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Ohio Department of Aging announces publication of RFP for additional PACE sites across the state

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) today announced the publication of a request for proposal (RFP) to expand the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to several new locations across Ohio, including Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, Lorain, Lucas, and Summit counties.

Additionally, the department is seeking proposals to expand PACE to serve a rural area in Ohio.

Interested parties may obtain instructions on how to access the procurement portal and access the request for proposal through OhioBuys:

Request For Proposal - PACE Expansion

About PACE
PACE is an innovative care model that helps people ages 55 and older who meet a nursing facility-based level of care receive the services and support they need to remain in their homes instead of a nursing facility. The program provides participants with:

  • The full spectrum of care covered by Medicare and Medicaid, including preventive, acute, and long-term care. 
  • An interdisciplinary team – including physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, recreation therapists, and more – to provide comprehensive and coordinated care.
  • Access to a PACE Center, where individuals can receive medical care, meet with their care team, participate in social activities, and receive other PACE services. 
  • Services such as transportation to the PACE site, adult day primary care, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory and x-ray services, prescription drugs, home care, hospital care, and more. 

“PACE directly aligns with our goal of empowering older Ohioans to age well, on their own terms, and in their preferred environment. So we are excited to embark on this expansion of the program to new communities across the state,” said ODA Director Ursel J. McElroy. “This proven model delivers high-quality care, often resulting in improved health outcomes for participants. Evidence demonstrates PACE is a cost-effective model of care delivery with high customer satisfaction, making it a win for older Ohioans and our state as a whole.”

The publication of this RFP for PACE expansion meets the requirement set by the previous General Assembly, which committed $50 million to PACE expansion via the passage of House Bill 45.

PACE is a fully capitated health insurance model, and most of the participants who are in PACE are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Currently, access to this service is only available in Cuyahoga County.

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.