Performance Improvement 2005. Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States Program: Managed CARE Initiative

01/01/2005

The purpose of the Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States (ADDGS) Managed Care Initiative, begun by HRSA in 1997, and subsequently transferred to the Administration on Aging, is to test and evaluate the effect of community-based interventions for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families upon use of primary care physicians in a managed care setting. Final analysis was to address if there was a decreased utilization of primary care physicians for resource and referral purposes and if there was any discernable difference between families participating in the program and those accessing information through routine channels. The Evaluation found that: 1) the program successfully reached the most vulnerable target populations, affecting both client and provider utilization characteristics; 2) cultural factors significantly affected care needs and approaches, 3) program providers required flexibility to generate resource support from multiple sources, and 4) flexibility of design was a key factor in program success in varied locations.

PIC ID: 7298; Agency Sponsor: AOA-OASA, Office of Assistant Secretary for Aging; Federal Contact: Starns, Melanie K., 202-401-4547; Performer: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

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