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Insurers want research on whether transportation benefits, meal delivery benefits and other home care benefits affect the odds that people with dementia will continue to live in their own homes.

That’s one of the items on a new dementia care “payer” research wish list.

The payers say they also want more information about topics such as how payers decide what types of dementia care to cover; whether more use of advance care planning could make things better for people affected by dementia; and strategies for supporting caregivers in ways that reduce caregiver burnout.

Resources

  • A copy of the dementia payer stakeholder recommendations paper is available here.
  • An earlier article about the federal Alzheimer’s panel’s conversations about dementia care funding is available here.

The payers are part of a Payer Stakeholder Group that recently presented a set of research recommendations at the 2020 Research Summit on Dementia Care.

The National Institute on Aging organized the web-based meeting together with the National Alzheimer’s Project Act team at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Elizabeth Goodman of America’s Health Insurance Plans is the co-chair of the payer group, along with Alice Bonner, who’s affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University nursing school.

Many other payer group members represent federal agencies that help pay for long-term care, but the panel also includes Michael Monson, who oversees “long-term services and supports” efforts — in other words, long-term care programs — at Centene Corp., a commercial health insurer.

The research recommendations document refers to commercial health plans but does not directly mention long-term care insurance.

Correction: The name of the AHIP official helping to lead the stakeholder group was given incorrectly in an earlier version of this article. The correct name is Elizabeth Goodman.

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