Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $150,000
This project developed and implemented a clinical care pathway to screen for and improve outcomes among Alzheimer’s patients at Billings Clinic and two rural healthcare facilities: Glendive Medical Center and Lewistown’s Central Montana Medical Center. As part of the project, patients over the age of 65 were screened appropriately for Alzheimer’s dementia and related dementias (ADRD) and that those diagnosed with ADRD and their caregivers received high-quality care and support. A detailed clinical care pathway and set of tools that address clinical care, support services, operations, and billing issues, with the goal of transforming and standardizing dementia care were also put into place. The project produced a robust framework, and the sites will continue to work on implementing the clinical pathways and will collect data and outcome measures over the next 12 to 24 months. Billings Clinic is interested in sharing the success of this project and their specific approach with other clinics across the state.