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An Act Relative To Alzheimer's And Related Dementias In The Commonwealth

Massachusetts State Law requires hospitals to develop an operational plan for the recognition and care of patients with dementia and/or delirium by October 1, 2021.

An Act Relative to Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias in the Commonwealth

This law require hospitals to:

  • Develop an operational plan to identify dementia and/or delirium in the ED and/or inpatient settings and create a specialized care plan if detected;
  • Develop a process to ensure designated caregivers are involved in hospital processes, specifically transfer and discharge planning; and
  • Develop Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) measures, outlining the effectiveness of the operational plan effectiveness and including routine training for how clinical and relevant non-clinical staff receive routine training.

Operational Plan for Hospital Settings

The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) convened a workgroup consisting of clinical and operation experts from its membership, and representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association to provide guidance for acute care settings in the implementation of their operational plans which are consistent with the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee recommendations issued June 2017. Once completed, the plan will be made available to acute care settings via PatientCareLink.

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