National Healthcare Decisions Day underway all week

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National Healthcare Decisions Day, a week-long event this year, runs through April 22. The national effort aims to help people understand the value of advance health care planning. See today’s AHA Stat blog post for more information, or visit www.nhdd.org to pledge to participate. 

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advanced illness care

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, advanced illness care

Summit examines advanced illness care

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The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care today kicked off a two-day summit focused on the future of advanced illness care. Addressing attendees, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack called for policy changes to help palliative care initiatives. “We need to remove barriers that prevent the integration of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advanced illness care

CMS issues coding/billing factsheet on Medicare advance care planning

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a factsheet on coding and billing for advance care planning in the Medicare fee-for-service program. CMS pays for voluntary advance care planning under the Medicare physician fee schedule and hospital outpatient prospective payment system.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, coding, advanced illness care

Umbdenstock named to C-TAC Board of Directors

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The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) has appointed Rich Umbdenstock, AHA past president and CEO, to its Board of Directors. Also joining the board is Jeffrey Burnich, M.D., senior vice president of medical and market networks for Sacramento, CA-based Sutter Health. “The expertise that Rich and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, advanced illness care

Reminder: Summit to convene leaders in advanced illness care

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The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) will host its third National Summit on Advanced Illness Care Sept. 20-21 in Washington, D.C. AHA is a co-sponsor of the event, which brings together national leaders in advanced illness care. For more information or to register, visit www.ctacsummit.org.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: advanced illness care

Summit to convene leaders in advanced illness care

AHA News Now

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) will host its third National Summit on Advanced Illness Care Sept. 20-21 in Washington, D.C. AHA is a co-sponsor of the event, which brings together national leaders in advanced illness care. For more information or to register, visit www.ctacsummit.org.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advanced illness care

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards

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The Joint Commission’s pain standards are unfairly blamed for the current prescription opioid epidemic because of “misperceptions” of what it requires hospitals and other accredited institutions to do, says David Baker, M.D., The Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, measurement, Program Integrity, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, advanced illness care

International Hospital Federation journal looks at end-of-life care practices

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The International Hospital Federation has issued the latest edition of its World Hospitals and Health Services journal, which focuses on end-of-life care practices. For more information, visit www.ihf-fih.org

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, advanced illness care

CMS releases final 2016 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today finalized a payment increase of 0.5% for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2016, as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to pay for advanced care planning services,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, regulation, members, advanced illness care

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