Alzheimer's disease is a major public health issue that continues to significantly impact our society as the aging population continues to grow. In 2011, the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) was signed into law requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a National Plan to create and maintain an integrated National Plan to overcome Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.
The Northeast PHO Accountable Care Unit, affiliated with the Lahey Clinical Performance Network (LCPN) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) launched a Pilot Program focusing on the ACO Dementia population. The goal of the Pilot Program was to improve quality and efficient care by a proactive population health management approach for the dementia population. Input from providers and leadership along with review of population health data, identified opportunities for improved care management. The program embedded best practice components to improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia provided by a multidisciplinary team including registered nurse care managers, social workers, pharmacists, providers and non-clinical support staff. Positive program outcomes have been demonstrated including patient / caregiver and provider satisfaction.
Professional case managers add tremendous value to our health care system by promoting quality care, efficiency, and satisfaction. We Are Case Management contributing to the achievement of the Triple Aim nationwide call to action. Professional case managers have the ability to impact health policy by engaging in public policy advocacy in support of the dementia population.
- Describe the impact of dementia as the aging population continues to grow.
- Identify best practice components that can be embedded in a quality care management program targeted to the dementia population.
- Define how professional case managers can support the dementia population through program development and public policy advocacy.
- Describe how professional case managers can support the dementia population through program development and public policy advocacy.