Medicare proposes to pay doctors for end-of-life discussions with patients

The proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released this week includes a plan to pay physicians that have end-of-life conversations with their patients. Medicare already offers advance care planning services when individuals first enroll, but the new rule would establish a separate payment system for advance care planning codes. This would offer healthcare providers and Medicare beneficiaries "greater opportunity and flexibility to utilize these planning sessions at the most appropriate time for patients and their families," according to a fact sheet about the proposed rule. >> Read the fulll article at FiercePracticeManagement

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