Evaluating Medicare End of Life Changes Coming 1/1/2016
December 23, 2015 Leave a comment
We have a post at Health Affairs blog on 3 changes to Medicare end of life policy that are taking place on January 1, 2016:
- First change in how Medicare pays hospice providers in 32 years
- Payment for Advance Care Planning
- The Medicare Choices program (test of concurrent hospice care)
Any one of these would arguable be the biggest end of life policy change for Medicare since the creation of the hospice benefit in 1983; combined, they make for huge shift, and evaluating their impact is a top policy priority.