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December 2, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
5 things Doctors Need to Know About 2020 Medicare Fee Schedule
AMA Comments to CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule
15 Physicians Fired From Chicago-area Health System, Replaced by APRNs
MaineCare "Provider" Application Fees to Rise
US Life Expectancy Continues to Decline; Maine has 4th Greatest Rate
Maine Native, Med Student, Featured in NPR Story on Opioids
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
IMD Exclusion for SUD and SMI/SED 1115 Waiver Application
Safe Sleep Research Project - Provider Survey to improve recommendations for parents
HealthCare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment Ends on December 15
From The Alzheimer's Association: Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Calls Will Start Again in January; Organizational Meeting 12/10 at 6 p.m., MMA HQ
Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Physician Director of Primary Care
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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From The Alzheimer's Association: Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, can be difficult and time consuming to discuss with patients. Although in-depth care planning is beneficial for all, this type of service has not been covered under Medicare - until recently.  CPT® code 99483 provides reimbursement for a clinical visit that results in a comprehensive care plan, allowing you to deliver services that can contribute to a higher quality of life for your patients.  Clinicians who can be reimbursed under the code include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives.  Care planning for individuals with dementia is an ongoing process and a formal update to a care plan should occur at least once per year or when indicated by disease progression.

Click this link for additional information on care planning and the CPT® code 99483:
https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/care-planning

Diagnosis, Treatment an Management of Dementia:
https://www.alzmassnh.org/hospital/physician-cme-course/

For more information, contact:
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director
Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
207-772-0115 x9691  1-800-272-3900   pbaker@alz.org

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