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A nurse with fatal breast cancer says end-of-life discussions saved her life

By Amy Berman September 28 To: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: News reports say you will soon make a final decision about paying doctors and other providers who talk to their patients about end-of-life planning, I have a fatal form of breast cancer, and I’d like to tell you how such conversations have allowed me to survive, and live well, in the five years since my diagnosis. I am …Read More

Medicare Wants To Pay Doctors For End-Of-Life Counseling – NPR

By RUBY DE LUNA • AUG 14, 2015 For Jennifer Calnon, end-of-life discussions boil down to this: “This is my life,” she says. “I should be the one who gets to make the decision.” Calnon, of Mountlake Terrace, is 67 years old and fairly new to retired life. These days she has a list of projects she wants to finish. Like finishing the pillowcase she started years ago for her daughter’s …Read More

Helping Patients and Doctors Talk About Death – NYTimes Editorial

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  JULY 25, 2015 Medicare announced plans this month to reimburse doctors for talking with patients about what treatments they want — and don’t want — toward the end of life. This sensible, long-overdue proposal is likely to have a very wide impact. About 80 percent of people who die in the United States each year are covered by Medicare, and Medicare policies are often followed by private insurers, …Read More

New guidelines may encourage more talks about end-of-life care – The Boston Globe

By Felice J. Freyer GLOBE STAFF  JULY 27, 2015 Susan Johnson was never afraid to talk about death. But whenever she tried to discuss her end-of-life wishes with her children, both in their 40s, they deflected the topic with jokes. And her primary care doctor never raised the issue. Then, a few years ago, a surgical complication left Johnson hospitalized for months. She felt death close by, and it scared …Read More

Medicare to Try a Blend of Hospice Care and Treatment – NYTimes

from The New York Times Most older Americans close to death have to make a difficult choice: continue with traditional medical treatment or switch to hospice care, which focuses not on a cure but on easing their remaining days. Now, Medicare is testing a third alternative: both. The new pilot program, designed to affect the care of about 150,000 Medicare patients over the next four years, will allow patients with …Read More

Making the end of life part of health care

The Boston Globe – by The Editorial Board THE NEWS EARLIER THIS month that Medicare plans to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about medical treatment at the end of life represents an important step forward for public policy in health care. It also signals a welcome shift to a more open attitude toward a subject most people would rather avoid. In short, the agency is proposing to support open …Read More

Editorial: Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life planning long overdue

July 11, 2015 Spokesman-Review Opinion It’s perhaps fitting that in the same week Sarah Palin shut down her subscriber-based online channel, Medicare announced it will reimburse health care providers for talking with patients about what care they want after they become too ill to speak for themselves. The wise and too-long-delayed decision to pay doctors for engaging patients in discussions about end-of-life care was a feature of the proposed Affordable Care …Read More