Alzheimer’s Dementia and Other Related Dementias:
An Evidence Based Update on Collaboration, Early Detection, and Cause of Death
A high level continuing education curriculum for health care providers and their staff.
Module I: Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Related Dementias: Early Detection and Diagnosis
Berneet Kaur, MD, MAS
Erlanger Health System, Neurologist, Director, Memory and Aging Service
- Define the types of dementia and early signs and symptoms.
- Review standards of best practice to reduce modifiable risk factors and screen for cognitive impairment.
- Discuss what elements of a physical exam and diagnostic testing should be performed prior to a referral to neurology and how to interpret them.
Module II: Community Care of the Neurodegenerative Dementias
Monica Crane, MD
Genesis Neuroscience Clinic, Medical Director
- Review most common subtypes of neurodegenerative dementia syndromes (Alz, LBD, Vascular, FTD)
- Clarify care needs for each major type of neurodegenerative dementia.
- Discuss pharmacological management for primary care management of the following:
- Cognitive Impairment
- Sleep difficulties
- Identify resources for the dementias.
Module III: Interprofessional and Community Collaboration in ADRD
Kristi Wick, DNP, FNP-BC, GS-C
Vicky B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology, Assistant Professor, UTC School of Nursing
- Describe the value of integrating interprofessional roles into clinical practice.
- Demonstrate the importance of addressing legal issues in the early stages of dementia.
- Introduce national, state, and local resources pertinent to dementia for providers, persons living with dementia and caregivers.
- Discuss the importance of research participation.
Module IV: Death Certificates: Older Adult Death & Accurate Reporting of Alzheimer’s Disease
Adele Lewis, MD
State of Tennessee, Chief Medical Examiner
- Present current statistics related to determining causes of death and correct completion of the death certificate.
- Explain the process for determining the correct cause of death.
- Discover strategies to determine the role of ADRD in cause of death and accurately complete the death certificate.
Module V: CPT® 99483: Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan Services
Betsy Reed, Health Systems Director, Alzheimer’s Association
Kristi Wick, DNP, FNP-BC, GS-C; Vicky B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology, Assistant Professor, UTC School of Nursing
- Describe the benefits of early diagnosis and care planning.
- Identify the required elements for CPT® 99483 cognitive assessment and care plan services.
- Assess how to implement care planning for cognitively impaired patients in their clinical setting.
Module VI: Addressing Barriers to Care and Health Policy Opportunities
Session 1: Patti L. Killingsworth, Chief of Long-Term Services & Supports, Bureau of TennCare, Tennessee
Session 2: Laura Thornhill, Senior Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement
- Provide a review of current and proposed legislation regarding the health care of persons with ADRD and their caregivers.
- Allow participants to engage in a collaborative discussion to identify current barriers to health care and develop talking points for legislative reform.