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Comments Submitted on CMS' Proposal to Allow Payment for Advance Care Planning Discussions

Source: NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding CMS' proposal to add new codes recognizing separate payment for advance care planning, as part of the proposed changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule in the Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016.

CMS proposed changing CPT codes 99497 and 99498 from "inactive" to "active" to allow payment for advance care planning discussions. CMS' comment period on the proposal closed on September 8 (see previous NAHC Report article here), and according to reports CMS received approximately 600 comments regarding the advance care planning proposal, of which approximately 500 were in support.

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The New York Times explores benefits of a health care proxy near end of life

"In most states, statutes specify which relatives can consent to medical procedures, or decline them, for a patient who hasn't appointed a decision maker: spouses first, usually followed by siblings and adult children.

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have added "close friend" to that list, according to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging; some states also include aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and adult grandchildren.

Still, hospital and nursing home staffs are often left wondering which treatments unrepresented patients would consent to, and may overtreat or undertreat them as a result. So more institutions are developing policies for such cases."

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The New 19th Edition of VNAA’s Clinical Procedure Manual Offered to Association Members at a 15% Discount!

VNAA’s Clinical Procedure Manual is the most important resource you need for home health and hospice clinical procedures. This 19th Edition has updates to include new procedures such as new technologies, cardiology, mental health and hospice and palliative care. There are many licensing package options to fit the needs of both small and large agencies. This valuable resource is being offered to our members at a 15% discount!

Learn more about the new 19th edition by visiting the Clinical Procedure Manual’s FAQ.

To order your agency’s licensing package please use the Association’s order form or order online. (For online ordering be sure to use our CT discount code found on the order form)


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