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Alzheimer’s disease currently affects five million Americans. It threatens to completely overwhelm the United States healthcare system by 2050 unless we act now. As a primary care physician, you are on the front line of changing the way that Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are currently managed. In fact, experts estimate a skilled physician can diagnose Alzheimer’s with more than 90 percent accuracy.

You have a powerful resource at your disposal in the management of this devastating disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, supports physicians with the following resources:

  • Direct Referral Program

  • CME-accredited lecture, offered as a Joint Provider of the Massachusetts Medical Society

  • Public policy, resulting in increased reimbursement for patient management

  • An app and an online portal to help you assess cognitive impairment

  • Our 24/7 Helpline for healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers

Make a Direct Referral today by calling 800-272-3900 and one of our trained Memory Specialists will make a proactive call to your patient. After the call, a comprehensive Care Plan will be sent to the patient and caregiver and a follow-up form will come back to your office for inclusion in the medical record. This service is available at no charge to you or to the patient’s family. Contact Gabriella Ruiz, MA, for more information: [email protected]

Additionally, through a Joint Provider agreement with the Massachusetts Medical Society, we support physicians with CME-accredited lectures presented by prominent physicians in Alzheimer’s disease research. Call 800-272-3900 and ask to speak with our CME Coordinator for more information or check our calendar for professional education opportunities.

Thanks to the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act, CMS has introduced a code to reimburse physicians for care planning with their patients who suffer from dementia.  HCPCS Code G0505 for cognition and functional assessment and care planning for treatment of cognitive impairment went into effect on January 1, 2017. Talk to your billing specialist about using this code.

Download our Alzheimer’s Disease Pocketcard App  for your phone or tablet to assist you in making an accurate diagnosis of your patients with memory problems. We also offer an online portal with the same information. These resources are available to you at no charge.

Our Helpline is available to you, your staff, your patients and their families 24/7. Calls are answered live and clinical staff are always available.

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Until then, we are your resource for care and support for your patients and their families.