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Delaware Hospice selected to test Medicare dementia care model

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NEWARK — Delaware Hospice has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to participate in a new Medicare alternative payment model.

Under the Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience Model, Delaware Hospice will be one of almost 400 participants building dementia care programs across the country, working to increase care coordination and improve access to services, including respite care, for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Launched July 1, the GUIDE Model will test a new payment approach for key supportive services, including person-centered assessments and care plans; care coordination; 24/7 access to an interdisciplinary care team member or helpline; and certain respite services to support caregivers.

People with dementia and their caregivers will have the assistance of a care navigator to access clinical and nonclinical services, such as meals and transportation through community-based organizations.

Delaware Hospice’s participation will provide people living with dementia and their caregivers access to education and support.

In addition, respite is being tested under the model, to assess its effect on caregivers who continue to care for their loved ones at home, preventing or delaying the need for facility care.

Delaware Hospice offers respite stays at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, and at its site at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington.

GUIDE participants represent a range of providers, including large academic medical centers, small group practices, community-based organizations, health systems and hospice agencies.

This model also delivers on a promise in the Biden administration’s “Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers” and aligns with the national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease.

For information on the model, visit cms.gov. Learn more about the programs Delaware Hospice offers by visiting delawarehospice.org.

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