CMS Allows Advance Care Planning Separately with Wellness Visit
Advance care planning (ACP) is a face-to-face service between a physician (or other qualified health care professional) and the patient and/or his family or surrogate, to discuss advance directives, with or without completing relevant legal forms. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines an advance directive as, “a document appointing an agent and/or recording the wishes of a patient pertaining to his/her medical treatment at a future time should he/she lack decisional capacity at that time.”
Effective January 1, 2016, CMS will pay for 99497 Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of such forms, when performed), by the physician or other qualified health care professional; first 30 minutes, face-to-face with the patient, family member(s), and/or surrogate, +99498 Advance care planning including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of such forms, when performed), by the physician or other qualified health care professional; each additional 30 minutes (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) separately with an annual wellness visit (AWV), per MLN Matters® Number: MM9271 Related Change Request Number: 9271.
Per CMS guidelines, “When voluntary ACP services are furnished as a part of an AWV, the coinsurance and deductible would not be applied for ACP. Under that circumstance, both the ACP and AWV must also be billed together on the same claim…. to have the deductible and coinsurance waived for ACP when performed with an AWV, the ACP code(s) must be billed with modifier 33 (Preventive services). Since payment for an AWV is limited to only once a year, the deductible and coinsurance for ACP billed with an AWV can only be waived once a year.”