When you see your healthcare provider for a visit (including your yearly “Wellness” visit), they may perform a cognitive assessment to look for signs of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. 

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services. Part B also covers a separate visit with your regular doctor or a specialist to fully review your cognitive function, establish or confirm a diagnosis like dementia (including Alzheimer's disease), and establish a care plan.

Signs of cognitive impairment include trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, managing finances, and making decisions about your everyday life.

Other conditions (like depression, anxiety, and delirium) can also cause confusion, so it’s important to understand why you may be having symptoms.

Your costs in Original Medicare

The deductible is the amount you must pay for health care or prescriptions before Original Medicare, your Medicare Advantage Plan, your Medicare drug plan, or your other insurance begins to pay. After you meet the Part B deductible, you pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount. In Original Medicare, this is the amount a doctor or supplier that accepts assignment can be paid. It may be less than the actual amount a doctor or supplier charges. Medicare pays part of this amount and you are responsible for the difference.

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What it is

During a cognitive assessment, your doctor may:

  • Perform an exam, talk with you about your medical history, and review your medications.
  • Create a care plan to help address and manage your symptoms.
  • Help you develop or update your advance care plan.
  • Refer you to a specialist, if needed.
  • Help you understand more about community resources, like rehabilitation services, adult day health programs, and support groups.
Things to know

You can bring someone with you, like a spouse, friend, or caregiver, to help give information and answer questions.

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