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Aging Brain Care model receives $7.8 million in CMS innovation funding
Date:6/21/2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- A $7.8 million Health Care Innovation Award to Indiana University from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will expand the Aging Brain Care model developed by researcher-clinicians from the IU Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Based upon a successful pilot study conducted at Wishard Health Services, the new program will serve more than 2,000 Medicare beneficiaries with dementia or late-life depression who live in Marion County, Ind., evaluating the ability of the ABC program to deliver better health care to older adults.

The CMS-supported expansion of the ABC model to Wishard's 11 community health centers will be led by Regenstrief Institute investigator Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

"The ABC growth will improve the quality and lower the cost of care for the most vulnerable population we serve," said Dr. Boustani, who is associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research and medical director of the Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard.

Innovative brain care that has been demonstrated in a pilot study to reduce emergency department visits by 45 percent and hospitalizations by 54 percent, and to encourage use of medications that are not harmful to older brains, the ABC model broadens the definition of a patient to include family members who enable cognitively impaired and depressed individuals to live in the community. Physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff members work closely with both the older adult and family caregivers -- in the exam room and in the home, as well as over the phone and via email -- to deliver care to improve both brain and physical health.

Patients receiving the ABC model of care are given an initial cognitive, social and psychological needs assessment. The ABC team then helps both patient and caregivers develop a personal treatment plan that typically includes recognizi
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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