Applications for the Guiding Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model, a pilot program launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are being accepted now through January 30, 2024. Once this window closes, applications will not be accepted for eight years. The application process is only open to doctors and health systems.
CMS states, “GUIDE participants will be Medicare Part B enrolled providers/suppliers, excluding durable medical equipment (DME) and laboratory suppliers, who are eligible to bill for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule services and agree to meet the care delivery requirements of the model.”
This groundbreaking resource promises to enhance patient care, provide additional support and resources for caregivers, and improve health equity for the populations most impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. If successful, this program will help improve the lives of millions of people living with Alzheimer’s while providing meaningful support for the millions more who care for them.
CMS says, “Through the GUIDE Model, CMS will test an alternative payment for participants that deliver key supportive services to people with dementia, including comprehensive, person-centered assessments and care plans, care coordination, and 24/7 access to a support line. Under the model, participants will assign people with dementia and their caregivers to a care navigator who will help them access services and supports, including clinical services and non-clinical services such as meals and transportation through community-based organizations.
The GUIDE Model will also enhance access to the support and resources that caregivers need. Unpaid caregivers will be connected to evidence-based education and support, such as training programs on best practices for caring for a loved one living with dementia. Model participants will also help caregivers access respite services, which enable them to take temporary breaks from their caregiving responsibilities.”
To learn more about the GUIDE Model and to apply, visit https://www.cms.gov/priorities/innovation/innovation-models/guide.
To hear a more in-depth discussion about the model that took place during UsAgainstAlzheimer’s National Alzheimer’s Summit, visit https://www.usa2summit.org/sessions/fireside-chat-2023