Massachusetts Medical Society: Diagnosis, Treatment and Care of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias – 6 Module Series

Diagnosis, Treatment and Care of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias – 6 Module Series

Diagnosis, Treatment and Care of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (MA BORIM) has set forth a training requirement for physicians and other health care professionals who serve an adult population.

This 6-part series aligns with MA BORIM’s requirement and exposes clinicians to prevention techniques, psychopharmological options and care planning of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias including patient centered approaches to communicating with the patient and their family.

For successful completion, all 6 modules must be completed with a passing exam score to satisfy the requirements of MGL c. 112, s. 2.

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc
Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is the chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and medical director for Behavioral Health in the Center for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. Dr. Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has previously served on boards of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire.

Lorraine D. Kermond, MSG, CDP
Lorraine Kermond has worked in the field of gerontology and Alzheimer’s care for 27 years. She has a Master of Science from the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California with a concentration in administration. Her professional experience includes working in community-based programs, adult day health settings and assisted living care. She was a co-facilitator for the first Massachusetts based support group for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. As Manager of Professional Education for the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH she is a contributing author and oversees the nationally known train the trainer program, Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Program, New England’s largest professional Alzheimer’s conference,  A Map Through the Maze, and speaks across New England on non-pharmacological approaches to Alzheimer’s care.

Edward R. Marcantonio, MD, SM
Dr. Marcantonio is the Section Chief for Research in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marcantonio is an internationally recognized expert and clinical investigator in the area of delirium (acute confusion), in which he has performed numerous observational and interventional research studies. He currently leads two NIH-funded R01 studies in this area focused on improving diagnostic strategies for delirium, and biomarker discovery for delirium. Dr. Marcantonio's broader research interests include improving quality of care for hospitalized older adults, predictors of hospitalization and unplanned hospital readmission, and outcomes of non-cardiac and cardiac surgery in older adults.

Dr. Marcantonio serves as BIDMC site director of the HMS Fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, teaches Epidemiology in the Clinical Effectiveness Program at Harvard School of Public Health, and has mentored nearly 50 students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. He has received the BIDMC Center for Faculty Development's Excellence in Mentoring Award, the HMS A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentorship, and currently holds a Mid-Career Mentoring Award in Patient-Oriented Research from the National Institute on Aging. He also has been nationally recognized for his research, having received the Paul Beeson Physician Scholarship in Aging Research, the American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation Award, and is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians.

Daniel Z. Press, MD
Daniel Press, MD is a cognitive neurologist and the clinical director for the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Originally from Vernon, Connecticut, he attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in the Biological Basis of Behavior, an interest that continues to this day. He then attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for his medical training and participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – National Institutes of Health Research Scholar Program for one year at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Press trained in neurology in the Harvard Longwood Neurology Training Program and did his fellowship training in Cognitive Neurology at BIDMC. His research interests include developing new treatments for the cognitive symptoms in Parkinson’s disease; and determining the effect of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease on motor learning.

Susan Rowlett, LICSW
Ms. Rowlett is Program Director of the Dementia Care Collaborative in the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Open to patients, caregivers and staff, the program offers support to those navigating the often-difficult path of caring for an aging parent, spouse, friend or loved one. Prior to her current position at MGH, Ms. Rowlett served as the Complex Care Manager for the Cambridge Health Alliance. In this role she coordinated care and therapeutic intervention to assist patients and their caregivers to manage complex medical conditions and co-occurring psycho-social medical impediments. She also spent 10 years as Program Manager, Care Consultation and Clinical Education for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. In this position, Ms. Rowlett led 1:1 and group care consultation, developed curricula and facilitated professional, caregiver and community education, and trained and supervised Dementia Care Consultants and Social Work students. Ms. Rowlett holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College.

Module 1: Diagnosis & Prevention
Module 2: Screening & Testing
Module 3: Non-Pharmacologic Management
Module 4: Pharmacologic Treatment
Module 5: Ongoing Care
Module 6: Updates on New Therapies

Intended Audience
This activity is designed for physicians and other health care professionals required to take Alzheimer's disease and related dementias training, and others interested in this topic.

Course Objectives

  • Employ a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia
  • Describe non-pharmacological management options
  • Discuss pharmacological treatment, including psychopharmacological options
  • Identify the elements required for billing Care Planning under CPT Code 99483

Course Fees
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member: $160.00
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: $360.00
Non-Members Resident/Student: $80.00
Allied Health Professional/Other: $128.00

Format & Estimated Time to Complete
Video/4 hours  

Accreditation and Credit Information
Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, This activity has met the requirements as a Lifelong Learning CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 4.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  

Exam/Assessment: A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term
Original Release Date: April 3, 2023
Review Date (s): N/A
Termination Date: April 3, 2026

System Requirements

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:
IE 11+
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+

iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)

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