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
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.
American Heart Association News reports that a picture may be worth even more than a thousand words. People with advanced heart failure who watched a short video depicting different levels of end-of-life care were more likely to choose comfort care … Read More
A new poll conducted by the John A. Hartford Foundation with support from the California Health Care Foundation and Cambia Foundation shows that Physicians overwhelmingly support having end-of-life conversations. Key findings from the surveyed physicians include the following: 99% said advance … Read More
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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