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‘Death With Dignity’ Gains Steam, Remains Divisive

Support for physician-assisted suicide is proliferating in state legislatures across the nation as proponents contend the practice enhances patient freedom at the end of life and guarantees terminally ill adults a way out of pain and suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in only a handful of states including Oregon (the first state to legalize the practice in 1997), Washington […]

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Medicare Declines To Reimburse Physicians For End Of Life Discussions In 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has tabled plans to reimburse medical practitioners for end of life conversations with seriously ill and elderly patients, despite broad support within the medical community. CMS is accepting public comment on the decision through December 31. The 2015 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule, an 1,100 page document, incorporates billing […]

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American Medical Association Opposes “Death With Dignity,” Despite Calls For Legalization

Despite calls for legalization from a growing number of proponents and others who came to support physician-assisted suicide in the wake of the high-profile death of Brittany Maynard, the American Medical Association remains firmly opposed to such policy. Maynard, 29, moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s physician-assisted suicide law and ingested a […]

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Hospice Remains Last Resort

Although it seems more Americans are choosing to die in hospice instead of spending their last days in intensive care units, new findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show hospice is often a last resort, only after aggressive treatments fail. Researchers studied more than 800,000  fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries who died in 2000, 2005 and 2009. They […]

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