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CMS Announces New Payment Model for Dementia Care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the new Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model, which will launch on July 1, 2024, and run for eight years. It aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, reduce strain on unpaid caregivers, and help people remain in their homes and communities through a package of care coordination and management, caregiver education and support, and respite services.  

CMS will test an alternative payment for participants who deliver key supportive services to people with dementia, including comprehensive, person-centered assessments and care plans, care coordination, and 24/7 access to a support line. Under the model, people with dementia and their caregivers will have access to a care navigator who will help them access services and supports, including clinical services and non-clinical services such as meals and transportation through community-based organizations. 

Additional information is available online. CMS will host a webinar on Aug. 10 to discuss the goals of the model, participant and beneficiary eligibility criteria, care delivery requirements, and model payment.