WHO IS
ELIGIBLE?


  • Those who are 55 or older.

  • Older adults who live in a PACE service area.

  • Kansans certified by the State as needing a nursing home level of care.

  • Residents who can live safely in the community with the help of PACE services.

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About Kansas PACE


PACE is a Medicare program and Medicaid state option that provides community based care and services to people age 55 or older who otherwise would need a nursing home level of care.

PACE was created as a way to provide consumers, their families, caregivers and professional health care providers flexibility to meet health care needs and to help consumers to continue living in the community. It covers all medical and social services for older adults who qualify for nursing home care.

Expanding PACE in Kansas


The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is working to expand the state's current PACE program, which now includes two markets involving 300 participants. Click here to learn more.

KDADS hopes to grow the program statewide so that all older adults in Kansas receive the long term care they need. With the help of area providers, we can make it happen.

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PACE...



also includes all the other services determined necessary by the health professionals team to improve and maintain a person's health.

PACE BENEFITS

PACE benefits include, but are not limited to...

  • Primary Care (including doctor
    and nursing services)
  • Hospital Care
  • Medical Specialty Services
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Home Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Adult Day Care
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Meals
  • Dentistry
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Social Services
  • Laboratory/X-ray Services
  • Social Work Counseling
  • Transportation

A Professional Provider Team Working for Older Adults

An interdisciplinary team, consisting of professional and paraprofessional staff are here for older Kansans. They will assess the person's needs, develop care plans and deliver all services. The team will consist of the following...

  • Primary Care Physician
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist or Activity Coordinator
  • Dietician
  • PACE Center Supervisor
  • Home Care Liaison
  • Transportation

The team meets on a regular basis to make sure older adults' needs are being met.

How Can PACE Benefit Consumers?


PACE Provides Comprehensive Care:   PACE uses Medicare and Medicaid funds to cover all medically-necessary care and services. Consumers can have either Medicare or Medicaid, or both, to join PACE. They can also pay for PACE privately, if they do not have Medicare/Medicaid.


The Focus is on the Consumer:   A team of health care professionals will help residents make decisions to ensure a good quality of life. The consumer and their family will play an active role as the team develops and updates plan of care and goals in the program.


PACE Covers Prescriptions:   PACE organizations offer Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).


PACE Supports Family Caregivers:   PACE provides care giving training, support groups and respite care to help families keep their loved ones in the community.


Preventative Care is Covered and Encouraged:   Every PACE organization is focused on helping older adults live in the community for as long as possible. To meet this goal, PACE organizations focus on preventative care.


PACE Provides Medical Transportation:   Consumers may also be able to get transportation to some medical appointments in the community. The PACE site must provide transportation to medical appointments.


Paying for PACE:   If a consumer has Medicaid, they will not have to pay a monthly premium for the long-term care portion of the PACE benefit. If they don't qualify for Medicaid but have Medicare, they will be charged a monthly premium to cover the long-term care portion of the PACE benefit and a premium for Medicare Part D drugs. Participants also are responsible for their Medicare Part B premium. However, in PACE there is never a deductible or co-payment for any drug, service or care approved by the PACE team.


Click here to learn how to become a PACE provider.



Currently, PACE enrollment is available in two locations in the state. Check back often as PACE provider participation grows.

Kansas has two PACE centers: Topeka and Wichita, serving Shawnee, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee and Sedgwick counties.
map of kansas counties displaying stars on Topeka and Wichita noting PACE centers
Midland Care Connections
200 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka, KS 66606
(785)232-2044
www.midlandcareconnection.org/
Via Christi HOPE
2622 West Central Ave., Suite 101
Wichita, KS 67203
(316)858-1111
www.via-christi.org/hope

map of kansas counties displaying colored pace territories