Medicare Plans To Pay Docs For Counseling On End Of Life
Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 2:23 PM
Medicare has announced plans to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they ever became too sick to speak for themselves. The new plan is expected to be approved and take effect in January 2016.
Medicare officials believe the new proposal "supports individuals and families who wish to have the opportunity to discuss advance care planning with their physician and care team." More than ever, patients, family and providers are pushing to give people greater say about how they die.
The plan would also allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians be reimbursed for face-to-face meetings with a patient and any relatives or caregivers the patient wants to include.
As the American aging population grows, a growing number of people are seeking options with their doctors and other qualified professionals on whether they want to die at home or in a hospital, and under what circumstances they would want life-sustaining treatment.
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