Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

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The PACE program provides care to the frail and elderly through a managed care service delivery model to dually eligible Medicare/Medicaid enrollees who have been assessed as eligible for nursing home care placement within their respective state. CMS proposed significant changes to the personnel qualifications of those individuals involved with direct participant contact as well as the composition and responsibilities of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). In comments to CMS, AARC advocated for RTs to be specifically included as part of the IDT to serve participants who suffer from chronic pulmonary disease. We do not know whether CMS will leave it up to the programs to include RTs or whether they will name them specifically in the regulations since they have not been finalized.