LEAD Coalition urges CMS to revise MedLearn instructions, improve cognitive impairment assessment

On September 25, 170 LEAD Coalition member organizations and allies wrote to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to remove ambiguity about when and how health care practices should provide cognitive impairment detection services to eligible Medicare beneficiaries. Specifically, the LEAD Coalition is urging CMS to revise the MedLearn instructions for the Initial Preventive Physical Exam and subsequent Annual Wellness Visit(s) to read “Assess the beneficiary’s cognitive function with a brief validated structured cognitive assessment tool found at the NIA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources for Professionals website.” Read the letter here.