The Obama Administration announced that Medicare doctors will be paid for end-of-life counseling for terminally ill patients. Medicare will pay $86 for the first 30 minutes of "advance care planning" if it takes place in a doctor's office, $80 if it takes place in a hospital and $75 for an additional half hour in either setting. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in August made the rule proposal and collected public comments. Health policy experts said that such counseling can help reduce unnecessary medical costs. ‘Medicare will reimburse doctors who work with patients to plan end-of-life care that help reduce unnecessary medical costs. The rule goes into effect on January 1, 2016.’ From January 2016, doctors can get reimbursed for advising terminally ill patients on what types of interventions they may want to accept or reject. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, called it a "turning point" for end-of-life care. He added that providers need training in offering such counseling and should be able to add it to a patient's medical records. He originally tried to get it included in the Affordable Care Act. "The decision by CMS to create a benefit for advance care planning is a turning point in end-of-life care. However, our work is far from done ... ultimately, the care provided must align with the patient's stated goals, values, and informed preferences," said Blumenauer.Source: Medindia << Children may Develop Self-Esteem Even Before They are 5-Yea... Children Below 4 Years Own a Smartphone and Television in th... >> Recommended Reading Curbing Medicare Costs Could Drive Elderly Americans Out of Program The rising cost of Medicare can be cut through strategies such as raising the eligibility age and increasing premiums. READ MORE Low-Value Care in Medicare may Reflect Broad Overuse: Study A substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries receive low-value medical services that provide no benefit to patients, such as some cancer screenings, imaging, cardiovascular, diagnostic and preoperative testing. READ MORE Apex Medical Corporation to be Featured at Medicare Taiwan International Exhibition Medicare Taiwan 2015 aims to integrate medical devices and services to offer people better care and gain inroads into the growing global medical market. READ MORE Less Hispanic Participation in Medicare Drug Benefit may Point to Barriers Despite the existence of the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan - also known as Part D - and the availability of assistance to help pay insurance premiums, hispanic seniors are 35 percent less likely to have prescription drug coverage. READ MORE What is Medicare / Medicaid? Medicaid / Medicare are different governmental programs that provide medical and health-related services to specific groups of people in U.S. and managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Selfie Addiction Calculator Find a Doctor More News on: What is Medicare / Medicaid?