Caring for Older Adults with Complex Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from PACE Innovations

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is an evidence-based care model for older adults who meet a nursing-home level of care but live in community settings. These organizations blend funding from Medicare and Medicaid to integrate preventive, acute, and long-term care as well as services to address social needs. While many services are provided in PACE day centers, PACE organizations have adapted the delivery of services to meet patient needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar, coordinated by the Better Care Playbook and the National PACE Association and made possible through support from the Seven Foundation Collaborative and West Health Policy Center, will highlight innovations adopted by PACE organizations during the pandemic to provide care for older adults with complex needs. Lessons shared will be broadly applicable to organizations serving vulnerable older adults in other settings during the pandemic as well, particularly through integrated health plan approaches. In addition, speakers will review state policy considerations to address the long-term needs of older adults requiring a nursing home level of care in the context of COVID-19.