Dementia Management: A Practice Update for Speech-Language Pathologists Most clinicians working with older adults have assessed and treated patients with cognitive-communicative deficits associated with dementia. Dementia management can be challenging at times, even for the most seasoned clinician. This article will provide a framework for dementia management focusing on assessment, treatment, and documentation to ensure that speech-language pathology ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2015
Dementia Management: A Practice Update for Speech-Language Pathologists
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mary Beth Mason-Baughman
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA
  • Renee Kinder
    Evergreen Rehabilitation, Lexington, KY
  • Financial Disclosure: Mary Beth Mason-Baughman is an associate professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Renee Kinder is a clinical specialist at Evergreen Rehabilitation.
    Financial Disclosure: Mary Beth Mason-Baughman is an associate professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Renee Kinder is a clinical specialist at Evergreen Rehabilitation.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Mary Beth Mason-Baughman has previously published in the subject area. Renee Kinder has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Mary Beth Mason-Baughman has previously published in the subject area. Renee Kinder has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2015
Dementia Management: A Practice Update for Speech-Language Pathologists
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 25, 158-164. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.4.158
History: Received May 1, 2015 , Revised September 17, 2015 , Accepted September 22, 2015
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 25, 158-164. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.4.158
History: Received May 1, 2015; Revised September 17, 2015; Accepted September 22, 2015

Most clinicians working with older adults have assessed and treated patients with cognitive-communicative deficits associated with dementia. Dementia management can be challenging at times, even for the most seasoned clinician. This article will provide a framework for dementia management focusing on assessment, treatment, and documentation to ensure that speech-language pathology services are reimbursable by meeting Medicare's definition of reasonable and necessary services as set forth by the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual. The goal of sharing this information is to help clinicians shape management programs to meet the needs of their patients with dementia and ensure compliance with current healthcare regulations.

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