Medicare Advanced Care Planning  1.5 CME

Medicare Advanced Care Planning 1.5 CME

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This activity has been approved for 1.5  AMA PRA Category Credits™


Fact:  87% of patients want greater control in end of life decisions.

Fact:  88% of patients want complete honesty from physicians instead of emphasizing hope.

Fact:  63% of ill patients feel they have poor control over healthcare decisions.

Fact: Only 1 in 4 patients have an Advanced Care Plan.


In January 2016 Medicare implemented a new Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Program accompanied by CPT codes for what previously had been a non-reimbursable service.  With that came a formalization of ACP with a goal to improve the quality of the end of life by giving patients more control of the decisions that were made about their care.  Misconceptions about billing, documentation, red tape that usually comes with Medicare reimbursement, and physician discomfort with end of life conversations have resulted in vast under utilization of the program.  Only a minority of patients have ACP and most feel they lack control as the end of their life approaches.  Those that do have ACP’s experience higher quality end of life as well as lower costs and reduced utilization of healthcare resources.

The goal of this Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine CME course is to examine the ACP as a new service line for a practice in any setting.  We answer the questions:

  • Why you should participate and enroll all of your Medicare patients in ACPs?
  • What are the rules of reimbursement and documentation?
  • How to integrate the program into your practice in an efficient, effective, and profitable manner?
  • How ACP integrates into a value based care reimbursement model?

Medicare ACP is a win-win for your practice.  Patients experience greater control over end of life decisions which leads to improvement in quality of life.  Your practice will provide an essential service to your most vulnerable patients that is efficient, effective and profitable.  This course focuses on the much needed knowledge of the program and the business skills to make it work.

The course is brought to you using a “virtual classroom” that can be accessed 24/7/365 on any device connected to the Internet using any network.  Once enrolled it will never leave your account and will be updated as needed.  A Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine CME certificate is available to you by download immediately upon completion of the class.  


Click the first lesson below to begin the class.