Coding and reimbursement mechanisms for physician services in hospice and palliative care

Charles F. Von Gunten*, Frank D. Ferris, Celeste Kirschner, Linda L. Emanuel

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Abstract

Many physicians misperceive that the current coding system used to bill third-party payers in the United States does not include codes related to hospice and palliative care. This article will help physicians and hospice and palliative care providers to: 1) understand how to code for physician services related to hospice and palliative care; 2) review file documentation required to support such services; 3) understand the differences between the reimbursement mechanisms, to be used when the patient is enrolled in the Medicare Hospice Benefit, and the usual reimbursement mechanisms; and 4) understand some of the approaches for funding non-physician palliative care services for patients not enrolled in the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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