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As practices up their involvement in providing advance care planning (ACP) services for patients, one federal watchdog is asking a critical question: Are the patients’ forms, and thus their end-of-life wishes, being stored in an accessible, easy-to-share location?


Treating the patient as a “consumer” has its advantages for quality and care, but should be a collaborative rather than a top-down (or bottom-up) process, a panel of health care experts suggested March 5. And one panelist reported patient portal innovations that seemed to meet those demands and produce positive results.

Question: We had a nurse miss her license renewal deadline, and it was a nuisance for her to get it sorted out. How can we help our providers meet their licensing needs?

Much like concurrent CDI (clinical documentation improvement) reviews, the concurrent coding process necessitates that the coding professional follow the chart throughout the patient’s admission and code it at intervals. In a recent Association of CDI Specialists (ACDIS) survey, 47.51% of 603 respondents said they have a concurrent coding program.

Practices are finding some big wins when turning to the series of X modifiers that debuted with much fanfare – and ongoing questions marks – and that they’re allowed to use in place of the longstanding modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service).


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