covers a visit with your regular doctor or a specialist to do a full review of your cognitive function, establish or confirm a diagnosis like dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, and establish a care plan.
Signs of cognitive impairment include trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, managing finances, or making decisions about your everyday life.
Conditions like depression, anxiety, and delirium can also cause confusion, so it’s important to understand why you may be having symptoms.
The Part B
During this visit, your doctor may:
- Perform an exam, talk with you about your medical history, and review your medications.
- Create a care plan to help address and manage your symptoms.
- Help you develop or update your advance care plan.
- Refer you to a specialist, if needed.
- Help you understand more about community resources, like rehabilitation services, adult day health programs, and support groups.
- When you see your provider for a visit (including your yearly “Wellness” visit), they may perform a cognitive impairment screening. Medicare covers a separate visit to do a more thorough review.
- You can bring someone with you, like a spouse, friend, or caregiver, to help provide information and answer questions.