PACE Development

Continuum Development Services is a recognized PACE Technical Assistance Center (TAC) and a member of the National PACE Association. TACs are available to assist prospective providers in building   successful PACE programs, taking into consideration a broad range of general as well as program-specific factors. CDS’ President is a former Board member of the National PACE Association and regularly speaks on the development and operation of PACE.

CDS have supported 10 programs in the development and operation of PACE, including assistance with grant applications, award of ZIP Codes/counties in the targeted service area, development and program start-up and assisted several organizations to achieve operational improvements worth millions annually.  CDS’ President, Dan Gray was responsible for the development of Alexian Brothers Community Services in Chattanooga, one of the most financially successful PACE in the country demonstrating CDS’ operational focus and the strong experience of the engagement team.  CDS has a close relationship with Alexian Brothers Community Services (PACE) in Chattanooga to provide a training center for our clients.

Development of PACE

CDS works with development clients using a 5-stage process.

  • Phase I—market analysis of the target market;
  • Phase II—preparation of feasibility study and business plan (includes a five-year pro forma);
  • Phase III—assistance with Board and State approvals and feasibility sensitivities;
  • Phase IV—PACE application
  • Phase V—planning, development and operations assistance

Operational Assessment of Existing PACE

A PACE Operational Assessment includes a site visit to the program by at least two PACE specialists who conduct meetings with senior leadership and the Interdisciplinary Team to gain an understanding of the program and its current position.  As part of the process, CDS analyzes the program’s staffing, financial, and operational data, including:

  • organizational structure and program management;
  • program enrollment (historical and projected)/intake process;
  • utilization data and tracking systems;
  • end-of-life care, voluntary caregiver and noncompliance policies;
  • cash flow management activities and processes; and
  • staffing patterns, turnover and staffing needs.