Fallon’s Summit ElderCare reduces hospital and nursing home admissions

New data released on 20th anniversary of Fallon’s participation in PACE

Worcester, Mass., November 30, 2015― Senior care services that combines medical care with health insurance and social support in one comprehensive program has succeeded in reducing hospital readmissions and nursing home placement, according to data released today by Fallon Health on the 20th anniversary of its Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

  • Had fewer 30-day hospital readmissions than seniors using nursing homes who did not participate in Summit ElderCare (16 percent versus 24 percent)
  • Were most likely still living in their own homes (87 percent)

“Not only has Summit ElderCare been successful during the past 20 years in helping frail elders and their families enjoy a better life, but it has proven to be a durable model that is being replicated in other parts of our health care system,” said Richard Burke, Interim President and CEO of Fallon Health. “We believe the success of PACE should strengthen the resolve of providers, health insurers, policymakers and others in health care to move to a patient-centered model.”

“PACE is built on the belief that chronic care needs are best met at home. Our participants might have cognitive or functional impairments that, if not for Summit ElderCare, would require them to live in a nursing home,” explained David Wilner, M.D., Vice President and Summit ElderCare Medical Director.

One of the hallmarks of Summit ElderCare is that each participant has a care team specializing in geriatrics. They provide compassionate, community-based care that is individualized, responsive and caring. Members of the care team include primary care providers (physicians and nurse practitioners), nurses, social workers, health aides, nutritionists, home health care specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and transportation and rehabilitation staff. The program also fully supports caregivers who need help providing care.

“Fallon’s PACE program is a much-needed answer to the lack of continuity in health care that currently exists for older adults and their families,” said MA Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler, after a recent visit to Summit ElderCare. “I encourage you to explore this option for yourselves or your loved ones, for you will certainly find top-notch care in a welcoming environment.”

PACE, which was developed in San Francisco in the 1970s, now has 115 organizations operating in 33 states. Fallon Health operates Summit ElderCare in five locations in the Commonwealth: Worcester (two sites), Charlton, Leominster and Springfield. Summit ElderCare is the largest PACE provider in New England.

Fallon Health is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Summit ElderCare with the launch of a new website—summiteldercare.org— a member testimonial Facebook campaign, community service projects, site receptions with staff, participants and community leaders, and a state house visit.

For more information, visit summiteldercare.org.

Carrie Wattu

About Fallon Health
Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those we serve. In addition to offering innovative health insurance solutions and a variety of Medicaid and Medicare products, we excel in creating unique health care programs and services that provide coordinated, integrated care for seniors and individuals with complex health needs. Fallon has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products. For more information, visit www.fallonhealth.org.