OAR 411-045-0010

Unless the context indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply to the rules in OAR chapter 411, division 045:


Administrative Hearing — A hearing related to a denial, reduction, or termination of benefits that is held when requested by the PACE participant or his or her representative. A hearing may also be held when requested by a PACE participant who believes a claim for services was not acted upon with reasonable promptness or believes the payor took an action erroneously.


Advance Directive — A process that allows a person to have another person make health care decisions when he or she is unable to make the decision and tell a doctor what life sustaining measures to take if he or she is near death.


Aging and People with Disabilities Division (APD) — A division within the Department that is the designated State Unit on Aging (SUA) that also administers Medicaid’s long-term care program. APD is responsible for nursing facility and Medicaid home and community-based services for eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities. APD includes local offices and the AAAs who have contracted to perform specific functions of the licensing and enrollment processes.


Alternate Service Settings — Residential 24-hour care facilities that include, but are not limited to, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, adult foster homes, and nursing facilities.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — Federal law defining the civil rights of persons with disabilities. The ADA requires that reasonable accommodations be made in employment, service delivery, and facility accessibility.


Ancillary Services — Those medical services that are medically appropriate to support a covered service under the PACE benefit package. A list of ancillary services and limitations is specified in DMAP’s Ancillary Services Criteria Guide.


Appeal — A PACE participant’s action taken with respect to any instance where the PACE program reduces, terminates, or denies a covered service.


Area Agency on Aging (AAA) — An established public agency within a planning and service area designated under Section 305 of the Older American’s Act that has responsibility for local administration of Department programs. AAAs contract with the Department to perform specific activities in relation to PACE programs including processing of applications for Medicaid and determining the level of care required under Oregon’s State Medicaid Plan for coverage of nursing facility services.


Assessment — The determination of a participant’s need for covered services. An assessment involves the collection and evaluation of data by each of the members of the Interdisciplinary Team pertinent to the participant’s health history and current problems obtained through interview, observation, and record review. The Assessment concludes with one of the following:


Documentation of a diagnosis providing the clinical basis for a written care plan; or


A written statement that the participant is not in need of covered services for a particular condition.


Automated Information System (AIS) — A computer system that provides information on the current eligibility status for participants under the Medical Assistance Program.


Care Plan — Service plan as defined in this rule.


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — Formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). The federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for approving the PACE program and joining the state in signing an agreement with the PACE program once it has been approved as a provider under 42 CFR Part 460.


Clinical Record — The clinical record includes, but is not limited to, the medical, social services, dental, and mental health records of a PACE participant. Clinical records include the Interdisciplinary Team’s records, hospital records, and grievance and disenrollment records.


Comfort Care — The provision of medical services or items that give comfort or pain relief to a participant who has a terminal illness. Comfort care includes the combination of medical and related services designed to make it possible for a participant with terminal illness to die with dignity, respect, and with as much comfort as is possible given the nature of the illness. Comfort care includes but is not limited to, pain medication, palliative services, and hospice care including those services directed toward ameliorating symptoms of pain or loss of bodily function or to prevent additional pain or disability. These guarantees are provided pursuant to 45 CFR, Chapter XIII, 1340.15. Where applicable comfort care is provided consistent with Section 4751 OBRA 1990 — Patient Self-Determination Act and ORS 127.505 (Definitions for ORS 127.505 to 127.660)-127.660 (Short title) and 127.800 (Definitions)-127.897 (Form of the request) relating to health care decisions. Comfort care does not include diagnostic or curative care for the primary illness or care focused on active treatment of the primary illness and intended to prolong life.


Community Standard— Typical expectations for access to the health care delivery system in the PACE participant’s community of residence. The Department requires that the health care delivery system available to PACE participants take into consideration the community standard and be adequate to meet the needs of PACE participants except where the community standard is less than sufficient to ensure quality of care.


Covered Services — Those diagnoses, treatments, and services listed in OAR 410-141-0520. In addition, all services that are to be covered by Medicare are covered services even if the services fall below the currently funded line for the Oregon Health Plan. Covered services also include those services listed in 42 CFR Sections 460.92 and 460.94.


Dentally Appropriate — Services that are required for prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a dental condition and that are:


Consistent with the symptoms of a dental condition or treatment of a dental condition;


Appropriate with regard to standards of good dental practice and generally recognized by the relevant scientific community and professional standards of care as effective;


Not solely for the convenience of the PACE participant or a provider of the service; and


The most cost effective of the alternative levels of dental services that may be safely provided to a PACE participant.


Dental Emergency Services — Dental services provided for severe pain, bleeding, unusual swelling of the face or gums, or an avulsed tooth.


Department — The Department of Human Services.


DHS — Department of Human Services (DHS).


Disenrollment — The act of discharging a PACE participant from a PACE program. After the effective date of disenrollment a PACE participant is no longer authorized to obtain covered services from the PACE program.


Emergency Services — The health care and services provided for diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that a prudent layperson, who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine, may reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in placing the health of the individual in serious jeopardy, serious impairment to bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.


Enrollment — A process for the PACE program. A PACE participant’s enrollment with a PACE program indicates that the PACE participant obtains from, or is referred by, the PACE program for all covered services.


Grievance — A PACE participant’s or the participant’s representative’s clear expression of dissatisfaction with the PACE program that addresses issues that are part of the PACE program’s contractual responsibility. The expression states the reason for the dissatisfaction and may be in whatever form of communication or language that is used by the participant or the participant’s representative.


Health Management Unit (HMU) — The DMAP unit responsible for adjustments to enrollments and retroactive disenrollments.


Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) — PACE staff and PACE subcontractors with current and appropriate licensure, certification, or accreditation who are responsible for assessment and development of the PACE participant’s care plan. An IDT may conduct assessments of PACE participants and provide services to PACE participants within their scope of practice, state licensure, or certification. An IDT includes at least one representative from each of the following groups:


Medical Doctor, Osteopathic Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician’s Assistant;


Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse supervised by a Registered Nurse;


Social Worker with a Master’s degree or a Social Worker with a Bachelor degree who is supervised by a Master’s level Social Worker;


Occupational Therapist or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant supervised by an Occupational Therapist;


Recreational Therapist or an Activity Coordinator with two years experience;


Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapy Assistant supervised by a Physical Therapist;


Dietician and Pharmacist as indicated; and


In addition to the positions listed above in subsections (a) to (g) of this section, the IDT includes the PACE Center Manager, the Home Care Coordinator, Personal Care Attendant, and the Driver or Transportation Coordinator.


Medicaid — A federal and state funded portion of the Medical Assistance Program established by Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended and administered in Oregon by the Department of Human Services.


Medically Appropriate — Services and medical supplies required for prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a health condition that encompasses physical or mental conditions, or injuries, and that are:


Consistent with the symptoms of a health condition or treatment of a health condition;


Appropriate with regard to standards of good health practice and generally recognized by the relevant scientific community and professional standards of care as effective;


Not solely for the convenience of a PACE participant or a provider of the service or medical supplies; and


The most cost effective of the alternative levels of medical services or medical supplies that may be safely provided to a PACE participant in the PACE program’s judgment.


Medicare — The federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).


Non-Covered Services — Services or items the PACE program is not responsible for providing or paying for.


Non-Participating Provider — A provider who does not have a contractual relationship with the PACE program, i.e., is not on their panel of providers.


Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP) — The division of the Oregon Health Authority responsible for coordinating medical assistance programs. DMAP writes and administers the state Medicaid rules for medical services, contracts with providers, maintains records of participant eligibility and processes, and pays DMAP providers and contractors such as PACE.


Oregon Health Plan (OHP) — The Medicaid demonstration project that expands Medicaid eligibility. The Oregon Health Plan relies substantially upon a prioritization of health services and managed care to achieve the policy objectives of access, cost containment, efficacy, and cost effectiveness in the allocation of health resources.


PACE — The Program of all Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a managed care entity that provides medical, dental, mental health, social services, transportation, and long-term care services to persons age 55 and older on a prepaid capitated basis in accordance with a signed agreement with the Department and CMS.


PACE Participant — An individual who meets the Department criteria for nursing facility care and is enrolled in the PACE program. These individuals are eligible under the following categories:


AB/AD (Assistance to Blind and Disabled) with Medicare — Individuals with concurrent Medicare eligibility with income under Medicaid eligibility;


AB/AD without Medicare — Individuals without Medicare with income under Medicaid eligibility;


OAA (Old Age Assistance) with Medicare — Individuals with concurrent Medicare Part A or Medicare Parts A and B eligibility with income under Medicaid eligibility;


OAA without Medicare — Individuals without Medicare with income under Medicaid eligibility; or


Private — Individuals with or without Medicare with incomes over Medicaid eligibility.


Participating Provider — An individual, facility, corporate entity, or other organization that supplies medical, dental, or mental health services or items who have agreed to provide those services or items and to bill in accordance with a signed agreement with a PACE program.


Preventive Services — Those services as defined under Expanded Definition of Preventive Services in OAR 410-141-0480 and 410-141-0520.


Primary Care Provider (PCP) — A medical practitioner who has responsibility for supervising and coordinating initial and primary care within his or her scope of practice for PACE participants. Primary Care Providers initiate referrals for care outside their scope of practice that may include consultations and specialist care, and assure the continuity of medically or dentally appropriate care.


Quality Improvement — Quality improvement is the effort to improve the level of performance of a key process or processes in health and long term care. A quality improvement program measures the level of current performance of the processes, finds ways to improve the performance, and implements new and better methods for the processes. Quality Improvement includes the goals of quality assurance, quality control, quality planning, and quality management in health care. Quality of care reflects the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increases the likelihood of desired health outcomes and is consistent with current professional knowledge.


Representative — A person who can assist the PACE participant in making administrative related decisions such as, but not limited to, completing an enrollment application, filing grievances, and requesting disenrollment. A representative may be, in the following order of priority, a person who is designated as the PACE participant’s health care representative, a court-appointed guardian, a spouse, other family member as designated by the PACE participant, the Individual Service Plan Team (for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities), or a Department/AAA case manager or other Department designee. This definition does not apply to health care decisions unless the representative has legal authority to make such decisions.


Seniors and People with Disabilities — Aging and People with Disabilities as defined in this rule.


Service Area — The geographic area defined by Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes, or other criteria determined by the Department, in which the PACE program has agreed to provide services under the Oregon PACE program regulations and the Federal PACE regulations 42 CFR Part 460. The service area is defined in the PACE contract with the Department.


Service Plan — An individualized, written plan that addresses all relevant aspects of a participant’s health and socialization needs that is developed by the Interdisciplinary Team with the involvement of the participant and the participant’s representative. A service plan is based on the findings of the participant’s assessments and defines specific service and treatment goals and objectives, proposed interventions, and the measurable outcomes to be achieved. A service plan is reviewed at least every four months or as indicated by a change in the participant’s condition.


Triage — Evaluations conducted to determine whether or not an emergency condition exists, and to direct the DMAP member to the most appropriate setting for medically appropriate care.


Urgent Care Services — Covered services required to prevent a serious deterioration of a PACE participant’s health that results from an unforeseen illness or an injury and for dental services necessary to treat such conditions as lost fillings or crowns. Services that may be foreseen by the individual are not considered urgent services.


Valid Claim:


An invoice received by the PACE program for payment of covered health care services rendered to an eligible PACE participant that:


May be processed without obtaining additional information from the provider of the service or from a third party; and


Has been received within the time limitations prescribed in these rules.


A “valid claim” is synonymous with the federal definition of a “clean claim” as defined in 42 CFR 447.45(b).


Valid Pre-Authorization — A request, received by the PACE program for approval of covered health care services provided by a non-participating provider to an eligible individual, that may be processed without obtaining additional information from the provider of the service or from a third party.
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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