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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.

New Strategies in Diagnosing, Preventing, and Treating Dementia: A Course for Primary Care Physicians

Learning Objectives

  • Describe diagnostic evaluation of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Explain the efficacy of available pharmacologic treatments
  • Recommend available resources for patients and caregivers, that are non-pharmacologic
  • Identify risk management issues and explain preventive measures

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM


Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter
309 Waverley Oaks Rd Ste 304
Waltham, MA 02452


Monday, December 10, 2018
7:00AM – 8:30AM


Monday, December 10, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900

Presented by Brent Forester, MD, MSc

McLean Hospital:

Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Research Program

Harvard Medical School:

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Partners Health Care:

Medical Director, Behavioral Health Integration, Center for Population Health
Medical Director, Evaluation and Research, Center for Population Health


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.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services for healthcare professionals.