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Advance care planning

Iowa GOP Rep. Works To Prevent Reimbursement Of End Of Life Talks: Calls Policy “Life-Devaluing”

Proposed legislation would prohibit Medicare from covering advance care planning services. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced H.R. 3251 in response to a sweeping policy change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay doctors for end of life counseling in 2016. The policy change follows recommendations from the American Medical Association to make advance care planning services a separately payable […]

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Activist Finds Inspiration In Death

Alexandra Drane regrets never asking her sister-in-law about her end of life care wishes. At 32, Rosaria “Za” Vandenberg, a devoted wife and mother, was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer and began a journey of painful treatments and hospitalizations. “She was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve and died seven months later,” Drane said. “One of the realizations […]

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Learning To Age Well, With A Plan

We all face difficult trials, but few of us will lose both parents, an in-law and cope with a spouse’s newly diagnosed chronic illness within just two years. Despite an illustrious career studying bioethics and teaching health law at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, Sharona Hoffman said nothing fully prepared her for the challenges of navigating the financial, social and […]

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Oregon POLST Adjusts To Digital Shift

An Oregon medical order designed for patients nearing death is evolving to better complement the state’s shift towards electronic record keeping. ePOLST is the fully integrated electronic version of Physicians Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST form. They are more detailed than conventional living wills or advance health care directives – these medical orders extend patients the freedom to […]

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