Disabled and elderly individuals who live in rural areas have significant difficulty assessing a continuum of acute and long-term care services in their communities; individuals who would benefit from a closely integrated approach to manage their health and social service needs are particularly disadvantaged by the lack of appropriate providers in these areas. For example, the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) model, which integrates Medicare and Medicaid financing as well as acute and long-term care services, has made few, if any inroads into rural communities. This grant will partially support a two-day meeting among interested stakeholders to identify barriers to PACE development in rural areas and develop an action plan for expanding PACE availability in these communities. Anticipated deliverables include background papers, a proposed model for adapting PACE to rural communities, and conference proceedings. They will also include a strategic plan for addressing barriers to rural PACE programs, including transportation, service delivery, demographic assessment, and PACE regulatory requirements. The project will be considered successful if it results in a blueprint for future activity supported by relevant stakeholders.
Amount Awarded $44,415.00
Awarded on: 6/27/2002
Time frame: 7/1/2002 - 10/31/2004
Grant Number: 46105