Members of an Alzheimer’s disease advisory panel today spent little time talking about the recommendations they will make regarding the planning issues associated with the condition.
The Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services – an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — met to review recommendations that could be used to create a national plan for attacking Alzheimer’s disease.
Congress included the provisions creating the advisory council in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act of 2011 (NAPA). The council is supposed to help HHS come up with a plan for preventing and curing Alzheimer’s by 2025, and for improving support for people with dementia and their relatives.
The original draft plan includes provisions for increasing Alzheimer’s research funding and encouraging people to plan for the risk that they might need long-term care. The draft briefly mentions that idea that the government could encourage people to buy private long-term care insurance.
The Alzheimer’s plan recommendations reviewed today include suggestions relating to matters such as Alzheimer’s research priorities and clinical care for people who already have Alzheimer’s disease.
The draft also includes a batch of “long-term services and supports” (LTSS) subcommittee recommendations on ways to help patients and caregivers.
The long-term care insurance (LTCI) community has not been visible in council proceedings, and the draft recommendations reviewed today do not use the word “insurance.”
One section of the LTSS recommendations states that the services provided for people with Alzheimer’s should include “outreach, screening; diagnostic; care and estate planning; treatment (medical, psychiatric, pharmacological and social/cognitive interventions (ex. memory classes); care/treatment advocacy (ex. Medication management, benefits counseling and patient navigation).”