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Feb 092017

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced a bill last month, the Protecting Life Until Natural Death Act, which would revoke Medicare reimbursement for the sessions, which he called “yet another life-devaluing policy.” According to data released this week, nearly 14,000 providers billed for advance care planning conversations for about 223,000 patients from January through June 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service. Conversations focus on medical directives and treatment preferences, including hospice enrolment and the desire for care if patients lose the ability to make their own decisions.


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