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Medicaid rule will improve lives for those with Alzheimer's

(Des Moines Register) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have proposed a new rule that would reimburse health care providers for cognitive and functional assessment and care planning for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments.
In short, this new rule means that Medicaid will incentivize health care providers for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease earlier and recommending community-based services and support. Most importantly, the proposed rule allows the person receiving the diagnosis to access community resources, plan for his or her future and ultimately maintain independence by staying in home longer…
The proposed rule is open for public comment until Sept. 6, after which CMS will make any necessary revisions and release the final version for 2017 implementation.
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