To kick off National Family Caregivers Month, the AARP Public Policy Institute has issued the first major research report on family caregivers’ needs within the emerging field of managed long-term services and supports (LTSS). The authors find that while family caregiver supports are still uncommon in managed LTSS, managed care contracts can lead the way in standardizing a person- and family-centered approach, resulting in better care for both members and their families.
This research offers:
· Practical tools and guidance for care coordinators and providers who work for health plans;
· Policy recommendations and model managed care contract language to benefit members with self-care needs and their family caregivers; and
· Promising practices from TennCare, South Carolina Healthy Connections Prime, United Healthcare, and Cal MediConnect Dementia Project.
Read the report here.