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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

National News

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Massachusetts has become the first state to enact legislation surrounding the training of physicians, physician assistants, and nurses to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law additional training requirements around diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s patients for health care professionals to obtain or renew their license. The legislation goes even further by obligating the physicians who have diagnosed Alzheimer’s or related dementia in a patient to inform their family or legal representative about the condition, as well as charge all hospitals for putting into place a plan for recognizing and managing those with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, roughly 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, with that figure expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

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