Using ICD-10 code Z51.5 (Encounter for Palliative Care) as the first code in your documentation can help you care for your patients better.
It can be used by any primary care provider or specialist.
It alerts your partners that this patients goals are comfort oriented.
It relieves you from the requirement to limit the morphine equivalents used or to have a pain consultant.
It reminds you to address goals of care, advance care planning, and prognostic awareness issues.