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J. Donald Schumacher

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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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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