The American Medical Association is expected to release recommendations soon for what physicians should be reimbursed for end-of-life medical consultations. The physicians group issues advisements regularly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which typically adopts them for its programs, the Pew Charitable Trust noted on Monday.
A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday to repeal the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) called for by the Affordable Care Act.
As expected, a House subcommittee voted Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act's Medicare payment advisory board in a 17-5 bipartisan vote.
Starting Jan. 1, Medicare will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care. Under this new rule, doctors can offer information to patients on how to prepare an "advance directive," which states how they wish to be medically treated if they become unable to make healthcare decisions for themselves. The discussion may occur during patients' annual exams.
A controversial provision to allow Medicare to reimburse for end-of-life planning consultations could be making a comeback, according to reports.