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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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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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Medicare Revises Hospice Drug Policy, Local Providers Relieved

Under nationwide pressure from hospices experiencing financial and administrative strain due to a newly implemented policy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is revising its own guidance that was intended to help avoid duplicate payments for prescription drugs. This change of course comes two months after the CMS rule’s effective date, months in which […]

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