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Comfort Care For Patients Continuing Curative Treatments Becomes Reality

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Some seriously ill patients struggling with pain and anxiety will soon have the option of receiving comfort care and symptom management alongside curative treatments. The Medicare Care Choices Model, recently announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burrell, aims to help enhance patient autonomy at the end of life and provide a more holistic […]

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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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Three Illinois End of Life Care Organizations To Merge

Three Chicago-area end of life care organizations plan to merge to become one of the largest nonprofit hospice providers in the Midwest. Under terms of the new agreement, Chicago-based Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, Barrington-based JourneyCare and Glenview-based Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter will operate as a single entity. When combined, the organization will employ more than 800 health care […]

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