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CDC Projects on Older Adults Falls Prevention
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ACPM was awarded a five-year cooperative agreement in 2013 to conduct capacity building activities that will facilitate the integration of public health and primary care. 

Past Projects

CPT Code for Falls Prevention

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, housed within CDC, has awarded a grant to ACPM to establish reimbursable CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes to screen and assess for falls in the older adult population. The development of a CPT code for falls risk assessment will allow healthcare providers to be directly reimbursed for providing a falls risk assessment to their patients in a clinical setting. In fee‐for‐service payment environments, in which the majority of Medicare patients currently receive care, physicians only receive reimbursement for services for which there are specific reimbursement codes, such as CPT codes. In such environments, services for which no direct reimbursement method exists—including fall prevention—are likely underutilized.This project is currently in progress.

Reimbursement for falls-related services: Access the billing codes and codes for MIPS/PQRS, ACO measures to do with falls-related services. If you have any questions on the billing codes, contact Paul Bonta, Associate Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs.

Using Health Information Technology for Older Adult Falls Prevention

As one of the projects under the cooperative agreement umbrella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, has awarded ACPM an opportunity to develop and pilot-test an electronic clinical decision module for primary care providers to educate older adult patients on strategies to prevent falls.

The electronic clinical decision module is based on the CDC STEADI Toolkit, featuring gait and balance tests, fall risk assessments, and patient handouts for providers.

ACPM partnered with PatientLink, an Oklahoma healthcare software development company, to create the module.

Access the screenshot of the electronic clinical decision module. 

For more information on this project, please contact Paul Bonta, Associate Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs: pbonta@ acpm.org.

Resources 

A new AHRQ training program is available to help hospitals prevent patient falls, a leading cause of hospital-acquired conditions. AHRQ’s evidence-based Fall Prevention in Hospitals Training Program is designed for hospital quality improvement staff, patient safety officers and others who seek to reduce falls via a structured fall prevention initiative based on quality improvement principles. Data from 10 hospitals that used the program showed a 14 percent decrease in the average number of falls and a 20 percent decrease in falls with injury during the one-year period post implementation. Reductions were significantly greater for rehabilitation and geriatric/psychiatric units. Access the training program and implementation guide.

 

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