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Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. (MEOC)

1508 Third Avenue East
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

(276) 523-0599

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Contact Information

(276) 523-0599
(800) 252-6362

Who We Are

Mountain Empire PACE is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE enrolls frail seniors in a program of health and social services so they can live safely at home. The program is based at a PACE Center in Big Stone Gap. The PACE Center includes a medical clinic, a rehabilitation clinic, and facilities for adult daycare, recreation, and meals.   The PACE Center is at 1508 Third Avenue East in Big Stone Gap.  The plan also covers services in participant homes, hospitals, assisted living centers, the offices of dentists, specialists, etc., wherever need takes the participant.

To be eligible for PACE a person must be 55 years of age or older, screened for nursing facility level of care, and a resident of Lee, Wise, Scott or Norton. Most people who enroll in PACE are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

PACE either provides or arranges:

  • primary and specialty medical care;
  • medications and medication management;
  • dietary assessment, oversight, and education; 
  • personal care, respite care, home health services;
  • social services and care coordination;
  • adult daycare, socialization, recreation, and meals;
  • transportation for daycare, appointments, shopping, etc.;
  • ambulance service;
  • acute hospital care with x-ray, lab, and other diagnostics;
  • emergency care, dental care, hearing, and vision care;
  • durable medical equipment;
  • residential long term care as indicated.

Services are planned and monitored by a team of professionals - a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dietitian, physical therapist, occupational therapist, home care coordinator, social worker, center manager, recreation therapist, driver, and personal care aide. This interdisciplinary team works closely with family caregivers to create a plan of care and secure every service needed by program participants.

PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid managed care program. Program participants agree to receive all their health care through PACE. PACE pays for everything covered by Medicare and Medicaid, plus dental, vision, and hearing care and simple home alterations as needed. All services are approved and overseen by the interdisciplinary team so that no one "falls through the cracks" of the health care system. There are no deductibles, co-pays, or health care bills for PACE participants.

Who We Serve

Languages Spoken
Service Area(s)
Lee County
Norton City
Scott County
Wise County

Cost & Payment Methods

Payment Method(s)
Private Insurance
Fee Structure
Fee Range
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Age Requirements
Other Eligibility Criteria
Virginia’s nursing facility level of care.

Available 24/7
Additional Availability Comments
On call medical care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Intake Process
We accept referrals Monday - Friday during routine operating hours. Referrals may be by phone, email, or in person. Call the office and complete the application.
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Provider Refer
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Qualification Type
Qualification Entity
Virginia Department of Social Services
Qualification Number
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