Medicare Managed Care Plan Beneficial for Residents with Advanced Dementia

A new study analyzing the data of more than 300 nursing home residents has found that residents with advanced dementia on the Medicare managed care plan were less likely to be hospitalized.  They were also more likely to have primary care visits in the nursing home and more nursing home-based nurse practitioner visits.  Researchers believe better care for advanced dementia patients is linked to higher numbers of nurse practitioners a facility has, as well as better reimbursement rates from insurers such as the rates the Medicare managed care plan offers.

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