As the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation works toward its goal of having all fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries and most Medicaid beneficiaries in accountable care relationships by 2030, CMMI this year has unveiled three models aimed at advancing value-based care. One of them is the Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model, which combines care coordination, caregiver support and respite services to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers while delaying avoidable long-term nursing facility placement. Although the model does not serve Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, its mission appears to parallel specialized MA plans that offer supplemental benefits aimed at helping people age in place, deploy interdisciplinary care teams and empower caregivers to play an active role in their loved ones’ care.
An estimated 6.7 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and that number is expected to grow to nearly 14 million by 2060. Medicare will cover most of those Americans at some point, but the program as it exists today does not have a standardized care delivery approach for dementia, observed Tonya Saffer, director of the division for health care payment models at CMMI, during a Sept. 13 webinar on the model hosted by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.