NATIONAL PLAN TO ADDRESS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: 2017 UPDATE. Goal 2: Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency


High-quality care for people with AD/ADRD requires an adequate supply of culturally-competent professionals with appropriate skills, ranging from direct care workers to community health and social workers, to HCBS providers, to primary care providers and specialists. High-quality care should be provided from the point of diagnosis onward in settings including doctor's offices, hospitals, people's homes and nursing homes. Person-centered quality should be measured accurately and inter-operably across all settings of care, coupled with quality improvement tools. Further, care should address the complex care needs that persons with AD/ADRD have due to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of the disease and any co-occurring chronic conditions. High-quality and efficient care often depends on: (1) smooth transitions between care settings; (2) coordination among health care and LTSS providers; and (3) dementia-capable health care.