PACE helps save Medicaid dollars, a reader says
Regarding the May 7 article “Dual costs” (May 7, p. 28), thank you for highlighting the role the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly is playing in helping states integrate care for their high-cost, high-need dualeligible population. We appreciate your attention on the important work PACE organizations do to improve the lives of the thousands of seniors and families that we serve.
One point of clarification, however: States are eager to expand PACE because it has been shown to save Medicaid dollars while providing better care and higher quality of life for those enrolled in the program. In fact, a key component of the PACE rate-setting process is that the CMS requires states to estimate the amount they would spend on expected PACE enrollees in the state’s fee-for-service Medicaid program and then set the PACE capitation rate below that amount. The PACE Medicaid ratesetting process builds in savings for each state. Currently, many states that do not have PACE organizations are working with local healthcare providers to establish PACE organizations and, of course, many states with PACE organizations are working to expand PACE.
We are looking forward to a time soon when frail seniors and their families will demand the type of integrated care and services provided by PACE.
Shawn Bloom National PACE Association Alexandria, Va.