Medicare Providers Did Not Always Comply With Federal Requirements When Billing for Advance Care Planning

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Medicare providers that billed for advanced care planning (ACP) services in an office setting did not always comply with Federal requirements, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Specifically, the OIG investigation found that of the 691 ACP services associated with their sample, Medicare providers complied with Federal requirements for […]

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A New Paradigm Is Needed: Top Experts Question the Value of Advance Care Planning

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Judith Graham   For decades, Americans have been urged to fill out documents specifying their end-of-life wishes before becoming terminally ill — living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders, and other written materials expressing treatment preferences. Now, a group of prominent experts is saying those efforts should stop because they haven’t improved end-of-life care. “Decades of research demonstrate […]

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A New Paradigm Is Needed: Top Experts Question the Value of Advance Care Planning

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Judith Graham For decades, Americans have been urged to fill out documents specifying their end-of-life wishes before becoming terminally ill — living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders, and other written materials expressing treatment preferences. Now, a group of prominent experts is saying those efforts should stop because they haven’t improved end-of-life care. “Decades of research demonstrate advance […]

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National Health Care Decisions Day

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“On National Health Care Decisions Day, Medicare Advance Care Planning Rates Still Remain Too Low” Falling on April 16th of every year, National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD) is an opportunity to encourage patients to express and document their wishes regarding health care and for providers and facilities to respect and honor those wishes, whatever […]

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Compassionate Care Act Would Promote Advanced Care Planning

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On December 2, 2020, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the Compassionate Care Act (S. 4945) to promote advance care planning and enhance end-of-life care. The legisltion provides for the creation of an infrastructure providing federal support for education of patients and providers, development of core end-of-life quality measures, and expansion of access to advance care […]

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CMS’ Verma Marks 2nd Anniversary of Patients over Paperwork Initiative with Listening Session

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NAHC shares recommendations as part of stakeholder sessions On October 29, 2019, Administrator Seema Verma celebrated the second anniversary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) signature Patients Over Paperwork (PoP)  initiative by hosting an event that marked progress made to date with addresses by Verma, CMS staff and provider representatives.  In the […]

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NAHC Joins National Initiative Asking Nurses to Lead by Example to Promote Advance Care Planning – #ISaidWhatIWant

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with nursing specialty organizations representing more than 700,000 nurses to promote advance care planning. The initiative encourages all nurses to lead by example by establishing their own advance care plan. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process for patients and their families to discuss […]

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Palliative Nursing Summit Advances Agenda in Priority Areas of Pain, Advance Care Planning

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In May 2017, multiple stakeholders in palliative nursing joined forces to develop a collaborative framework for advancing a shared agenda relative to communication and advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and coordination/transitions of care.  Subsequent to that one-day meeting, the Palliative Nursing Summit (PNS) Steering Committee identified two priority areas for immediate action by […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is About Taking Control

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Today is the annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) and the kick off of NHDD Week. For 2018, NHDD will be a week-long event, from April 16 to 22. National Healthcare Decisions Day aims to help people across the United States understand the value of advance healthcare planning. A Conversation Project national survey in 2013 […]

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HHS Nominee Supports Advanced Care Planning, Mandatory Pilot Payment Programs

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Alex Azar, the former pharmaceutical executive chosen by President Donald J. Trump to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that he supports mandatory new payment model testing and advanced care planning. Speaking to the Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing, Mr. Azar said mandatory pilot […]

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Pandemic Spurred Advance Care Planning Use

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more patients and families are starting to consider their end-of-life wishes. That trend along with regulatory initiatives are driving movement at a federal level to improve access to these services. Chaplains could be key for hospices to fill in gaps across the health care system and move goals […]

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