Hospices Welcome Expanded Chaplain Services Codes, Seek Clarity on Application

Hospices are seeking greater clarity on updated Medicare rules that allow hospices to document a broader range of chaplain services on claims.

CMS recently revised three existing items in the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), eliminating languages that limited their use to the health care arm of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).  These revisions do not impact reimbursements but they allow hospices to track and report the duration, frequency and extent of spiritual care the patient receives.

The existence of the HCPCS codes does not “confer coverage or payment on the part of any insurer,” a CMS spokesperson told Hospice News in an email.

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