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The report can be downloaded from this page in PDF format. Single printed copies are also available by request via e-mail: health@oag.state.md.us or telephone: (410) 576-6327.


Policy Study on Alzheimer's Disease Care

The Attorney General has issued a report focused on State law and policy affecting people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. This report is intended to identify, and promote public discussion about, the legal and policy environment in which care is delivered. In carrying out this project, the Attorney General's staff reviewed the pertinent literature, interviewed experts, and met with those directly affected by this ailment. 

"Over 85,000 Marylanders now have this terrible disease, and tens of thousands more will get it in the coming years," the Attorney General said. "This report reflects our effort to understand and address the policy implications of this major public health problem."

Download the Report: due to length, the report is in separate chapters (PDF files).

Overview Cover, Table of Contents, Preface, and Summary of Recommendations
Chapter 1 Alzheimer's Disease: Assessing Its Impact and Its Policy
Chapter 2 Health Care Decisions: Patient Capacity and Proxy Decision Making
Chapter 3 Guardianship
Chapter 4 Advance Planning: Health Care Choices and Research Participation
Chapter 5 Advance Planning-Financial Matters
Chapter 6 Access to Appropriate Health Care Services - The Role of the State Medicaid Program
Chapter 7 Facility Regulation and Quality Care of AD Patients
Chapter 8 Patient Abuse and Exploitation
Chapter 9 Genetic Discrimination
Chapter 10 Driving and Other Transportation Issues

A recent letter of advice follows up on one aspect of the Report by discussing the provision of the Maryland Vehicle Law on physician reporting of certain medical disorders, often including Alzheimer's disease. Click to download letter.



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