– October 3, 2007
– Sentara Life Care Corporation has been approved for full PACE participation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, effective November 1, 2007; the first such approval granted in Virginia.
PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) allows seniors eligible for long-term care to live at home and receive communal day services, health care and daily transportation.
“PACE is a terrific value for seniors, their families and the taxpayer,” says Bruce Robertson, vice president of Sentara Life Care. “Families whose senior loved ones live with them can go to work in the morning knowing they will be safe during the day.”
Sentara Life Care currently operates a PACE program on Newtown Road
in Virginia Beach, where 130 seniors spend the day, enjoy meals, activities and social contact and see an on-site physician and nurses for routine medical care. PACE picks up participants in the morning and returns them home in the evening.
Sentara Life Care hopes to open a new PACE center in south Hampton Roads during 2008. Gov. Tim Kaine supports PACE expansion
“I’m pleased we can partner with Sentara on the first PACE site in the
Commonwealth as we work to keep seniors in their homes and communities,” Governor Timothy M. Kaine said. “This innovative program is good for the Commonwealth, good for seniors and good for their families.”
Governor Kaine’s recent Health Reform Commission Report called for expansion of PACE programs to broaden services for Virginia’s growing elderly population. By 2030, the report predicts, one in four Virginians will be over the age of 60. PACE financing less costly to taxpayers than institutional care
PACE programs receive a set monthly payment for each participant from Medicare and/or Medicaid from which they supply all services. Sentara Life Care has been operating as a pre-PACE program, meaning it has received direct monthly payments for participants only from Medicaid. Medicare-eligible participants pay a monthly premium equal to the Medicaid rate. As a full PACE provider, Sentara’s PACE program will receive payment directly from both Medicare and Medicaid. PACE programs assume the financial risk of managing all types of care for participants, including hospitalization and nursing home rehabilitation, if needed. 52/2007