The aging brain care medical home: Preliminary data

Michael A. LaMantia*, Catherine A. Alder, Christopher M. Callahan, Sujuan Gao, Dustin D. French, Mary G. Austrom, Karim Boustany, Lee Livin, Bharath Bynagari, Malaz A. Boustani

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The Aging Brain Care (ABC) Medical Home aims to improve the care, health outcomes, and medical costs of Medicare beneficiaries with dementia or depression across central Indiana. This population health management program, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, expanded an existing collaborative dementia and depression care program to serve 1,650 older adults in a local safety-net hospital system. During the first year, 20 full-time clinical staff were hired, trained, and deployed to deliver a collaborative care intervention. In the first 18 months, an average of 13 visits was provided per person. Thirty percent of the sample had a diagnosis of dementia, and 77% had a diagnosis of depression. Sixty-six percent of participants with high depression scores (Patient Health Questionnaire-9 score ≥14) had at least a 50% reduction in their depressive symptoms. Fifty-one percent of caregivers of individuals with dementia had at least a 50% reduction in caregiver stress symptoms (measured by the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor-Caregiver Version). After 18 months, the ABC Medical Home has demonstrated progress toward improving the health of older adults with dementia and depression. Scalable and practical models like this show initial promise for answering the challenges posed by the nation's rapidly aging population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1209-1213
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Medicare
  • care coordination
  • dementia
  • depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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