"We urge all primary care physicians to use the recommended step-by-step cognitive assessment process to take full advantage of the opportunity the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit provides – earlier detection of dementia, potentially earlier treatments, better healthcare management for patients and more favorable outcomes for affected families," concluded Thies.
The Alzheimer's Association looks forward to working with physician organizations and government agencies as it works to disseminate these recommendations.
Full text of the "Alzheimer's Association Recommendations for Operationalizing the Detection of Cognitive Impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit in a Primary Care Setting ," can be viewed at www.alz.org/physicians and will also be published in an upcoming issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.
Alzheimer's AssociationThe Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.SOURCE Alzheimer's Association