An initiative of the Affordable Care Act was the addition of Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit. During this annual visit, primary care providers are required to perform an assessment and evaluation to detect cognitive impairment. While this assessment sounds beneficial, there is no requirement for a specific screening tool.
Many patients living with dementia remains undiagnosed, with diagnosis usually occurring long after cognitive signs and symptoms have been present. A timely and earlier diagnosis is important for the wellbeing of the patient living with dementia and the family, allowing them to plan and have access to supportive services sooner