Medicare Backs Away From End-of-Life Discussions


Medicare will not reimburse doctors for discussions about end-of-life care. The original proposal was criticized by conservatives who believed it would lead to the creation of “death panels.”

Robert Pear writes:
The Obama administration, reversing course, will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law, administration officials said Tuesday.

The move is an abrupt shift, coming just days after the new policy took effect on Jan. 1.

Many doctors and providers of hospice care had praised the regulation, which listed “advance care planning” as one of the services that could be offered in the “annual wellness visit” for Medicare beneficiaries.

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Original article from: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/medicare-backs-away-from-end-of-life-discussions/?ref=health


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