New Medicare guidance taking effect today aims to stop the federal government from paying millions of dollars to hospice organizations and drug insurance plans for the same prescriptions for seniors. But the changes may make it more difficult for dying patients to get some medications, senior advocates and hospice providers say.
The new measures direct insurers not to pay for any prescriptions for hospice patients until they receive confirmation that the drugs are not covered instead by the hospice provider. Continue reading
NewsHour analyst Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, moderated a Miller Center of Public Affairs debate on the ethics of rationing end-of-life health care after the issue gained prominence in the health care reform discussions. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading
Washington Post columnist Art Buchwald succumbed to kidney failure at home with his family late Wednesday, but was able to spend his last year enjoying life and writing about his experiences. Here are excerpts from a March 2006 NewsHour interview in which Buchwald discusses his philosophy of life. Continue reading