New Report from AARP Public Policy Institute: Family Caregivers & Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

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.