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Date:8/19/2009

t from every other long term care option and so successful in helping seniors remain healthy and independent.

PACE's team approach to care and the integration of its delivery system through a care center stands in stark contrast to the way in which most individuals access health care in America today. Each program's PACE Center is a centralized location where beneficiaries meet with their medical team, interact with friends, and eat meals as necessary. Transportation is provided by the program to ensure all participants are fully engaged and taking advantage of everything PACE has to offer.

"Too often Americans of all ages, let alone the seniors PACE serves, are frustrated, scared and confused by the fragmented delivery system of care in the United States," said PACE's Bloom. "For over 30 years, PACE has refined the integration of care so that our members are able to offer consistently high quality, lower cost care through the promotion of health and wellness, supported by timely medical interventions."

"As policymakers debate how to reform health care, PACE is an example of the reforms being considered," continued Bloom. "With a focus on primary care to support health and wellness, and bundled payments to facilitate collaboration among medical professionals, PACE's excellent quality is essential in maintaining maximum function among enrollees so that we can avoid more intense, costly levels of care."

If a participant in PACE is covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid, cost will never be a barrier to receiving the care that is needed and will not vary regardless of one's needs. There are never co-pays or deductibles or increases in cost depending on the level of care or the type of service that is needed. Although enrollees qualify for nursing home care, PACE's quality keeps 93 percent of participants in the community and avoids costly institutionalization. PACE programs must deliver th
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