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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.

A Map Through the Maze: Conference for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Providers

Featuring an Acute Care Track

A Map Through the Maze, a practical based Alzheimer’s and dementia care conference, offers professionals a unique opportunity to learn current and cutting edge information on a wide range of Alzheimer’s related care topics including meaningful engagement, the latest on treatment and medications, research updates, communication tips, managing dementia related behaviors, hands on care techniques and much more. A specific track for those working in the acute care setting is a highlight of this conference..A Map Through the Maze, a practical based Alzheimer’s and dementia care conference, offers professionals a unique opportunity to learn current and cutting edge information on a wide range of Alzheimer’s related care topics including meaningful engagement, the latest on treatment and medications, research updates, communication tips, managing dementia related behaviors, hands on care techniques and much more. A specific track for those working in the acute care setting is a highlight of this conference.

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.