PACE:
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

QUICK FACTS

What you should know about PACE, an alternative to nursing home care.

87% of participants live at home

While 100% of PACE participants are eligible for nursing facility placement, 87% live safely in the community.1

Low hospital & nursing facility use

Only 13% of PACE enrollees are in long term care facilities, compared to 22% of non-PACE consumers who are nursing facility eligible.2

Saves the taxpayers money

PACE saves the State approximately $30 million annually in health care spending. (2016 data)3

High rates of satisfaction

As an alternative to nursing home care, PACE keeps frail seniors in their homes and communities with high rates of satisfaction. Between 2010 and 2016 just over 2% of PACE enrollees voluntarily disenrolled from PACE, indicating PACE participants are very satisfied with their overall care.4

Strengthened end-of-life planning

PACE programs strengthen end-of-life planning and help promote not only “quality of life,” but “quality of death” for their participants, allowing participants to choose how and where they want to die surrounded by family and loved ones.5

What you should know about PACE in Massachusetts

What is PACE?

The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a federally funded health care plan that offers a variety of services, with many of them provided onsite at a PACE Center.

PACE is an alternative to nursing home care and – through an interdisciplinary care team (IDT) of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, transportation coordinators and drivers, health aides, and others – provides and coordinates preventive, primary, acute, and long-term care services, so older individuals can continue living in the community.

The interdisciplinary team collaborates with seniors and their families to create a comprehensive personal care plan, makes all necessary appointments, coordinates specialists, manages medication, and provides transportation to and from PACE centers.

While at a PACE center, participants receive a nutritious meal, social interaction, and recreational activities, in addition to medical clinic check-ups, physical therapy, and/or rehabilitative therapy, as determined by the interdisciplinary team.

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Eligibility

You can join PACE in Massachusetts if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are aged 55 years old or older.

  • You live in a PACE provider’s service area.

  • You are certified by the state as meeting the need for the nursing home level of care.

  • You are able to live safely in the community with the help of PACE services at the time you enroll.

  • While there are no financial eligibility requirements, PACE programs are covered by Medicare and Medicaid (MassHealth) for eligible individuals.

  • PACE services are also available on a private pay basis.

Contact your local PACE program for more information.

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PLAN EXPANSION

Help Us Grow PACE in Massachusetts

PACE has been in Massachusetts since 1988 with the first program that was sponsored by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Today there are eight PACE programs operating across the Commonwealth out of 28 PACE Centers, serving just over 5,000 enrollees. It is the goal of MassPACE to make PACE available, through new program development and current plan expansion, to all eligible consumers in MA.

If you would like to join our advocacy and outreach to further this goal, or if you are an organization interested in developing PACE, please contact us.

PACE Stories

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What is the Elder Service Plan?

The Elder Service Plan of CHA is one of the eight PACE plans in MA. It was established in 1995 to provide a new option for older adults. Over the past 20 years, we have provided support for thousands of Massachusetts adults and their families, and we would be proud to serve you.

Find PACE

PACE is available in 264 of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Use our zip code directory to see if PACE is available in your community.

News & Advocacy

Join MassPACE in advocacy efforts to expand access to PACE and catch up on the latest news and events about PACE across the state.

Contact Us

Each of the 8 PACE programs in the state are independent, not-for-profit organizations, with their own enrollment and assessment process. Contact the PACE program that serves your geographical area, and ask to speak to an enrollment specialist.

  1. MassPACE 2018 consolidated data. See Issue Brief #2: More Appropriate Care for PACE Enrollees.
  2. 21% of PACE enrollees had a hospital admission versus 27% of a similar population not enrolled in PACE.
  3. 2016 Comparison of monthly Medicaid (MassHealth) cost for PACE of $3406 compared to fee for service upper payment limit of $4090 projected against all Medicaid dual-eligible and Medicaid-only participant member months netted a 17% savings in PMPM. See Brief: PACE Reduces MassHealth Costs and Improves Quality of Life for Older Adults.
  4. PACE Voluntary Quarterly Disenrollment Rates.
  5. MassPACE. See Issue Brief #3: How PACE Programs Strengthen End-of-Life Planning and Care.
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