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Video Urges Hospice Providers To Treat Patients’ Terminal Prognosis

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is circulating a video that encourages hospice providers to think in terms of terminal prognosis and not only principal diagnosis when caring for dying patients. “Determining what aspects of care hospice providers are responsible for has become an issue of growing importance in recent months,” according to a NHPCO […]

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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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Support For Medicare Coverage Of End Of Life Discussions Among Providers

Many medical providers, end of life care activists and hospice nurses support Medicare reimbursement for end of life conversations between physicians and patients. Medicare could soon begin reimbursing doctors if proposed billing codes from the American Medical Association are approved. Almost five years ago, similar proposals were dropped from the Affordable Care Act amid allegations […]

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Reimbursing Doctors For End Of Life Discussions

Medicare could soon begin reimbursing physicians for end of life conversations with patients, almost five years after similar proposals were taken out of the Affordable Care Act. Bypassing the political process, some private insurers have already started reimbursing doctors for time spent helping patients complete advance health care directives, The New York Times reports. Interest […]

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