Cooperative Bank, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health launched a new partnership to increase the quality of health care for older Hispanic adults.  During a kick-off webinar on May 24 the participating organizations noted that the United States is experiencing an Hispanic aging boom, with Hispanics constituting one of the fastest growing segments of older adults.  While PACE can enable many to remain in their homes and communities, it has traditionally faced hurdles in accessing sufficient financing for expansion.  Under the partnership, the National Cooperative Bank will provide funds to health care organizations interested in developing Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly to serve Hispanic communities.  More info
CalPACE Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

Created in 2007 by the four original PACE sponsoring organizations in California - On Lok, Center for Elders Independence, Sutter SeniorCare, and AltaMed - CalPACE has played a key role in expanding PACE in California and promoting awareness of the PACE model of care.  Through collaboration, joint advocacy, and member education, CalPACE has grown to include 11 PACE sponsoring organizations serving close to 7,000 frail seniors in 12 counties.  Several additional provider applications to start or expand PACE programs are pending.  PACE represents the gold standard for integrated care for frail seniors and CalPACE serves as the forum in California for expanding access and promoting best practices in this highly successful model of care.  More info.
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About CalPACE

CalPACE, the California PACE Association, is a 501(c)(6) association that is dedicated to the expansion of comprehensive health care services to seniors with chronic care needs through the Program of All-inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE). Through education and advocacy, CalPACE members strive to support, maintain, and safeguard the PACE model and promote high-quality comprehensive health care services to California's seniors. 
There are currently eleven operational PACE organizations in California. Our members provide and coordinate services to nearly 7,000 participants through 35 PACE centers and alternative care settings in twelve counties.
For further information, please call us at (855) 921-PACE or visit our website at
Peter Hansel
Chief Executive Officer