Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are commonly asked by prospective participants and their families. If you have additional questions, please call us at 844-588-7223.
Is Bluestem PACE a nursing home?
Bluestem PACE is not a nursing home. Our goal is to help participants remain independent and live in their community as long as it is safe to do so. Nationally, more than 93% of PACE participants remain living in the community (or in their home).
How do I enroll in Bluestem PACE?
To enroll with Bluestem PACE, applicants must meet eligibility criteria outlined on the Eligibility page. Interested applicants can schedule a home meeting with a Bluestem PACE Intake Coordinator to confirm eligibility, complete a medical evaluation and put together an application. For more information about the eligibility criteria, visit the Eligibility page. For additional questions or to start the enrollment process, please call our Intake Department at 620-504-5900.
How much does the PACE Program cost?
Participants enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare may not have any out-of-pocket expenses, such as copays or deductibles. Participants enrolled in only Medicare will have to cover the Medicaid premium. Participants who are not enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare will have to cover the Medicare and Medicaid premiums.
All healthcare services provided by Bluestem PACE providers are covered in whole. If the participant needs to see a specialist outside of the Bluestem PACE facility, they will receive a referral to a provider in the Bluestem PACE network. If the participant receives unauthorized or out-of-program services, the participant is responsible for all associated costs.