Monday, December 27, 2010

Health Care Bill - #2507 - Surprise! End-of-Life Advisory Incentives Return - Thru Regulation - Hot Air (2) 'Death Panels Return: Obama Enacts End-of-Life Planning - Newser

Better get used to this process, because it’s how President Obama will be pushing his agenda on all fronts. The New York Times reports today that the White House will create incentives for doctors to discuss “options” for end of life care through regulation, after Congress removed the incentives from ObamaCare: Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment. Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill. The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.  Read more.......

Dem. Earl Blumenauer
'Death Panels' Return:  Obama Enacts End-of-Life Life Planning - Newser -   I wonder why some are surprised at the report that up to 40% of Doctors may leave the profession - AW - Sarah Palin's "death panels" are back. The brouhaha surrounding end-of-life counseling forced Democrats to cut it from health care reform, but now President Obama is quietly adding the same policy to Medicare by rewriting regulations, reports the New York Times. Under the new policy, beginning Jan. 1 the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive measures.  Health reform authorized Medicare to pay for annual wellness visits; the new regulation tacks on coverage for “voluntary advance care planning" to that visit. "Patients will lose the ability to control treatments at the end of life," predicts the leader of a religious ministry opposed to the proposals. However, Democrat Earl Blumenauer, the author of the original end-of-life proposal, says it will allow better dialogue between patients and their doctors. “It means that doctors and patients can have these conversations in the normal course of business, not as something put off until we are forced to do it,” he said.  Read more........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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