PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, also known as PACE, provides a full range of long-term care, health care, and prescription drugs to older people with chronic needs. PACE is a national model that was created in 1973 and there are over 230 PACE centers in 31 states.

PACE Managed Care Organization (MCO) Scorecard

The Scorecard is a tool you can use to help you choose a managed care organization (MCO). Each MCO is represented in the Scorecard by star ratings evaluating how well the MCO performs across a variety of factors, including consumer satisfaction and compliance with state standards. The Scorecard also provides MCO staff characteristics like turnover rate and staff to member ratio. You can find more information, like contact information and a link to each MCO's provider directory, in the MCO Scorecard. Contact your ADRC to discuss the options available to you in your county.

Who Can Join PACE?

Wisconsin’s PACE program is available to people who meet certain conditions:

  • Live in Milwaukee, Racine, or Waukesha County
  • Age 55 or older
  • Eligible for nursing home care
  • Able to live safely in the community with assistance

The PACE model is built on helping its members to live in the community for as long as possible.

What Services are Available?

The program combines the services offered through Medicare, including Medicare prescription drugs, Wisconsin Medicaid, and home and community-based long-term care services. Some of the services available are:

  • Primary Care (including physician and nursing services)
  • Emergency services
  • Home health and personal care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Hospital and nursing home care
  • Occupational, physical, and recreational therapies
  • Medical transportation

Services are primarily delivered at a PACE center and supplemented with care in the member’s home or a setting of the member’s choice.

How Does PACE Work?

Members work with a team of health professionals, primarily at their local PACE center, to make all health care decisions. Members are active participants on the PACE care team, which includes:

  • A PACE doctor
  • A registered nurse
  • A care manager
  • Home care coordinator
  • Physical, occupational, and recreational therapists
  • A dietitian
  • A PACE center coordinator
  • The member’s family and friends

The care team works together to develop a care plan and coordinate services. PACE values the member’s preferences of how, when, and where services are delivered.

How Can Someone Join PACE?

People interested in joining PACE should contact their local aging and disability resource center. Resource center staff can help with the eligibility process and can also provide information about other programs and services that are available.

For more information about PACE, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Last Revised: January 28, 2020