Beginning in January, Medicare will pay $86 for 30-minutes of end-of-life counseling if it takes place in a doctor’s office and slightly less if it takes place in a hospital. This new benefit reflects shifting beliefs in the growing importance of having discussions that can protect patients from incurring unnecessary medical costs in the last stages of their lives.
We at YCollaborative have long been proponents of preparing for, and having, these conversations. Not just to reduce medical expenses, but so that every person has the ability to stipulate what kind of care he or she desires and how he or she wants to be treated – long before a crisis forces decisions and sets into play procedures that may or may not be consistent with his or her wishes.
With this benefit, we hope that everyone will have the conversation and if we can help you get the most from your conversation with your Medicare doctor, we certainly wish to do so.