FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Reimbursement for Advance Care Planning Conversations
This Will Help Medicare Beneficiaries Make More Informed Decisions on Care
Beginning January 1, 2016, physicians can now bill Medicare for advance care planning conversations. Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care supports the new rule that provides physician compensation for what are important and complicated conversations with patients who are Medicare beneficiaries. We are pleased that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recognizes the value of these meaningful discussions between physicians and their patients.
“For years, Heart ‘n Home has advocated for individuals to talk about their healthcare wishes with loved ones and healthcare providers. As Americans live longer, it’s more important than ever to have these conversations,” says Cindy Lee, RN, CHPN, CHPCA, and CEO/Owner of Heart ‘n Home.
Conversations will likely involve patient goals of care, discussions of advance care planning, and help understanding advance directives. These topics are helpful for patients, their family caregivers, and the professionals caring for them during the course of a serious illness. Get free tools and resources for advance directives.
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