2016 PQRS Measure #47: Advance Care Plan


Percentage of patients aged 65 years and older who have an advance care plan or surrogate decision maker documented in the medical record or documentation in the medical record that an advance care plan was discussed but the patient did not wish or was not able to name a surrogate decision maker or provide an advance care plan


This measure is to be reported a minimum of once per reporting period for patients seen during the reporting period. There is no diagnosis associated with this measure. This measure may be reported by clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding.

This measure is appropriate for use in all healthcare settings (eg, inpatient, nursing home, ambulatory) except the emergency department. For each of these settings, there should be documentation in the medical record(s) that advance care planning was discussed or documented.


All patients aged 65 years and older 

DENOMINATOR NOTE: *Clinicians indicating the Place of Service as the emergency department will not be included in this measure.

Patient encounter during the reporting period (CPT or HCPCS): 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99218, 99219, 99220, 99221, 99222, 99223, 99231, 99232, 99233, 99234, 99235, 99236, 99291*, 99304, 99305, 99306, 99307, 99308, 99309, 99310, 99324, 99325, 99326, 99327, 99328, 99334, 99335, 99336, 99337, 99341, 99342, 99343, 99344, 99345, 99347, 99348, 99349, 99350, G0402, G0438, G0439


Patients who have an advance care plan or surrogate decision maker documented in the medical record or documentation in the medical record that an advance care plan was discussed but patient did not wish or was not able to name a surrogate decision maker or provide an advance care plan

Numerator Instructions: If patient’s cultural and/or spiritual beliefs preclude a discussion of advance care planning, report 1124F.

NUMERATOR NOTE: The CPT Category II codes used for this measure indicate: Advance Care Planning was discussed and documented. The act of using the Category II codes on a claim indicates the provider confirmed that the Advance Care Plan was in the medical record (that is, at the point in time the code was assigned, the Advance Care Plan in the medical record was valid) or that advance care planning was discussed. The codes are required annually to ensure that the provider either confirms annually that the plan in the medical record is still appropriate or starts a new discussion.

The provider does not need to review the Advance Care Plan annually with the patient to meet the numerator criteria, documentation of a previously developed advanced care plan that is still valid in the medical record meets numerator criteria.

Documentation that Patient did not Wish or was not able to Name a Surrogate Decision Maker or Provide an Advance Care Plan – May also include, as appropriate, the following:
 That the patient’s cultural and/or spiritual beliefs preclude a discussion of advance care planning, as it would be viewed as harmful to the patient's beliefs and thus harmful to the physician-patient relationship.

Numerator Quality-Data Coding Options for Reporting Satisfactorily:
Advance Care Planning Discussed and Documented
Performance Met: CPT II 1123F: Advance Care Planning discussed and documented; advance care plan or surrogate decision maker documented in the medical record
Performance Met: CPT II 1124F: Advance Care Planning discussed and documented in the medical record; patient did not wish or was not able to name a surrogate decision maker or provide an advance care plan


Advance Care Planning not Documented, Reason not Otherwise Specified
Append a reporting modifier (8P) to CPT Category II code 1123F to report circumstances when the action described in the numerator is not performed and the reason is not otherwise specified.
Performance Not Met: 1123F with 8P: Advance care planning not documented, reason not otherwise specified

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