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Preparing For The Coming ‘Silver Tsunami’

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Aging nation lacks safety net, policies and workforce needed to care for millions of seniors There aren’t enough caregivers to care for the giant baby boomer population, according to Dr. Christopher Callahan. Callahan, the founding director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, has been named the 2016 recipient […]

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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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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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Reimburse Doctors For Helping Patients Plan End Of Life Care, Experts Say

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. Physician incentives are needed to improve end of life care in the U.S., health experts said Friday at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) forum. The forum convened at the National Academy of Sciences to discuss action on the recommendations of the IOM’s seminal fall report, Dying […]

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