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Making Medication Therapy Management a Cornerstone of Community-Based Care for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

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Publication Date: November 2006

Publisher(s): Medicare Rights Center

Topic: Health (Pharmaceutical services)
Health (Health services for the chronically ill)

Type: Report

Coverage: New York


People with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have a particular need for medication thearpy management (MTM) services that improve compliance with drug regimens and address inappropriate prescribing. All Medicare Part D plans are required to establish medication therapy management programs, but plans have generally favored eligibility criteria, modes of delivery and enrollment models that are ill-suited to people with dementia. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should take a proactive stance to encourage the development of medication therapy management programs that meet the needs of people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, particularly those who reside in the community.