In response to an earlier request from LT-HHS-AdvanceCare-051215 , we are pleased that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recommended in its recent proposed update to the Medicare physician fee schedule that Medicare be able to pay for advance care planning (ACP) services from physicians and other providers.
In accepting the Oscar for best supporting actor last week, J.K. Simmons didn't dwell on thanking the Academy and the Whiplash crew. Instead, he exhorted, “Call your mom, dad everybody. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive, call them! Don’t text, don’t email. Call them. Listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you."
Many Americans, it seems, have a hard time talking about death. Even doctors struggle to deal with the mortality of patients who they know aren’t going to make it.
Parents and their adult children say they want to have honest conversations about finances and retirement issues, but they just don't agree on when to talk, according to a survey released today by Fidelity Investments.
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