We completed the first-ever study demonstrating, with statistical significance, that empowering family caregivers reduces healthcare cost for Members (care recipients) living with dementia.
A summary of third-party validated outcomes, determined versus a propensity-matched comparison group, is provided in this validation report.
Projected Net Savings
Based on our validated outcomes for dementia, projected net savings (gross savings less fees paid to Ceresti) attributable to the Ceresti DCEP are $5 million per 1,000 enrolled Members. The projected return on investment (ROI) is greater than 4. Actual net savings depend on the costs of enrolled Members.
Example: For a typical health plan with 50,000 Members, an estimated 13,000 (26% of all Members) depend on a family caregiver. If 500 Members are enrolled in the Ceresti DCEP (4% of eligible), projected net savings are $2.5 million; if 2,000 Members (15% of eligible) are enrolled in the Ceresti DCEP, projected net savings are $10 million.
Member outcomes were compared to outcomes from a 3:1 propensity matched control group using a difference-in-differences approach. Enrollees and control group members were matched on a variety of variables, including age, sex, Charlson comorbidity index, geographic region, utilization and six cost categories.
Caregiver medical costs were determined for spousal caregiver Members for whom claims data was available, and compared to outcomes from a 3:1 propensity matched control group using a difference-in-differences approach.
The number of mental unhealthy days (MUHD) reported by caregivers on the CDC-developed Healthy Days assessment declined by 3.1 days over the course of their caregiver empowerment program.
Caregiver’s net promoter score (NPS), a measure of caregiver satisfaction, was 75.
Caregivers who engaged in their programs—an average of 93% of those who were enrolled—spent an average of 39.5 minutes per week engaging in education, coaching calls, messaging, assessments and digital therapies, and completed an average of 2.2 remote risk assessments per week.
Remote Risk Assessments
Completed by caregivers about
Member’s and own health
Being a family caregiver can be overwhelming, particularly if a loved one suffers from dementia exacerbated by other chronic conditions. The following case study tells the story of Renee and Tom, who illustrate how the Ceresti education and coaching program can offer caregivers the support they need and help provide the best possible care for their loved one.
“I’m not afraid anymore. The anxiety just isn’t there like it used to be…”
It wasn’t always that way for Renee. As the primary caregiver for her husband Tom who was diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions, that meant managing his health needs and daily activities in addition to her own. Renee often felt stressed and anxious about the requirements of caring for Tom at home. By working with Ceresti’s education, coaching and support program, she was able to develop the skills and confidence needed to provide Tom with the best possible care and alleviate the stress associated with her role as his caregiver.