Dr. Cheryl Woodson

Diagnosing Dementia in the Primary Care Setting: Can you Afford To? Can You Afford Not To?

Patients and caregivers with cognitive impairment pose a particular challenge for physicians and staff in the hectic primary care schedule. Dr. Woodson recommends strategies to serve this population without frustrating  staff and bogging down schedules.

Dr. Woodson  will discuss:

  • Behavioral triggers for targeted assessment and efficient scheduling
  • The impact of impaired patients on the practice- scheduling, waiting room, office encounters, follow up and compliance.
  • Simple assessment tools
  • Engaging  family caregivers
  • Developing networks of partners ( sub-specialty physicians, community care coordination services)
  • Funding strategies  ( coding, billing)

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