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PCPs may get letters from UConn regarding their patients and a study on depression, delirium and dementia

09/14/2017

The University of Connecticut Center on Aging and the School of Medicine at UConn Health are recruiting ConnectiCare Medicare Advantage members who may have one or more of the “3Ds:” dementia, depression and delirium.

Primary care providers (PCPs) may receive a letter from UConn letting them know their patient is involved in the ongoing study. The letter may also include treatment recommendations for the patient.

The study, funded by the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, will test how a new home-based clinical team care model may improve health-related outcomes of older adults living with cognitive vulnerability and their families.

The study will recruit 760 adults in Connecticut who are age 65 and older, living at home in Connecticut for the next 12 months and have their Medicare insurance through ConnectiCare, a partner in the study. Family members of these adults will also be invited to participate in the study.

Recruitment will be based on any claims providers may have submitted in the prior month. If the claims contained any ICD-10 codes related to dementia, depression or delirium, a ConnectiCare representative will call the member or family member (for adults diagnosed with dementia) to find out if they are interested in participating in the study and if UConn can contact them.

The study is not taking doctor referrals at this time. If a doctor wants his/her patients to be considered for the study, make sure to include ICD-10 codes related to dementia, depression or delirium on any claims related to the treatment of that patient.