Medicare Cognitive Assessment Information: The Medicare annual wellness visit specifically requires “detection of any cognitive impairment,” defined as “assessment of an individual’s cognitive function by direct observation”. In plain English this means a cognitive test is administered during the Medicare annual wellness visit.
Free Cognitive Assessment
The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory impairment, mainly with difficulty remembering newly learned information. Try this test: the numbers you see into the box below. Most people are able to remember 5 to 8 numbers in a row. You change the “Span” of numbers displayed below.
To make this test more challenging, switch from Forward to Reverse order, and change the test speed from Slow to Fast. Click on the “New Test” Button to begin
Cognitive Assessment Test Questions
MyBrainTest has received several questions from readers on cognitive assessment tests as part of the Medicare wellness visit. Many early signs of memory loss problems in older adults are first noticed by family members, caregivers, and close friends. Use this memory loss question and symptom checklist to receive a personal report with scoring information:
The Medicare annual wellness visit specifically requires “detection of any cognitive impairment,” defined as “assessment of an individual’s cognitive function by direct observation, with due consideration of information obtained by way of patient report, concerns raised by family members, friends, caretakers or others.” Medicare offers limited policy guidance on how to perform an assessment, beyond specifying the use of a “validated structured assessment tool,” if appropriate. Evidence of whether cognitive assessment takes place at the annual wellness visit is limited, in part because providers bill Medicare for this visit but not for the specific services performed at the visit. Even less well understood is how annual wellness visit use and cognitive assessments vary by Medicare coverage type—that is, in fee-for-service Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans.