Life and death – and Medicare

(By – Peter S. Fine,

The recent decision by Medicare to reimburse doctors for the time spent in conversations with patients about end-of-life planning is a major step in the right direction. Lack of living wills and power of attorney creates a legally and morally murky situation in determining what a person may want in the last months, weeks or days of their life. It is an issue many families wrestle with every day in our hospitals.  Read more…


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