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Medicare Will Soon Pay Docs To Discuss End Of Life

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) encourages a "medical home" model of care, which aims to improve patient access and quality of care through increased communication between physicians and patients and increased care coordination, while simultaneously reducing costs. In an effort to jump start this model, starting in 2016, Medicare will pay physicians to provide patients with advance care planning ("ACP") services, including a face to-face meeting to explain, discuss and complete advance directives such as a health care proxy. The meeting could be with a patient or his or her authorized family member, health care agent or other surrogate.

New York Patient Caregivers Law Signed Into Law

New York Hospitals, clinics and practices and the doctors, nurses and support personnel they employ, can find that the environment in which they operate changes quickly. Under an amendment to the New York Public Health Law enacted this week, starting in April of 2016, NY hospitals will be required to allow patients over the age of 18 to select a "caregiver" following entry into a hospital and prior to discharge or transfer to another facility. The caregiver" can be anyone who has a significant relationship with the patient, such as a relative, partner, friend or neighbor. See NY Public Health Law 2994hh et seq.

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