Avow Care Services Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Test Medicare Dementia Care Model

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Jul 11, 2024

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Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model Aims to Increase Care Coordination, Support for Caregivers

NAPLES, FL (July 10, 2024) Today, Avow Care Services announced they have been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a new Medicare alternative payment model designed to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Under CMS’ Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model, Avow will be one of almost 400 participants building Dementia Care Programs (DCPs) across the country, working to increase care coordination and improve access to services and supports, including respite care, for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

“CMS is excited to partner with Avow under the GUIDE Model,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “GUIDE is a new approach to how Medicare will pay for the care of people living with dementia. The GUIDE participants are envisioning new ways to support not only people living with dementia, but also to reduce strain on the people who care for them, so that more Americans can remain in their homes and communities, rather than in institutions.”

Launched on July 1, 2024, the GUIDE Model will test a new payment approach for key supportive services furnished to people living with dementia, including: comprehensive, person-centered assessments and care plans; care coordination; 24/7 access to an interdisciplinary care team member or help line; and certain respite services to support caregivers. People with dementia and their caregivers will have the assistance and support of a Care Navigator to help them access clinical and non-clinical services such as meals and transportation through community-based organizations.

"Our acceptance into the GUIDE Model emphasizes Avow's commitment to excellence in dementia care and our dedication to the communities we serve," said Jaysen Roa, President and CEO of Avow, Inc. "We are eager to implement this model, which aligns with our mission to offer support not only to our patients but also to their caregivers, enhancing both their well-being and quality of life."

Avow participation in the GUIDE Model will help people living with dementia and their caregivers have access to education and support, such as training programs on best practices for caring for a loved one living with dementia. The GUIDE Model also provides respite services for certain people, enabling caregivers to take temporary breaks from their caregiving responsibilities. Respite is being tested under the GUIDE Model to assess its effect on helping caregivers continue to care for their loved ones at home, preventing or delaying the need for facility care.

GUIDE Participants represent a wide range of health care providers, including large academic medical centers, small group practices, community-based organizations, health systems, hospice agencies, and other practices.

This model delivers on a promise in the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers and aligns with the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

About Avow: Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County's original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care for adults and children facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit our website. 
 

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Avow Hospice

Hospice 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples, Florida, 34105

Avow is a nonprofit provider of hospice, palliative care, and grief support services dedicated to serving the Collier community. Our compassionate team delivers care for patients of all ages in Collier County through life's most challenging transitions. We aim to provide peace of mind to patients and their caregivers, making us the leading choice for hospice in Naples, Florida.Avow Hospice offers a range of services including hospice care, palliative care, and grief and loss support. Our mission is to create peace of mind by providing compassionate care and support to those who need us. We are committed to touching lives and making a positive impact in our community.For more information about our services or to refer a patient, please call 1(239) 237-5421. You can also donate to support our mission of providing compassionate care to those in need. Join us in making a difference in the lives of others.

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Hospice 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples, Florida, 34105

Avow is a nonprofit provider of hospice, palliative care, and grief support services dedicated to serving the Collier community. Our compassionate team delivers care for patients of all ages in Collier County through life's most challenging transitions. We aim to provide peace of mind to patients and their caregivers, making us the leading choice for hospice in Naples, Florida.Avow Hospice offers a range of services including hospice care, palliative care, and grief and loss support. Our mission is to create peace of mind by providing compassionate care and support to those who need us. We are committed to touching lives and making a positive impact in our community.For more information about our services or to refer a patient, please call 1(239) 237-5421. You can also donate to support our mission of providing compassionate care to those in need. Join us in making a difference in the lives of others.