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Introducing September's Friday Focus: Thriving Seniors

With September having just arrived, CAFP has elected to focus on a new topic for September: Thriving Seniors.


We know your number one priority is to keep your patients living life to their fullest extent. As a family physician, you work with patients of all ages who could be a few days old or thriving in their 80s! No matter the age, the importance of respect stays the same. This becomes particularly relevant as patients find themselves aging and experiencing less autonomy in some aspects of life. To supplement the care you already give these patients, CAFP wants to remind all family physicians that advance care planning (ACP), the process of making decisions with patients based on their personal values, preferences and discussions with loved ones, is now a payable service through CMS.


ACP must be done face-to-face with a physician or other qualified health care professional to explain advance directives (AD) and discuss options in the event that patients are not able to speak for themselves. Two new CPT codes used to report ACP services are 99497 and 99498. For more detailed information on how to use the CPT codes, we encourage you to read CAFP’s past article from our Practice Management Newsletter.


We also encourage you to hear from some of your colleagues about how to communicate compassionately with patients about treatment options through CAFP end-of-life care and conversations podcast: The Talk.


If you would like to tackle ACP/AD as part of your Maintenance of Certification cycle, consider the CAFP’s Performance Improvement Activity (PIA), formerly Part IV, on ACP/AD. The module is online, team-based and approved for 30 AAFP Prescribed CME Credits and ABFM MOC credit. More than 50 of your colleagues have already completed the module, and gave it positive reviews for relevance and team-based improvement. For more information visit



Keep our seniors thriving!