It is the goal of PACE to help seniors remain safely in their homes for their entire lives. This goal is accomplished through ongoing interdisciplinary team assessment and frequent contact with participants to identify new diagnosis’ early and treat with a proactive approach. According to Robert Greenwood, VP of Public Affairs at the National PACE Association, “The National PACE Association tracks statistics through DataPACE 2, and the rate of PACE participants who live their lives out in the community as of 2015 is 93%.”
This study sought to analyze PACE participants' hospital utilization under the hypothesis that it would compare favorably to comparable populations receiving care through other avenues. The analysis supported the hypothesis, observed in both the overall number of hospital stays and the total number of days spent in hospitals by PACE participants. This data shows the benefit of the focus on care coordination found in the PACE model.
Source: National PACE Association
Studies show that PACE participants live longer than those in alternative institutional and home- and community-based care. This study found that despite being, on average, older and more impaired than those in a waiver program, PACE participants had a lower long-term mortality rate. Moderate- to high-risk admissions saw the most benefit, pointing toward the success of PACE's interdisciplinary team approach to medical care.
More PACE Research
Key Research Findings: Quality Care, Improved Health, Cost-Effective
This study "summarizes key research findings demonstrating PACE effectiveness in delivering gold-standard care for older adults, and ways its approach can be a model for others looking to improve the health care system." It shows the benefits of the PACE model in treating the whole person, emphasizing timely preventive primary care, and avoiding unnecessary care and associated costs.
Leavitt Interim Report to Congress
This study examines the quality and cost of PACE. It highlights results of surveys done in 2005 and 2006, such as PACE participants - compared to HCBS enrollees - reporting higher levels of health status and fewer indicators of depression.