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  • February 27, 2018 9:27 PM | Anonymous

    PAHPM's PA-C Judy Knudson was asked to write a blog about the passing of the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act for the University of Colorado iPalliativeCare blog.  Check it out below!

    "Beginning on January 1, 2019, Physician Assistants can begin billing for their services and join hospice providers to care for our dying. In the early morning hours of February 9, 2018, the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act HR 1284 was signed, allowing PAs to be reimbursed for their services caring for hospice patients. [Collective sigh]…..It’s about time!

    Impacts for Physician Assistants

    Many years of work and legislative effort from grass roots to corporate leaders have been promoting this bill and at last it has come to pass.  Until this monumental legislation, PAs have been unable to practice in the hospice field because of  lack of reimbursement.  As the care for our dying is already impacted by a severe workforce shortage, leaving this talented group of professionals out of the loop has been a serious misstep.

    More Work to be done

    Though this legislation paves the way, there is still much to do.  PAs leaders are currently working with legislative bodies to define the details as to how this actually translates into practice.  A vital first step is to prepare PAs as they enter the hospice world.  Education resources are key. . . We are thrilled this door has opened up for PAs and they can now take their place alongside their colleagues caring for the seriously ill patients and families we serve."

    Read the full bill at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1284/text

  • September 08, 2017 11:51 AM | Nadya Dimitrov (Administrator)

    Here is a great link from AAPA's VP for Reimbursement, Michael Powe, about how to take advantage of the new guidelines for billing for conversations with patients regarding Chronic Care Management: "What if Medicare decided to offer you additional reimbursement for work you’ve already been doing for your patients? Would you take it?"

    https://www.aapa.org/advocacy-central/reimbursement/cms-payment-details-chronic-care-management-services/

  • April 18, 2015 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    AAHPM has given their support for the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act of 2015.   This is our chance to improve PA rights in hospice care.  Follow the link below for more information from AAHPM and full text of the bill.

    http://cqrcengage.com/aahpm/app/bill/526829

    https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr1202/BILLS-114hr1202ih.pdf

  • March 14, 2015 9:22 PM | Deleted user

    March is National Kidney Month and a good time to recognize the needs of our End Stage Renal Disease patients.  Often these needs are left unmet until dialysis is no longer an option.

    Dialysis

  • May 21, 2014 9:55 AM | Deleted user

    An excerpt from Diane Meier's piece in the Narrative Matters section of the journal Health Affairs was published in the Washington Post this week.  Diane Meier is the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and instrumental in the growth of the Palliative Care arena.  Interesting read on when a doctor becomes a patient and teaching our colleagues it is okay to stop treatment. 
    Click here for the full article.

  • May 13, 2014 9:57 AM | Deleted user

    This is a highly researched area that is now starting to become more public.  Check out this article published in the Wall Street Journal. . .

    Palliative Care Gains Favor as It Lowers Costs

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