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FRONTLINE Teams with Atul Gawande to Explore Being Mortal
Tuesday, February 10. 10PM ET on PBS (see local listings)
Dr. Gawande brings his personal journey — and the stories of his patients and their families — to life, challenging us all to reexamine how we think about death and dying.

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NEW FORM: Appointing a Health Care Agent
For those people interested in taking a First Step in advance care planning, this form allows you to appoint a health care agent and provide some general guidance about your health care goals.

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Update on Medicare Payment for Advance Care Planning

On Friday, October 31, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for physician reimbursement under Medicare in 2015. However, CMS is choosing not to pay for new advance care planning codes in this year’s Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. But CMS is accepting public comment on this decision now through December 30, 2014.

Submit your comments and tell them why you support reimbursement for ACP services.

For more background, see excellent posts at GeriPal and PalliMed.

Going Your Way

According to a new End-of-Life Guide from consumer reports, a good death can be hard to achieve without advance planning.

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Physician Assisted Dying: Vermont Passes Patient Choice at the End of Life Bill (Act 39)

On Monday, May 20, 2013 Vermont became one of only four states in the country that permit physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to patients who have a terminal illness.

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