tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 11

Neurology News: Get Confident in Distinguishing Dementia From Alzheimer's

Remember to pay attention to associated conditions. One of the most common challenges for coders face when reporting dementia is that the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are used interchangeably, when actually their clinical parameters are different. Read on for vital information that will help you distinguish the difference every time. Begin With the Basics of Dementia Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, thinking, remembering, and reasoning and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is...

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