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CMS Issues Instruction for Payment of Advance Care Planning Services as Part of Annual Wellness Visit under Part B
Mileage Study Press Conference Expert Remarks: William A. Dombi, NAHC Vice President for Law, Explains Study Documenting Remarkable Growth in Home Care and Hospice
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CMS Issues Instruction for Payment of Advance Care Planning Services as Part of Annual Wellness Visit under Part B

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made public a final rule governing Medicare Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016, which includes information on payment for advance care planning (ACP) services. The Rule was published in the Federal Register on November 16. Previous NAHC Report coverage on the rule is available here and here. As part of the final rule, CMS announced activation of:

  • CPT code 99497 [Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of such forms, when performed) by the physician or other qualified health professional; first 30 minutes, face-to-face with the patient, family member(s) and/or surrogate] ; and
  • An add-on CPT code 99498, [Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of such forms, when performed), by the physician or other qualified health professional; each additional 30 minutes (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)].

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Mileage Study Press Conference Expert Remarks: William A. Dombi, NAHC Vice President for Law, Explains Study Documenting Remarkable Growth in Home Care and Hospice

On December 16, 2015, the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) held a press conference (see previous NAHC Report article here) to present the findings of a study documenting that home care and hospice nurses, therapists and aides who serve chronically ill, elderly and disabled patients drive nearly 8 billion miles each year. The press conference included remarks from a number of experts, and NAHC Report will publish a series of articles providing in-depth coverage of their remarks and testimony.

William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law at NAHC, spoke at the press conference regarding the “remarkable” findings of the study, which documented that home care and hospice nurses traveled 7.88 billion miles in 2013 to deliver care and services all across the country. In introducing Dombi, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris who presided over the press conference stated that Dombi “had the most to do with the computations and preparation of the study.” During his remarks, Dombi provided details about how the estimates in the study were calculated and explained the significant increase in the distance traveled since the previous study was completed in 2008.

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