Navigation Links
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Applauds Inclusion of Cognitive Impairment Detection in Healthcare Reform
Date:11/21/2009

Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of cognitive impairment detection as part of the new annual wellness for Medicare beneficiaries in "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" that was introduced last night:

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 21, 2009 -- Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of cognitive impairment detection as part of the new annual wellness for Medicare beneficiaries in "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" that was introduced last night:
    
"On behalf of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and our more than 1,200 member organizations, we thank United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NE), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who spearheaded the provision, for including 'detection of any cognitive impairment' as a component of the new annual wellness visit for Medicare beneficiaries in 'The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.'
    
"AFA originally advocated for inclusion of cognitive screening back in May when the Senate Finance Committee released its second policy options paper. AFA pressed for screening in light of the escalating incidence of Alzheimer's disease among aging Americans and mounting evidence that early diagnosis of memory problems is critical to appropriate treatment, behavioral interventions and support services.
    
"Early detection of memory problems is one of AFA's major national initiatives, and the Senate health reform language comes on the heels of our annual National Memory Screening Day (NMSD). This past Tuesday more than 2,200 sites nationwide offered free confidential memory screenings to an estimated 54,000 participants, as well as follow-up resources and educational materials about dementia and successful aging. AFA additionally posts community screenings held by local organizations throughout the year at www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.
    
"A memory screening can serve as a routine, cost-worthy evaluation for primary care physicians to promote early detection of cognitive impairment. A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that assesses memory and other intellectual functions. The results do not represent a diagnosis, but individuals with below-normal scores or who still have concerns are strongly encouraged to follow up for a full medical examination. Validated memory screening instruments are shown to demonstrate 80 to 90 percent or higher accuracy in reviewed studies--similar to other established screening tests such as mammography and Pap smear.
    
"AFA believes this groundbreaking provision is a major step forward toward elevating the issue of memory problems as well as Alzheimer's disease and related dementias to the stature it deserves. Unlike cancer and heart disease, Medicare currently offers no benefit for early identification of memory problems or Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The provision for 'detection of any cognitive impairment' is included in a section of the Senate bill that would give Medicare beneficiaries access to an annual wellness visit, including a comprehensive health risk assessment to identify chronic diseases, injury risks, modifiable risk factors, and urgent health needs.
    
"It is widely recognized that physicians and other healthcare professionals currently do not suspect dementia often enough. It is unacceptable to leave the disease undetected to the extent it is now when there are safe tools available that can lead to an increase in earlier discovery. We can do better and we applaud Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Baucus and Senator Carper for showing us that it can and should be done."
    
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their families, and unites 1,200 member organizations nationwide that provide hands-on programs. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line with counseling by licensed social workers, a free caregiver magazine, a National Memory Screening Day initiative and the AFA Quilt to Remember. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

###


Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/11/prweb3237024.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Integrative Neurologist Breaks Ground in Alzheimer's Prevention
2. Top 10 Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers
3. Top 10 Ways to Prevent or Delay Alzheimer's
4. Merrill Hills Manor, New Alzheimer's/Memory Care and Assisted Living Community, Welcomes Public to Grand Opening on November 19 in Waukesha
5. Top 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
6. Forget-Me-Not-Flower-Club Launches Floral Gift Program For Caregivers: Alzheimer's Awareness Month Program Offers Resources, Recognition for Friends and Family
7. Crisis in Aging: Disability and Alzheimer's: Lack of Caregivers Threatens South Florida Seniors' Ability to Stay Home
8. Report Finds Alzheimer's Killing More People Than Breast And Prostate Cancer Combined
9. A Place for Mom Announces Support in Effort to End Alzheimer's Disease
10. New Immune Approach for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
11. Inside Story of HBO's Alzheimer's Project with Series Producer John Hoffman and Dr. Laurie Ryan on WebmasterRadio.FM's "Rainmaker"
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... offering treatments for patients with sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. These conditions are ... physical health. Dr. Rassouli provides personalized care to reduce the risk of these ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... ... Allegheny Health Network (AHN) officials today announced a bold new step to greatly ... in the greater Pittsburgh region. Starting January 23, patients who call AHN by 11 ... afternoon. , AHN is the first healthcare provider in the region ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... Tribble ... services to the eastern Virginia region, is inaugurating a charity event to honor Chad ... , While on duty last year, Chad Phillip Dermyer and his fellow officers were ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Antonio, TX (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... has for the fifth consecutive year donated money to the Triumph Over Kid Cancer ... A. Ragan was one of those children. James saw firsthand the effect of the ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... The CHP ... driving during a rain storm by slowing down and increasing the space between themselves ... 40. Los Angeles based car accident attorney Raymond R. Hassanlou notes that, rain or ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ... instruments and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets ... financial results for the third quarter fiscal year 2017, ... 4:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  The ... fiscal year 2017 after the market closes on Thursday, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017  Sensus Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... specializing in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers ... superficial radiation therapy, today announced that it will ... financial results on Thursday, February 2, 2017 after the ... a conference call with the investment community on Thursday, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , January 19, 2017 Shire ... that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ... New Drug Application (NDA) for SHP465, a long-acting, triple-bead, ... a potential once-daily treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The ... around June 20, 2017, the designated Prescription Drug User ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: