Medicare may pay docs for advance-care discussions

Industry insiders say Medicare will likely start paying doctors for discussing advance-care planning with patients, according to Politico. Advocates told the publication that the new policy may be included in the annual Medicare physician payment rule, which could be released any day. Efforts are also underway on the state-level to give terminally ill patients an informed array of choices regarding care and the amount of medical intervention they want as the end-of-life approaches. Activists, physicians, terminally ill patients and their family members traveled to Sacramento, California on Tuesday to testify before the state legislature in favor of SB-128, a proposal known as the End-of-Life Options Act. >> Read the full story at FierceHeaMedlthcare