Individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are almost three times as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) than people eligible for Medicare only,1 and twenty-three percent of all dually eligible individuals age 65 and over are diagnosed with ADRD.2 People with ADRD, as well as their family and friend caregivers, have unique needs that can be addressed by health plans. This Spotlight, highlighting HealthPartners, explores a dementia-friendly care model specifically designed to provide services and programs to effectively care for dually eligible beneficiaries with ADRD.
1Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. (2017). National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2017 Update. Strategy 2.H: Improve Care for Populations Disproportionately Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, and Population Facing Care Challenges. Retrieved from https://aspe.hhs.gov/reports/national-plan-address-alzheimers-disease-2017-update-0#strat-2h.
2The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. (2017). Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Retrieved from https://www.macpac.gov/publication/data-book-beneficiaries-dually-eligible-for-medicare-and-medicaid-3/.