Dr. Susan Tolle on clinician reimbursement for end-of-life-care discussions

November 5, 2015Dr. Susan Tolle

Susan Tolle, M.D., professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine and director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, has written in support of a new Medicaid proposal to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about how they wish end-of-life care to be conducted.

"Medicare currently does not reimburse health care professionals for having these conversations with patients, which means they either don't have the conversation or are forced to tack the conversation on to the end of a doctor's visit, as if it were an afterthought. Family members are often not present during these visits, so they are left in the dark about what treatment their loved ones want at the end of life."

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