The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a policy this past week that is really important for people with terminal conditions who receive the Medicare hospice benefit, and it deserved to be noted.
A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America focuses on the next steps in developing comprehensive plans to provide support and services to people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. The Alliance is very proud to have been able to help support this important report.
The most effective way to slow Medicare spending is to reduce the cases of preventable chronic conditions and incorporate evidence-based care coordination into the traditional Medicare program.
Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, professor of Health Policy and Management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health along with colleague Daniel Perry, president and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research, suggest adopting specific initiatives such as transitional and team-based care, comprehensive medication therapy management, and health coaching to slow the growth in spending and improve quality of care. The team will host a teleconference on Thursday, December 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. to discuss these recommendations.
Groups like the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have long been calling attention to the looming crisis that we face with extreme current and projected shortages in our geriatric workforce. According to recent data from AGS there are currently only 7,029 certified geriatricians in the U.S. —half of what we currently need—and those numbers are in steep decline. Just imagine what these numbers will look like when our 65 and older population grows from 40.3 million now to 72.1 million in 2030.
The Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Biomarker Expert Working Group just published a new paper in Neurobiology of Aging. They recommend that certain AD biomarkers be used for clinical assessments, enrolling study participants, and as an outcome in AD clinical trials.
About 10 million of the almost 45 million caregivers in the United States care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Most of these caregivers are not prepared for their new role, which takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease is often called a “family disease,” because the daily stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects the whole family.
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