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Dr. Ken's Corner: Medicare to Pay for End-of-Life Discussions

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Dec 16, 2015 8:53:22 PM

Evidence shows that patients who have had end-of-life discussions with their physicians are more likely to die at home or in a comfortable setting, instead of in a hospital intensive care unit. Not only is this seen as a kinder, gentler way to die, it's a lot less expensive than being attached to tubes and machines.

This is, no doubt, the reason Medicare, beginning in 2016, will start reimbursing doctors for having end-of-life talks with their patients. Private insurers are likely to follow Medicare's precedent.

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Topics: doctor-patient communication, doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, end-of-life discussions, Medicare

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