One of my students today just sent me this link to an article in this week’s Economist about end-of-life planning.
It led me to also view its link about conversations about serious illness by one of my favorite authors.
“Serious Illness Conversation Guide” drawn up by Atul Gawande
I also found these slides targeting providers informative as well.
I found it informative that CMS (Medicare) created two new Advance Care Planning (ACP) codes. It will be interesting to see how often they are used.
- 99497 ACP 30 minutes $85.99
- 99498 ACP additional 30 minutes $74.88
CPT describes eligible services as being performed by a physician or “other qualified health professional” which means a physician, NP or PA.
We could save a lot of money and improve happiness and quality of life if more doctors, nurses, families and patients talked about these issues.