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New Alzheimer's Resources for California Clinicians

 

Today, statewide experts released the 2017 Alzheimer’s Clinical Care Guideline to help physicians and other health practitioners improve disease management for the 630,000 Californians currently living with dementia. 

 

The new guideline was developed by an interdisciplinary workgroup representing academia, research, specialty medicine, primary care and social work.  The workgroup was created in response to Senate Bill 613 (Allen, D-Santa Monica), legislation signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown in 2015, calling on the California Department of Public Health to review scientific literature, evaluate evidence-based research and highlight best practices in Alzheimer’s disease management.

 

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, the workgroup made key recommendations in four areas:  assessment, care planning, education & support, and important legal considerations.  Further, the workgroup identified additional resources for clinicians, including a new Medicare billing code (GO505) adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 1, 2017.  This code reimburses physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists for a variety of care planning services essential to quality dementia management.  

 
 
 
 
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association 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.

The State Policy Office of the Alzheimer’s Association in California fulfills the national Alzheimer’s Association mission.  Our priorities reflect the consensus of California’s five chapters and 20 local offices to advance statewide public policy issues. The policy office identifies and influences issues that demonstrate a direct, positive link to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia disorders and their families. Through the leadership of the state policy office families drive policy decisions that impact persons with dementia, their families and caregivers.


 
 
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