New CPT Codes for Advance Care Planning and POLST/MOLST Discussions

Saturday, April 23, 2016: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
National Harbor 12 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Patricia Bomba, MD, FACP, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester, NY and Rebecca Johnson, MSCED, MFA, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
CMS has established a separate payment mechanism and rate for advance care planning services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other practitioners. CMS is also providing payment for advance care planning when it is included as an optional element of the “Annual Wellness Visit.”  New CPT codes for advance care planning and end-of-life discussions with patients and families have been adopted to enable billing for these conversations. The codes are effective for services provided on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Join this session to learn more about these codes and POLST/MOLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment/Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment).

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the new payment mechanism and rate for advance care planning
2. Identify tips to engage patients and families in quality of life conversations
3. Distinguish between Advance Directives and POLST/MOLST

CE/CME: Nurse, Physician and Social Worker