Florida Senate - 2021                                     SB 874
       By Senator Brodeur
       9-01153A-21                                            2021874__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to Alzheimer’s disease awareness;
    3         creating s. 381.825, F.S.; requiring the Department of
    4         Health, in collaboration with the Department of
    5         Elderly Affairs and the Alzheimer’s Association, to
    6         consolidate and disseminate certain information to
    7         certain health care practitioners for a specified
    8         purpose; specifying minimum requirements for such
    9         information; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Section 381.825, Florida Statutes, is created to
   14  read:
   15         381.825 Alzheimer’s disease awareness.—The Department of
   16  Health, in collaboration with the Department of Elderly Affairs
   17  and the Alzheimer’s Association, shall use existing, relevant
   18  public health and community outreach programs to incorporate and
   19  disseminate information to health care practitioners licensed
   20  under chapters 458, 459, and 464 to educate them on and increase
   21  their understanding and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and
   22  other types of dementia. This information must cover, at a
   23  minimum, all of the following:
   24         (1)The importance of early detection and timely diagnosis
   25  of cognitive impairment.
   26         (2)Utilization of a validated cognitive assessment tool.
   27         (3)The value of Medicare annual wellness visits for
   28  cognitive health.
   29         (4)The use of the Medicare billing code for care planning
   30  for individuals with cognitive impairment.
   31         (5)Methods to detect early warning signs of Alzheimer’s
   32  disease and other types of dementia.
   33         (6)Methods to reduce the risk of cognitive decline,
   34  particularly among individuals in diverse communities who are at
   35  greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types
   36  of dementia.
   37         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.