Primary Care for Older Adults: A Functional Approach
The Boston Partnership for Older Adults announces the availability of its Functional Assessment Tool for Primary Care Physicians and the accompanying Patient Questionnaire. The BPOA’s Health Care Committee members created these materials.
The Functional Assessment Tool provides guidelines for a comprehensive assessment of older adults. Where appropriate the ICD-9 billing codes are provided to assist you with Pay for Performance and to bill for any issues, which you identified and addressed. Also provided is the contact information for Boston ElderINFO, a community information and referral service.
By using the Functional Assessment Tool and the Patient questionnaire, you treat the entire person and in addition to medical issues, you may discover some non-medical issues, which are impacting the health status of your patient. You are also supporting an improved dialogue between older patients and their doctors and increasing awareness that health equals function when considering how best to assess and treat older patients.
To download the materials click here