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Medicare To Soon Begin Paying For End Of Life Discussions

LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF In little over a month, Medicare will start paying doctors for talking with patients about their end of life care wishes. The policy change comes nearly six years after similar proposals were dropped from President Obama’s health reform law and inaccurately compared to “death panels” by some conservative pundits and politicians. The new rule, proposed last summer as part of […]

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Medicare To Pay Doctors For End Of Life Counseling

LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF Medicare will pay doctors for counseling patients about their end of life care options, the agency announced Friday. The change comes nearly six years after similar proposals were dropped from President Obama’s health reform law and inaccurately compared to “death panels” by some conservative politicians. The rule, proposed last summer as part of broader doctor-payment regulations, takes […]

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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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Six Years After ‘Death Panels’ Debate, Medicare To Pay For End Of Life Talks

Medicare plans to reimburse physicians for counseling patients about their end of life care options. The unexpected change comes nearly six years after similar proposals were dropped from President Obama’s health reform law and inaccurately compared to “death panels” by some conservative politicians, most notably former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The policy change, effective January 1, is […]

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