Misidentifying dementia may lead to higher costs, study finds

07/18/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Medicare costs increased when patients with vascular or Parkinson's disease-related dementia were misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, researchers said at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Dr. Ralph Nixon of NYU Langone Medical Center said the implications of a misdiagnosis include the missed opportunity for patients to get appropriate treatment.

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