AMA asks CMS to reimburse for end of life discussions

Good news. After getting side-lined with baseless accusations of “death panels,” the American Medical Association (AMA) is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse physicians for advance care planning with their patients. Patients need to make informed choices about their healthcare and physicians and other key health care providers have information patients and families need. Every year AMA makes recommendations to CMS, and this year it seems they are recommending that physicians need the time and space in their practices to talk with their patients about their options. Kudos to AMA.  This is a key step towards better informed patients and families and shared decision making by patients.