"The idea of planning for care through the end of life seems distant and hard to grasp for a lot of us — especially those considered young or without current health conditions. When are we at the end? When we’re diagnosed with cancer? When we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time? “Advance care planning” is similarly vague. In advance of what? Plus, a lot of us assume a doctor or medical team is responsible for planning our care." Aly Lynch, 3/1/2023
As defined by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Advance Care Planning (ACP) is:
a voluntary, face-to-face service between a physician or other qualified health care professional (QHP) and a patient, family member, caregiver, or surrogate to discuss the patient’s health
care wishes if they become unable to make their own medical decisions. (CMS MLN Fact Sheet)
A recent report showed that many providers who billed for this service, did not fully comply with Federal requirements.
We have updated the Interactive Resource Guide: for you on this topic. While brief, it is filled with the resources you need to perform this patient-centered service while adhering to guidelines for reimbursement from CMS. Click the button below to access this guide (and other guides).
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