National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2016 Update. Strategy 2.G: Advance Coordinated and Integrated Health and Long-Term Services and Supports for Individuals Living with Alzheimer's Disease

08/01/2016

Evaluate Evidence on Care Integration. HHS continued to explore how service delivery models that integrate acute care and LTSS add value beyond that of the traditional, fragmented care system. The project will have a special focus on integrated care functions for people with disabilities and cognitive impairment, and will describe payment policies that promote integrated care. This information will help HHS compare and evaluate existing integrated care interventions and support their growth. Information from the project will facilitate the expansion of promising integrated care models to improve care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with AD/ADRD.

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Assess Health Information Technology to Support the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. ASPE continued work with HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and partners in exploring the feasibility and timing of activities to assess, identify, and fill gaps in available health information technology (HIT) and use of standards for the coordination of care plans that meet health concerns, goals, interventions, and other information identified by individuals, caregivers and family members in caring for individuals receiving LTSS, including those with AD/ADRD.

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Accountable Health Communities Model. CMS announced a new model to address a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current delivery system. The model aims to identify Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary health-related social needs and provide referrals to community-based services. The model will build alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level, and improve beneficiary and caregiver awareness of community services.

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Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Affinity Group. CMS regularly convenes its staff experts through an AD/ADRD "Affinity Group" to align and coordinate efforts, and to advance programs and policies in this area.

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Integrated Health and Long-Term Services and Supports. The State of Minnesota's Live Well at Home grant program targets grant funding to health care organizations to build models of integrated health and LTSS for individuals with dementia and their caregivers in coordination with aging service providers.

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Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Managed Care Final Rule. CMS published the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Final Rule, which aligns key rules with those of other health insurance coverage programs, modernizes how states furnish Medicaid managed care to beneficiaries, and strengthens the consumer experience and key consumer protections. Summary fact sheets are available. This final rule is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade.

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New York State Centers of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease. NYSDOH invested $4,700,000 to create regional Centers of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEADs) to enhance the quality of dementia diagnoses and care across the state. Ten CEADs were designated and funded in the amount of $470,000 to provide integrative and comprehensive medical services for the diagnosis of AD/ADRD; coordinate patient care and treatment for people with AD/ADRD; support and refer patients and their caregivers to community services; promote the benefits of participation in research; demonstrate strong working relationships with community organizations and care providers; promote public awareness about AD/ADRD; and train health care providers and students in health care professions on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of AD/ADRD.

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