Medicare expenditures associated with Alzheimer disease

Robert L Kane, A. Atherly

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Abstract

This study uses 4 years of data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to compare the use of Medicare covered services for persons who report having a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer disease with those who do not, adjusting for the prevalence of comorbidities and functional limitations. Although overall rates of Medicare spending are higher for demented persons, when other factors such as functional status are included in the predictive model, there is no consistent relation between the presence of dementia and higher Medicare spending. In some years, dementia was associated with higher adjusted expenditures for community living persons, whereas nursing home residents with Alzheimer disease have lower Medicare expenditures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalAlzheimer disease and associated disorders
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 18 2000

Keywords

  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Expenditures
  • Medicare
  • Nursing homes

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