Funding Opportunity Announcement

Georgia Memory Net Memory Assessment Clinic establishment and operation
Release and Issuance Date: 10/1/2022
Application Due Date: 12/31/2022

Executive Summary

The Georgia Alzheimer’s Project (GAP) was passed in the 2018 fiscal year state budget by the Georgia Assembly. The program is funded by Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) and managed by Emory University. Project activities began in July of 2017. Pursuant to feedback gathered from constituents and focus groups statewide, the GAP was renamed Georgia Memory Net.

Georgia Memory Net (GMN) is a statewide program dedicated to early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The goals of the program are to:

  • Establish and sustain a network of Memory Assessment Clinics (MACs) across the state to increase patient access to accurate diagnoses.
  • Engage statewide primary care clinicians’ to improve screening for cognitive impairment, increase referrals to GMN MACs, and provide support in their ongoing care of Georgians diagnosed with memory loss.
  • Connect patients to critical community services.
  • Provide oversight and evaluation of project performance.

This funding opportunity is for the establishment of a MAC within the GMN. The core functions of a GMN MAC are outlined below. 

  • Consulting with patients and care partners over a standardized two-visit workflow to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a customized care plan to support ongoing care for both the patient and care partner and to facilitate transition of care to the referring provider and local community services.
  • Engaging with the local primary care community to establish new referral patterns, provide a warm hand-off from the MAC back to referring providers, and to provide ongoing support and education in the long-term care of diagnosed patients.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with GMN’s community partners (local Alzheimer’s Association and Area Agency on Aging) to connect patients with existing services designed to support patients’ long-term needs.

Organizations selected to partner with GMN on this funding opportunity will benefit from GMN’s central operations that provide services and support for onboarding new MACs and support for ongoing MAC operations.  Benefits include:

  • Project management services to manage MAC startup and onboarding activities.
  • Clinical implementation consulting services to implement the GMN workflow into existing clinic operations as well as ongoing services to maintain best practices care and treatment.
  • Continuing education for MAC staff from GMN’s leadership team based at Emory School of Medicine including annual summits, case conferences, and shadowing GMN providers.
  • Access to marketing and outreach materials tailored for MAC branding.
  • Centrally funded marketing and outreach campaigns in MAC regions.
  • Access to GMN Portal, GMN’s central web portal that provides MAC staff with the tools for managing patients’ workflow through the clinic and facilitates transition of care to primary care providers (PCPs).

Funding Opportunity Summary:

Funding Opportunity Title:  Georgia Memory Net Memory Assessment Clinic
Due Date for Applications:  12/31/2022
Estimated Award Amount:  Up to $350,000 annually
Cost Sharing/Match Required:  No
Project Period: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026 (3 years with option to extend)
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are health care facilities in Georgia  with a credentialed MD or DO with a background in neurology, geriatrics, psychiatry, family medicine or primary care.

Minimum Requirements

The funding provided by GMN to establish and maintain a Memory Assessment Clinic is intended to enable existing health care organizations to extend their patient care offerings to include expert memory impairment diagnostic services and to offset the costs associated with the execution of GMN’s evidence-based workflow model.  GMN’s ideal partner is an existing physician practice that is part of a health care system meeting the following requirements:

  • EMR in place with ability to integrate with GMN systems.
  • IT support staff that can be leveraged for GMN specific needs.
  • Affiliation with an imaging facility to support timely MRIs and lumbar punctures.
  • Existing medical billing and coding processes and staff in place to maximize reimbursement of GMN related services.
  • Accepts Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Geographic location not covered by an existing GMN MAC or other competitive services. The graphic below details GMN’s existing footprint across the state:

Application Instructions

To apply for this funding opportunity, please submit a request on our website or email to receive the funding application document. Applications are due on December 31, 2022.  GMN leadership will be available via email and videoconference to answer questions about the program and application from October 1, 2022, to December 1, 2022.

Georgia Memory Net at a Glance

Why is Georgia Memory Net here? There’s so much information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias in Georgia, and how to diagnose and treat them, that it can become overwhelming. We’ve done our best to simplify the info into a clear one-page infographic.

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