Technical Assistance Program
Strategies for Adapting PACE to Serve Rural Areas -
The Rural PACE
Technical Assistance Program invites interested organizations to
participate in workgroups developing strategies for adapting PACE
to serve rural areas. The shared goal of the workgroups is to identify
strategies that that will retain the outcomes of the PACE model
of care while enabling the model to perform in a rural setting.
Each workgroup focuses on a specific strategy.
February and March of 2004, each workgroup will meet a total of
four times for one hour. After March, each workgroup's members will
determine the frequency of additional calls if needed. In addition
to the conference calls, we will establish listservs for each workgroup
to support their members' communication.
is voluntary. Representatives from organizations that have registered
with the Rural PACE Technical Assistance Program are invited to
participate in a workgroup. Multiple representatives from an organization
may serve on one or more workgroups.
- general staffing requirements, recruitment and retention, skill
level requirements, health professions training opportunities
need for start up funding, operating revenues and costs, sources
and uses of funds
- developing the underlying transportation and delivery site
infrastructure needed to provide services
- applying telehealth, telemedicine and teleconferencing technologies
in the PACE model
Network Development -
developing provider networks to assure delivery of the full scope
of PACE services across a rural service area, integrating direct
delivery of care/services with contracted services
Management Strategies - effective care-management and its
link to risk management, stop-loss insurance, contract terms,
and other approaches to risk management
Needs Assessment - critical elements in the community (resident
needs, service provider capacity) that shape the need and delivery
of PACE in a rural setting
After all workgroups
have met twice, we will convene a call with a representative from
each workgroup. This call will identify opportunities to exchange
information and ideas across workgroups. After this cross-workgroup
call, we will schedule the next two calls, followed again by a concluding
call of representatives from each workgroup.
information or if you have questions, please contact Peter Fitzgerald
with the National PACE Association at 703/535-1521 or Shelly Ten
Napel with the National Rural Health Association at 703/519-7910.