RIC Event: Promising Practices for Meeting the Needs of Dually Eligible Older Adults with Schizophrenia

Event Start Date: November 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM EDT
Event End Date: November 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM EDT



This webinar is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes.


Older adults who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid have higher rates of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders than older adults with Medicare only.1 In addition, older adults with schizophrenia are more likely to have co-occurring chronic physical health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia, compared to younger adults with schizophrenia.2 Caring for older adults with schizophrenia requires special attention to how needs and treatments may change over time, as well as consideration of the impact of chronic physical health conditions, cognitive impairments, and changes to vision and hearing.3 An individualized treatment approach is key.

This interactive webinar discusses how to identify common symptoms of schizophrenia among older adults, identifies promising practices related to treatment options and care coordination, and demonstrates practical strategies for meeting beneficiary needs. Speakers, including a family caregiver, discuss firsthand experiences, lessons learned, and strategies to improve care for dually eligible older adults with schizophrenia.  

By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify common symptoms of schizophrenia in older adults
  2. Recognize effective and appropriate treatment options for older adults with schizophrenia 
  3. Identify practical tips and strategies to improve care for older adults with schizophrenia based on real-life stories from the field
  4. Identify opportunities to collaborate with clinicians, social workers, case managers, and caregivers to support older adults with schizophrenia

Featured Speakers:

  • Naila Azhar, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Tracy Beavers, BSN, RN, EMT-P, Case Manager, CareSource Ohio
  • Ann Marie Luongo, LPC, Program Manager, Advanced Behavioral Health Connecticut, Inc.
  • Heidi, Family Caregiver

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders – front-line staff at social service agencies, providers and health care professionals (such as physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors), Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMPs), Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), managed long-term services and supports programs, and consumer organizations.

1 Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. (2015). Chapter 4: Behavioral Health in the Medicaid Program – People, Use, and Expenditures.

2 Desai, A. K. (2010). Schizophrenia in older adults. Current Psychiatry, 9(9), 23-A.

3 Ibid.


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