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Articles by David Reuben
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  David Reuben , Jennifer Levin , Janet Frank , Susan Hirsch , Heather McCreath , Carol Roth and Neil Wenger
  The quality of care provided by primary-care physicians for patients with dementia remains poor, in part because physicians do not provide counseling and education. Local Alzheimer's Association chapters have the potential to improve the quality of care provided for dementia, but are hampered by a lack of referrals from primary-care physicians. Many physicians remain unaware of the services available through Alzheimer's Association chapters, but recognize the need to provide support to families, ensure patient safety, and manage behavioral problems. At present, systems to promote referrals and communication with local chapters are lacking. Practice redesign may facilitate linkages between practices and Alzheimer's Association chapters. However, if these linkages are to be adopted and sustained, they must demonstrate a relative advantage to physicians beyond the care they currently provide, and must be compatible with how care is currently delivered in their practices.
  Cyndy B. Cordell , Soo Borson , Malaz Boustani , Joshua Chodosh , David Reuben , Joe Verghese , William Thies and Leslie B. Fried
  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act added a new Medicare benefit, the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), effective January 1, 2011. The AWV requires an assessment to detect cognitive impairment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) elected not to recommend a specific assessment tool because there is no single, universally accepted screen that satisfies all needs in the detection of cognitive impairment. To provide primary care physicians with guidance on cognitive assessment during the AWV, and when referral or further testing is needed, the Alzheimer's Association convened a group of experts to develop recommendations. The resulting Alzheimer's Association Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Algorithm for Assessment of Cognition includes review of patient Health Risk Assessment (HRA) information, patient observation, unstructured queries during the AWV, and use of structured cognitive assessment tools for both patients and informants. Widespread implementation of this algorithm could be the first step in reducing the prevalence of missed or delayed dementia diagnosis, thus allowing for better healthcare management and more favorable outcomes for affected patients and their families and caregivers.
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