History of PACES and the PACES Center

The founding of the PACES Center for Value in Healthcare, Inc. marks the culmination of many years of efforts to bring transparency, clarity and value to healthcare.

  • 2011 The Patient-centered Episode System (PACES) was developed by Brandeis University in response to a call for proposals from CMS to develop an episode grouper for the Medicare program
  • 2012 CMS selected this proposal and funded its development under the name of the Episode Grouper for Medicare (EGM) by Brandeis University supported by HCI3 (PROMETHEUS), AMA-PCPI, ABMS, and IPRO
  • 2013 Clinical societies, practicing clinicians, and academic medical experts provided expertise in the initial development of the clinical content of the PACES software and this input has continued periodically over the following years
  • 2015 The American College of Surgeons recognized the value of the project and invested in the development of an Advanced Alternative Payment Model proposal based on the PACES grouper
  • 2016 The payment model was proposed to the Physician-focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) and recommended for testing but was not acted upon by CMS due to lack of resources to properly maintain and utilize the grouper
  • 2018 CMS released the EGM, paving the way for the PACES Center to continue its development with the goal of establishing a standard for episode definition
  • 2019/2020 The PACES Center for Value in Healthcare Inc. was officially incorporated and the initial development and incubation period began
  • 2021 PACES begins making some episode information publicly available

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