‘Aging Gracefully’ in the Community

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<p>Since the original program’s founding in 1971, PACE, or the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has helped thousands of frail elders across 31 states “age in place” at home and remain engaged with their local community. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week proposed a new rule that would give PACE organizations more flexibility in staffing, for example allowing them to use non-physician primary care clinicians to provide some services in place of physicians. It also would simplify program administration and regulation.</p><p>For the third of our profiles of care delivery models for high-need, high-cost patients, Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, and Douglas McCarthy tell the story of San Francisco’s On Lok Senior Health Services, the first PACE organization in the United States. Learn how the PACE approach successfully promotes socialization, activity, and independence; lessens family caregivers’ burdens; and reduces the need for acute care, all at costs comparable to those in traditional Medicare.</p>

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