November 21, 2019 | McKnight's Senior Living

‘Better Business Model’ Needed for Dementia Care, Senate Committee Hears

A “better business model for the diagnosis and care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease” needs to be created, Jason Karlawish, MD, said Wednesday at a Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health hearing.

“The majority of persons with Alzheimer’s disease are over 65 and so covered under Medicare,” said the professor and co-director of the Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. “Medicare, therefore, has a key role in shaping the business model for the care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.”

The hearing was called by committee Chair Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member, timed to coincide with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Toomey, who said his father and grandfather had the disease, is co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease.

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