The Alzheimer's Association has announced the launch of the Cognitive Impairment Care Planning Toolkit for care providers. This comprehensive resource provides critical information and best practices for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to better provide necessary care planning for individuals with cognitive impairment including Alzheimer's and other dementias — which is now covered by Medicare.
Following a dementia diagnosis, care planning is crucial to improving outcomes and maintaining quality of life for the diagnosed and their caregivers, as well as controlling costs and planning appropriately for the future. The new G0505 Medicare code provides reimbursement for a clinical visit that results in a comprehensive care plan, allowing clinicians to develop a care plan and identify appropriate community support services that can contribute to a higher quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment.
The Cognitive Impairment Care Planning Toolkit was developed by the Alzheimer's Association with input from other experts in the field. The toolkit, available at alz.org/careplanning, serves as a resource for clinicians to understand what the G0505 Medicare code covers, and to provide a wide variety of resources for the clinician to utilize in care planning sessions.