By Amie Northagen
Alzheimers Association 

Why Medicare/Medicaid Code 99483 matters

Improving Alzheimer’s care in Alaska

 

April 1, 2024 | View PDF



As the Alzheimer's Association Alaska Chapter, our mission is to improve the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We continuously advocate for comprehensive care services that address the diverse needs of patients and their caregivers. Code 99483 is currently covered for Alaska Medicare patients, but not for Alaska Medicaid patients. The inclusion of 99483 in Alaska's approved Medicaid billing code list would ensure enhanced care for Alaskans with cognitive impairment.

Code 99483 represents a pivotal opportunity for clinicians to provide essential care planning services to those living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. This inclusion allows for reimbursement for a spectrum of crucial services provided by medical professionals, facilitating a holistic approach to care. There are a number of essential elements within this code that have a profound impact on patients and caregivers alike.

Firstly, a cognitive evaluation forms the cornerstone of effective care planning. By comprehensively assessing cognitive function, clinicians can tailor care plans to meet the individual needs of each patient. Medical decision-making and reconciliations further ensure that treatment plans align with patients' unique circumstances, promoting the best possible health outcomes.

Equally crucial is the identification of caregiver needs and knowledge. Caregivers play an indispensable role in the lives of individuals with dementia, often taking on significant responsibilities. By addressing caregiver needs and providing necessary support, clinicians can alleviate some of their burden and enhance the overall quality of life for both the caregiver and the individual living with the disease.

Moreover, the development of an individualized and advanced care plan empowers patients and caregivers to navigate the complexities of Alzheimer's disease with confidence. This personalized roadmap encompasses medical, emotional and practical considerations, fostering a sense of security and control amidst uncertainty.

Referrals to community resources further enrich the care landscape, connecting individuals with valuable support networks and services tailored to their needs. Functional assessments of the patient's decision-making capacity and abilities complement this comprehensive approach, ensuring that care can evolve as situations change.For individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, access to these services is not merely beneficial—it's imperative. As such, we urge the State of Alaska to take proactive steps in extending Medicaid coverage to include code 99483 for medical professionals. By doing so, we can reaffirm our commitment to delivering compassionate, person-centered care to those affected by cognitive impairment.

Together, we can transform lives and foster a community where individuals with cognitive impairment receive the comprehensive support they deserve.

If you need help or resources for Alzheimer’s and dementia, visit us online at http://www.alz.org/alaska.

Amie Northagen is the marketing communications manager for Alzheimer’s Association Alaska and Washington state chapters.

 
 

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