The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) has been monetized.
As of September 1st, 2020, caregivers will no longer be permitted to administer the MoCA without having first completed the official MoCA ™ certification process.*
The certification process takes about an hour, costs $125 for individuals and is good for two years. Currently, MoCA ™ recommends recertification at the 2 years mark at 50% of the original cost but is not requiring it.
*Exceptions: neuropsychologists do not have to complete the training; nor do students, residents, fellows and other trainees if under the supervision of already trained staff.
Options to Consider:
- Continue to administer the MoCA by completing your individual certification
- If you wish to continue using the MoCA, you must complete the certification process which can be accessed at https://www.mocatest.org/ .
- Continue to administer the MoCA in your clinic by having 2-3 staff members get certified
- If most of the providers in your clinic wish to continue using the MoCA, consider the option of having 2-3 staff members, such as care guides and MAs, get trained to administer the MoCA to patients in your clinic.
- This likely will also require changes in work flow, but can be an efficient and effective way to provide cognitive assessments for your patients.
- Switching to the SLUMS
- The SLUMS (St. Louis University Mental Status exam) is a reasonably good alternative to the MoCA and remains FREE of charge.
Education for SLUMs
- Training on how to administer the SLUMs is available in these short videos:
· From SLUMS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ctoWU-qzw
· From Act on Alzheimers
You can also access the SLUMS at the following website: https://www.slu.edu/medicine/internal-medicine/geriatric-medicine/aging-successfully/assessment-tools/mental-status-exam.php