AMA Proposes Medicare Billing Codes for End of Life Consultations

By Mary E. Vandenack.

Continued efforts by the American Medical Association (“AMA”)  are being made to get physicians paid for consultations related to end of life and advanced care discussions. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will review proposed codes submitted by the AMA to determine whether the codes will be included in the 2015 physician fee schedule, expected to be released in November. Various legislation has been  introduced in Congress seeking to get physicians paid for end of life discussions. If CMS includes the codes in its fee schedule, such legislation will become unnecessary.

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