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Minnesota Finds Culture Change Needed to Improve Care of Alzheimer's Patients

University of Minnesota researchers have assessed the current state of nursing home care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and have identified a number of state and federal policies that currently act as barriers to improvements in patient care. According to the authors, a culture change will be imperative to improve quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes while preparing for an influx of patients battling dementia as the population ages. According to the authors, state and federal regulations should be updated to result in better patient assessment, increase state Medicaid payments to nursing homes, and expand pay-for-performance nursing home care models.