Cognitive assessment & care plan services

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a separate visit with a doctor or health care provider to fully review your cognitive function, establish or confirm a diagnosis like dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and develop a care plan. Your health care provider might also give you a cognitive assessment to look for signs of dementia when you go for other visits, including your yearly preventive “Wellness” visit.

Signs of cognitive impairment may 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.

Your costs in Original Medicare

After you meet the Part B  deductible , you pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount .

What it is

During a cognitive assessment, the doctor or health care practitioner may:

  • Perform an exam, talk with you about your medical history, and review your medications.
  • Identify your social supports including care that your usual caregiver can provide.
  • 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.

Things to know

You can bring someone with you (like a spouse, friend, or caregiver) to help listen to information and answer questions.

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