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By: Tim Mitchell, Fund Development Coordinator, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
  Trying to navigate through the murky waters of Medicare coverage can be a daunt- ing task. Did you know there are ten Medicare Supplement plans available? They are simply labeled A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each supplement covers something that is not cov- ered under basic Medicare coverage.
Most people don’t realize that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) looks very favorably on PACE programs because the outcomes for seniors have been proven to be much better than traditional healthcare. A his- torical perspective of the PACE program may be beneficial to understanding how PACE orga- nizations have come to experience this positive reputation.
are the same principles that guide 263 PACE centers in 31 states today. At a 2015 event in Washington, DC, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Andy Slavitt, then acting administrator of CMS, called PACE a, “Glimpse into our future.” In other words, he believed the PACE model was the correct model for caring for our nation's aging population. Additionally, in a study of PACE programs in multiple states, Dr. Victor Hirth concluded, “PACE has become the epit- ome of quality care for the elderly throughout the nation.”
If this is confusing to you, don’t feel like you are alone in your confusion. Hundreds of thousands of seniors are just as confused as they wade through the insurance-jargon-filled explanation of these benefits.
The PACE model of care can be traced back to the early 1970’s when, in response to com- munity concerns in San Francisco, a committee was formed to address the issue. On Lok Senior Services was then formed to create a commu- nity based system of care. Simultaneously, in the 1970's the federal and state governments became increasingly interested in the develop- ment of community-based services. As a result, waivers of federal Medicaid requirements allowed state governments to experiment with fee-for-service programs for frail elderly and disabled beneficiaries. It was during this time that On Lok Senior Health Services became
the first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) recognized by CMS.
Medicare Supplement plans generally charge premiums, which is a monthly amount you pay to be covered, whether or not you use the cov- ered services. The amount of the monthly pre- mium can vary widely. Some plans, for exam- ple, might charge $70 per month while others charge $270 per month.
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., with locations in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Portage, serv- ing Calhoun, Kalamazoo, eastern Van Buren, southeastern Allegan, and southern Barry coun- ties, offers this same innovative model of care for the elderly. At these centers they provide acute and post-acute care, home care, and community-based services coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of health care profession- als in a collaborative fashion at one single loca- tion to enable each participant to receive the most personalized level of care while still living at home. Their staff is on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week for the care of the par- ticipants. All these services are provided at no out-of-pocket expense for most of the seniors involved in the program.
Another option, while less known, is the opportunity offered by PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) programs, now in thirty-one states across the country. Fortunately, Michigan is one of those states where PACE is available as an option. While PACE is not a Medicare Supplement plan, the PACE benefit includes all Medicare covered items and services. However, most people par- ticipating in the program do not have any out of pocket expense.
Recognizing the great benefits of the PACE model, in the mid-1980’s Congress authorized waivers for ten replication sites and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided start-up grants for these new ventures as well as funds enabling On Lok to provide technical assistance for the project. By 1994 there were ten new sites open using the PACE model of care. This demonstration proved to be so successful that PACE was eventually established as a perma- nent Medicare program by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
If you are a senior seeking an alternative to the traditional complexities of the Medicare system, you may want to investigate the ser- vices of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Your world may just become much less complicated by simply making a phone call to Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. at (269) 441- 9319. They
will be glad to explain to you the “Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. difference.” You can also visit online at
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. is the PACE organization in this region of Michigan offering PACE services as an alternative to the tradition- al Medicare model. PACE programs throughout the country have become a desirable alternative to the standard healthcare options for seniors. The question is often asked, “What makes Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. and other PACE organizations different than traditional care ser- vices for the elderly?”
While PACE has continued to grow and evolve, the same basic principles that demon- strated to be a highly sought after care model
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