Medicare's move to pay doctors for end-of-life planning
Proponents of better care at the end of life cheered when The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services recently announced that after almost six years of debate, Medicare will start paying doctors to have end-of-life-care discussions with their patients. Advance-care planning is a discussion of a person’s goals, values, beliefs and fears about what medical decisions might be made for them in the future, and includes an Advance Health Care Directive, a legal document that specifies what actions should be taken should they no longer be able to make decisions about their care.
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