Archive for the ‘End of Life Care’ Category
Starting January 1, 2016, Medicare will reimburse physicians for end-of-life care consultations with their patients. The final rule that created new billing codes for advance care planning as part of Medicare’s physician fee schedule just went into effect on October 30.
As a professional in the assisted living industry, I am up on the latest news about end of life care. I have seen more articles on this topic during this […]
3 things you need to know about advance care planning to help you start the conversation with your families and primary care physicians and put your wishes in writing.
Durable Power of Attorney in Massachusetts is a document solely for managing the financial affairs of another person and has little to do with the Principal’s health, except paying for it, of course.
The Health Care Proxy is the only legally binding document in Massachusetts for making health care decisions on behalf of another person (see my previous post on MOLST). It is relatively new, being created by statute in the 1970s, so I still see some clients who created some type of living will document early in their adult lives and never upgraded to a Health Care Proxy.
MOLST stands for Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. In some states, they call these orders POLST for Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Generally speaking, MOLST is a document which gives medical orders about life-sustaining treatment for patients with an advanced illness. MOLST is not intended for use by healthy people.
“End of life care” has been in the news more and more these past few years as journalists, researchers and healthcare professionals take on this formerly taboo subject. Raising the topic openly allows seniors to have frank discussions with their adult children and other family members, as well as their doctors, about what they want, and more importantly, don’t want as they near their final days. Here is a good overview of everything you need to know about Advance Directives to get started