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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 50. Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care Services

12VAC30-50-330. PACE definitions.

For purposes of this part and all contracts establishing the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) programs as defined in 42 CFR Part 460, the following definitions shall apply:

"Adult day health care center" or "ADHC" means a DMAS-enrolled provider that offers a community-based day program providing a variety of health, therapeutic, and social services designed to meet the specialized needs of those elderly and disabled individuals at risk of placement in a nursing facility.

"Applicant" means an individual seeking enrollment in a PACE plan.

"Capitation rate" means the negotiated Medicaid monthly per capita amount paid to a PACE provider for all services provided to enrollees.

"Catchment area" means the designated service area for a PACE plan.

"Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services" or "CMS" means the unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

"CFR" means the Code of Federal Regulations.

"Direct marketing" means either (i) conducting directly or indirectly door-to-door, telephonic or other "cold call" marketing of services at residences and provider sites; (ii) mailing directly; (iii) paying "finders' fees;" (iv) offering financial incentives, rewards, gifts or special opportunities to eligible individuals or family/caregivers as inducements to use the providers' services; (v) continuous, periodic marketing activities to the same prospective individual or family/caregiver for example, monthly, quarterly, or annual giveaways as inducements to use the providers' services; or (vi) engaging in marketing activities that offer potential customers rebates or discounts in conjunction with the use of the providers' services or other benefits as a means of influencing the individual's or family/caregiver's use of the providers' services.

"DMAS" means the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

"DSS" means the Department of Social Services.

"Enrollee" means a Medicaid-eligible individual meeting PACE enrollment criteria and receiving services from a PACE plan.

"Full disclosure" means fully informing all PACE enrollees at the time of enrollment that, pursuant to § 32.1-330.3 of the Code of Virginia, PACE plan enrollment can only be guaranteed for a 30-day period.

"Imminent risk of nursing facility placement" means that an individual will require nursing facility care within 30 days if a community-based alternative care program, such as a PACE plan, is not available.

"Long-term services and supports (LTSS) screening" or "screening" means the face to face process to (i) evaluate the functional, medical or nursing, and social support needs and at-risk status of individuals referred for certain long-term services requiring nursing facility level of care eligibility; (ii) assist individuals in determining what specific services the individual needs; (iii) evaluate whether a service or a combination of existing community services are available to meet the individual's needs; and (iv) provide a list to individuals of appropriate providers for Medicaid-funded nursing facility, PACE plan services, or the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus waiver for those individuals who meet nursing facility level of care.

"Long-term services and supports (LTSS) screening team" means the hospital screening team, community-based team (CBT), nursing facility team, or DMAS designee contracted to perform screenings pursuant to § 32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia.

"PACE" means a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE services are designed to enhance the quality of life and autonomy for frail, older adults; maximize dignity of, and respect for, older adults; enable frail, older adults to live in the community as long as medically and socially feasible; and preserve and support the older adult's family unit.

"PACE plan" means a comprehensive acute and long-term care prepaid health plan, pursuant to § 32.1-330.3 of the Code of Virginia and as defined in 42 CFR 460.6, operating on a capitated payment basis through which the PACE provider assumes full financial risk. PACE plans operate under both Medicare and Medicaid capitation.

"PACE plan contract" means a contract, pursuant to § 32.1-330.3 of the Code of Virginia, under which an entity assumes full financial risk for operation of a comprehensive acute and long-term care prepaid health plan with capitated payments for services provided to Medicaid enrollees being made by DMAS. The parties to a PACE plan contract are the entities operating the PACE plan, DMAS and CMS.

"PACE plan feasibility study" means a study performed by a research entity approved by DMAS to determine a potential PACE plan provider's ability and resources, or lack thereof, to effectively operate a PACE plan. All study costs are the responsibility of the potential PACE provider.

"PACE protocol" means the protocol for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, as published by On Lok, Inc., as of April 14, 1995, or any successor protocol that may be agreed upon by the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services and On Lok, Inc.

"PACE provider" means the entity contracting with the Department of Medical Assistance Services to operate a PACE plan.

"PACE site" means the location, which includes a primary care center, where the PACE provider both operates the PACE plan's adult day health care center and coordinates the provision of core PACE services, including the provision of primary care.

"Plan of care" means the written plan developed by the provider related solely to the specific services required by the individual to ensure optimal health and safety while receiving services from the provider.

"Primary care provider" or "PCP" means the individual responsible for the coordination of medical care provided to an enrollee under a PACE plan.

"Provider" means the individual or other entity registered, licensed, or certified, as appropriate, and enrolled by DMAS to render services to Medicaid recipients eligible for services.

"State Plan for Medical Assistance" or "the Plan" means the Commonwealth's legal document approved by CMS identifying the covered groups, covered services and their limitations, and provider reimbursement methodologies as provided for under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

"Virginia Uniform Assessment Instrument" or "UAI" means the standardized, multidimensional assessment instrument that is completed by the LTSS screening team that assesses an individual's physical health, mental health, and psycho/social and functional abilities to determine if the individual meets the nursing facility level of care.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 8, eff. February 5, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 23, eff. August 4, 2021.

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