Resources for Providers
As one of only 33 NIH-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers, the KU ADRC provides the resources doctors and other healthcare providers need to improve screening, treatment, and prevention.
Explore the KU ADRC resources for providers
Working together, the healthcare community is moving toward the day when we can postpone, or prevent, the changes created by Alzheimer’s disease. The KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is pleased to offer the resources you need to stay updated on research and treatments, improve screening, and refer patients as needed. We encourage you to learn more about all the resources available, including the Cognitive Care Network, created with your practice and patients in mind.
To refer patients to MyAlliance for Brain Health, download this PDF for easy signup.
Consider the following cognitive screening algorithm:
- AD-8 used as cognitive screening tool in all Medicare Wellness Visits
- AD-8 used when either individuals or families report subjective cognitive concerns
- If AD-8 score >2, incorporate MoCa (Montreal Cognitive Assessment), STMS (Short Test of Mental Status) or SLUMS (St. Louis University Mental Status Exam).
- If MoCa score <25 or STMS score <30 or SLUMS score <27, proceed with full diagnostic workup.
Refer patients to the KU ADRC Memory Care Clinic when:
- The patient or family reports subjective cognitive decline, and the explanation is not found on standard dementia evaluation
- You, another healthcare provider or the patient/family want a second opinion
- The case is neurologically complicated
To refer a patient, fax the following records to the KU ADC Memory Care Clinic at 913-945-7508:
- History and physical
- Blood and lab work results
- Brain scan reports and images
- The most recent visit notes
- Patient/family contact information/face sheet
The clinic will contact the person/family to schedule the visit once records are received.
The KU ADRC launched the Cognitive Care Network (CCN) in 2019 to increase access to care and support across Kansas, and help providers throughout the region incorporate early-stage-sensitive screening tools into their practice.
- Advance early detection of cognitive disorders.
- Provide a collaborative system that can advance education and support of individuals who are diagnosed with MCI, Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
- Move the current crisis-driven model of dementia care to an empowerment model, including advancing health literacy, personal control, wellness planning, and a collaborative approach to disease management
Partnership with Primary Care Providers
The Cognitive Care Network creates much-needed partnerships with primary care providers throughout the state, with a special focus on rural and other areas where there aren’t enough dementia-specialized neurologists to respond to the growing numbers of patients with cognitive concerns. In neurologically uncomplicated cases, the primary care provider is the best and most timely resource for diagnostic evaluation. The Cognitive Care Network supports providers through educational opportunities; recommended screening, diagnostic and disclosure protocols; and incorporation of co-management practitioners – dementia-specific “navigators” – when needed.
These navigators are a tremendously valuable resource for providers, patients, and caregivers. Experienced CCN navigators are incorporated into primary care practices and work with individuals and families following a new diagnosis of a dementia, rather than waiting for a crisis and integrating support services then. The CCN navigators can also be involved when patients with an existing diagnosis have needs.
With earlier detection and engagement, the person living with a dementia better understands how to address, adjust, compensate, and plan for challenges that can be experienced as part of this disease.
For more information about participating in the Cognitive Care Network, please contact Michelle Niedens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-945-7310.