We are so excited to announce that we are now adding the ability for your patients to complete full advance directives while they have their conversations. Our hope is that Pathmedo becomes an application focused on improving the understanding of … Read More
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Have questions about the new billing codes for advance care planning? CMS has posted a great FAQ to explain some of these. CPT Code 99497– Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms … Read More
As CMS and the administrative contractors develop guidance for billing these codes, we stress advance care planning services should include both completing standardized forms, like advance directives and POLST, and also documentation in the medical record of goals, values and patient preferences for care. If CMS adopts guidelines regarding how many times the code may be charged or billed, allowances should be made for patient requests to change the advance care plan and changes in the patient’s medical condition which warrant re-evaluation of the plan.
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On April 1, 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced 3 new changes to the dietary guidelines for hospitals and critical access hospitals. Medical Staff and Board can now credential and privilege qualified nutritional specialists and dietitians to order … Read More
The Wall Street Journal details the new legislation CMS will implement in January: “In 2016, after years of controversy, Medicare plans to begin reimbursing doctors for having discussions with patients about what type of medical care they want and don’t … Read More
Conversations about end-of-life care can be difficult, but it's extremely important for patients and their families to make these decisions with their medical providers.