Dementia Awareness Month

June is Dementia Awareness Month. Therefore, in addition to the things we usually discuss about your patient’s health, we are also talking to all of your patients about dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline are the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. More research is coming out that shows ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia and how early intervention is key.

For that reason, we will be providing dementia screenings for all of your patients this month and discussing ways to lower your risk of dementia through healthy lifestyle choices. How we do this is by conducting a short screening that entails a number of questions for the patient to respond to. After the AD8 Dementia Screening, the Chronic Care Coordinator then documents the assessment in the patient’s EHR. The patient receives education reviewed on lifestyle modifications for reducing the risk of dementia. The Chronic Care Coordinator must attempt to schedule a follow-up appointment if a patient receives a high score. If no appointment is indicated and not scheduled, there must be a reason listed. All education points that are discussed with the patient are also documented within the patient’s chart.

Our goal is to decrease the risks of dementia within your practice and support any patients that are currently living with this disease.

About the Author

Yvonne Tyson is Vice President of Clinical Services at Wellbox, the all-inclusive solution for tracking and billing for Chronic Care Management and Annual Wellness Visits, as well as offering in-demand Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring services.

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2 thoughts on “Dementia Awareness Month”

  1. Who conducts the short screening for Dementia? Is it the doctor or the chronic care coordinator?

    1. Hi, thank-you for your comment. Dementia screening is one of 12 initiatives offered on a monthly basis, in addition to routine CCM services (at no additional cost). Your Chronic Care Coordinator will complete the AD8 Dementia Screening interview with your patient. This is then scored and documented in your EHR for the appropriate physician to review with the patient, as needed. Our goal with CCM is to help offices assess patient needs in a timely manner to get them the in-office attention they need, while preventing more serious and life-threatening conditions in the process.

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