Monthly State of PACE Metrics: Depression in July 2023

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Since April 2023, Intus Care has been tracking key metrics aggregated from over 45+ PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) programs across 16 states that we proudly partner with on software and services. So far, these metrics have looked at emergency department (ED) admissions, inpatient admissions, and falls. For July 2023, we are exploring two new areas – dementia and depression. Understanding and treating both key for PACE organizations to best serve their participants.

Today, the focus is depression. The American Psychological Association (APA) notes depression as a significant public health concern for older adults that can lead to higher health service rates, poorer health behaviors, excess disability, and suicide.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), dual eligible beneficiaries have a depression rate of 31%. With data pulled from Intus Care PACE partners this July, we found a participant depression rate of 26%

Overall, PACE participants are less likely to suffer depression, according to the National PACE Association. A study found 27% of new PACE enrollees scored as depressed on an assessment administered before enrollment. Nine months later, 80 percent of those individuals no longer scored as depressed.

PACE reduces depression rates compared to other dual eligible care programs through individualized care planning and social interaction promotion in PACE centers. PACE’s methodology allows participants to remain active in their homes and communities.

Want to learn more about how Intus Care can support your PACE organization using data analytics and expert consultation? Reach out today!

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