Proposed PACE quality measures are lacking, organization says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed quality measures for organizations participating in the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly need revising, according to the organization which created the program.

Participants may have different care goals, and PACE shouldn't be considered equivalent to a nursing home, the National PACE Association argued to CMS in a letter.  NPA specifically cited that some reporting requirements, like those which measure falls, were created for facilities, and wouldn't apply to PACE.

NPA's comments about the quality measures also included concerns that the measures' goals of care — promotion of longevity, optimization of function and comfort care  — failed to take into account the variety of PACE participants and differences in their care goals.The Senate approved a bill to expand PACE earlier this month.