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Tell CMS You Support Medicare Payment For Advance Care PlanningEarlier this month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed update to the physician payment schedule which includes a recommendation to make advance care planning services a separately payable service under Medicare.

This recommendation is a game changer for Coalition for Compassionate Care of California supporters, and brings us one step closer to our goal of promoting high-quality, compassionate care for all Californians who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life.

Help us make this new rule a reality…

Submit a comment in favor of the new CMS rule to support patient- and family-centered care for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries to discuss advance care planning with their healthcare providers.

The release of this rule triggers a 60-day comment period, during which time CMS welcomes the input of stakeholders and the public. Comments are due by September 8, 2015 at 8:59 PM PT.

Submit your comment now by following these steps:

  1. View the proposed rule.
  2. Scroll to the top of the page and click the green button in the upper right, “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT.”
  3. Fill out the form, then click “SUBMIT COMMENT.”

The final rule will be published this fall.

For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, see here. For further information, see the full rule on display here.

Bonus Reading: 10 FAQs: Medicare’s Role in End-of-Life Care by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

3 Responses to “Tell CMS you support Medicare payment for advance care planning”

  1. Pam Hugo

    Please help seniors with this necessary process.

    I am a low income Social Service Coordinator in the East Bay, CA.

    Thank you.

  2. Pastor Bob Baker

    I work in the medical field as a Chaplain and see most generally that people do not have advanced care planning. I believe making it possible for medical practitioners to be paid for these services is beneficial to those seeking council about advanced care planning since it is a much needed service.


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