“for the first time, Medicare will pay doctors and other providers to deliver critical support to the families of people with certain medical conditions.
Medicare Advantage and other managed care models have been able to provide some of these supports. But for years, CMS took the view that fee-for-service Medicare could pay only for services offered directly to beneficiaries, and not to the family members caring for them. That is about to change.”
The agency would:
- Pay Medicare providers, including physicians, some nurses, and therapists to train family caregivers.
- Pay for a social needs assessment and care navigation for people with certain conditions.
- Create an integrated care model for people with dementia and their families.
Let’s look at each.
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