Use Annual Wellness Exams to Detect Cognitive Impairment

A new report from The Gerontological Society provides guidance to physicians when they perform annual wellness visits (AWV) on Medicare beneficiaries.

A significant benefit of the 2010 Affordable Care Act has been the elimination of copays and deductibles when Medicare beneficiaries receive an annual wellness assessment with their primary care provider.

Although the detection of cognitive impairment is among items to be assessed during the annual wellness exam, a dedicated tool for this purpose is not mandated.

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