Medicare May Pay for End-of-life Counseling

Medicare May Pay for End-of-life Counseling

Medicare said it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law five years ago.

The announcement came late last week in a voluminous regulation on physician payment. It will “give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the topic,” said Medicare spokesman Aaron Albright.

Medicare will consider a change for 2016.

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